April 4th, 2013
County Tire Center’s first annual “Free brakes for food” campaign last month resulted in the donation of hundreds of pounds of food to the local emergency food shelf at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, a Middlebury nonprofit known as HOPE.
VERGENNES — It’s rare that scores of Mount Abraham students fill the bleachers of the Vergennes Union High School gym for something other than a basketball game.
But last Friday, hundreds of students from both high schools sat in the same set of bleachers in the VUHS gym to hear a presentation on substance abuse by motivational speaker Kevin Brooks, followed by student-led discussion forums. Meanwhile back in Bristol, students from the Vergennes and Mount Abraham middle schools gathered for workshops on bullying.
BRIDPORT — Denise Goodnow recalled taking over the principalship of Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School during the fall of 2006 and feeling a special kinship with the dozen-or-so freshly minted kindergartners who walked with her through the doors for this first time.
So it seems almost fitting that those kindergartners and Goodnow should matriculate at the same time.
MIDDLEBURY — In 2012, the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team finished with a 4-9 record and missed not only the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in years, but also failed for the first time to qualify for the NESCAC playoffs.
But it might be fair to call that record a little misleading: The Panthers lost five NESCAC games by one goal, and another by two goals.
“I don’t think we were very far off last year,” said Coach Dave Campbell on Tuesday.
RIPTON — On March 23 and 24, Ripton’s Frost Mountain Nordic Club and Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center hosted the “Grand Prix,” a championship youth Nordic skiing event that culminated a winter-long race series for athletes between the ages of 10 and 13 from Canada and the Northeastern states.
The event was held in conjunction with the Championnat Jeunesse NorAM of Joliet, Quebec, and at the conclusion North American Youth Champions were crowned, according to Frost Mountain organizer Cameron MacKugler.
TROY, N.Y. — Six members of the Addison Otters Swim Team capped off a successful winter for the club by swimming personal bests and posting strong finishes at the Adirondack Swim League Gold Championship Meet on March 15, 16 and 17.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School senior Justin Owen has been added to the Vermont roster for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game, said OV activities director Steve Keith this week.
Owen saw action for OV as a defensive back, running back and quarterback this past fall. He joins Mount Abraham’s Wade Steele, a lineman who attends Vergennes, and Middlebury lineman Walter Odell as local representatives on Vermont’s Shrine football team.
Whenever Middlebury hosts an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game, I buy extra tickets and wait for the phone call that always comes: “Karl, can you get me a ticket to the Middlebury basketball game?”
“Why, yes I can.”
This is a call, not so long ago, I never imagined getting. I love it. In the past, even when the Panthers were pretty good, the team played before mostly empty seats.