Andy Kirkaldy

10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project has gone as smoothly as could be hoped and is ahead of schedule in some areas, project community liaison Jim Gish told the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday. But, Gish warned, the “heavy lift” lies ahead in 2020. That’s when Middlebury’s Main Street will be closed to through traffic for roughly two months, from May 27 to an estimated Aug. 5, to allow final installation of a precast concrete railroad tunnel through the heart of town. The tunnel will replace aging bridges on Main Street and Merchants Row that were...
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) and the organization called Neighbors, Together on Tuesday told the Middlebury selectboard they have been making good use of the town’s $228,750 Vermont Agency of Transportation grant awarded to the town a year ago to soften the impact of the ongoing project to replace two downtown rail bridges. That multi-year project is projected to wrap up its most disruptive phase next August, and its impact on Middlebury’s downtown is expected to be greatest next summer. That’s when both Main Street and Merchants Row will be closed...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR Liam Davison glides through the 5K Woods Trail Run in Thetford this past Saturday. He earned 266th place out of 735 runners. Photo courtesy of Karyn Norwood
10/10/2019
THETFORD — Local high school cross-country runners posted solid results at Saturday’s Woods Trails Run at Thetford Academy, a major meet that drew more than 1,300 varsity athletes and 96 boys’ and girls’ scoring teams from around New England. Among local squads, the Middlebury boys fared best overall with 524 points, taking 15th out of 52 scoring teams and finishing third among the Vermont Division II teams competing. D-II’s U-32 won the boys’ race with 76, and D-II Woodstock was 10th (460). Out of more than 700 competitors overall Tigers juniors Jack Christner and Thomas Nevins were 34th and...

OVUHS JUNIOR MIA Politano won her second straight individual girls’ Division II championship on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club. Her round of 84 was the best of all competitors in all divisions by four strokes. Photo by Austin Danforth/Burlington Free Press
10/10/2019
PITTSFORD — Otter Valley Union High School junior Mia Politano fired an 84 on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club to become the Division II girls’ medalist for the second straight year. Her total was four strokes clear of the second-place finisher in D-II, Lake Region’s Tia Martinez, and five strokes better than the D-I medalist, Rutland’s Jillian Miles. Politano has not played golf full-time this fall because she is a member of Coach John White’s Otter Valley girls’ soccer team, and she said she was happy with her game considering that factor. “I am pleased with the results from...
10/06/2019
FERRISBURGH/ADDISON — After selectboards in Addison and Ferrisburgh early last week declined a school board request to hold votes on closing the elementary schools in those towns, the future of that vote proposal was only partially clarified by Friday afternoon.  What remains clear is that many residents in both towns are deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal.  On Tuesday, Oct. 1, both towns’ selectboards declined to honor the Addison Northwest School District board’s request to warn a Nov. 5 vote for the purpose of asking Addison and Ferrisburgh residents if...
10/06/2019
ADDISON — Addison residents on Sept. 24 backed by a 61-46 vote a bond of up to $780,000 to build an in-ground septic system on land west of the current town clerk’s office. The system would serve the town’s Route 17 fire station, current office building and potential future town offices, and the Addison Community Baptist Church. For more than a decade Addison officials have been working on creating a community septic system that would provide a solution to what they say are the troubled systems that now serve the fire station, existing clerk’s office and church, and provide septic service to...
10/06/2019
ADDISON/FERRISBURGH — While the fate of the votes on whether to close Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools remained uncertain late last week (see related story), many in those communities remained deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District board’s proposal to ask them to consider those school closures.  The ANWSD board has stated its preferred option is to close both schools and educate district students in kindergarten and in grades 1-4 at Vergennes Union Elementary School and create a new middle school for grades 5-8 at Vergennes Union High School.  A second option could...

TIGER MIDFIELDER IVY Doran knocks the ball way from Commodore forward Maria Malaney during Friday’s girls’ soccer game at VUHS. The host Commodores prevailed, 4-1. Photo by Holly Weber
10/06/2019
VERGENNES — Things might be coming together for the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team. For sure, challenges lie ahead for the 6-3-1 Commodores before the Division III playoffs, including games vs. three tough D-II teams. But last week the Commodores followed a 5-0 victory at Spaulding on Wednesday with a solid 4-1 decision on Friday over visiting Middlebury. Those games came after a tough prior week that saw 3-0 setbacks vs. D-II Mount Abraham and Rice.  The Commodores and their coaches believe the better results show their progress in possessing the ball, being more aggressive...

TIGER SENIOR EBEN Jackson lines up the game-winning, double-overtime shot in Saturday’s boys’ soccer game in Middlebury. Jackson’s goal was the only one surrendered by Commodore keeper Jeffrey Stearns, left, who made 10 saves. Tiger freshman goalie Owen Lawton stopped eight shots. Photo by Gabe Hamilton
10/06/2019
MIDDLEBURY — For the third straight game, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team found itself tied in the late going, this time at 0-0 in double overtime on Saturday against their scrappy neighbors from Vergennes.  The 8-2 Tigers, winners of five straight, found the same answer they had in their 1-0 win over visiting Milton on Sept. 27 and their 2-1 victory over Mount Abraham three days earlier.  That would be senior forward Eben Jackson, who scored the game-winner in both those games, in double overtime vs. Milton and with five minutes left in regulation vs. the Eagles. This time...
10/03/2019
FERRISBURGH/ADDISON — After Tuesday night not only the future of Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools is uncertain, but so also is the future of the planned votes on whether to close them. The Addison Northwest School District Board had asked selectboards in both towns at their Tuesday meetings to warn Nov. 5 school closure votes. The board has said closing the two schools is the best way to provide educational equity for all ANWSD students; maintain programs, especially at Vergennes Union High School; and avoid a tax increase that residents likely would not support a year after its...

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