February 14th, 2013
BRISTOL — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday boosted his education reform plans (See story, Page 1A), reiterated his support for a bill that would allow terminally ill Vermonters to end their own lives, and explained why he favors bringing the F-35 fighter jet to Burlington for use by the Vermont National Guard.
At a legislative lunch in Bristol and during an interview with the Addison Independent, the issues Shumlin discussed included:
VERGENNES — After two failed bond votes, the Vergennes Union High School board will seek more feedback from the public before putting up another bond proposal for voter approval, its chairwoman said on Tuesday.
The board met on Monday night for the first time since its two-tiered proposal was defeated on Feb. 5.
A $4.2 million plan for renovations to the auditorium and kitchen/cafeteria, new roofing that officials said is badly needed, new bleachers for the middle school gym, and parking and sidewalk improvements failed, 820-671, or 55-45 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Kevin Unrath, who currently heads up the borrower services division of the Middletown Township (New Jersey) Public Library, will in April begin his new job as director of Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.
VERMONT — The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can make life a little easier for working Vermonters struggling to make ends meet with a credit up to $5,900. In addition, any family with dependent children who receives the Vermont EITC is automatically income eligible for food benefits through 3SquaresVT — meaning their income and resources don’t count. The IRS estimates one in five eligible taxpayers could miss out on this valuable tax credit because they don’t check it out.
MIDDLEBURY — Abe Streep, senior editor at Outside Magazine, will give a talk, titled “Building and Busting Legends: Reporting on Icons from Lance Armstrong to Greg Mortenson,” on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall, Room 220. The talk is free and open to the public.
MIDDLEBURY — In a Tuesday night college men’s basketball game with more twists and turns than Route 125 on the way to Ripton, Amherst made the last in a series of incredible plays and left a packed, roaring Pepin Gymnasium with a 104-101, triple-overtime win over Middlebury.
The win gave the 22-2 Lord Jeffs the NESCAC title with a 10-0 record in league play and home court advantage for the NESCAC postseason, and will at least preserve their No. 2 ranking in NCAA Division III.
BRISTOL — Middlebury Union High School senior wrestler Gabe LaBerge won his 100th career match on Saturday at the NVAC team championship meet, which was hosted by Mount Abraham.
LaBerge, a 195-pounder, earned the landmark victory in dramatic fashion. He avenged a defeat from a week before to Mount Mansfield’s John Sirois, 5-3, and scored the winning points on a third-period takedown as the clock hit 0:00.
BRISTOL — Like most nights for the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team, Monday lacked drama: The Eagles rolled to a 25-2 second-quarter lead over visiting Missisquoi and coasted to a 54-12 win over the 1-14 T-Birds.
That’s the way it’s been in most of the 15-1 Eagles’ games: They have won 10 of their 15 games by 20 points or more, and 14 by at least 12. Otter Valley is the exception — OV came within 46-38 back on Dec. 19.