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March 4th, 2015
The Vermont Public Health Association is greatly concerned about gun violence death and disability and its profound and lasting negative effect on families and communities. Thus we support the 2015 Legislature’s efforts to create legislation that will minimize Vermonters’ exposure to ill-intended or accidental gun violence.
A year ago, there was lively discussion in Middlebury about the wisdom of turning over a piece of public real estate to Middlebury College in exchange for a contribution toward two new town buildings. Many in the community voiced concern about trading away a valuable public asset, the site of our present municipal building and gym.
Vermonters are generally decent and non-discriminatory citizens with respect for our fellow human beings and, in the words of George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, “answer to that of God in every one.” We find it fascinating to read an article in the recent quarterly issue of the “Intelligence Report,” a journal put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SCPLC), about a legal dispute in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
In January 1,400 letters and 12,000 petition signatures were hand delivered in Montpelier in support of a bill to be sponsored by, among others, our Sen. Claire Ayer. The bill, S.31, is about to be re-drafted to focus on two of the three provisions originally included.
Town Meeting on Saturday in Starksboro featured a lengthy discussion with key players in the state’s, the county’s and the town’s education deciders.
Joining our debate, in addition to our local school board, were Superintendent David Adams and Rep. Dave Sharpe, chair of the Vermont House Education Committee.
BURLINGTON — The sense came early in the Division I final Tuesday that it could be a long night for the No. 2 Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team.
Top-seeded Essex won the opening faceoff at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Arena and attacked immediately. Senior Hornet forward Melanie Theriault broke in almost unhindered on Tiger sophomore goalie Rowan Hendy. Hendy held her ground, and Theriault’s forehand whistled wide left.
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 hosted by MUHS and apparently smoothly operated by school officials.
RIPTON — Highlighted by a dramatic second-place finish in Tuesday’s classic relay race at the Rikert Nordic Center, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ Nordic ski team took third in the two-day Division II state championship meet.
The Tiger girls finished fourth in D-II in racing staged over two days in two venues: Freestyle skiing races were held on Feb. 26 at the Craftsbury Nordic Center, and Rikert in Ripton hosted Tuesday’s classic events.