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Panton fire claims one life; firefighter saves a woman

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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PANTON — A Panton fire early on Monday morning claimed the life of one woman and destroyed a home, but firefighters probably saved the life of another woman living at the Route 22A home, according to Vergennes Fire Department officials.

Muriel Neel, 63, perished in the fire, to which Vergennes Deputy Chief and neighbor Matt Fraley alerted his department shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

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No pay? No work? Why not, say two high bailiff candidates

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — While most election-season signs dotting county roadsides support candidates for statewide races and local Vermont House and Senate seats, an unusual number have also sprouted up backing two men seeking an unpaid county-wide job in which the officeholder rarely, if ever, does anything: high bailiff.

Two-term incumbent Charles Clark Jr., a Republican who is also the Addison County Sheriff Department’s chief deputy, is facing a challenge from former longtime county deputy and private sector security employee Ron Holmes, a Democrat.

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Panther eleven tops Bates, hits 5-0, Trinity next

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team concluded its regular season at 12-3, 7-3 in NESCAC play with two recent wins, but despite being ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III the Panthers were not assured of hosting a NESCAC quarterfinal on this coming Saturday.

There were four games on the docket to be played on Wednesday, with three involving four teams in a logjam in the NESCAC standings. Wednesday games were played after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.

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In high school field hockey, Otter Valley still in playoffs

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Both Middlebury in Division I and Mount Abraham in D-II suffered one-goal losses in first-round high school field hockey playoff games, while Otter Valley, the only team to earn a first-round home game, will swing into action on Friday.

TIGERS

On Tuesday, the No. 9 Tigers lost at No. 8 Rutland in D-I, 2-1. Host Rutland improved to 5-7-2 after getting unassisted goals from Sophie Tanen and Marina Rotella and five saves from goalie Emily Lanzillo.

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Girls' soccer teams fall in playoff openers

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — All local high school girls’ soccer teams were defeated in Wednesday playoff games, mostly in highly competitive matches.

EAGLES

Mount Abraham had finished strong in the regular season to become the only local soccer team to earn the No. 7 seed and a home game, but was upset by No. 10 Harwood, 3-1.

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Panther field hockey wins league games

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team concluded its regular season at 12-3, 7-3 in NESCAC play with two recent wins, but despite being ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III the Panthers were not assured of hosting a NESCAC quarterfinal on this coming Saturday.

There were four games on the docket to be played on Wednesday, with three involving four teams in a logjam in the NESCAC standings. Wednesday games were played after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.

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Tiger boys' soccer wins final game vs. VUHS

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Both boys’ soccer coaches came away pleased after Friday’s game between host Vergennes Union High School and Middlebury, but one was happier: The Tigers withstood a second-half Commodore surge to win, 3-1.

Coach Reeves Livesay’s Tigers finished the regular season at 6-5-3 after a 1-3 start, a turnaround that started with the program’s first victory over Champlain Valley in 20 years.

That record betters 2015’s 6-7-1 despite a tougher schedule and further improves on 2014’s 2-11-1.  

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Local high schoolers grapple with sudden deaths of Harwood students in crash

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — In the past two weeks, black and gold became temporary colors of choice for many Addison County students, teachers and school employees.

Sadly, it was not a fashion trend: They were rallying around their peers at South Duxbury’s Harwood Union High School, who are reeling after the unspeakable Oct. 8 tragedy that claimed the lives of four current and one former Harwood students, all either 15 or 16.

Black and gold are Harwood’s school colors.

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High school field hockey teams wrap up regular season, OV to host playoff

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury to highlight local field hockey action as the regular season ended last week. In other action, the Eagles and Tigers each dropped road games, while Otter Valley’s final two games were both canceled due to poor field conditions.

The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to release playoff pairings on Monday morning.

EAGLES-TIGERS

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Commodore girls' soccer earn edge over MUHS

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team gave itself a needed shot in the arm on Saturday, defeating host Middlebury, 2-1, to snap a five-game skid and finish the regular season on a high note.

The 5-8-1 Commodores were competitive vs. tough teams — Division I MUHS once, and D-I Rice and improving D-II Mount Abraham twice each — in that slide.

But a victory as the Commodores head into the D-II playoffs should give them a lift, said Co-Coach Dwight Irish.

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