October 28, 2016

Letters to the Editor

November 7th, 2013

Buccaneer cheerleaders start an old tradition 

What is football season without cheerleaders? Whether in the stands or on the field, cheerleaders are part of our sports culture. It’s a tradition that somehow has gotten lost over the past few decades in parts of the country.

Cheerleading is no longer a girly thing of the past. It is a strenuous, competitive, athletic and SCARY sport that, in many places around the country, includes guys as well. The strength, athleticism and coordination that cheer involves are astounding!

Four years ago, cheerleading was started at Champlain Valley Union High School. In an effort to build a base of kids that know something about cheer before they get to CVU, we decided to build a cheer program to support the CSSU Buccaneer Football program. This fall, 10 girls from the CSSU district joined the inaugural team. They range from fifth to eighth grade and represent every town in the district. We were thankful to have the support of the Buccaneer program, not only through financial support to help us through our first year, but also its vocal support and compliments as the girls cheered on their team.  We hope to build this program next year in order to have a 5-6 team and a 7-8 team. We are looking for interested girls, boys and parents who would like to get involved and help. Please contact me at jillgorman@gmavt.net for more information or visit www.eteamz.com/csbuccaneers/ for more on the football program.

— Jill Gorman






  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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