August 27th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — The local high school sports season kicks off — literally — with two football games on Friday night. One of the first two teams in action this fall was the last team in action in the fall of 2011.
That would be the Middlebury Union football team, a perennial title contender that reached the Division I championship game a year ago in its return to D-I after two successful seasons in D-II.
Desperate times breed innovative ideas. That’s what happened on the job front in the Los Angeles area when two things happened a few years back: after 40-50 years of traffic gridlock, Los Angeles County residents finally voted to pay for the rail lines through the county. The initiative, called Measure R, required support from two-thirds of the voters. It passed with flying colors.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
8/31 Mt. Mansfield at MUHS .............. 7 p.m.
8/31 OV at Springfield ....................... 7 p.m.
9/1 Montpelier at Mt. Abe ................... 1 p.m.
9/7 Mt. Abe at Woodstock ................. 7 p.m.
9/7 MUHS at Essex ........................... 7 p.m.
9/8 Lyndon at OV ............................... 1 p.m.
PANTON — Many, but not necessarily all, Panton homeowners should see lower tax bills when they open the envelopes this week, according to town treasurer M’Lissa Dayton.
Because Panton has just completed a town-wide reappraisal and individual assessments have changed, Dayton said maybe not all taxpayers will see bills asking for lower payments, half of which are due on Nov. 1 and May 1, respectively.
“They (the results) will vary, and you will be getting them shortly,” she said.
MIDDLEBURY — The annual Shoreham Festival will be a little leaner this year but still a blast when it is staged in the village all day this Saturday, Sept. 1.
A recent water main project on the town commons and other factors have forced organizers to pare a few past features of the event, such as the garden tractor pull, tag sale and carnival rides. But this year’s Shoreham Festival will still include such mainstays as a chicken barbecue, parade and street dance.
STARKSBORO — What began as a part of his daily routine turned out to be a life-altering experience for Regan Wedge Sr.
Wedge, now 55, was diagnosed withcancer in 2007 and will be cancer-free for five years in September. After experiencing all the emotions of a life-threatening situation, he now reflects on what he has learned through the process.
If you’re a male and you have testicular cancer, the odds are in your favor because it’s among the most curable forms of cancer.
MIDDLEBURY — When we talk about cancer, we often speak of the genetic and environmental causes.
But according to Nicole Rohrig, nutritionist at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, lifestyle has a role to play, too.
While cancer treatment plans vary widely depending on the type and stage of the disease, Rohrig said there are certain habits that can help reduce cancer risks.