October 20th, 2014
FERRISBURGH — Back in 2011, Ferrisburgh resident David Allen began to have trouble lifting the mail he had to deliver for his longtime job with the Middlebury Post Office.
His back was also bothering him, especially after the post office switched to a standard delivery vehicle and Allen couldn’t use his own car.
The holly of my childhood was the “Christmas card holly,” with fat red berries and shiny spiny leaves that stayed green all winter long.
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
There’s some discussion these days about the survival of free-market capitalism. Conservatives believe it suffers from too much regulation and taxation, while liberals believe it needs more of both.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Vergennes controlled most of the territory and the action on Friday, earning a 36-9 edge in shots at goal, but the Middlebury Union High School soccer team relied on defense and goaltending to hang in and earn a 1-1 tie.
VERGENNES — Maybe in the end the result on Saturday between the 9-3-2 Tigers and the host 3-11 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team is not so surprising — MUHS won, but just by 1-0 and needed almost 74 minutes to score against the stubborn Commodores.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school football teams won games this past weekend to nail down No. 1 seeds in their divisions, while Mount Abraham lost on the road but still earned a postseason berth.
MUHS dismissed visiting Burlington, 51-0, on Friday, as the Tigers posted their third straight shutout.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team dropped its final game of the regular season, 2-1, at Rice on Friday, but the Eagles still apparently earned a top-four seed in Division II.
As of Sunday’s deadline for this edition of the Independent, the Vermont Principals’ Association had yet to make official tournament pairings.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local field hockey action late last week, Otter Valley and Middlebury won road games to nail down high seeds. Mount Abraham was idle due to the South Burlington teachers’ strike.
The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to make playoff pairings official on Monday. According to unofficial standings at the VPA website all three local teams will be hosting games this week.