Tuesday March 5, 2013

NEAL P. GOSWAMI

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- The national record-setting Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team was a highlight of Bennington’s annual floor meeting Monday, receiving a standing ovation from the 100-or-so residents attending.

The team recently won its 25th-straight state championship, a national record. Additionally, no other high school wrestling team in the country has produced more individual state champions.

"They just brought a great record here to Bennington," said Bennington Select Board Chairman Joseph L. Krawczyk Jr. "From my perspective, over my life experiences, the discipline and the teamwork that your coaches have taught you are going to carry you a long way in life. It’s already been proven by many of the wrestlers from Mount Anthony Š from 25 years ago who are now business people in town, they’re professional law enforcement officers, many are coaches in colleges and high schools. So, it’s quite a legacy," he said.

Krawczyk told coach Scott Legacy that he and his team brought "a sense of pride" to the community. A new sign, highlighting the team’s 25 years of state championships, was presented to the team. Krawczyk said it will be posted at each major roadway into town.

Legacy, speaking on behalf of the team, said the program’s success has come with plenty of support from the community.

"It couldn’t be done without supportive families and a tremendous group of kids over a 25-year period," Legacy said.


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"Thank you very much for all of the support over the years and we take it one day, one year at a time and we hope we can continue to stay strong and represent."

Bennington Town Clerk Timothy Corcoran was elected as a stand-in moderator for Jim Colvin, who could not attend. Voters also approved the annual report and opted to keep salaries for the select board even.

Voters approved a non-binding resolution opposing the transport of tar sands oil through Vermont.

The resolution, presented by Mary Gerish of One Movement for People and the Planet, calls for opposition to the tar sands oil "for public health and safety, property values, and our natural resources."

It also calls for encouraging the state of Vermont "to phase out fuel purchases from vendors whose refinery sources of origin use any form of tar sands" and calls on the Legislature "to ensure thorough environmental impact reviews of any tar sands-related pipeline proposals."

Krawczyk also paid tribute to two Select Board members who are not seeing re-election. Christopher Oldham is stepping aside after nine years on the board, and Jason Morrissey is leaving the board after six years.

"It’s been great have the diversity," Krawczyk said. "You get the discussion at the level where people have to really think which way to vote. Š I want to personally thank Chris and Jason for their service on the board."

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