May 16th, 2016
On my morning walk through Middlebury today, I saw a disturbing sight. The large granite blocks outside the new town office building now sport corporate advertising. I knew the selectboard was considering this approach to fundraising, because my company had been solicited for funds.
This week’s writers are Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, and Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, chair and vice chair, respectively, of the House Judiciary Committee.
It may be accurate to observe that Gov. Shumlin’s accomplishments during his final legislative session have been modest but it goes a bit too far to cast off the work of the General Assembly as “an uninspired, housekeeping session that was remarkable for how few initiatives lawmakers tackled” (VTDigger, May 7, 2016).
Every day in Vermont, over 21,000 children are left alone to care for themselves between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. The statewide shortage of high-quality afterschool and summer programs is a significant challenge for many working families.
A 2014 nationwide report ranked Vermont as fourth in the nation for after-school programming. Yet, this report also revealed that there are more than 22,000 Vermont K-12 students who would participate in an afterschool program today, if they had access to one.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes defeated visiting Division III rival Otter Valley for the second time in less than a week to highlight the local boys’ lacrosse slate in the latter half of last week.
In other games, VUHS won again, Mount Abraham won a home game, and Middlebury split two D-I contests.
HINESBURG — Host Champlain Valley defeated the Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team on Friday, 13-7, dealing the Tigers their second straight setback after their 7-0 start.
The 7-3 Redhawks also avenged an earlier 6-4 loss at MUHS when they scored five straight second-half goals to establish an insurmountable six-goal lead. CVU’s Emma Owens (five goals) and Annie Keen (four goals) led the offense, and goalie Bailee Pudvar made seven saves.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball play late last week, Middlebury stretched a winning streak, Otter Valley split a pair of games, Mount Abraham split two games against Division I competition, and Vergennes dropped a home game to a top D-I team.
The Commodores also hosted Rice on Saturday; see story.
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury picked up a road win to highlight area high school baseball action late last week, while Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley all came up short.
On Thursday, the Tigers pulled away late to defeat host Milton, 9-1, as Bruce Wright earned the complete-game pitching win. Pierson Beatty poked two hits and drove in a run, and Austin Friend,Patrick Messenger andWyatt Cameron each had one hit and two RBIs.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/13 CVU vs. MUHS............................... 13-7
5/11 VUHS vs. OV.................................. 16-4
5/11 MUHS vs. St. Albans...................... 11-5
5/13 VUHS vs. U-32.............................. 18-10