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Eagles hang on to edge Mill River

Posted on December 12, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — Saturday’s high school girls’ basketball game between Mount Abraham and Mill River started out looking like a breeze for the host Eagles, but it ended with the Eagles having to make several clutch plays in the final minutes to pull out a 37-35 win.

In the opener for both squads, Mount Abe allowed MRU to score just three first-half hoops on the way to a 21-11 lead at the break.

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Panther men's hoop remain on top

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Once it became clear before Tuesday night’s game in Pepin Gymnasium that injured Johnson & Wales senior guard Lamonte Thomas, the leading scorer in NCAA Division III men’s basketball, would not play against Middlebury College, the focus even more narrowed on the news the Panthers made earlier in the day.

That was when the most recent D-III poll came out, and Coach Jeff Brown’s group sat on top, ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history.

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Fall brought success in many ways

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



When the echo of the final whistle faded this past fall, only one local high school team won its last game or race — the Middlebury Union field hockey squad that derailed the South Burlington express in the Division I final.

Of course, winning a championship by definition equals success. The victors jump for joy and hug and smile and talk about chemistry and game-winning goals and hard work paying off.

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Vergennes takes stock of drug abuse problem

Posted on December 5, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — More than 250 Vergennes-area residents attended a Wednesday meeting called by Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel that was intended to spark a community-wide effort to combat illegal drug use in the city and surrounding towns.

The crowd in the St. Peter’s Church Parish Hall often applauded Merkel and other speakers at what moderator Scott Gaines of Vergennes called a “community awareness meeting,”

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Panther women ice Bantams at home

Posted on December 5, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College women’s hockey coach Bill Mandigo said after his Panthers defeated visiting Trinity on Saturday, 3-1, that his team remains a work in progress.

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Many hunters leave the woods empty-handed

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — After a banner Addison County rifle deer season in 2010, the number of bucks killed during this November’s 16-day rifle season and weighed at local reporting stations plummeted.

In all, 329 bucks killed between Nov. 12 and 27 were weighed at the nine county reporting stations that shared results with the Independent, a drop of 99 from the 2010 count from the same stations. 2010 was the best season locally since the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife banned shooting antlerless bucks (known as “spikehorns”) in 2005.

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Pair of Eagles top Independent stars

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s difficult to evaluate the relative impact of a hard-working scorer and a vital defender on the success of a soccer team.

In the case of the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ squad this fall the task proved virtually impossible, other than to say that both senior striker Grayson Webb and senior sweeper Zack Ellison played key roles as Coach Mike Corey’s Eagles reached the Division II semifinals.

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Vergennes sewer extension policy draws scrutiny

Posted on November 28, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Car dealer Tom Denecker recently abandoned a two-year effort to persuade Vergennes to extend a city sewer line a few hundred feet across Route 7 to his Ferrisburgh auto dealership.

It is the latest in a series of episodes in which city officials have weighed the impact of new Ferrisburgh hook-ons to the city sewer system vs. increased revenue the city could secure.

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Panthers skate to loss in home-ice shootout

Posted on November 28, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Despite outshooting both opponents, the Middlebury College men’s hockey team this past weekend in the Primelink Great Northern Shootout in Kenyon Arena settled for a loss and a tie against a pair of opponents who entered the tournament ranked in the top-10 in NCAA Division III.

On Friday, No. 10 Elmira edged the No. 11 Panthers, 3-2, and in Saturday’s consolation game the Panthers and No. 6 Plattsburgh skated to a 0-0 tie.

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Ferrisburgh land sale deadline extended

Posted on November 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen and the contracted buyer of town-owned land earlier this month reached an agreement to extend for three months a key purchase contingency of the $375,000 contract.

The original terms of the Aug. 1 deal between the town and Montpelier’s Eastern Development Corp. for a 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A gave the buyer until Nov. 15 — this past Tuesday — to market its still-undisclosed plans for the property after the sale.

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