May 26th, 2014
VERGENNES — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced a new $6,723,732 Defense Department contract with UTC Aerospace Systems based in Vergennes to develop and test improved guidance systems for U.S. munitions, which would allow greater precision and avoid damage to innocent bystanders and property.
I don’t trust flowers.
There are grounds for my suspicion; flowering plants are proven masters of deception. For instance, the sundew uses sparkling droplets of sticky “faux dew” to ensnare and digest curious flies; bee orchids dupe male wasps into wasting their copulatory efforts on floral structures that look and smell like a female wasp. And what about humans? As I labor on behalf of flowers, fertilizing, tilling, watering and sweating, I sometimes wonder if I’m being led down the proverbial garden path. Exactly who’s cultivating whom?
OTTER VALLEY — With one out in the top of the first inning of Wednesday’s softball game, Springfield No. 2 hitter Chelsea McCallister lofted a fly ball to shallow left center that an Otter Valley Union High School outfielder saw hit off her glove for an error.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School baseball team defeated visiting Missisquoi on Thursday, 7-5, and in the process the Tigers clinched their winningest season in at least five years and showed how they have done so.
The Tigers fought back after falling behind early, got key contributions from up and down the batting order, and made a critical defensive play.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Missisquoi edged the Middlebury Union High School softball team on Thursday, 6-5, as the T-Birds improved to 12-2 and retained their hold on fourth place in Division I.
The Tigers dropped to 4-9, with six of those setbacks coming by either one or two runs. They were set to play at Burlington on Saturday after the early holiday deadline for this newspaper, and are scheduled to play at Colchester on Tuesday before concluding their season by hosting South Burlington on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek local high school lacrosse action, the Middlebury girls won on the road, the Mount Abraham boys came up just short away from home, and the Vergennes boys lost at home.
Weekend games were played after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent. Results and details on those contests will appear in the May 29 paper.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/21 MUHS Girls vs. Essex................... 14-6
5/21 Harwood vs. VUHS Boys............... 16-2
5/21Lamoille vs. Mt. Abe Boys.............. 10-9
5/21 Woodstock vs. OV......................... 17-1
Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, opted not to represent her party as the gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. Peter Shumlin for reelection this November, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t interested in running for the state’s top office down the road, or at least grabbing the political spotlight when she can. That seems obvious from her op-ed released at the end of last week challenging the Democrats’ estimation of their own performance this biennium.