February 16th, 2015
NORTHFIELD — Vergennes Union High School senior Chris Castillo won the Division II boys’ triple jump at 37 feet, 8 inches to highlight efforts by local athletes at Saturday’s indoor track championship meet, which was held at Norwich University.
Other local athletes who earned top-three placings were VUHS senior Ally Stearns in the girls’ shotput and Willem Landis, a member of Middlebury’s club indoor track team, who took third in the boys’ 3,200-meter race.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/11 MUHS vs. Spaulding........................ 3-1
2/14 MUHS vs. Burr & Burton................... 3-0
2/11 U-32 vs. MUHS................................. 5-2
2/14 MUHS vs. Missisquoi....................... 5-3
MILTON — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team outlasted host Milton on Friday, 34-29, to finish the regular season at 14-6. Eagle Emma Carter scored 10 points to lead all scorers in the victory over the 8-12 Yellowjackets.
The two-time Division II defending champion Eagles will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed, a status that the Vermont Principals’ Association was set to make official early on Monday.
FAIR HAVEN — The Otter Valley Union High School dropped its final two games of the regular season late last week to finish at 3-17.
It appears the Otters will be the No. 16 seed in the Division II playoffs and play at No. 1 Lake Region (18-2) early this week. The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to announce pairings early on Monday.
SWANTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team split a pair of road games last week and stands in sixth place in Division II with one game to go. The Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Thursday.
The 11-6-2 Tigers have a chance to pick up points with a road win on Wednesday, when they visit Northfield (6-12). After last week’s results, they have defeated every team above them in the standings except fifth-place U-32.
One of the roles of any public governing body is to encourage maximum public participation in decisions crucial to the community. Public participation, after all, is the foundation of democracy.
Regarding the article “Vergennes solar array output comes up short” that ran in the Monday, Feb. 9, issue of the Independent, it’s unfortunate that you used an image of the Acorn Energy Solar One community solar project located off Lucius Shaw Lane behind the Middlebury police station to illustrate the story. That’s because this locally owned, 150-kilowatt array has consistently exceeded its original annual electricity production estimate of 172,000 kilowatt hours by an average of 6.7 percent over the past three years.
This week’s writer is Lawrence Miller, chief of Health Care Reform for Vermont.
As someone who for the past 25 years has owned, advised or worked closely with a Vermont business, I know firsthand how confusing our healthcare system is for employers. But here’s the most confusing aspect of all: Over the past three years, hospital budget growth has been kept at 3 percent, the lowest rate in 40 years. However, many private insurance premiums have risen way beyond that rate over that same time period. How can that be? The answer is the cost shift.