May 2nd, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Faced with financial pressures, Vermont Adult Learning in Middlebury will close its onsite childcare center in June, sending 15 families in search of other options and leaving Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) with another vacancy in its Community Services Building on Boardman Street.
Joe LaRosa, the regional manager for Vermont Adult Learning’s (VAL) Middlebury location, confirmed the childcare center will end its multi-year run at the end of business on Friday, June 28.
MIDDLEBURY — “Mary Hogan” is an almost mythical figure to the young Middlebury children who attend the graded school that bears her name. Verily, the veteran principal had retired long before most of the current students’ parents had wandered the halls of Mary Hogan Elementary School.
But those curious enough to inquire about Mary Hogan have always been able to talk to the inimitable Mary Doyle. That’s because Mrs. Doyle not only knew Mary Hogan, Doyle was hired by Mary Hogan — almost a half century ago.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School baseball team on Tuesday followed the formula that allowed the Commodores to win the 2012 Division I title: pitching, defense and timely hitting.
The result was the program’s first win, 2-1, that anyone at VUHS on a sunny spring afternoon could recall over Metro Conference and Division I power Essex.
ADDISON COUNTY — Things did not go well for area teams in recent high school softball action, as Mount Abraham and Otter Valley each lost a pair of games while Middlebury and Vergennes dropped a game apiece.
I knew I had a problem when my friend Ben, from California, e-mailed me after watching “42,” the Jackie Robinson story, and being profoundly moved. He said, “Tell me again why you’re not looking forward to seeing this movie.”
True, I have expressed ambivalence. I sometimes tire of the exclusivity of the focus on Jackie Robinson. The more I have learned about the African-American experience in baseball, the more rich stories and worthy figures I have become aware of.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/29 VUHS vs. OV................................. 12-1
4/30 MUHS vs. Spaulding .................... 12-3
4/30 GMVS vs. Mt. Abe ........................ 10-6
4/29 MUHS vs. Mt. Anthony ................ 15-13
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with several recent incidents triggered by strained relationships between mothers and daughters.
On April 16, city police stood by to keep the peace while an adult woman moved her belongings out of her mother’s home.
On both April 19 and 28, Vergennes police had to ask a city woman’s mother to stop sending allegedly harassing text messages. Police said the mother was concerned about what she believed was her daughter’s irresponsible behavior.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report of extensive vandalism to vehicles operating in a gravel pit off Case Street on April 23. Anyone with information on this crime should call Middlebury police at 388-3191.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Served a no-trespass order on April 22 on a woman who had refused to leave McDonald’s Restaurant.
• Assisted Middlebury firefighters as they dealt with a brush fire off Halladay Road on April 22.