September 17th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — New York has Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; Paris has the Louvre and the Place de la Bastille. Middlebury, Vt., has the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College.
With thousands of events by internationally acclaimed artists under its belt, the Mahaney Center, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, truly can boast that it has brought a taste of those storied cultural centers to the agricultural heartland of Vermont.
SUDBURY — A fund has been established at a local bank to help the family of a local man stricken with Eastern equine encephalitis who was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.
The Scott Sgorbati Family Aid Fund was established Sept. 7 at the National Bank of Middlebury to help the family of Sgorbati, one of two local men to contract EEE last month as the first human cases in the state. The other man, 87-year-old Richard Breen of Brandon, died of the disease on Sept. 4.
ST. ALBANS — Despite his wealth and Harvard degrees, Jack McMullen says he came from humble origins.
McMullen is the Republican challenger to Democratic Attorney General William Sorrell in this November’s General Election.
McMullen’s father suffered rheumatic fever as a child, leaving him with fragile health throughout his life. As one of five children, McMullen, who is from Long Island, went to work at 11.
“Our family was — what’s the technical term — poor,” said McMullen.
BRISTOL — If the Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative high school football team wanted to establish itself as a legitimate Division II playoff contender, it had to beat somebody besides opening day victim Montpelier, a program that forfeited its most recent game.
On Saturday, the Eagle offense came alive after a slow start for 267 rushing yards, and senior Cody Alexander’s touchdown with 20 seconds to go and gave Mount Abe a dramatic 27-21 win over visiting Windsor, a D-II finalist in 2011.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley football team’s 20-18 win over U-32 on Saturday was extra sweet as the team’s first Homecoming win in five years.
“I made a point to the kids all week that we wanted to change (five years of Homecoming losses),” Coach Jim Hill said. “And they went out there and found a way to win.”
As Gov. Peter Shumlin launched his campaign last week for a second term, he focused on two themes: the state’s relative economic prosperity and that he is a governor who gets “the tough things done.”
Those ‘tough things’ have boiled down to balancing the state’s budget without raising broad-based taxes, even while coping with four major storms in 2011, and initiating health care reform by passing the nation’s first universal access health care system based on a single-payer model.
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury overcame a strong effort by host Otter Valley to highlight area high school girls’ soccer play in the latter half of last week.
In other games, Mount Abraham used a late goal to post a road win, and Vergennes dropped a tight game to a top Division II team.
TIGERS OVER OTTERS
On Saturday, the Otters came out strong in their homecoming game vs. MUHS, pressuring the Tigers and taking a 1-0 lead when Taylor Aines lofted a shot home in the seventh minute.
Editor's note: This week’s writer is David Clark, director of the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury.
The other day a relative stranger, having learned that I was a librarian, announced with the certitude of the uninformed that, “Libraries aren’t really going to be around in another 10 years, are they?”