February 4th, 2013
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union School Board has approved a $10,542,068 spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that represents a 2.3 percent increase. Officials attributed the marginal increase to some creative shifting of personnel and the possible use of a reserve fund for computer equipment.
The proposed budget amounts to a $209,518 increase over the current year’s spending plan.
MIDDLEBURY — Round One didn’t disappoint.
Friday’s first 2013 matchup between two of the state’s best high school boys’ basketball teams delivered all the drama fans could hope for, as Vergennes remained undefeated by turning back Middlebury, 58-52, before the biggest crowd in the MUHS gym in a decade.
After the 14-0 Commodores sailed to an early 17-point lead, the 11-3 Tigers roared back and the second half saw seven lead changes and five ties before a Shep Carter three-pointer at 2:32 put VUHS up for good.
MIDDLEBURY — For much of Friday’s game against visiting North Country, it looked like the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team would earn what has been an elusive win against a top-four Division II team.
The fifth-place Tigers have routinely outshot the teams above them in the standings, but have come up on the short end on the scoreboard.
BOLTON VALLEY — The Middlebury Union High School Nordic ski teams swept to victories on Jan. 29 in relay races hosted by BFA-St. Albans at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center.
The Tiger girls’ and boys’ teams each prevailed over a couple dozen teams from a half-dozen schools in a three-leg relay held on a 3-kilometer course.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/30 MUHS vs. U-32 ................................ 6-0
2/1 N. Country vs. MUHS ........................ 3-1
1/30 MUHS vs. Missisquoi ..................... 2-2
2/1 MUHS vs. Stowe................................ 6-3
2/1 VUHS vs. MUHS ........................... 58-52
What seemed striking about the “death with dignity” debate that filled the State Capitol this past week were the juxtaposed tones from each respective side: compassion to ease the suffering of loved ones was the predominant message of those who supported the legislation; a more strident argument against the moral affront the bill poses dominated the testimony of those opposed.
Vermonters rightfully perplexed by complex feelings about this issue might reflect on those countering arguments to draw their own conclusions.
Rep. Diane Lanpher, Addison-3, is a member of the House Transportation Committee.
Vermont’s transportation system has faced some extraordinary challenges in recent years, with four federally declared disasters in 2011, including spring floods followed by Tropical Storm Irene. This year we face different transportation challenges — both challenge the Transportation Fund. One more immediate and another reaching far into the future.
Long Term challenge:
FERRISBURGH — Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham withdrew her candidacy for the Addison-3 House vacancy on Thursday, leaving Warren Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh as the lone remaining nominee and therefore the presumptive successor to the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes.