September 30th, 2010
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team bounced back from a lackluster loss at Mount Mansfield this past weekend to earn a positive result on Tuesday, a 0-0 tie with visiting Essex.
Critically, said Coach Mary Stetson, after allowing five goals to the Cougars last Friday, the Mount Abe defense buckled down on Tuesday in front of sophomore goalie Lizzie Huizenga (seven saves).
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Let’s just say I have the background to respect defense in athletics.
I played defense, one season for my high school varsity soccer team and then two years for the Middlebury College B team. My daughter started on defense for a total of five seasons for two varsity teams at Middlebury Union High School, and now she does for her college field hockey team. Championships are rarely won without good defense; I won’t say that no one recognizes that more than I, but believe I understand the value of defense as much as anyone.
MIDDLEBURY — They are basic words transposed on simple cotton T-shirts, but they are strung together in such a fashion as to form powerful messages that can’t be ignored.
“One year later, I still cringe when people touch me. I always thought I was one of the people who would never be raped, until it happened.”
“‘Home sweet home’ may not always be sunshine and lollipops.”
“End the silence, stop the violence.”
“You took so much from me, but you couldn’t take my sparkle.”
MIDDLEBURY — A Mormon student at Middlebury College can feel almost as out of place as a 20-year-old Hasidic Jew running the illicit drug ecstasy from Amsterdam to New York.
Award-winning screenwriter Antonio Macia, who graduated from Middlebury in 2000, is well acquainted with the feeling of isolation that goes hand-in-hand with both scenarios.
VERGENNES — Teachers in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union are once again working under a contract, after the ANwSU board of directors last week ratified a new, two-year agreement.
The new contract — which covers the period from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012 — holds the base teacher salary steady throughout the union, and stipulates no change in the percentage of health care coverage teachers pay. It does, however, uphold already budgeted stepped increases in salary, which will provide scheduled raises to teachers with higher education levels or longer tenures.
MIDDLEBURY — Grass rustled in a muddy, sulphur-smelling ditch in Bridport, and just beyond the property line, vehicles hummed through fields of long grasses, cutting and sweeping the cuttings up to store for winter feed.
The long, deep ditch sits close to the edge of 175 acres along the Lemon Fair River that was, until recently, agricultural land. Years before that, the area was a wetland vital to the health of both the Lemon Fair and, at its end, Lake Champlain.
NEW HAVEN — On Monday, members of the New Haven Development Review Board (DRB) signed off on Mike McGrath’s application to place a lot selling up to 100 used cars on his Route 7 property, which already hosts McGrath Flooring Center Inc. The DRB tentatively approved the car lot last week, and signed off on the official permit on Monday after presenting McGrath with a list of conditions.
In addition to the 200-foot space between the cars and the road required by zoning bylaws, DRB Chairman Tim Bouton outlined these conditions for the lot: