Archive - May 17, 2012
I had a bad dream the other night. A classic gardener’s nightmare.
In the dream I awoke to a soft, sunny morning: a perfect gardening day. Robins were working the lawn, orioles were singing cascades of silver notes from the treetops and swallows were darting above the field, black shooting stars against a deep blue sky.
Maybe I feel so strongly about this because all the words I write, and all the decisions I make in writing those words on these pages, right or wrong, come with my name attached.
And I don’t pretend I am always right. I’ve misspelled names, misunderstood rules and laws, forgotten to put scores of games in stories (usually my editors catch that error for me, thankfully), and simply phrased things poorly. All those mistakes are highly public, and published corrections often follow.
BRANDON — On Monday, the Otter Valley Union High School softball team bounced back from its first loss in four games, a 6-0 setback to Division I title contender Brattleboro on Saturday, to edge another D-I foe, Mount Anthony, 6-5.
The Otters improved to 7-3 and held onto fifth place in D-II. The Patriots, a good defensive team with some strong hitters, dropped to 2-10 as two pitchers combined to allow five hits and eight walks.
NEW HAVEN — Former Democratic Rep. Christopher Bray of New Haven confirmed he will seek one of Addison County’s two state Senate seats this fall, a move that sets the stage for an Aug. 28 primary showdown with incumbent Democratic Sens. Claire Ayer of Addison and Harold Giard of Bridport.
VERMONT — On a gray May morning in Monkton, Norma Norris and Denzel Rankine were hard at work planting tomatoes, watering seedlings in the greenhouse and painting tables in preparation for the upcoming summer season.
Rankine, 48, comes to Norris Berry Farm from his home in Jamaica for six months each year through the federal H2A guest worker program, arriving in mid-April and staying until the end of the season in the fall.
ADDISON — Vergennes resident Karen Florucci can’t pin down whether she was in second or third grade when she picked out her career, but the choice stuck.
In early June, Florucci will retire after 25 years teaching at Addison Central School, 21 in kindergarten and four in second grade.
Before arriving at ACS, the 1972 Castleton State College graduate taught two years of elementary school in Castleton and three years at the now-shuttered Brandon Training Center, and then for four years in the 1980s operated her own kindergarten in her Vergennes home.
MIDDLEBURY — Don McIntosh has led three generations of Middlebury-area kids through exercises ranging from calisthenics to kickball.
Now, after 37 years as gym teacher serving local middle school-age students, McIntosh is ready to put down his whistle. But don’t expect him to prop up his feet in retirement, even as he approaches his 70th birthday.
VERMONT — Superintendents and principals across the state are bracing for looming cuts in federal education aid.
The “potential catastrophe,” as Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca put it, could lead to teacher layoffs and the end of crucial services for those students who need extra help, local education officials said.