January 19th, 2017
VERGENNES — Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY Ambassador is Cyrus Devine.
BURLINGTON — The following students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont.
Simon Anguish, Vergennes; Jessica Brisson, Shoreham; John Burke, Addison; Anna Cavazos, Middlebury; Glen Childers, Vergennes; Erin Connor, Bridport; Charles Dayton, Cornwall; Taylor Farnsworth, Bristol; Christian Fjeld, Brandon; Riley Forbes, Bristol; Haley Gearwar, Brandon; Gretchen Groves, Middlebury; Ellen Hallman, Middlebury; Hannah Hatch, Vergennes; Tyler Hogan, Middlebury.
BURLINGTON — The following students have been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall 2016 semester. Jocelyn Bedell of Bristol, who is majoring in Game Art and Animation; Paige Coyle of Vergennes, who is majoring in Psychology; Alexander Dalton of Middlebury, who is majoring in Management of Creative Media; Zachary Denis of Salisbury, who is majoring in Graphic Design & Digital Media; and Cody Douglas of Leicester, who is majoring in Management of Creative Media.
As the reluctant bookkeeper for my husband’s business, I dread this time of year: It’s tax season. I hate thinking about money, much less keeping track of it, and I don’t really understand accounting.
It’s not that I’m bad at math; back in my school days, I never met a cosine I didn’t like. But my accountant insists that fun stuff like vectors and rational coefficients aren’t appropriate for small-business accounting, and that I need to stop using the quadratic formula altogether (apparently, it’s screwing up payroll).
BRANDON — The visiting West Rutland High School girls’ basketball team’s surge in the middle of Monday’s fourth quarter proved to be just enough to allow the undefeated Golden Horde to edge Otter Valley, 32-31, in a defensive battle.
As we begin 2017, there are so many unknowns. Similar to the process of death, we can’t predict anything — mystery abounds. It doesn’t matter where we stand in our political tendencies, religious practices and cultural traditions or where we fall on the economic, social, sexual and wellness spectrums. Regardless of who we are or where we are — we will face change, we will face life and we will face death.
The Women’s March
On Jan. 21, hundreds of thousands of women are marching in Washington, D.C. and, simultaneously, throughout our country, to express the values we hold sacred as women in our society, as Americans, and as a citizens of our Earth.
We, the people, must no longer endure inflamed public discourse that validates longstanding violations of our human rights. Nor can we permit those violations to continue.