June 10th, 2010
BRISTOL — The top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School baseball team earned a spot in the Division II final by coasting past visiting No. 13 U-32 on Tuesday, 16-1, in five innings.
In the final, the Eagles will meet No. 3 Burr & Burton, an 18-1 winner over No. 2 Mill River in Tuesday’s other semifinal. That game will be played at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Montpelier Recreation Park field.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College students have long commented on the empty back wall of the Wright Memorial Theater, a 58-by-53-foot white space facing a parking lot off of Shannon Street.
But if the efforts of recent graduate Kate Lupo pay off, the wall will soon get a makeover in the form of an environmentally-themed mural — a reproduction of a set of 16 prints by Vermont artist and Middlebury College alumna Sabra Field, called ‘Cosmic Geometry.’
Even amid the rumbling of road construction in downtown Middlebury, you can hear the sound of their absence. The sound that isn’t a sound.
It’s the time of year when for just a couple quiet weeks, Middlebury gets fully handed back to the people who live here. The decibel level drops by double digits, the pace slows to that of a true small town, and suddenly all the faces you see are familiar ones.
Last Wednesday night we were assembled in front of the tube watching the end of the Red Sox game, as we do most nights. It’s an after-dinner nocturnal ritual.
The Sox announcers informed us that Armando Galarraga of the Tigers was taking a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians. Twenty-four Indians’ hitters had come up and all 24 had been set down. So we changed the channel to see if the young Tiger pitcher could close it out.
Good sports. Exciting.
MIDDLEBURY — Mount Abraham Union brothers Greg and Jona Scott each lost dramatic multi-hole playoffs at Wednesday’s Vermont High School Golf Championships at Middlebury’s Ralph Myhre Golf Course. Both had qualified to compete as individuals at the Division II North Sectional tournament the week before.
Greg Scott, a senior who was the defending D-II medalist, and Lake Region’s Nick Lussier each fired 77s to tie for D-II medalist honors on Wednesday, and Lussier earned the title on the second playoff hole.
STARKSBORO — The traditional contra dance call of “grab your partner by the hand” has taken on a whole new meaning in light of the orphans affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. Local activists who have seen firsthand the plight of the Port-au-Prince orphanage Men Nan Men (Creole for Hand in Hand) have organized a barn dance in Starksboro this Saturday to raise funds to support these children in need.
MIDDLEBURY — For the second year in a row, Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, commonly known as HOPE, has launched a special fund-raising campaign in order to meet the growing demand for services by Addison County residents still weathering tough economic times.
Jeanne Montross, executive director of HOPE, said her organization is seeking to raise $145,000 in donations and another $6,700 through special events — including a fashion show this fall to be called “Model Citizens.”
MIDDLEBURY — Jill Ryea, 19, can’t help but smile when she talks about receiving her high school diploma this week. That’s because life without a diploma hasn’t exactly been easy. Since she dropped out of Otter Valley Union High School a year and a half ago, she has applied for jobs at 15 businesses in Brandon, 20 in Rutland and 12 in Middlebury.
“I’ve had about five interviews and still no calls back,” said the Leicester resident. “The economy’s so bad and I’m looking really hard for a job.”