April 11th, 2013
LEICESTER — Leicester residents on Tuesday voted 68 to 61 in favor of a slightly scaled-back version of the 2013-2014 elementary school budget of $1,127,521 that they had defeated on Town Meeting Day.
The new spending plan of $1,117,640 reflected $9,881 in cuts, resulting in a 5.4-percent increase compared to this year. Cuts made by the Leicester Central School board included around $2,140 in health insurance-related expenses, $2,758 less in compensation for the school nurse position, and a $5,000 reduction in administrative salaries.
BRANDON — When Mount Anthony left fielder Kori Bow turned, took two steps back, and then just stopped and watched in the bottom of Monday’s eighth inning, everyone at the Otter Valley Union High School softball field knew the season-opening game between the Otters and Patriots had ended.
Bow could only do what the other players, fans and coaches did — watch OV junior Taylor Aines’ game-winning, three-run homer sail at least 30 feet over the left-field fence.
MIDDLEBURY — The three local union high school tennis teams opened up with setbacks on Monday, all to tough competition.
The young Middlebury boys fared best, claiming both doubles matches in a 5-2 loss at Rice.
Both the MUHS and Otter Valley girls were swept, 7-0, the Tigers at home by a veteran Rice squad, and the Otters on the road by perennial Division II contender Burr & Burton.
RICE BOYS, 5-2
FAIR HAVEN — On this past Saturday, Brandon and Vergennes area youth wrestlers fared well at two tournaments held at Fair Haven Union High School.
Four Brandon youth wrestlers competing in the Southern Vermont Youth Championship Tournament for kindergarteners and first- and second-graders won their weight classes, designated alphabetically from A as the lightest to Z as the heaviest.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/10 MUHS vs. Mt. Mansfield .............. 11-10
4/10 MUHS vs. Rutland.......................... 12-7
4/8 OV vs. Mt. Anthony ...................... 7-4 (8)
As I get older, I’m beginning to think my body has been wired backward. Either that, or it’s true what they say about the advancing years becoming a second childhood.
How else can I explain the onset of some health-related maintenance needs that should have manifested themselves when I was a lot younger?
First, my body waited until adulthood before telling me that I “needed” the mumps. I guess it was Mother Nature’s way of having a good laugh at my expense. Kids look cute with chipmunk cheeks; adults — not so much.
I know zombies are hot in popular culture right now, but until Sunday night, when I caught part of a Discovery Channel documentary — with the not-at-all alarming title “Zombie Apocalypse” — I had no idea that zombies posed an actual threat.
The zombies I know from TV, movies and video games are undead humans who stagger around looking for live brains to eat. They don’t generally move very quickly or with much precision and their enunciation is poor at best. But what they lack in agility they make up for in perseverance.
One of the problems with H.526 is of scale. The focus and intent is clearly aimed at cleaning up the vast waters of Lake Champlain, which receives the drainage of thousands of acres of farmland, residential lawns and vast urban development. But when this same legislation is applied to tiny Sunset Lake in Orwell or the long-developed shores of Lake Dunmore, or many other similar lakes in Vermont, the legislation’s intent could well miss the mark and cause more injury than good.