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February 26th, 2014
I will vote YES to support the selectboard plan and bond request for a new town hall and gym. My YES vote is my “Thank You” to our elected and appointed officials for their thoughtful and prudent deliberations. My YES vote is my “Thank You” to Middlebury College for another generous offer of financial support to our town. And, my YES vote is my “Thank You” for a plan that will keep our tax burden to a bare minimum.
I recently attended the candidates’ forum in Brandon and found the word “transparency” used repeatedly. I held the question back that I wanted to ask to find out if the candidates truthfully thought the proposed budget was, in fact, “transparent.” The reason I held back was because three of the four candidates are incumbents. Of course they would think it is; they approved it.
CHITTENDEN — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ Nordic ski teams ended up taking fourth and fifth, respectively, in Division II at the two-day state championship meet that was completed this week.
The Tiger teams hosted the freestyle legs on Feb. 20 at Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, and the classic races were held in Otter Valley’s back yard in Chittenden at the Mountain Top Inn on Tuesday.
Woodstock swept both the girls’ and boys’ titles.
BRANDON — A Mount St. Joseph boys’ basketball team with a misleading 6-14 record and No. 11 seed in Division II knocked No. 6 Otter Valley Union High School out of the playoffs on Tuesday, 60-32, in a first-round game at OV.
The Otters led just once, 3-2, at 6:40 of the first period on a Connor Gallipo three-pointer, and could never get going offensively against the box-and-one defense that the Mounties used to keep high-scoring OV junior John Winslow in check and off the offensive boards.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school boys’ basketball teams were set to open Division II postseason play on Wednesday after the deadline for this issue of the Independent, while Middlebury will host a D-I first-round game on Thursday.
BARRE — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday took another step toward a second straight Division II title, throttling No. 4 BFA-Fairfax, 56-23, in a semifinal at the Barre Auditorium.
The 17-4 Eagles will play for the championship at the Aud on Saturday, with the opponent being the winner of a Wednesday semifinal between No. 2 Fair Haven (16-5) and No. 3 Milton (15-6). That game was played after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School cheerleading team finished third in Division I on Saturday at the state championship meet at VUHS behind two larger schools, first-place Essex and second-place Rutland.
Essex edged Rutland for the D-I title, 177-166, with VUHS in third with 119.
In D-II, Poultney (139) prevailed over Mount St. Joseph (120) and Mill River (103).
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team capped off two solid weekends by scoring four third-period goals vs. visiting Hamilton on Sunday to win, 5-2, and clinch a first-round NESCAC home playoff game.
The Panthers, who also knocked off second-place Amherst, 3-2, on Saturday at Kenyon Arena, finished their regular season at 11-10-3 overall and 9-7-2 in NESCAC play.