January 14th, 2010
At Tuesday’s special UD-3 school board meeting, board members got an unexpected vote of no confidence.
The shoe that fits
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., introduced legislation that would place a heavy tax on bonuses paid by national banking firms that accepted federal bail out money. The proceeds from the tax would finance a small-business lending program.
It is fitting legislation.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team pulled away in the final 12 minutes of Tuesday’s home game to earn a 41-30 win over Springfield.
The victory moved the Otters, who are sixth in the Division II standings, back over .500 at 6-5. More importantly, said senior forward Amanda Sanderson, who sparked OV with 14 rebounds, eight points, four assists and strong defense, the Otters needed to bounce back from last week’s 60-37 loss at Windsor in which they did not play well down the stretch.
I (vaguely) recall my first swimming lesson amounting to something like this: My instructor, probably an overzealous young punk who must’ve studied under Genghis Khan, picked me up and chucked me into the community swimming pool. It was the lunkhead’s way of cutting to the chase, I suppose, reasoning in a Neanderthal kind of way that if the little kid instinctively moved his arms and legs in a desperate act of self-preservation, he was teachable and could earn his water wings.
There are worse things a person could spontaneously shout while standing in line at the grocery store. As it was, my outburst caused the checkout clerk to drop a dozen eggs and a person in the next line to look around and say, “Where?”
But it was a moment of triumph for me, a welcome relief after three long days of frustration.
It all started on a family road trip to Massachusetts, when we passed a driver who looked kind of like Bruce Willis.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School wrestlers Evan Bathalon and George Mitchell won their weight classes on Saturday as OV hosted a dozen teams at a tournament.
Bathalon, a senior, won the 215-pound weight class for his first tournament victory and was voted the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Seeded third, he defeated the No. 2 and No. 1 seeds to claim the title.
Mitchell, a junior who won his 100th match in late December, claimed the 130-pound crown to remain undefeated this winter.
Pity the poor members of local school boards who have to put a budget before voters this March.
At least our schools’ administrators get paid to sort through the tangled mess that is Vermont school funding. But school board members go through this annual exercise in masochism out of their truly honorable sense of civic duty and doing what is right for our children.
With all due respect to my colleagues in sports writing, I’m not sure I trust our collective wisdom.