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June 16th, 2011
Supporters of Vermont’s successful push for health care reform this past legislative session championed the single-payer system toward universal care based on the belief that “health care is a right, not a privilege.” In a similar vein, Gov. Peter Shumlin and our legislative leaders must embrace the notion that “strong community hospitals are also a right, and not a privilege for the state’s largest and wealthiest communities.”
MIDDLEBURY — The rain came steadily down but spirits were consistently high as friends and relatives of the 140 Middlebury Union High School graduates packed the Memorial Sports Center on Saturday to watch the MUHS class of 2011 receive their diplomas.
Six members of the graduating class shared the honors for having the top grades — two valedictorians and four salutatorians. Each was given the chance to address the crowd.
MIDDLEBURY — Nine young athletes won multiple events, and all the Mary Hogan Elementary School 5th- and 6th-graders were exposed to the sport of track and field on June 6, when the Middlebury school held its annual track meet on a sunny Monday.
The school’s physical education teachers run the annual meet, both to give all the older students a chance to learn about track and field and to give some the opportunity to shine.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School sent 126 graduates into a very soggy world on Saturday, amid advice that they should cherish the memories they made on campus and that they should thank the many people who nurtured them through their academic years.
Unrelenting rainfall failed to dampen the spirits of the throngs of relatives, friends, teachers and students who assembled beneath a large tent that had been raised east of the school building.
Tim wanted to experience rural life. That meant, among other things, that he wanted to go fishing.
VERGENNES — Speakers at this year’s Vergennes Union High School graduation invoked figures as varied as Harry Potter, Harvey Fierstein and Walden Project founder Matt Schlein.
Following advice, reflection and music from peers and teachers, 91 seniors crossed the auditorium stage this past Friday evening to accept their diplomas and move on to the next stage in their lives.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School Valedictorian Will Pearl’s message to his fellow classmates at graduation last Saturday in its simplest form was this: They matter.
“What I ask of you … is that you recognize your own importance in this web of interconnectedness that is our modern world,” he said before a packed gymnasium. “I ask that you do not be so foolish as to think that your actions have no impact on the unhalting wheel of progress.”
MIDDLEBURY — Suzanne Sawyer of Middlebury was staring into the abyss after her only child, James Forrest, died in 2007 following a lengthy battle with drug addiction.
“As a mother, I thought, ‘How do you go on living when your child is no longer physically here?’” Sawyer said.
Sawyer has spent the past four years looking for answers to that question, one that has proved elusive for many thousands of other parents nationwide who have had to do the unthinkable — bury one of their children.