February 20th, 2017
An Open Letter to Governor Scott: With all the chaos happening at the federal level, it is difficult for me to focus on the issues within our state. However, that very chaos makes it imperative that we take the right course here. I applaud your stand on the immigration actions, but am concerned about other directions you are espousing. You want to improve Vermont’s economy. You want to increase opportunities for a younger demographic of workers in our state. Those are fine goals, but how do we achieve them?
On March 7, Panton town voters will be presented with a proposed budget that calls for a 1.83 percent increase in the property tax rate. This sounds reasonable until you discover on page 12 of the 2016 audit report (online) that the town has an unassigned surplus of $107,962. The same thing happened last year. We had an unassigned surplus of $66,924 (page 12, 2015 audit) and raised the tax rate 2 percent. These surpluses are in addition to the “rainy day” fund established by the town several years ago.
Dear Editor, I know that there are many issues facing Addison County and Vermont in general. Attracting and retaining talent, protecting our environment and building the economy are chief among them.
MIDDLEBURY — The following Middlebury Union Middle School students were recognized for excellence in academics and work habits during the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.
ACADEMIC HIGH HONORS
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes Union High School senior Adam Gill reached the coveted 1,000-point plateau, Middlebury posted a big win over Mount Abraham, and Otter Valley earned its 10th win to highlight local boys’ basketball in the latter half of last week.
MIDDLEBURY — It wasn’t easy, for sure, but the second-seeded Middlebury College men’s basketball team got past No. 7 Bates in Saturday’s NESCAC quarterfinal, 88-84, in a packed Pepin Gymnasium and will play this weekend in the NESCAC final four at No. 1 Tufts.
On this coming Saturday at 4 p.m., the 22-3 Panthers will face No. 5 Trinity (16-9), in a rematch of a game won at home by the Panthers on Feb. 11, 97-80. The winner advances to Sunday’s final at noon.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team this winter compiled its best NESCAC record since 2001 and earned the right to host Saturday’s quarterfinal as the No. 4 seed, but No. 5 Colby outscored the Panthers, 16-7, in the final 7:20 to snap a tie and win, 48-39.
Several stats favored the 17-8 Panthers: They took more shots (56-45), grabbed more rebounds (43-31), and assisted more baskets (10-8).