October 23rd, 2013
The summer of my 21st year, a long time ago, I worked in a machine factory in a small town in Switzerland, about 20 miles from Zurich.
I had worked the previous eight summers at a golf course in Maine, and I was ready for a change, an adventure, something independent.
My co-workers at the factory accepted me as a curiosity. We all wore the same blue common-laborer jumpsuit. For many, I was the first American they had ever known.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Thomas Husk, 54, of Middlebury, for violating his conditions of release (consuming alcohol) in the North Pleasant Street area on Oct. 14. Police said Husk had reportedly been acting “strange,” contacting people on the street.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a neighbor dispute (over loud music) in the Washington Street Extension area on Oct. 14.
ADDISON COUNTY — Although the high school sports playoff season is in full swing, only one postseason game was scheduled before the Wednesday morning deadline for this edition of the Independent: The Mount Abraham boys’ soccer team, the top seed in Division II, hosted No. 16 Bellows Falls on Tuesday afternoon — see story on Page 1B.
LEWISTON, Maine — The Middlebury College field hockey team outlasted host Bates on Saturday, 4-2, to push its record to 11-2, 7-2 in NESCAC play. The Panthers were ranked No. 4 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll. Bates dropped to 4-8, 1-7 NESCAC.
Middlebury outshot Bates, 23-7, and put 20 of its 23 shot attempts on goal as Bates goalkeeper Becca Otley posted 16 saves. Middlebury’s Emily Knapp made three saves. The Panthers also earned 16 penalty corners to Bates’ four.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team won a pair of recent games, a league game on the road and a non-league home contest, to run its winning streak to four straight. Middlebury is 7-3-1, 5-3-1 in NESCAC, a league record that as of Monday was good for second place in a tight race. The Panthers will play at Wesleyan on Saturday as they seek to nail down a first-round home NESCAC playoff game on Nov. 2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team won two recent NESCAC contests to clinch first place in the league and home-field advantage throughout the league playoffs. The winner of the league postseason clinches an NCAA Division III tournament berth.
The Panthers (10-1-2, 8-1 NESCAC) are ranked No. 14 in NCAA D-III and are unbeaten since a 1-0 overtime loss at Amherst in their season opener. Middlebury returns to action this Saturday at Wesleyan, and will host a NESCAC quarterfinal on Nov. 2.
Chris Nelson just picked up wood carving six months ago — now he's turned that hobby into a business. Here are some pieces carved by Nelson and childhood friend/frequent collaborator Brett Sargent. See the full story here.
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