April 17th, 2014
WALTHAM — At a March 31 special meeting, the Waltham selectboard agreed to contract with Michael Merrigan to be in charge of maintaining the town’s roads.
The position, which is paid on a contract basis, has been held for decades by Francis Warner, who had told Waltham officials he planned to step down this summer.
The House Education Committee’s bill to eliminate approximately 80 percent of Vermont’s school districts by consolidating their number from 273 to about 50 has been the subject of considerable debate in recent weeks in the Statehouse, in the education community, and in the press.
What is it about this snowy Wednesday morning that made me think of the 1950s musical “Oklahoma!” with its irrepressible theme song: “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’, oh what a beautiful day!”
Must be something about a fresh snowfall that makes the world a brighter place, or, if we just count our blessings and look around us, we realize how beautiful a place this is.
At Monday’s legislative breakfast, Weybridge resident Fran Putnam asked an important question concerning a legislative proposal to consolidate school governance districts as drafted in H.883: “Before we totally throw the baby out with the bathwater,” she said, “we really need to think about: What is the problem we’re trying to solve, what is the goal here, and is this the best way to do it?”
Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, answered that question in part:
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team won four of five home games this past weekend, including a three-game NESCAC West sweep that leaves the Panthers in a first-place tie in league play.
Overall, the Panthers are 14-8, 5-1 in league play. League rival Williams is 15-6, 5-1 in NESCAC West play. The Panthers host last-place Hamilton for a three-game set this Friday and Saturday, and will travel to Williams on April 25 and 26 for what will probably be a decisive series.
BRISTOL — Scrum. Ruck. Lineout. Try zone. Maul. Knock on. Drop goal. Grubber.
Bristol residents might want to brush up on their rugby lingo, because the centuries-old sport is coming to town.
The Bristol Recreation Department and the Hub Teen Center are joining forces to field a team that will compete in a league run by the Vermont Youth Rugby Association. Bolton Littlefield of the Hub is spearheading the effort.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team, ranked No. 8 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll, picked up three wins last week, including one over another ranked team that should move the Panthers up in the polls this week. The Panthers moved to 12-2 with the victories.
On this past Friday, the Panthers picked up a 6-3 win at No. 5 Williams (10-3, 3-1 NESCAC), sweeping all three doubles matches in the process.
BRANDON — It’s way too early to say the defending Division II champion Otter Valley baseball team has picked right up where the Otters left off from 2013’s 17-1 campaign.
But at least so far, so good, despite the program’s significant losses to graduation.
On Monday, the Otters jumped on visiting Windsor early on the way to a 10-2 win, one that coupled with their 6-1 Friday win at Bellows Falls gave them to 2-0 start to their season.