October 14th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham was the only winner in area girls’ high school girls’ soccer action late last week, as the Eagles won at home. Vergennes dropped a road game, Middlebury lost twice, and Otter Valley (1-10) was idle.
EAST CLARENDON — Host Mill River rode a fast start to a 44-14 victory over the Mount Abraham football team on Saturday. The Minutemen improved to 6-1 and will look to lock up the No. 2 seed this week. The Eagles dropped to 5-2, but remained in the hunt for a first-round Division III home game. They will host Poultney on Saturday afternoon.
WINOOSKI — The Otter Valley Union High School football team pulled away from host Winooski in Friday’s second half to post a 47-19 Division III victory. Winooski remained winless at 0-7, while the Otters improved to 4-2, 4-1 in Division III, and could be in good position to host a first-round playoff game. They host Oxbow at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
As the nation careens toward default on its national debt, and as Tea Party Republicans continue their reckless dismissal of those consequences, one wonders what happens to a political party that rejects rational argument and embraces a faith-based approach to its political foundation. When such faith fails, will the voters who embraced such tactics die on the sword or slowly turn toward the politics of reason?
The death of a 16-year-old student at Mount Abe has sent shock waves throughout that school community, the town of New Haven and closest neighbors. Her suicide is particularly troubling because its cause is likely connected to senseless cyber bullying, hateful speech, and indiscriminate meanness cultivated by a culture of online anonymity. After grief, better education at the school and among the community is the appropriate, if inadequate, tonic.
Editor’s note: The following contains graphic language.
BRISTOL — The suicide of a Mount Abraham Union High School junior this past Wednesday has left the Bristol school and many in the surrounding towns reeling, and the girl’s family is pointing to bullying at school and online as a cause.
Olivia Mae Scott, 16, of New Haven ended her life on Oct. 9 at her family’s home on River Road.
Family members and a family friend point to specific examples of bullying that Olivia endured in the month leading up to her death.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union board on Oct. 16 will consider a major change in how it assigns special education and central office expenses to the eight districts within the union, a change that would likely result in a property tax increase for Middlebury residents.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes resident who last month asked the city council to reconsider its support for the proposed Vermont Gas Systems Addison County pipeline said he would start a petition that will seek to place the issue before Vergennes voters.