October 27th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin cited adding more jobs, property tax reform, affordable health care and cleaning up Lake Champlain as his top priorities for the next biennium should he be elected to a third consecutive two-year term on Nov. 4.
Shumlin, a Putney Democrat, faces opposition from Republican Scott Milne and several independent and third-party candidates this year. He took some time out last week during his travels for a phone interview with the Addison Independent.
WALTHAM — Weather-wise, this past Thursday wasn’t the best day to announce a major solar project. It was, in fact, nearly the worst — 40 degrees, gusting winds, overcast skies and a downpour that showed no signs of relenting.
VERGENNES — With the help and direction of a Farm to School Team and a Farm to School Planning Grant, the entire 8th grade team at Vergennes Union Middle School, Team Phoenix, is engaged in a six-week local foods unit.
Team Phoenix with the help of their teachers and staff members from the Willowell Foundation beginning in early October embarked on an interdisciplinary experience learning about food systems — local and national.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School running back Bobby Ritter wanted to talk about Ashton Bates, Bruce Wright, Lucas Plouffe, Calvin Desforges and Chris Grier on Friday after the No. 1 Tigers had dispatched No. 8 Champlain Valley, 54-6, in a Division I quarterfinal.
Ritter ran for 216 yards on just six carries, including three touchdowns on counter plays of 93, 31 and 29 yards. He pointed out he was virtually untouched on those scoring rambles: Anyone, Ritter said, could have run through the holes he saw.
ADDISON COUNTY — Only the Mount Abraham girls are still standing among local high school soccer teams, as the No. 3 Eagles won twice last week to advance to a Division II semifinal. The Eagles will host No. 7 Green Mountain Valley (5-2-4), which upset Middlebury on Saturday, on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, the MUHS girls, No. 2 in D-II, lost on penalty kicks in a quarterfinal, while the No. 14 Vergennes girls fell to the Eagles.
EAST CLARENDON — The No. 6 Mount Abraham/Vergennes football team knocked off host No. 3 Mill River on Saturday in a Division III quarterfinal, 20-15.
The Eagles improved to 5-4, while MRU, which had defeated Mt. Abe, 32-30, in Bristol on Sept. 11, finished at 6-3.
Next up for the Eagles is No. 2 Fairfax. Fairfax, which defeated Mount Abe in Bristol in September, 20-8, will host that game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
BRANDON — The No. 7 Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team had host No. 2 Otter Valley on the ropes for much of Friday’s Division II quarterfinal, piling up a 13-5 edge in penalty corners, 7-1 in the first half.
But the Eagles couldn’t land punches on the stingy OV defense, and midway through the second half the 12-2 Otters came out swinging to earn a 1-0 win.
MIDDLEBURY — With no time left on the clock in Saturday’s Division I quarterfinal against No. 5 South Burlington, the No. 4 Middlebury Union High School Tigers trailed the Rebels, 2-1, on Middlebury College’s Kohn Field.
When 4:09 more time had elapsed, the Tigers had won, 3-2, and earned a semifinal against undefeated No. 1 Essex on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the same site.