November 1st, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Addison County Democrats is logging some substantial travel miles to make New Hampshire a little bluer in advance of the Nov. 6 general election, hoping to deliver what some see as a toss-up state into the column of President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
BRISTOL — Needing a big win this past Saturday to earn a berth in the Division III high school playoffs for the second straight season, the Mount Abraham-Vergennes football team did just that.
With the No. 4 seed on the line, the Eagles scored touchdowns the first six times they had the ball and held visiting Poultney to 30 first-half yards on the way to a 38-0 halftime lead and a 45-24 victory.
Election Day should be a national holiday simply to encourage as many American citizens as possible to make it to the polls and vote. Why not? Certainly it’s a more important day than, say, Columbus Day. Ideally, voters would use at least part of the day to make a final review of the candidates. Everyone knows something about the presidential race, but a good many Americans don’t know much about some of the state offices or the differences between the candidates for their state legislatures.
ADDISON COUNTY — As of the Wednesday morning deadline for the Independent sports section, as many as three Mount Abraham and one Middlebury union high school teams were alive to play for state championships on Saturday.
Two of those teams had been scheduled to play earlier in the week, but concerns about the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy led to postponements.
Some of my colleagues here at the Addison Independent often joke that stories from my childhood remind them of something out of the “Our Gang” comedies of the 1930s. Reporter John Flowers refers to me and my old childhood buddy Donnie Andresen as Spanky and Alfalfa (if you are young and don’t recognize those names just YouTube them into your Google machines, or do a tweet or something). Now Spanky isn’t a name I would wish on anyone, but I proudly wear the Spanky badge.
THETFORD — Middlebury Union High School junior Max Moulton submitted the top performance among local runners at the state championship cross-country meets on Saturday, held at Thetford Academy.
Moulton finished the 5-kilometer course in 17:59.2, good for sixth place in Division II and 23rd place among all male runners, and good for a berth in Nov. 10’s New England meet in Cumberland, Maine.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch are overwhelming favorites to be re-elected next week. These two candidates may get more votes than anyone else listed on the ballot, including President Obama and Gov. Shumlin. Sanders could be the top vote-getter in Vermont, with about 70 percent of the vote, with Welch not far behind in the mid-60 percent range.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Ingrid Ecklein, 40, of Leicester for driving under the influence (second offense), leaving the scene of an accident, and careless/negligent operation of a motor vehicle, following an incident on Buttolph Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:40 p.m. Police allege that Ecklein — operating a vehicle with a flat tire and only its emergency flasher lights on — sideswiped another vehicle and hit a few signs on Buttolph Drive.
Police said they got Ecklein to stop her vehicle in the Shaw’s Supermarket lot.