June 16th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Ryan Biette of Middlebury has had more than the typical challenges of being a first-year student at Tufts University. Three major surgeries in the last year have made him travel a different path than he had planned — in what one might say was an unexpected “gap year.”
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School announces the valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2016. Hannah Funk of Bristol, daughter of Tom Funk and Elizabeth Maher and older sister of Molly and Louisa, is this year’s valedictorian. Mahli Knutson of Bristol, daughter of Linda Knutson and younger sister of Lili, is this year’s salutatorian.
CORNWALL — Vermont State Police cited a Shoreham man for driving a tractor while intoxicated after state Fish & Wildlife officials reported seeing a John Deere tractor strike a covered bridge on Swamp Road in Cornwall during the afternoon of Wednesday, June 15.
The game wardens told VSP they stopped the tractor on Route 30 and found the driver to be Denny Pouliot, 40. They suspected Pouliot had been drinking alcohol, according to VSP.
VERGENNES — The newly elected Addison Northwest Unified Union School District (ANWSD) board will officially form on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.
Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe will open the meeting and run the agenda, according to now Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANwSU) Superintendent JoAn Canning, whose title will change slightly after Monday.
BRANDON — Behind Otter Valley Union High School lies Hawk Hill, an expanse of contiguous forest, rich in ecological integrity and local history. A class within the high school, the Moosalamoo Center, has used, stewarded and studied the landscape, finding it to be a living laboratory of Vermont history both environmental and societal.
NEW HAVEN — The Addison County 4-H Horse Clinic, held June 3-5, gave local 4-H club members a chance to hone their equestrian skills and knowledge of horses while enjoying a fun weekend at the Addison County Fair and Field Days grounds in New Haven.
The annual event, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H in Addison County, was open to all Vermont 4-H club members, including those without horses, and included a two-night stay at the fairgrounds. Twenty-one youths participated with their horses and eight without horses.
MIDDLEBURY — Ferrisburgh Democrat and longtime attorney Fritz Langrock hopes to make the leap from the Addison County courthouse to the Vermont Statehouse come next January.
To that end, he has joined a cast of four candidates who will compete this November for the two Addison-3 House seats representing Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. Also running are Ferrisburgh Republican Monique Thurston and incumbent Reps. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, and Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh.
In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre late Saturday night, what should appall all Americans is Trump’s assault on the basic values of Americanism — our respect for common decency, our sense of justice and tolerance of religious beliefs. Trump’s lack thereof was an embarrassment to many top leaders of the Republican Party, and an outrage to almost everyone else in the U.S. and the western world. Even House Speaker Paul Ryan, the leading congressional Republican, rejected Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country.