February 12th, 2015
On Feb. 10, a public hearing was held at the Statehouse to discuss requiring background checks for people purchasing firearms in Vermont. This is an important issue for all Vermonters.
In 1689, one hundred years before America’s independence, the English Bill of Rights already established the right for citizens to bear firearms. The Second Amendment just codified what every American already knew, that Americans have the right to own firearms. No one is suggesting that this right be repealed.
When I was a child there were no vaccinations against the childhood diseases so I suffered through them. The mumps in first grade. I can still remember how I sobbed heartbroken because that day Mr. Gianti, the science teacher, was going to take us on a trip to the moon. Two weeks out of school even though after the first few days I felt fine.
I read with interest the article on the front page of the Addison Independent about the Heffernan family and their daughter, Kaitlin Heffernan, who needs money for a double lung transplant, having suffered with cystic fibrosis all her life. How sad, a young lady, working, putting money into the system and wondering how her life is going to turn out.
HUNTINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ Nordic teams on Saturday competed at the Sleepy Hollow Nordic Center in a “pursuit race” that combined both of the sport’s disciplines, classic and freestyle skiing.
Competitors skied one 3-kilometer classic leg, stopped in a transition area to switch skis, then went back out to complete the race on a different 3K freestyle leg.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury dance team hosted its only home meet of the winter on Friday, Feb. 6, and posted its best finish in the Jazz competition, taking third in a close decision behind Mount Mansfield and Lamoille.
Mount Mansfield proved to be the evening’s big winner, prevailing in both of the disciplines the Cougars entered, Jazz and Hip Hop.
Mount Anthony won the third competition, Pom, edging Missisquoi and Burr & Burton in a tight, three-team duel.
MUHS took seventh in another closely bunched field in the Hip Hop discipline.
WESTPORT, N.Y. — Members of Addison County’s Vermont Fencing Alliance earned top finishes against fencers from Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Canada at this past Saturday’s Groundhog Open in Westport.
Middlebury’s Will Nop earned the local club’s best result, taking first place in Youth Epee. New Haven’s Asher Kite and Middlebury’s Peter Wolosinski earned second and third places, respectively, in that event.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play, all on Monday, Middlebury won a key Lake Division game, but Vergennes was upset on the road and Mount Abraham dropped a home contest.
VERGENNES — Five Vergennes Union High School wrestlers placed on Saturday at Mount Mansfield’s Jason Lowell Tournament as the Commodores took fifth out of 18 teams competing.
Brandon Cousino led the way by winning at 170 pounds, edging Spaulding’s Sam Kuckuk in the final, 7-5.
Also for VUHS, Trevon Smith was second at 126, Kyle Kingsley took third at 113, Ethan Reardon was fourth at 132, and Ryan Paquin finished fourth at 182.