May 30th, 2013
The economics of drug use has changed dramatically in the past generation. It used to be that heroin was an expensive drug, way out of the range of high school students and casual users who had to work for a living. In the 1980s, a bag cost about $100. Today, $10 will buy you that same bag of heroin — roughly the price of a pack of smokes or a high-priced beer.
MIDDLEBURY — The rivalry between Middlebury and Vergennes union high school teams on the baseball diamond always seems to bring excitement, especially with precious playoff points at stake.
Such was the case on Tuesday, when for the third straight game the Commodores received a stellar pitching performance, with the result being a 9-1 victory over Middlebury. The win moved the defending Division II champions to 9-6 as the season turns toward June. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 3-10 in the competitive Metro Division.
When I sat down recently with soon-to-retire Ferrisburgh Central School teacher Alana Lilly, I asked her the standard question about the highlights of her 30 years at the school.
As is always the case, not all of an interviewee’s response made the final cut for a story. Not everything fit: After all, in 30 years, Lilly, like other teachers with similar careers, had made an impact at her school.
Recent Vermont history shows that governors lose support the longer they stay in office. Jim Douglas’ vote share declined from his first re-election in 2004 through his last re-election in 2008, and Howard Dean faced challenging campaigns in his last two re-elections, in 1998 and 2000. The same trend may be starting for Peter Shumlin.
Memories of the recently ended session of the Vermont Legislature have, for all but the politically addicted, faded with the late spring heat.
But it’s worth taking a quick look back at the session, which will be remembered for two landmark pieces of legislation that will touch many Vermonters.
RUTLAND — The Mount Abraham Union High School golf team won Tuesday’s South Sectional at the Rutland Country Club while senior Jona Scott claimed medalist honors at the sectional event for the third straight spring.
Scott’s two-over-par 72 led the Eagles to a score of 349, a total that easily outdistanced runner-up Mill River, which scored 375 while being led by Johann Russell’s 76. Woodstock (379) became the third qualifier.
ESSEX — At the Essex Invitational track and field meeting Tuesday, a Vergennes Union High School hurdler, Middlebury Union High School javelin thrower and two MUHS relay teams qualified for the New England Championships. The major meet, which draws top performers from around northern Vermont, had been delayed from Saturday because of bad weather.
MUHS senior James Pecsok’s third-place toss of 144 feet, 2 inches in the javelin earned third place and qualified him for the New England Championships, which will be held at New Britain, Conn., on June 8.
I am haunted by the photos of the April 24 garment factory building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where over 1,100 people died. Certainly there is no shortage of disturbing photos in the news from all over the world, but these have a particular tug for one simple reason — these people work for me. And I expect they work for you, too.