October 18th, 2012
Here is how I see the statewide races, with less than three weeks to go until Election Day.
President Obama will win Vermont’s electoral votes comfortably, regardless of how he does nationally. Obama’s share of the vote in Vermont, which should exceed 60 percent, could be his highest in any state, except for his workplace (the District of Columbia) and his native state (Hawaii).
This week’s writer is Matthew Kimble, a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at Middlebury College. He teaches courses on psychological disorders and psychological trauma and has a National Institute of Mental Health-funded clinical research program that investigates how psychological trauma changes the way individuals look at their world.
In the coming weeks, Vermont football officials will gather and decide how to align divisions for the state’s 34 football-playing high schools.
Currently, there are three divisions, with 14 schools in D-I and 10 apiece in D-II and D-III. That alignment has been in place since 2011.
In 2009 and 2010, there were 10 teams in D-I and 12 apiece in D-II and D-III.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team took another step toward the program’s finest regular season and a top seed in Division I on Tuesday, when the Tigers turned back visiting Rice, 2-1, and improved to 11-1.
The Tigers conclude their season at Lake Division rival Milton (5-6-2) on Friday. MUHS defeated the Yellowjackets, but only by 1-0, at home on Sept. 21.
RIPTON — A huge crowd turned out to celebrate the 25th annual Ripton Ridge Run on Oct. 7. A record 230 people took part in the 5K run, fun walk and 10K run. Fifteen children participated in the “Kids’ Race” and dozens of volunteers and friends were also on hand.
The Bud Leeds Ensemble provided music, giving the day a particularly festive atmosphere and, since the weather also cooperated, it was a banner day.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Oct. 13 cited a pair of Chittenden County residents following a 1:45 a.m. traffic stop in which police allege a passenger and a driver switched seats before police approached the vehicle. Police said they stopped the vehicle, a pick-up truck, after the department’s license-plate reader alerted them of a possible problem with its registration.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted two local men who had been targeted in two separate scam attempts on Oct. 14. One of the men was told to deposit money into an account as part of a proposed Craigslist transaction. The other man was told to wire money to Nigeria to allegedly help an orphanage. Police said the men were fortunate to have emerged financially unscathed in both matters.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a fraud complaint in the Drew Lane area on Oct. 8.
Sydney Lea, Vermont’s current poet laureate, wants to use that honorary position to clear away some of the fog that he believes surrounds poetry these days.
“I would like to de-mystify poetry,” he says. “Poetry is really just another way of looking at the world.”
And so, Lea is focusing his four-year term as poet laureate on appearances around the state where he is sure of finding ordinary Vermonters who might be willing to give poetry another try: community libraries.