August 8th, 2013
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — At the summer Vermont Swim Association championship meet in the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on this past Saturday and Sunday, Middlebury Panther swimmers won five races — in four of which 10-year-old Oliver Poduschnick earned gold — while one young Vergennes Champ swimmer earned a state title.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Middlebury driver Todd Stone held off young up-and-comer Jessey Mueller to win the Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s most important open-wheel Modified event on Aug. 2, taking the second annual Carrara Masonry & Concrete C.J. Richards Memorial 67.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Six local high school athletes recently played for the Vermont field hockey team in the Cape Cod Classic, a tournament that featured nine teams from New England states and New York.
Overall, the Vermonters, featuring players from all over the state, played competitively, but finished 1-3-1, including a July 28 playoff round loss to Maine decided by penalty strokes.
WEYBRIDGE — Local and statewide rescue organizations went into the proverbial belly of the beast — a Weybridge cave — during a 12-hour operation to save a man who had injured himself during a fall while doing some underground climbing with a companion on Tuesday night, Aug. 6.
It was a complicated rescue from a cave off Cave Road, led by Weybridge Fire Chief Bill Sinks, who marshaled more than 50 people to help out — including members of the Vermont Cavers’ Association.
MIDDLEBURY — Every month the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) congregation invests a portion of its Sunday offerings in humanity, whether it be feeding people or helping them get access to transportation.
This month the CVUUS community has decided to invest in guns — specifically, to put unwanted firearms out of circulation so that they don’t wind up in the hands of people who might use them in an act of violence or to do themselves harm.
NEW HAVEN — While many Vermonters would tell you that the forestry and agriculture sectors of the state go hand-in-hand, it wasn’t until 1992 that the Addison County Fair & Field Days, the state’s largest agricultural fair, had a forestry section.
BRISTOL — On several recent evenings a rabble of afro-sporting, fairy-wing-toting players of ages ranging from seven to 70 have been making a scene on the Bristol town green.
The Bristol Gateway Players, the community theater troupe that launched three years ago, is back for their third summer with a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
MIDDLBURY — On Saturday afternoon in a lot adjacent to the Middlebury College Recycling Center, recent Middlebury graduate Cordelia Newbury led a group of students and townspeople into the poshly decorated central living space of a brand new, solar-powered house.
First, she pointed out the exposed steel frame that ran the length of the floor, wall and ceiling, which she called the house’s “rib cage.” On top of this rested the “skin” — reclaimed wood siding from a local, 150-year-old barn.