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BRATTLEBORO

Parks and Rec announces chess tournament results

The Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Department held its 9th Annual Youth Chess Tournament on March 25. Eight students, ranging from kindergarten to 7th grade participated.

After four rounds of play, the event ended with a three-way tie for first place. Employing tie-break methods, which are used by the U.S. Chess Federation, 6th-grader Solomon Ponzio was awarded first place, seventh-grader Georgia Hornsby took second, and fifth-grader Sam Madow took third. First-grader Max Madow tied with M. J. Iams, who is in kindergarten, for fourth place. Also competing were third-graders Tucker Hessel and Varek Tuma, and first-grader Jackson Ferraira.

Chess Class Instructor Eric Strickland directed.



MARLBORO

Welch to address Marlboro College commencement

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., will address Marlboro College's 70th commencement on May 14.

An outspoken advocate of affordable higher education, and a champion of working Vermonters throughout much of his career, Congressman Welch will share his experience with both graduates and undergraduates in Marlboro's class of 2017.

"We at Marlboro are thrilled to welcome Congressman Welch to our learning community and to learn from his lifetime of service as a state and national representative," said Kevin Quigley, Marlboro College president. "Peter's record exemplifies the leadership needed to find common ground on the many challenges facing our nation, and it is an honor to have him address our graduates."

Welch was first elected to the Vermont Senate in 1980 and later was selected by his colleagues to lead the chamber, becoming the first Democrat in Vermont history to hold the position of Senate President Pro Tempore. He was elected to Vermont's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 — gaining national attention for refusing to air negative ads — and Vermonters have returned him to the House by wide margins in subsequent elections.

"A college education has always been the gateway to engaged citizenship, and Marlboro College is an outstanding example of an academic community where students are full participants," said Welch. "With your shared governance structure, Town Meetings, committee involvement, and self-directed course of study, Marlboro students are ideally equipped to grapple with the most pressing issues confronting our nation."

"Citizen engagement is in our DNA at Marlboro, and the time has never been more crucial to ensure that our students embrace democratic society and actively participate," said Quigley. "Congressman Welch's appearance at our commencement this year is an auspicious sign of Marlboro's continued commitment to learning and practicing the skills for life-long citizen engagement."

Welch will receive an honorary degree along with Marlboro alumna and former trustee Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina '72, dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gerzina is a distinguished biographer and scholar of literature, recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Marlboro College's 70th commencement will take place in Persons Auditorium on May 14, starting at 10 a.m. The ceremony, including the comments of student speakers and the acknowledgement of each individual in the class of 2017 and their intellectual journeys at Marlboro, will be followed by community lunch in the dining hall.



TOWNSHEND

L&G Class of 2017 raises funds for Project Graduation

Class of 2017 High School Seniors at Leland and Gray are fundraising for their Project Graduation to be held at Snow Lake Lodge at Mount Snow.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, now through May 7. Tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.

The second annual Sip and Swirl Brunch Event will be held Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. at NewBrook Fire Department. Cost is $40 and includes all painting supplies. To order tickets call Carley Sanderson at 802-874-7162, Christel Boyle at 802-874-4755 or Karen Trust-Fontaine at 802-365-9884.

The senior class thanks its sponsors: A.S. Clark & Sons, Cota & Cota, Inc., Bald Mountain Campground, Inc., Hescock Lawn Care, Norm Holden Painting, Plimpton & Son Excavating LLC, Southern Vermont Cable Company, Southern Vermont Painting & Restoration, Studio 20 Hair Salon, The Village Salon & Spa, The Wadsworth Company, LLC, Townshend Auction, and Wardsboro Auto Service.


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