Archive - 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury College skier and two-time U.S. Olympian Andrew Johnson has been named the new head coach of the Nordic ski program at Middlebury College. Johnson comes to Middlebury from the University of Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three years and helped the Catamounts win the 2012 NCAA title.
Johnson said he welcomes the move back to Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s top high school basketball player, Missisquoi Valley Union senior Matt St. Amour, has decided to attend Middlebury College and play for Coach Jeff Brown’s successful men’s basketball program, according to a Tuesday night online report on www.burlingtonfreepress.com.
According to Middlebury College sports information director Brad Nadeau, college officials “cannot comment at this time.”
MILTON — Ten Vergennes Area Youth Wrestling Club members won titles this past weekend at a Milton tournament as what club organizers said has been a successful season for the organization continued.
Club membership has grown to 53, and 46 wrestlers competed this past weekend at Milton. There, the team also won the tournament’s sportsmanship award, as voted by the event’s referees and other competing clubs.
As well as the 10 first-place finishes at Milton, Vergennes youth wrestlers earned nine second-place results and 14 third-place showings.
In the ongoing budget battle in Montpelier, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s pitch to avoid higher taxes resonates with the average Vermont voter and Main Street businesses, while Speaker of the House Shap Smith has the political muscle of the House (and the support of a host of lobbying groups representing the low-income population) on his side to support a package of tax increases to balance the budget.
If your kids play sports, you know only too well the pain of bleacher fatigue, or, as it is known in medical journals, gluteus maximus agonius.
The prolonged sitting on pullout bleachers for sporting events causes numbness of the backside, an ache in the lower back and stiff knees and hips. (In colonial America, rule-breakers were originally forced to sit for hours on a set of bleachers in the town square. The stocks and pillory were adopted only after bleachers were deemed “intollerably crewell.”)
House Speaker Shap Smith and Gov. Peter Shumlin are as politically attuned to each other’s positions as any member of the same party could hope for. And in the governor’s first term, the two worked well together to balance budgets in tough times and make significant progress on steps toward health care reform, pro-business incentives and education.
Why, then, is there such a rift over balancing this year’s budget? In particular over the Earned Income Tax Credit program, and the House’s insistence to raise broad-based taxes on the rich?
This week’s writer is Jeb Spaulding, Vermont Secretary of Administration.