May 21st, 2015
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School golf team finished fourth in May 13’s Southern Conference Division III championships, held at the Neshobe Golf Club. The Otters, led by Tom Kingsley’s 96, shot a 397.
Mill River won the Division II crown with a 369, led by medalist Johann Russell (83).
Woodstock (392) came in second, with Fair Haven (396) and OV (397) right behind. Defending champion Springfield (420) took fifth.
Rounding out OV’s scorers were Colin Nicklaw (99) and Joey Scarborough and Eric Laughlin (101 each).
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school lacrosse action, the Middlebury boys won a pivotal Division I game, the MUHS girls lost in overtime to another D-I contender, the Mount Abraham boys won once in three tries, and the Vergennes boys lost twice.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball action earlier this week, Mount Abraham and Middlebury won big, while Otter Valley lost at home to a Division I rival.
Vergennes was set to travel to St. Johnsbury on Tuesday, but that game was moved to Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. The Commodores carried a 6-5 record and four-game winning streak into that scheduled contest.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/18 Burr & Burton vs. MUHS................... 9-8
5/18 Stowe vs. Mt. Abe.......................... 18-3
5/18 Milton vs. VUHS............................. 11-5
5/19 MUHS vs. Essex............................ 10-9
I have long enjoyed watching well-played women’s and girls’ lacrosse games, something we have been blessed with living in these parts. The sport is elegant, fast and graceful. It showcases teamwork and individual athleticism as well as wonderful hand-eye coordination.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police and Middlebury Regional EMS officials responded to several reports of suicidal individuals in town last week.
In one May 13 incident officers attempted to speak with a woman in crisis. She jumped on the railing of the Cross Street Bridge and attempted to jump off the bridge. Sgt. Boe grabbed her and pulled her off the railing to safety. She was taken to Porter Hospital where she voluntarily committed herself.
ADDISON COUNTY — Early Sunday morning Vermont State Police were called to Route 22A in Addison, where a car had crashed into a utility pole and the caller had reported a head injury to the driver. Troopers responded on May 17 at 1 a.m. along with the Addison Volunteer Fire Department and rescue squads from Middlebury and Vergennes.
The older I get, the more I love gardening.
I have commented previously in this column about my ambivalence towards gardening -- the result of a childhood spent watching my parents slave away each weekend in their garden -- and the unfavorable gardening conditions in my own rock-infested, tree-shaded yard. One could quite rightly characterize my current relationship with my garden as "rocky."