October 23rd, 2014
It’s been true for decades that in Vermont most of us no longer live or work on farms. Addison County sometimes even seems to be slowly suburbanizing.
So it’s easy to forget how wrapped up Vermont’s identity remains with agriculture — from the beauty of our landscape to the local produce at the natural foods store around the corner.
While our politics are often dominated by concerns about energy, social services and healthcare, agriculture still has a big role to play.
I am responding to information that was sent out on the Mount Abe Renovation Project (air quality, tandem classrooms, access to the auditorium, pool, gym and library, etc.).
It is proposed that we would spend $32.6 million to add discretionary, nice-to-have, features for Mount Abe. Our property taxes are out of control and we still spend time and money figuring out how to spend more.
I am dismayed by the EPA’s recent decision to approve Enlist Duo, a weed killer that contains 2,4-D, a key ingredient in the toxic Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange.
The EPA ignored overwhelming scientific evidence showing its harm to human health and the environment. 2,4-D has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and reproductive problems. It is highly volatile and may cause serious damage to nearby non-GMO and organic crops, threatening serious economic losses for farmers.
The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont are back and this 21st-century army of renewable energy soldiers is by all appearances fighting for nothing more than personal gain. With warp-speed competitive zeal this 1 percent band of investors, developers and manufacturers is very busy blanketing the landscape of Vermont with solar fields.
BRISTOL — The No. 7 Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team on Tuesday overwhelmed visiting No. 10 Springfield, 4-0, in a first-round Division II playoff game.
The 7-7 Eagles will next play at another area field hockey team, No. 2 Otter Valley (the 11-2 Marble Valley League A Division champ), in a Friday quarterfinal at 3:45 p.m.
The third local squad, Middlebury (7-4-2), earned the No. 4 seed in D-I and will host No. 5 South Burlington (8-5) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School cross-country team recently hosted its annual Pee Wee Invitational, in which children in grades pre-K through 6 come to Mount Abe and run a “cross-country” race. The results are as follows.
Kindergarten and pre-K boys and girls, 1/8 mile: 1. Irie Mazur, 52.29; 2. Lincoln Ward, 52.78; 3. Hagan White, 58.60; 4. Jake Jerome, 1:06; 5. Kassi Garrow 1:12; 6. Jackson, Ward 3:14.
First- and second-grade girls, 1/4 mile: 1. Caitlyn Marcotullio, 2:05.
RIPTON — Sunny skies and cool temperatures brought out a huge crowd for the 27th annual Ripton Ridge Run. Nearly 240 people participated in the 10.4K and 5K runs and the 5K Fun Walk on Sunday, Oct. 12. After the race, the wonderful weather allowed lunch, awards ceremony and raffle to be held outside on the grounds of the Ripton School.
SWANTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ cross-country team on this past Saturday won the NVAC small-school championship, placing three runners in the top 10 to score 42 points and easily outpace second-place Rice (71) at an event hosted by Missisquoi.