September 8th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school soccer play in the latter half of last week, the Mount Abraham boys opened with a win, but the Eagle girls and Vergennes and Middlebury boys all dropped matches. The VUHS girls also hosted Otter Valley; see story.
BRISTOL — Rick Winston, a Vermont Humanities Council presenter and a film expert, will discuss “Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense” in a meeting of the Bristol Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 18. The talk will take place at Howden Hall, 19 West St., beginning at 7 p.m.
Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant moviemaking career, illustrating his talk with 12 film clips.
The event is free and open to the public. The building is accessible to people with mobility issues.
VERGENNES — In what coaches from both sides described as a bounceback effort, on Friday the host Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team topped visiting Otter Valley, 2-0.
The Commodores, coming off a 3-0 opening loss at Mill River, evened their record at 1-1 with a strong effort at defense and midfield and two well-executed goals, one scored by sophomore midfielder Caroline Johnston and the other by sophomore striker Charlotte Haigis, which was assisted by Johnston.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Otter Valley, Middlebury and Mount Abraham union high school field hockey teams ran the table in games played in the latter half of last week.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/3 OV vs. Fair Haven.............................. 3-0
9/4 MUHS vs. Hartford.............................. 1-0
9/6 Mt. Abe vs. U-32................................. 1-0
9/6 OV vs. Hartford................................... 2-1
We all know that stalemate in Washington, D.C., especially in Congress, over the past few years has tarnished our opinion of the government we once were so proud of.
A recent article in “The New York Review,” however, makes a sobering case that our problems in governance are contributing to a realignment of the global balance between democracies and authoritarian governments throughout the world.
This week’s writer is Haviland Smith of Williston, a retired CIA station chief who served in East and West Europe and the Middle East, and as chief of the counterterrorism staff.
With its meteoric military rise, its leadership, management and financing, the newest terrorist scourge facing the world is ISIS. Operating in what is clearly a political vacuum in northeast Syria and western Iraq and benefitting from the studied indifference of most of the Muslim world, ISIS is clearly on a roll.
When people get frustrated and feel they are not being heard they may use tactics that not everyone supports. But that should not distract us from the meaning of last Friday evening’s action in Hinesburg to oppose the fracked gas pipeline.