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June 15th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Ask veteran Middlebury Union Middle School social studies educator Mary Goodale what got her interested in teaching, and she will give you, without hesitation, a very offbeat answer.
“Swimming,” she said with a grin during an interview last week about her decision to retire this month after more than three decades as a teacher.
SALISBURY — Contemporary music has always gotten a bad rap. Its discordant, atonal tones have often consigned contemporary music to the fringe. Today, New Music — the term for contemporary classical music composed in the 21st century — is a genre whose popularity and rapid growth are bringing it back from the fringe. Contrary to its perceived difficulty, this is music that you can identify, remember and enjoy.
The Sheldon Museum’s annual outdoor pops concert and fireworks are a Vermont summer tradition for Lake Champlain area families and tourists. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops and patriotic music on Friday performed by the Vermont Philharmonic in the meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College.
CASTLETON — Ultimately, just like both Division I boys’ lacrosse semifinals had earlier last week, Thursday night’s final between Middlebury and two-time defending champion Champlain Valley at Castleton State College came down to one dramatic late goal.
This time, it came from the stick of Redhawk attacker Matt Palmer.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College offensive coordinator Joe Early is stepping down after 14 years as an assistant coach at the college. Early accepted a similar position at the Brunswick School in Connecticut, where he will also serve as the school’s sports information contact.
In the week after Gov. Peter Shumlin’s surprise announcement that he would not seek a fourth term for governor, you could characterize the reactions in two camps: those who thought he made the decision because he didn’t want to lose what would be a tough contest, and those who were surprised he didn’t fight for a fourth term to cement his legacy on several key issues.
Currently, about 10 percent of the Vermont State Police is made up of female troopers. While that’s a higher percentage than any other state police agency in New England, it’s still a very low number. The issue is this: There simply aren’t many females interested in the job. I conducted a survey at Mount Abraham Union High School and found that out of the 36 females who responded, 25 of them were either not interested in the job or didn’t know enough about it.
Studies have shown that concussions can potentially lead to brain aneurysms, Alzheimer’s disease, depression that can lead to suicide, and other permanent damage to the brain. Awareness of long-term brain injury is evident through the NFL’s decision this year to compensate retired football players who have shown symptoms of such brain damage. Therefore, in youth sports concussion baseline tests need to be mandatory for all athletes.