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January 20th, 2014
This week’s writers are Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, and Robert A. Pastor, a professor at American University and the senior adviser to the Carter Center on conflict resolution.
VERGENNES — Given that the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team features only two seniors on its roster, Coach Billy Waller says a major concern is that the Commodores show progress.
After Friday night’s home game vs. Missisquoi, Waller can probably put a check mark in that box.
After spotting the T-Birds the opening hoop, the Commodores erupted for a 16-0 run that featured crisp ball movement, balanced scoring and tough defense.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/16 Twin Valley vs. OV..................... 59-51
1/17 Fair Haven vs. VUHS ................. 62-44
1/18 Burr&Burton vs. MUHS ............... 52-37
1/18 Mill River vs. OV......................... 60-54
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball play in the latter half of last week, Mount Abraham won twice, once over rival Vergennes, Otter Valley dropped two tough games, and Middlebury lost on the road.
The Commodores also hosted Missisquoi on Friday; see story.
EAGLES TOP VUHS
ADDISON COUNTY — High school boys’ basketball play proved to be tough sledding for local teams late last week, as Middlebury lost at home and Vergennes and Otter Valley dropped road games.
Mount Abraham was idle and will visit VUHS on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The first glimpse of a substantive proposal to finance Vermont’s planned universal health care system came Thursday at a sparsely attended meeting of the Senate Republican Caucus.
The caucus invited Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, to speak about his proposal, laid out in two separate bills, S.252 and S.254, to pay for Green Mountain Care, the public entity that will administer the state’s single-payer system.
VERGENNES — After listening to the second overflow crowd in the Vergennes Union High School library in six days, the VUHS board on Monday adopted a roughly $9.73 million spending proposal for the 2014-2015 school year that, including an extra $50,000 to start a capital improvement fund, would boost spending by about 3 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Jan. 21 will take public feedback on a proposed 2014-2015 general fund budget of $9,154,323, requiring an anticipated property tax levy of $6,526,393.
The municipal budget, if endorsed by the selectboard and passed by voters at their March 3 town meeting, would account for a 1.85-cent boost in Middlebury’s municipal tax rate, which currently stands at approximately 91 cents per $100 in property value.