February 8th, 2016
ESSEX — Defending Division I high school girls’ hockey champion Essex defeated Middlebury on Wednesday, 4-1, in a showdown for first place.
The Hornets moved to 12-3-1 and into first place in the quality-point standings, while the Tigers dropped to 11-3-2. Rutland stands at 12-3-1 in the three-way race for the top three spots.
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury held off a determined Mount Abraham bid for the Eagles’ first win of the season to highlight local boys’ basketball play in the latter half of last week. In other action, both the Eagles and Tigers came up short, Otter Valley split two games, and Vergennes lost a key game at home.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard has ended two months of debate at board meetings and around town by voting to contract with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, not the Vergennes Police Department, for part-time law enforcement services in the upcoming fiscal year.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/3 MUHS vs. Brattleboro 7-2
2/5 MUHS vs. Woodstock 3-3
2/3 Essex vs. MUHS 4-1
2/3 Middlebury vs. Mt. Abe 47-44
MONKTON — Kate La Riviere Gagner, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Monkton Central School, has received two honors for her innovative science and design technology teaching practices. Gagner was selected for a Winter 2016 Engineering is Elementary Teacher Scholarship, or EiE, from Boston’s Museum of Science, and as a VITA-Learn IGNITE Educator.
The future of Porter Medical Center has never been brighter.
That is a very broad, potentially provocative, statement — especially in light of all of the recent changes, challenges and difficult decisions our community has been hearing about. Nevertheless, it is a statement that is embraced by the Porter Medical Center Board of Directors, and one which we believe truly characterizes our board’s belief and commitment to the future of the organization.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Friday earned top-three finishes in both its disciplines in the Tigers’ only home competition of the winter, held in the MUHS gymnasium.
The Tiger team trailed only Mount Mansfield in the six-team Hip Hop competition, while Mount Mansfield also won the five-team Jazz discipline, with Enosburg edging the Tigers for second place.
Three teams competed in Pom, with Richford, Mount Anthony and Springfield running 1-2-3.
Act 46 of 2015, the school consolidation law, is a mistake.
Brought into being first by legislators responsible for school funding who perceived constituent discontent with school financing, it does little or nothing to solve funding problems which will, shortly, be headlines again, as they have always been.