January 19th, 2017
As we begin 2017, there are so many unknowns. Similar to the process of death, we can’t predict anything — mystery abounds. It doesn’t matter where we stand in our political tendencies, religious practices and cultural traditions or where we fall on the economic, social, sexual and wellness spectrums. Regardless of who we are or where we are — we will face change, we will face life and we will face death.
The Women’s March
On Jan. 21, hundreds of thousands of women are marching in Washington, D.C. and, simultaneously, throughout our country, to express the values we hold sacred as women in our society, as Americans, and as a citizens of our Earth.
We, the people, must no longer endure inflamed public discourse that validates longstanding violations of our human rights. Nor can we permit those violations to continue.
On Jan. 12, the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) and Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association (ANTA) held their sixth contract negotiations meeting. The main topics we discussed were the definition of a teacher, flexible scheduling, salary and benefits.
ESSEX — Eight area wrestlers earned top-six finishes this past weekend at Essex High School’s Michael Baker Classic, which drew 31 teams from around New England and New York.
Vergennes senior Brandon Cousino earned the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Award for topping previously undefeated Concord, N.H., 182-pounder George Tarwo in dramatic fashion.
BURLINGTON — Local athletes won six Division II events on Saturday at a high school indoor track and field meet hosted by the University of Vermont. Mount Abraham junior Lydia Pitts accounted for three of the wins.
Pitts prevailed in the girls’ 55-meter hurdles and the long and triple jumps. Her time in the hurdles and distance in the triple jump would have won the D-II boys’ competition at the same meet.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Otter Valley boys edged visiting Mount Abraham to highlight local high school basketball play in the past week.
In other action, the Middlebury girls picked up two victories, the Vergennes girls won on the road, the OV girls won at home on Saturday and also hosted unbeaten West Rutland (see story on Page 1B) on Monday, the OV boys lost at home to a top team, and the Tiger boys dropped a road contest.
According to the Vermont Department on Aging, 23.8 percent of Vermonters will be over the age of 65 by 2032, which will rank Vermont’s population as the oldest in the nation. This will have widespread implications for Vermont’s health care system and local communities.
STOWE — On Dec. 11 the Middlebury Union High School Nordic teams competed well in a 5-kilometer classic race against Division I teams at a meet hosted by Stowe at the Trapp Family Lodge.
The Tiger boys placed three racers in the top 10 and finished second behind Champlain Valley in a seven-team team field, 21-33, with Stowe (45), Mount Mansfield (71), Colchester (86), Peoples (134) and Fairfax (164) rounding out the field.