Archive - Oct 2009
BRISTOL — In a competitive match on Tuesday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team scored twice in the first 41 minutes and then held off determined host Mount Abraham to win, 2-0.
The win was the third straight for the 6-5 Commodores after a four-game losing streak. Unofficially, they are No. 5 in the Division-II standings.
Senior midfielder Gen Cohn, who set up sophomore Kenadi Dattilio’s pad goal in the second half’s first minute, said the Commodores have bounced back from their losing streak.
The hearing before Middlebury’s Development Review Board on Monday night concerning the proposed Fenn Gravel Pit off Route 116 in Middlebury fits the mold to the letter: it was tedious, contentious and frustrating for the public. Unfortunately, that’s the process (the applicant must present their plans in full at the initial hearing, which seldom leaves adequate time for questions) and there are few, if any, shortcuts to that first step.
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Dark was falling over the foggy landscape when we pulled up to Windfall Orchards in Cornwall last Friday night. In the dusky light we could see the curves of the Green Mountains in the distance, and closer to us, apples trees stretched back hundreds of feet. The apples were bright points of color against green leaves.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents seeking help to stay warm this winter have several options at their disposal, but the coordinators of those myriad programs have a common message: Apply early.
“If you apply after Dec. 1, you lose benefits,” said Richard Moffi, fuel assistance program chief for the Vermont Department of Children and Families. Moffi keeps close tabs on Vermont’s Seasonal Fuel Assistance Program, funded with federal dollars through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
MIDDLEBURY — The heartbreak and bad luck continued for the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Saturday, when undefeated defending Division I champion Champlain Valley scored with 25 seconds left in overtime to deal the Tigers a 2-1 loss.
The Tigers are just 4-6-2 despite outshooting every opponent except Champlain Valley twice. They have four one-goal losses, two in overtime, and have come out on the short end of two controversial calls that took away apparent game-winning goals.
MIDDLEBURY — Standing in the Porter Hospital courtyard on Thursday morning, Ferrisburgh resident Jeff Vigne’s voice cracked just a little, and his wife, Allison, reached out and touched his shoulder to support him.
Vigne was standing in front of about 100 Vergennes Union High School seniors, almost all of them former classmates of his daughter, Taylor, who succumbed to type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 on Oct. 16, 2005.
ADDISON COUNTY — Farmers in Addison County may be rallying behind milk price stabilization plans, but some of the dairy co-ops that collect and market their milk have been slow to the table.
Now, frustrated by what Orwell farmer Tom Audet dubbed the “sluggish” response of dairy cooperatives, many of those farmers are chastising their co-ops for failing to take strong stands on supply management programs.
A proposed railway tunnel in downtown Middlebury connecting the Main Street underpass to the Merchants Row underpass is an imaginative vision that deserves wholehearted support from town officials and community residents — and creates the opportunity to address adjacent problems that have gone unresolved for far too long.