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November 11th, 2013
This piece originally appeared in the Vermont School Boards Association’s October 2013 newsletter.
RUTLAND — Middlebury Union High School football Coach Dennis Smith stood teary-eyed at midfield, soaked head to toe, trying to take it all in Saturday night. The Tigers had just capped their undefeated season with a win over powerhouse South Burlington to capture the Division I state title.
Behind an impressive performance by junior quarterback Austin Robinson, who threw for one touchdown and ran for three, the Tigers beat the Rebels, 26-6, in front of a capacity crowd at Alumni Field in Rutland.
A grandparent or senior can share wisdom and wide experiences of the world with a child. And children have lessons to teach their elder caregivers as well.
The Everybody Wins program connects youngsters with volunteer reading buddies who help them learn how to read and love books. The volunteers can be any age, but they are very often seniors who have some extra time and want to connect with area kids.
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont State Police announced on Thursday that troopers continued their search for missing Ferrisburgh 17-year-old Hailey Rheaume-Fox, who was first reported missing on Oct. 11.
Det. Sgt. Sam Capagrossi said that since the time of her disappearance it was believed Rheaume-Fox was in the Burlington area with friends avoiding police. Further, police believed she was in contact with her mother through text messages since running away.
ADDISON COUNTY — Having one’s driver’s license suspended can be the punishment that keeps on penalizing. Not having access to a vehicle for a substantial length of time can prevent the offender from getting to doctors’ appointments, to family events and — ironically — to a job to earn the money to pay off fines in order to have the driver’s license reinstated.
In autumn, when the trees are bare and the land can be read as easily as a book, the headstones curve and dip along the subtle contours of the hillside, the markers as precisely aligned with their neighbors as soldiers standing in formation. But unlike stones in practically every other cemetery in Vermont, none of these leans or lists, no matter winter’s violence. At the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph, Bob Durkee’s job is to see that they don’t.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen met on Tuesday night and formally accepted a petition from resident Jeff Margolis that calls for a citywide vote on whether Vergennes residents back or oppose the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline that would run through Vergennes and other Addison County communities.
After accepting the petition on Tuesday, aldermen set a Dec. 10 vote on whether residents agree with their support of the pipeline.
ADDISON COUNTY — Jean Fifield and Mary Smith are arguably two of the best delivery drivers in Addison County. What other food delivery driver will check your mail and even sit with you while you eat if you’d like company?
The pair delivers for the Champlain Valley Agency for Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers hot, nutritious lunches and suppers to seniors who are unable to prepare their own meals.