April 14th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham boys’ lacrosse team won a nailbiter in its season opener to highlight weekend lacrosse action, while the Middlebury Union boys’ and girls’ teams both won on the road.
The Vergennes boys’ game at Milton originally set for Friday was moved to May 5, as was the Eagles’ home game vs. Stowe scheduled for Friday. The Commodores are scheduled to host Mount Abe on Tuesday at 4, weather and field conditions permitting.
ESSEX — Vergennes Union High School track and field athletes won five events on Thursday at a three-way meet against Division I foes Essex and Burlington hosted by Essex.
Junior Chris Castillo won both the long and triple jumps, and the Commodores also excelled in the throwing events. Senior Kris Brooks won the boys’ javelin, with senior Jordan Stearns second, while Stearns won the shot put, with Brooks second.
Junior Ally Stearns won the girls’ shot put to give VUHS its fifth victory.
ST. ALBANS — In a competition that saw most individual matches tightly contested, host BFA-St. Albans edged the Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team, 4-3, on Saturday.
The Tigers saw their record even at 1-1 with the setback.
The individual results were:
• No. 1 singles: Marvie Avery, M, defeated Ciara Bannister, B, 7-5, 6-2.
• No. 2 singles: Summer Averill, B, defeated Madeline Ganey, M, 6-4, 2-6, 12-10.
BRATTLEBORO — Host Brattleboro defeated the Otter Valley Union High School softball team on Thursday, 7-1, dropping the Otters to 0-2 heading into their spring break.
Both of the Division II Otters’ setbacks have come to D-I teams on the road. They are now off until April 22, when they are scheduled to travel to Windsor.
WESTMINSTER — The Otter Valley Union High School baseball opened its Division II title defense on Friday by defeating host Bellows Falls, 6-1.
C.J. McCullough tossed a complete-game three-hitter for OV, striking out six and walking two.
Mike Winslow led the Otters with three hits, and John Winslow chipped in a pair of safeties.
OV returns to action on Monday at 4:30 at home vs. Windsor.
This week’s writer is Gail Conley, a Huntington resident who is retired after 40 years as an educator in public schools, including serving as interim superintendent of the Addison Central Supervisory Union from 2011 to 2013. He delivered these remarks to the Vermont House Ways and Means and Education committees on April 9.
Last weekend I submitted a letter to the editor of this paper, with my opinion on how the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) should vote this week on Vermont Gas Systems’ (VGS) Phase II pipeline proposal. My letter arrived too late for Monday’s paper, and my recommendations would have been moot, so I agreed with the editor that I should withdraw that letter and, instead, comment on the ACRPC vote after the fact.
Green-Up Day is in trouble. Earlier this year, news reports noted that three major corporate sponsors had opted not to renew annual donations that had comprised about 20 percent of the non-profit organization’s approximate $120,000 budget. Efforts to find other sponsors are ongoing, says Melinda Vieux, who heads the organization, but she noted that if they can’t come up with extra funds they would have to curtail efforts by 2015.