Andy Kirkaldy

ABOUT 40 VOLUNTEERS from the five Mount Abraham Unified School District towns gathered on Dec. 5 in Starksboro to write letters to district residents seeking support for the MAUSD mentoring program. The program currently matches 94 district students with long-term, trained adult mentors from local communities.
STARKSBORO — Around 40 volunteers from Mount Abraham Unified School District towns gathered on Dec. 5 at Starksboro’s Common Ground Center to write 1,000 fundraising letters to residents of Bristol, New Haven, Starksboro and Monkton on behalf of the school district’s mentoring program. Six Lincoln residents attended to help process the donation letters, but that town’s volunteers opted to approach the Friends of Lincoln organization for a gift rather than send letters, according to organizers. Other funds come from foundations and town budgets. Starksboro has regularly donated $2,000, and...

TIGER SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Joey Niemo, center, jostles for position with Rice forward Cameron Kinsell in front of the goalie Zeke Hooper during the MUHS boys’ hockey team’s Tuesday home opener. Rice won, 3-0. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — An opportunistic Rice team with a hot goalie skated out of the Memorial Sports Center Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team in the Tigers’ season opener. Rice goalie Carson Barnes, a sophomore from Ferrisburgh who played youth hockey with a number of the Tigers, stopped 34 shots to frustrate many of his former teammates. Tiger Coach Derek Bartlett had nothing but praise for Barnes. “I thought Carson had an outstanding game. He made huge saves when he had to,” Bartlett said. “I felt like we had some great looks, and I felt like...

MUHS SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Ryley Olsen stickhandles through traffic during the Tiger girls’ hockey team’s 5-1 victory over visiting Burr & Burton on Tuesday. The Tiger defense allowed just seven shots on junior goalie Lydia Deppman in the team’s opener. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team took charge early on Tuesday in its season opener vs. visiting Burr & Burton on the way to a 5-1 victory. The Tigers scored twice in the first 5:05 of the opening period and then iced the game with three goals in the second period. Eighth-grader Bella Gale led the attack with a pair of goals and an assist in her varsity debut, including the opening goal 1:37 after the puck dropped. Juniors Camille Malhotra and Audrey Schnoor also found the net, as did senior Merry Kimble as the Tigers dominated the action. Their official...
VERGENNES — Vergennes has hired a native of the Albany, N.Y., area as its new city manager. The candidate chosen late last week has experience this year as a city manager in Georgia and prior experience as an interim manager, finance director, budget consultant and code enforcement officer in towns in Georgia, South Carolina and New York. Daniel Hofman, a 2012 graduate of the University of Albany who in 2018 earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the same institution, is expected to begin working in his new post on Jan. 1, according to Mayor Jeff Fritz. Hofman was one of two...
FERRISBURGH — After some discussion of alternatives, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has decided to advertise for a new full-time assistant town clerk and assistant treasurer to replace Pam Cousino, who on Jan. 1 will replace the retiring Gloria Warden as Ferrisburgh Town Clerk. Board members had in November discussed possibly splitting Cousino’s duties between part-time workers, but at their Dec. 3 meeting Chairman Rick Ebel said they agreed with Cousino to bring aboard another full-time employee. Ferrisburgh’s clerk and treasurer recently became hired, not elected positions. Ebel said Cousino...

PANTHER JUNIOR FORWARD Alex Sobel, who scored a game-high 24 points, makes a crucial late-game steal from New England College point guard Calvin Cheek during the Panthers’s dramatic victory. Sobel soon afterward hit a free throw in the last second to give the home team the 88-87 win. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The undefeated Middlebury College men’s basketball team got past New England College’s upset bid on Friday, 88-87, thanks in part to a last-second whistle, and on Sunday knocked off previously unbeaten host Stevens Institute, 76-66, with a quick start and strong defense. Coach Jeff Brown’s Panthers, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III last week, improved to 9-0 with one more game before the college’s holiday break: Morrisville State visits at 3 p.m. on Dec. 16. The Panthers have thrived despite injuries: Senior forward Matt Folger, a 1,000-point scorer, was back this past weekend...

HEIDI VINCENT SHOWS off the impressive eight-point rack on this 169-pound deer she shot in Starksboro. County weigh stations saw a record number of deer during the recently completed rifle hunting season.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2019 deer rifle season in Addison County finished Sunday as the most successful for local hunters since 2005, when Vermont wildlife officials banned shooting spikehorn bucks during the 16-day season. Hunters during this rifle season brought 594 bucks to be weighed at one of the county’s seven wildlife reporting stations, breaking the record of 571 set just a year ago. Plentiful feed contributed to a large and healthy deer herd, which gave hunters more targets, experts said. Also, weather conditions generally helped hunters during rifle season. A few inches of snow and...

MIDDLEBURY’S MADIE LEIDT blocks a shot in the third period on Sunday as Plattsburgh State launches an all-out attack to get an equalizer in the Panther/Cardinal Classic final. The Panthers held on to win the game 2-1. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — On March 15, 2013, the Middlebury College women’s hockey team defeated Plattsburgh, 4-1, in an NCAA Division III semifinal. Since then, the Cardinals ruled the rivalry between the two D-III powers, winning every meeting … until this past Sunday. On Sunday the tables finally turned. Coach Bill Mandigo’s talented young Panthers knocked off top-ranked and undefeated Plattsburgh, 2-1, in the final of the annual Panther/Cardinal Classic in Kenyon Arena. Plattsburgh (8-1) retained its No. 1 ranking, but the 4-0-2 Panthers climbed from No. 8 to No. 2. The Cardinals entered the game...
VERGENNES — If all goes well Vergennes could have a new city manager by later this week or the middle of next week, according to Mayor Jeff Fritz. The Vergennes City Council on Nov. 26 interviewed by remote technology four finalists for the position being vacated next month by Matt Chabot. A search committee consisting of Fritz and Alderman Matt Koenig and David Austin put those candidates forward from a field of nine applicants. Fritz said on this past Wednesday council members selected two out of those four finalists for in-person interviews on this Wednesday. The council could offer the...

CORNWALL’S BARNEY HODGES is the new assistant director of Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center. Hodges brings a wealth of experience as a skier, coach, organizer and businessman — and passion for the sport — to his new position. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
RIPTON — In February 2013 work to install snowmaking at Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center was completed. Before then, Mike Hussey, general manager of the two Middlebury College ski areas, said Rikert opened about 70 days a winter and attracted about 5,000 visitors a year. But by 2018 Hussey estimated about 15,000 skiers annually made use of the Nordic center’s 55 kilometers of Ripton trails, and those skiers enjoyed an average of 140 days of skiing. Rikert, at the college’s Bread Loaf Campus, also hosts major regional championships every year. And now Hussey said Rikert has made...


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