October 29th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Matt Rigney developed a passion for fishing during many years of solitary angling in a small boat off the coast of Maine.
Along with the thrill of catching some hefty bluefish, striped bass and other species, Rigney learned about what he called the “power of solitude, about what you see when you sit quietly and observe nature.”
FERRISBURGH — The Agency of Transportation has pledged within the next several years to put traffic lights at the Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 with Little Chicago and Middlebrook roads, which is in the heart of the town’s population center and is near Ferrisburgh Central School.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — A wayward black bear cub was perched on a tree just off of Route 125 between East Middlebury and Ripton for two days last week.
“It drew a lot of attention,” said Dick Collitt of the Ripton Country Store. “People were stopping. It was a circus down there for a couple of days.”
MONKTON — Members of the Development Review Board came to no final decisions on a contentious 39.5 acre gravel production site off of Monkton Road when they held a public hearing this past Tuesday.
The focus of the hearing, according to DRB Chair Peter Close, was over whether a rock quarry would be permitted under Monkton law and “the definition of gravel.”
BRISTOL — Senior forward Sarah Heffernan scored 1:43 into overtime on Friday to give the No. 3 Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team a 1-0 victory over visiting No. 6 Woodstock in a Division II quarterfinal.
That win propelled the 10-4-1 Eagles into a Wednesday semifinal showdown with No. 2 U-32 (14-1) at Middlebury College. The final will be played at the University of Vermont on Saturday at a time to be announced.
MIDDLEBURY — On Friday it became official: 2012 is the best season for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer program since the 1970s.
And after the top-seeded Tigers’ 3-0 win over No. 9 St. Johnsbury in a Division I quarterfinal, the program is two victories — granted in games that no one in Chittenden County will expect the 14-1 Tigers to win — away from the school’s first soccer title.
RUTLAND — The No. 5 Middlebury Union High School football team rolled over host No. 4 Rutland on Friday, 42-14, in a Division I quarterfinal, by rushing for about 500 yards.
The 6-3 Tigers will next travel to face undefeated two-time defending champion Hartford in a semifinal. Their date with the top-seeded, 9-0 Hurricanes had yet to be officially announced as of Sunday, but was expected to be set for 7 p.m. this coming Friday.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham won twice to reach the Division II semifinals and highlight local girls’ soccer teams’ postseason efforts last week.
In other games, Middlebury, Vergennes and Otter Valley all dropped first-round road matches to higher seeds.