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Valley Information – Valley Information Discussion board for Could 26, 2023: Lebanon’s Science Olympiad success was a workforce effort


May 26, 2023

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Lebanon’s Science Olympiad success was a workforce effort

Because the coach of the Lebanon Excessive Faculty Science Olympiad workforce, I want to categorical my thanks and gratitude, on behalf of our college students, to the stakeholders in our neighborhood who’ve been so vital to our success. The Byrne Basis, Bio X Cell, Geokon, Mascoma Financial institution and Ulysses Diversified Holdings have every contributed to our groups at numerous factors all through the final eight years.

This 12 months, Lebanon Excessive Faculty took first and second place within the state championships held in April at Saint Anselm Faculty and was in a position to ship a workforce of 15 highschool college students from Lebanon, Grantham and Plainfield to the nationwide championships in Wichita, Kan., due to the help of our sponsors. Representing our neighborhood and the state of New Hampshire at this nationwide competitors is a formidable achievement for our college students and our college district — one that can encourage generations of Lebanon college students to return.

At a latest neighborhood gathering, I had an opportunity to meet up with some alumni from our program. Lots of them have completed their undergraduate work and are working in industries or graduate packages associated to science, medication or engineering fields. All of them agreed that Science Olympiad was probably the most formative, rewarding and memorable experiences that they had as younger college students. Our neighborhood’s help of Science Olympiad has led to it changing into a wealthy custom, which impacts an ever-growing variety of younger individuals.

John Tietjen


John Tietjen is a science division school member at Lebanon Excessive Faculty and coach of the Lebanon Excessive Faculty Science Olympiad program, which is in its eighth 12 months.

Hartford lacking out on cash for housing

The Hartford Selectboard is probably lacking out on tens of millions of {dollars} in grants and low-interest loans (state and federal) to spend money on housing: Northern Border Regional Fee and “10% in Vermont.”

I’ve labored laborious to amend this case privately, however there’s a vacuum of Selectboard management. That is amounting to an enormous value to Hartford companies and residents alike.

Perhaps my head will roll (once more) for talking on this publicly — I settle for that — however I imagine you deserve transparency. The Selectboard has a accountability to reap the benefits of each optimistic alternative to enhance funding and housing growth in Hartford. Our complacency could lead to tens of millions of {dollars} in alternatives probably slipping by, and for what?

The Selectboard exists to serve the individuals.

Write selectboard@hartford-vt.org or Selectboard Chair Mike Hoyt to ask for management, explanations and accountability.


White River Junction
Hartford Selectboard member

Fingers off my Medicare and Social Safety

I simply don’t perceive it. The federal government, which can’t appear to pay its payments, primarily from overspending, is able to default on it’s obligations.

We hear that Social Safety and Medicare will probably be affected. These ought to be untouchable. Every of those will not be an entitlement program! I paid into Social Safety for 50 years and pay a premium (every month) for my Medicare protection (to not point out what I paid in over my working life).

Our authorities, for a very long time, managed to spend greater than what it’s taking in. It’s time for the federal government to take a tough have a look at the place it may possibly curb spending. If it was a enterprise, it might be closed.

Social Safety, which we paid into for all these years, shouldn’t be a money cow for our elected leaders to attract from every time they want “further” funds. They’ve accomplished this for too lengthy a time, which I presume, that they had no intention of paying again (even after writing “IOU’S”).

John M. Fragnella


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