May 9th, 2013
BURLINGTON — Athletes from the Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school track teams scored points with top-six finishes on this past Friday and Saturday at the Burlington Invitational, a major midseason meet that drew dozen of teams.
The Essex boys’ and girls’ teams prevailed overall. The Tiger girls were 14th among 21 teams that managed to score points, followed by the Eagles in 16th and the Commodores in 18th.
The Tiger boys were 16th, and the VUHS boys were 18th among 27 teams that scored at least one top-six finish.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Middlebury racecar driver Todd Stone opened his 2013 season this past weekend with wins on two tracks, in South Plattsburgh, N.Y.’s Airborne Speedway on Saturday and at Devil’s Bowl in West Haven on Sunday.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/6 MUHS vs. Woodstock ...................... 8-6
5/7 Rice vs. VUHS ................................ 14-4
5/8 MUHS vs. Burlington ...................... 15-7
5/8 Colchester vs. Rice ........................ 16-2
I started my drive toward Otter Creek two hours before sunset. My waders and fly-rod were in the back of the car along with a couple tins of new flies freshly tied over the winter and still undamaged by rocks, branches, or the mouths of fish.
Two votes facing Vergennes residents next Tuesday — a $1.45 million bond to fund a new police station, and a $600,000 loan to replace the high school roof — deserve community support.
Despite a legislative session that seemed geared to raise several broad-based taxes, news this week suggests that Gov. Peter Shumlin will get what he wanted: the appearance of holding the line on taxes in the face of a lot of red-ink at the start of the session. The somewhat unexpected turnaround this week was helped by better than expected tax receipts for the month of April (and a rosier than expected forecast for the rest of the year), and a proposed federal tax on internet sales that, if passed, could yield $15 million to $20 million for the state annually.
I’ve stumbled onto an unexpected joy of parenting: singing with my children.
As a person who considers herself (a) frugal and (b) skeptical of new technology, I have a confession to make.
I want a smartphone. Desperately.
This admission gets two reactions. The first, from people who sometimes don’t even look up from their own phones as they respond, is, “Well, duh.” The other, the one that echoed my own sentiments until a few weeks ago, is, “Ugh, no. Why would anyone spend that kind of money every month on a stupid phone whose use is causing the rapid meltdown of society as we know it?”