April 20th, 2014
BURLINGTON/VERGENNES — A Vergennes resident who is a junior at the University of Vermont has been awarded a prestigious national academic award.
In an interview with Lawrence Miller last week that ran in Thursday’s Addison Independent that explored Miller’s new position as the governor’s senior advisor and Chief of Health Care Reform, there were two take-home comments that can’t be emphasized enough: that the state won’t push forward with a single payer system that puts the state’s economy in jeopardy, while also saying the state would not go back to the status quo that saw health care costs escalate annually beyond the point of sustainability.
Before the turn of the 20thcentury, there were more than 2,500 school districts in Vermont. Back then, as it is today, debate was passionate. How should schooling be organized to meet our shared goals? In 1892, our Legislature took courageous action by abolishing those micro-districts and transforming our school system to one with fewer than 300 districts, about the same number as today.
The past few weeks have brought sobering animal health news to the Vermont livestock community. A relatively new disease, Porcine Endemic Diarrhea (PED), has been found for the first time in the Green Mountain State. This is one of the few reported cases outside traditional pork producing states, and the disease seemingly skipped over larger states such as New York.
BRANDON — The young Otter Valley Union High School boys’ lacrosse team hung with visiting Mount Abraham for a half on Friday, but then the more experienced Eagles pulled away for a 16-3 victory.
With the halftime score set at 6-3, senior Eagle attacker Travis Bachand launched six straight shots in the first 2:13 of the third period, connecting on the final three to push the lead to 9-3 and put Mount Abe (2-0) on the path to the win. Bachand finished with a game-high four goals.
ESSEX — Senior Jakob Trautwein won twice and junior Kaitlin Huber won once as the Middlebury Union High School track and field team competed on Thursday at a four-team meet hosted by Division I power Essex.
The Hornets swept to team victories in both the boys’ and girls’ overall competitions. The Essex boys scored 168 points, followed by Lyndon, 97; MUHS, 77; and Winooski, 15.
The Essex girls scored 263 points, with MUHS and Lyndon tied for second at 44, followed by Winooski at 5.
ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school softball late last week, Mount Abraham and Vergennes both picked up road wins in their openers, although the Commodores had theirs handed to them via forfeit.
Middlebury’s Thursday game at St. Johnsbury was postponed to this Tuesday. That game will still serve as the Tigers’ opener. They are scheduled to play at Rice on Thursday and to host North Country on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
BARRE — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team blanked host Spaulding on Thursday, 7-0, to improve to 4-1 this season. The Tigers dropped just one set on the day.
The Tigers are now off until April 28, when they are scheduled to host North Country at 3:30 p.m.
Singles results were:
• No. 1, Marvie Avery defeated Sarah Works, 6-1, 6-3.
• No. 2, Madeline Ganey defeated Lizzie Tchanturicke, 6-2, 6-2.
• No. 3, Jesse Wulfman defeated Anna Prescott, 6-4, 6-4.