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April 8th, 2015
Can Congress be saved?
No one is talking about abolishing this once august institution. But Congress is suffering from a well-deserved reputation for partisan bickering and gridlock, which have resulted in little recent action to address the nation’s challenges.
And as for global issues such as the environment — well, let’s just say the solutions are not going to emerge anytime soon from Capitol Hill.
Do we have small schools and small school districts or tiny schools and tiny school districts?
Will expanding the size of school districts and getting rid of supervisory unions increase or decrease democracy?
Can we embrace a new sense of our local community?
Does H.361 get rid of local school boards?
These are all questions related to the legislature’s initiative to change governance in our PreK-12 school system in Vermont contained in H.361 as passed by the Vermont House last week.
The most significant news out of Montpelier over the last few weeks was the passage, by the House, of the fiscal year 2016 budget, a tax bill to help make it work, a Clean Water bill and the Education bill.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse season started well on Saturday, when the Tigers breezed past traditional rival Woodstock, 14-2, in a game moved from Woodstock to Middlebury College’s Alumni Stadium due to weather and field conditions.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s track and field team on April 3 won its only home meet of the season, while the Panther women finished second in a meet that included athletes from Springfield, Castleton, Plattsburgh, Williams and Green Mountain. The Middlebury teams are set to visit Williams this weekend.
MIDDLEBURY — This past winter featured heavy and recurring snow, but for many runners on the Middlebury Union Middle School track team that was no reason to take a break from training.
For the third straight winter a group of diehard harriers have run throughout Vermont’s coldest season, taking many runs across snowy fields on snowmobile trails. Their coaches, Karen and Rick Morris, ran with a group of up to 17 runners every Monday and Friday since the last week in October. They even met during school vacations to get in runs.
BRISTOL — Lee Hodsden, who assisted the Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative varsity program for the past five seasons and finished the 2014 season as its interim head coach, last week was named as the team’s new head coach.
Mount Abraham Co-Athletic Director Jeff Stetson said there were several candidates for the position most recently held by Ernie Senecal, who resigned during the season this past fall, but that a search committee decided Hodsden was the person for the job.
I was sitting in Sama’s, near the rear, with my back to the door, drinking coffee and grading papers, hard-copy, the old-fashioned way.
My neighbor entered, sat down opposite me, and asked me what I was doing.
“Reading student papers. I’m teaching a course this spring,” I explained. “I get to teach one a year in retirement.”
“So,” my neighbor asked, “what course?”
“A baseball class. It’s called, “Segregation in America: Baseball’s Negro Leagues.”