March 2nd, 2015
BRANDON — Echoes might still be bouncing around rafters in the House of Noise, in which a standing-room-only crowd on Saturday watched the host No. 4 Otter Valley Union High School outlast visiting No. 5 Vergennes, 48-39, in a tense, physical Division II boys’ basketball quarterfinal.
MIDDLEBURY — In what might have been the Division II boys’ hockey championship game and not just a quarterfinal, on Wednesday No. 5 U-32 scored two late goals to edge No. 4 Middlebury, 2-1, at the Memorial Sports Center.
The teams entered the game with misleading records. The Raiders, 13-7-1 after the win, went 10-1-1 in their final 12 regular season games, while the 12-7-2 Tigers ended their season with an 11-3-2 record vs. Vermont D-II teams.
MIDDLEBURY — Sixteen Vergennes, Middlebury, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham union high school wrestlers earned top-six finishes at this weekend’s state championship meet, which was held at MUHS.
Three reached finals, but were denied titles in their last bouts: MUHS junior Nathan Gebo at 113 pounds, OV sophomore Tyson Cram at 132, and VUHS sophomore Brandon Cousino at 170. Middlebury junior Nick Beauchamp also qualified to compete at the upcoming New England championship meet by taking third at 195 pounds.
With several cases of measles occurring in the state last year, there is an increasing risk that continuing philosophical exemptions to vaccinations could put Vermont’s public school children in harm’s way. That’s because Vermont’s vaccination rate is coming close to 90 percent, a dangerous territory because below that rate is when contagious diseases — like measles, mumps and small pox — take hold and spread.
The staff and board of the Brandon Free Public Library in Brandon are asking registered voters in the towns of Brandon and Forest Dale to please continue to support us by voting Yes for our budget appropriation on March 3.
Our budget totals $163,725. We raise almost half ($78,225) outside of town support, making our library one of the most self-sustaining libraries in Vermont. Our library is busy; we average over 200 users per day.
I would like to thank Rep. Amy Sheldon for her vote and strong support for H.35. This water quality bill passed through the House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee with a resounding 7-2 vote, with Rep. Terenzin (Rutland) and Rep. Willhoit (St. Johnsbury) representing the opposing votes. This bill (pending,we have a long way to go) gives the Agency of Natural Resources and the Agency of Agriculture new powers with reasonable requirements to implement and enforce the clean water laws in the state of Vermont.
When I moved to Vermont years ago I knew I needed to find a way to affordably heat my Leicester home. At the time fuel oil was my only option but just recently I learned of this virtuous combination of having a heat pump and solar panels heat your home.
I love the idea that these two work together to create renewable heating. The affordability of solar heat was enticing but more than anything I wanted a way to reduce my carbon footprint, to help reduce my contribution to climate change. But, my plan hit a snag. My home is too shaded for solar.