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April 27th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — Since 1970, communities across Vermont have taken to local roads for some much-needed spring cleaning. As they’ve done every year, residents in Addison County are gearing up for Green Up Day, scheduled for this Saturday, May 2.
Spring comes gently to Goshen; even now, in late April, the woods are brown and the weather often chilly.
But by early May dainty ephemeral wildflowers — Spring Beauties, Dogs Tooth Violets, Bellwort, Trillium and Dutchman’s Breeches to mention some favorites — will blanket the forest floor as the delicate green veil gradually creeps up the mountainside.
BRISTOL — Construction crews in Bristol are busy completing a new, 12-unit apartment building on Plank Road.
The property is owned by Stanley Livingston and the project is managed by his company, Meghan’s Meadow View LLC.
The 6,300-square-foot building will have six two-bedroom and six one-bedroom apartments. It is located on a 2.1-acre plot at 7986 Plank Road, the former site of Roy’s Automotive.
BRANDON — Two area baseball teams faced off at Otter Valley Union High School on a chilly spring Saturday, knowing only one would come out with its first win of the season.
In the end, that team was Mount Abraham Union High School, which beat Otter Valley, 4-0.
But it was anybody’s ballgame up until the seventh inning, thanks to capable pitching from both teams. Mount Abe senior starter Mike Jerome got the complete-game win, throwing 92 pitches and showing great control.
BRANDON — Hannah Williams’s first varsity win as a pitcher translated to Otter Valley softball’s first varsity win this season, as the Otters handled Mount Abraham at home Saturday, 10-4.
OV’s victory dealt the Eagles their first loss of the season.
Otter Coach Pattie Candon was relieved for her team, which was the defending Division II champions and had a 0-3 record coming into Saturday’s game.
ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school lacrosse play the Vergennes boys’ team won twice and the Otter Valley boys split a pair.
The Mount Abe boys’ and Middlebury girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams were idle late last week during school break, but Eagles will host Milton on Tuesday afternoon and play at U-32 on Thursday.
The Tiger girls are scheduled to play at Mount Mansfield on Tuesday and at Essex on Friday. MUHS boys’ lacrosse will visit Woodstock on Monday, host CVU on Wednesday and travel to Mount Mansfield on Saturday.
ADDISON COUNTY — In action on the area high school diamonds, the Mount Abe softball team won then suffered their first loss of the season, Otter Valley softball fell, then garnered their first win, Mount Abe baseball split a pair, Vergennes softball lost one, and the Vergennes and OV baseball teams each lost two.
Saturday’s Middlebury softball and baseball games at North Country were postponed.
ESSEX — Track and field teams from Middlebury and Vergennes union high schools faced some of the tougher teams in Vermont at the Essex Vacational Meet this past Wednesday. None of the local squad placed very high in the team scoring, but two Tigers claimed individual titles in the field events; and a quartet of Commodore seniors claimed second and third places in relay races, plus two of them scored in individual events.