April 22nd, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School baseball team gave new coach Charlie Messenger a win in his first game this past Wednesday, 10-5 over visiting Fair Haven, but came up short in its next two games.
On Thursday, visiting South Burlington struck early in an 11-1 win, and on Saturday, host St. Johnsbury snapped a 2-2 tie with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning to win, 4-2.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — At an eight-team meet on Thursday at South Burlington, Vergennes Union High School track and field athletes won four events, two by senior Jon Welch.
Welch took the 40-yard dash in 4.9, and won the 200-meter hurdles in 27.64.
Also winning events were Austin Beamish and Jordan Stearns. Beamish took the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, four inches, and Stearns won the triple jump with a 34-foot, two-inch effort.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham topped visiting Vergennes and Middlebury rallied to post a big Division win on the road to highlight local high school boys’ lacrosse action late last week. In other games, VUHS, Mount Abe and Otter Valley all dropped D-II road games.
VUHS VS. MT. ABE
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/17 Milton vs. VUHS ............................ 13-5
4/17 Rice vs. Mount Abe........................ 17-7
4/19 MUHS vs. S. Burlington................... 7-6
4/19 Brattleboro vs. OV.......................... 16-2
News that area middle schools and high schools are facing a student decline of 9-26 percent over the next five years is shocking, but it is not new. Most schools throughout Addison County saw the reduction in their elementary schools many years ago and the changing demographics are just working their way through the educational system.
Two questions rise to the fore: 1) what can be done to reverse declining student populations, and 2) how can our schools adapt to fewer students and still maintain a diverse curriculum that pushes students to excel?
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s newly formed Skylark Trio (comprised of singer Liz Cleveland, Fred Barnes on the piano and David Gusakov on violin) will present an evening of jazz standards and show tunes from the ’40s, ’50s and beyond at Carol’s Hungry Mind this Saturday, April 20.
The trio will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.. There is a $10 cover charge, and food will be available.
VERGENNES — Although the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has again delayed selecting the next operator of Northlands Job Corps, according to Vermont officials the DOL and the state are close on a new 20-year lease for the MacDonough Drive campus.
It is a deal that might mean that once again Vergennes would be compensated for hosting the program.
WEYBRIDGE — The General Assembly is likely to postpone until next year a controversial bill that many shoreline property owners fear would place greater restrictions on how they will be able to develop their waterfront property.