May 5th, 2014
ESSEX JUNCTION — IBM, the largest single private employer in Vermont, is putting its semi-conductor business up for sale, according to reports in the financial press. Frank Cioffi, president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. (GBIC), however, is hopeful that if the Essex facility is sold, it will remain open under new ownership.
The potential impact on the regional economy should IBM close would be enormous.
MIDDLEBURY — When Michelle Hudson laid out her display at the American Legion on a recent Saturday morning she admitted she had a bit of an inventory problem.
Overflowing from soda cases were hundreds of rounds of ammunition for firearms of all caliber, packed into plastic bags and small cardboard boxes without any semblance of organization.
MIDDLEBURY — People visiting downtown Middlebury after Memorial Day are likely to wonder if they became Lilliputians overnight.
That’s because five over-sized chairs will be set up at some conspicuous downtown spots, a scene that will make for some comical seating opportunities and photo ops.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school baseball action late last week, Middlebury picked up a pair of wins, one at Mount Abraham’s expense; the Eagles lost another game; and Otter Valley picked up a road win.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school softball play late last week, Mount Abraham hosted and won three games, including winning one-run games against local rivals Middlebury and Otter Valley; Vergennes lost its first game; and OV won and MUHS lost other contests.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school tennis action, both the Middlebury and Otter Valley girls’ teams dropped matches last week.
The Tiger boys were scheduled to play twice, but both matches were postponed. Their Wednesday home match vs. Harwood was moved to May 13, and their Saturday match at Montpelier was moved to this Friday.
MIDDLEBURY — Coming into Saturday’s game vs. overmatched Mount Mansfield, the most important thing for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team was to play well and to do so for 48 minutes after a lackluster, 6-2 victory at Woodstock on the previous Monday.
That goal was met: The Tigers scored 10 goals in the first quarter and allowed only four shots on their net in a 19-1 victory that pushed their record to 5-1.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school lacrosse action in the latter half of last week, the Mount Abraham boys split a pair of games, the Middlebury girls won, and the Vergennes and Otter Valley boys came up shorts.
The Tiger boys hosted Mount Mansfield on Saturday; see story on Page 22.