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July 18th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — With the postseason looming, the Addison County American Legion baseball team is in its most daunting stretch of the season. Due to earlier postponements, AC recently began a stretch of nine games in nine days.
AC (14-2, 13-2 in Northern Division play as of Tuesday) started off on July 12 by playing at surprise playoff contender Montpelier. Powered by a dominant pitching performance from Devin Hayes, AC jumped ahead early and held on for a 2-1 victory.
LYNDONVILLE — The Mount Abraham 11-and-12-year-old Little League softball all-star team ran the table at this past weekend’s double-elimination state tournament in Lyndonville to earn the title of Vermont champions.
Mount Abe, the District I champion, opened the tournament by drawing a bye on Thursday, July 11, and then defeated the Essex all-stars, 11-7, on Friday. On Saturday, host Lyndonville eliminated Essex, and on Sunday, Mount Abe nailed down the crown by blanking Lyndonville, 10-0.
ESSEX — Two local high school basketball all-stars and one who will play in these parts next winter helped the Vermont boys defeat New Hampshire, 89-84, in Saturday’s Twin State Basketball Classic pitting recent high school graduates from each state in games played at Essex High School.
The New Hampshire girls defeated Vermont, 61-59, despite the coaching work of Mount Abraham’s Connie LaRose. No local athletes played for the Green Mountain State.
This past sports year saw several teams, at least one from each local high school, enjoy historic seasons.
In the fall, the Middlebury boys’ soccer team earned the top seed in Division I for the first time ever.
In the winter, the Vergennes boys’ basketball team went undefeated and won the D-II crown, a feat nearly matched by the 23-1 title-winning Mount Abraham girls.
And then the Otter Valley baseball team rolled to the D-II baseball title with a 19-1 record that included a dominant playoff run.
VERGENNES — The organizers of a year-old program based in Vergennes that is intended to help seniors stay healthy and independent say it is working well as they plan to expand the effort to other Addison County sites, including Middlebury, Bristol, Shoreham and Orwell.
The latest flap concerning the recent town-college proposal to build a new municipal building on the Osborne House site reminds us of the old British idiom, “storm in a teacup,” or the better known American version, “tempest in a teapot,” or, if you prefer the Yiddish saying, “a squall in a spoon of water.” Pick your fancy, it all boils down to taking a small event and blowing its significance out of proportion.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on animal cruelty and how local government and animal welfare advocates deal with it. Click to read Part 1 and Part 3.
By LUKE WHELAN
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