May 12th, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — James “Jak” Knelman, formerly a junior forward on the Middlebury College hockey team, on Wednesday sued the college and hockey coach Bill Beaney as a result of Knelman’s dismissal from the Middlebury hockey team in January.
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First up, this just in (and no surprise, really): I was wrong. And happy to say so.
When the Middlebury women’s lacrosse team lost to Tufts in the NESCAC quarterfinals, 13-12, a week ago Sunday, I assumed and wrote the 11-5 Panthers’ season was over. But their strength of schedule — all five of their losses came to teams ranked in the top 17, and Middlebury has five top-19 wins — earned Coach Missy Foote’s Panthers a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
MIDDLEBURY — The third annual Middlebury Arts Walk kicks off this Friday, May 13, with an initial emphasis on student art that will be found at more than 40 participating businesses.
The Middlebury Arts Walk, coordinated by the town’s ArtsConnect Committee, is a program through which local artists’ work is displayed at local stores on the second Friday of each month through October. On those designated Fridays between 5 and 7 p.m., downtown Middlebury will become a center for art that will include music, food and fun.
MIDDLEBURY — Kendra Weber Gratton was a toddler 45 years ago when she and her four brothers were first tucked into bed with her mom’s story of “Flabby Rabbit,” who enlists the help of “Squinty Squirrel” and other forest friends in protecting “Millie Robin’s” four eggs.
Gratton and her siblings have since told that endearing tale of friendship to their own children.
Now the family will be able to share that story with an even wider audience — the general public.
MIDDLEBURY — Eight piles of hardwood logs stacked on the grounds of the Eddy Farm in Middlebury don’t appear to be crucial parts of a lucrative farming operation.
But the logs are part of a three-year joint project of Cornell University and the University of Vermont that examines the viability of shiitake mushrooms as cash crops. They have been inoculated with shiitake spores, and, if all goes well, will begin fruiting next year.
SALISBURY — Alfred Hare, known as “Waboos” to the legions of Camp Keewaydin campers whom he befriended over the course of nine decades, died on May 3 at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was 96.
BRISTOL — It hasn’t been a typical spring for Mount Abraham Union High School baseball, which has won five Division II championships since 2001, including the 2010 title in dramatic, extra-inning fashion.
On Friday and Saturday, the Eagles dropped two home games, 7-5 to Colchester and 6-2 to Rice, respectively, and their record fell to 1-5.