Archive - Apr 2011
Many American independents voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because they thought he was the smartest Democrat available. They put him in office. Given what we were facing in the aftermath of the incredibly profligate and counterproductive Bush presidency, smarts were what were needed.
Many voters figured he was smart enough to successfully lead the Democrats against what was bound to be a single-minded, ruthless Republican onslaught intent on retaking power in Washington.
BRANDON — After a hard-fought, scoreless first-quarter on Friday, the visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ lacrosse team began to earn the edge in play in the second quarter, and took a 3-1 halftime lead over Otter Valley.
In the second half, that edge became decisive as the Eagles bounced back from an 11-goal loss in their opener earlier last week to pull away for a 15-2 victory.
Eagle senior middie Myles McGowan said the sharper ball control the Eagles displayed as the game progressed bodes will for the rest of their season.
MIDDLEBURY — Thanks to Middlebury voters’ recent approval of two, $3 million bond issues, area residents will see utility improvements, ditching and repaving on several local roads this spring and summer.
BRISTOL — Students at Mount Abraham Union High School rolled up their sleeves, picked up their hoes, and got their hands dirty in the school garden last week. Overseen by volunteer Walter O’Donoghue, who runs the Mount Abe garden, a team of ninth-graders on Thursday turned the soil in the beds and began seeding a wide range of crops from spring lettuce and radishes to summer tomatoes and peppers to leeks and winter squash.
MIDDLEBURY — After 16 years of lighting up local stages, Middlebury’s After Dark Music series has itself gone dark.
Series founders and coordinators Harvey and Carol Green explained that while they have enjoyed bringing numerous high-caliber folk, blues, jazz and other acts to Addison County’s shire town over the years, they are ready to retire from the physical strain and financial challenge of organizing a half-dozen shows each year.
MIDDLEBURY — A smattering of Middlebury voters at an April 13 meeting approved a 2011-2012 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of almost $5.9 million.
The annual budget meeting drew around nine residents who were not members of either the ID-4 school board or school administration.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their April 12 meeting approved the city’s farmers’ market request to use the downtown green for another season, but not without some discussion triggered by the proposed inclusion of a pizza maker among the market’s vendors.
City Manager Mel Hawley first raised the issue that such a vendor might conflict with existing downtown eateries.