March 18th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School eighth-grader Ronan Howlett has an expansive vocabulary for a 14-year-old, but two words in particular will always resonate with him even if he rarely gets an opportunity to use them in a sentence: “Qualitative” and “desultory.”
Those are the two words that have won him consecutive titles as Vermont’s top student speller.
BURLINGTON — Nora Enright gives new meaning to being a “brain.”
The Otter Valley Union High School sophomore won the fourth annual Brain Bee at the University of Vermont College of Medicine on Feb. 9. The 15-year-old was one of 30 students from eight Vermont high schools competing in the written, practical and oral examination testing their knowledge of the human brain.
By beating out her mostly older competition, Enright, of Pittsford, won a travel stipend to go to Baltimore and represent Vermont in the National Brain Bee on March 2-4.
MIDDLEBURY — A trip to the household attic can often yield a few cherished family treasures with some interesting stories attached to them.
So it should come as no surprise that a trip to the attic of Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History can yield a veritable gold mine of artifacts that speak volumes about the people, places and history of Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater presents “The Blue Swans — Seven Women Artists,” featuring paintings and monoprints by Klara Calitri, Linda Hampton Smith, Molly Hawley, Patricia LeBon Herb, Phoebe Stone, Sarah Wesson and Yinglei Zhang. The exhibit runs March 1-31.
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe in Middlebury announces that Betsy Ouellette of Waltham has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award (Kimberly Krans Award). WomenSafe presents the award annually to a woman in Addison County or Rochester whose outstanding work and achievements have had positive impacts on and furthered the safety of women and/or children in the community. A public reception in Ouellette’s honor will be held Thursday, March 28, from 5-6:30 p.m. at 109 Catamount Park in Middlebury. Refreshments will be served.
BARRE — There are many reasons the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team’s 23-1 season ended on Saturday with a 44-28 win over No. 3 BFA-Fairfax in the Division II final.
Of course, the No. 1 Eagles showed talent, teamwork and chemistry all winter.
But after Mount Abe allowed a historically low 109 points in four tournament games, it was no surprise to hear Eagle after Eagle cite the same No. 1 reason after beating the 21-3 Bullets in the Barre Auditorium: “Offense wins games. Defense wins championships.”
MIDDLEBURY — Cradle to Grave Arts will host a benefit screening of the film “Dear Pina,” in Middlebury on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Marquis Theater on Main Street. A discussion with the artists behind the fill will follow the screening.
MIDDLEBURY — Junior guard Joey Kizel made two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining in Saturday’s game against Ithaca to send the host Middlebury College men’s basketball team into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III tournament, 73-72.