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June 17th, 2013
VERGENNES — After being jailed on Park Street for crimes ranging from being loud — that would be Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley — to impersonating a mayor and allegedly misbehaving in high school — that would be city mayor Bill Benton — a number of Vergennes-area residents on Thursday tapped friends and family members for more than $3,000 to be bailed out.
Those funds were turned over to the Vergennes Rotary Club, which in turn planned to donate the cash to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes.
Burlington – From overlooked to over-matched, the Otter Valley baseball team made any skeptic still standing fall flat.
Under the bright lights of Centennial Field, the Otters rolled to a 9-0 victory over top-seeded Burr & Burton, claiming the program’s first championship since 1976.
To reach the Division II state finals, the Otters defeated No. 3 Lamoille in the semi-final match-up as Justin Owen shut down the Lancer offense through 6.2 innings en route to an 8-1 victory.
CASTLETON — In the end, nobody could stop the South Burlington High School girls’ lacrosse powerhouse this spring.
On Saturday at Castleton State College, the top-seeded Rebels capped off their 16-0 season with a 14-7 victory over No. 2 Middlebury, their third straight title-game victory over the Tigers, all at Spartan Stadium.
POULTNEY — On Friday night in Poultney, the No. 3 Vergennes Union High School softball team’s Division II title bid came up just short — as did a Commodore sixth-inning home-run bid that would have tied the game — against undefeated No. 1 BFA-Fairfax.
The Bullets improved to 19-0 with a 4-1 victory over VUHS and won their second straight D-II crown, while the Commodores finished at 15-5 for the third straight spring advancing deeper into the playoffs than the season before.
With the resignation of half of the teachers at the Monkton Central School last Thursday night, it’s fair to say the school is in crisis. What led to the massive resignations, and what the school system and the public can do about it should dominate the school community’s focus over the next several weeks.
ADDISON COUNTY — Wednesday turned out to be a huge day for area high school sports teams, which went three-for-three in semifinal games to earn shots at state championships.
The 17-1 Otter Valley baseball team, the second seed in Division II, crunched visiting No. 3 Lamoille, 8-1; the second-seeded Middlebury girls’ lacrosse team doubled up visiting No. 3 Mount Anthony, 16-8; and the No. 3 Vergennes softball team blanked host No. 2 Lyndon, 4-0.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has pledged $5.5 million toward a $7.5 million plan that would result in a new downtown municipal building and a new gym that would be located near the Memorial Sports Center off Mary Hogan Drive.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury and Middlebury College are working on a deal that would result in the purchase of the so-called Lazarus Building at 20 Main St., a structure that would be razed to provide a wider and safer Printer’s Alley link between the downtown and the Marble Works complex.