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Valley News – Valley News Forum for Might 26, 2023: Lebanon’s Science Olympiad accomplishment was a group work


May 26, 2023

Published: five/26/2023 six:13:18 AM

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Lebanon’s Science Olympiad accomplishment was a group work

As the coach of the Lebanon Higher College Science Olympiad group, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude, on behalf of our students, to the stakeholders in our neighborhood who have been so vital to our accomplishment. The Byrne Foundation, Bio X Cell, Geokon, Mascoma Bank and Ulysses Diversified Holdings have every single contributed to our teams at many points all through the final eight years.

This year, Lebanon Higher College took initially and second location in the state championships held in April at Saint Anselm College and was capable to send a group of 15 higher college students from Lebanon, Grantham and Plainfield to the national championships in Wichita, Kan., thanks to the assistance of our sponsors. Representing our neighborhood and the state of New Hampshire at this national competitors is an impressive achievement for our students and our college district — a single that will inspire generations of Lebanon students to come.

At a current neighborhood gathering, I had a possibility to catch up with some alumni from our plan. Quite a few of them have completed their undergraduate function and are functioning in industries or graduate applications connected to science, medicine or engineering fields. They all agreed that Science Olympiad was a single of the most formative, rewarding and memorable experiences they had as young students. Our community’s assistance of Science Olympiad has led to it becoming a wealthy tradition, which impacts an ever-increasing quantity of young people today.

John Tietjen


John Tietjen is a science division faculty member at Lebanon Higher College and coach of the Lebanon Higher College Science Olympiad plan, which is in its eighth year.

Hartford missing out on revenue for housing

The Hartford Selectboard is potentially missing out on millions of dollars in grants and low-interest loans (state and federal) to invest in housing: Northern Border Regional Commission and “10% in Vermont.”

I’ve worked challenging to amend this predicament privately, but there’s a vacuum of Selectboard leadership. This is amounting to a massive price to Hartford companies and citizens alike.

Possibly my head will roll (once again) for speaking on this publicly — I accept that — but I think you deserve transparency. The Selectboard has a duty to take benefit of each and every good chance to enhance investment and housing improvement in Hartford. Our complacency may perhaps outcome in millions of dollars in possibilities potentially slipping by, and for what?

The Selectboard exists to serve the people today.

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


White River Junction
Hartford Selectboard member

Hands off my Medicare and Social Safety

I just do not recognize it. The government, which can not appear to spend its bills, mostly from overspending, is prepared to default on it is obligations.

We hear that Social Safety and Medicare will be impacted. These should really be untouchable. Every single of these are not an entitlement plan! I paid into Social Safety for 50 years and spend a premium (every single month) for my Medicare coverage (not to mention what I paid in more than my functioning life).

Our government, for a lengthy time, managed to commit a lot more than what it is taking in. It is time for the government to take a challenging appear at exactly where it can curb spending. If it was a small business, it would be closed.

Social Safety, which we paid into for all these years, is not a money cow for our elected leaders to draw from anytime they need to have “extra” funds. They have completed this for also lengthy a time, which I presume, they had no intention of paying back (even following writing “IOU’S”).

John M. Fragnella


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