OTTER VALLEY JUNIOR Parker Todd lays in two of his team-high 16 points during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The host Eagles won in dramatic fashion even though the Otters rallied to tie the game in the final minute. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After watching his young Otter Valley boys’ basketball team lose on Friday at Mount Abraham Union High School, 46-44, on a bucket with 3.2 seconds to go, Coach Mike Stark cited the Eagles’ senior leadership as the difference. Well, really, Stark was talking about Liam Kelliher, whose 12-foot baseline floater created the final score. And after the Otters went on a second-quarter run to take a 21-13 lead, it was Kelliher who scored 10 points and set up a hoop by sophomore Henry Cogswell to give the Eagles a 25-21 halftime advantage. “Kelliher is a ballplayer,” Stark said. “He’s good,...

TIGER GUARD CADY Pitner drives the baseline as forward Grace Harvey provides the defense for Mount Abraham during the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 36-22 victory on Thursday at Middlebury. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury to highlight area girls’ basketball action late last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes came up just short at home to a Division I foe, and undefeated D-II power Fair Haven knocked off Otter Valley. EAGLES-TIGERS On Thursday the Eagles used a full-court press to bolt to a 20-4 first-quarter lead on the way to a 36-22 victory at MUHS. Chloe Johnston sparked the Eagles with 12 points, 10 in the first quarter, and added five steals and three assists. Grace Harvey contributed eight points, seven steals and seven rebounds as the Eagles improved to 6-2...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board will host a public forum on the status of the district-wide budget on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The MAUSD board plans to adopt a budget proposal on the following Tuesday, Jan. 28. On Town Meeting Day, March 3, 5-Yown residents will vote on a board spending plan to fund Mount Abraham Union high and middle schools and elementary schools in Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln, Starksboro and New Haven. Wednesday’s forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Mount Abe’s large cafeteria and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes. According to MAUSD business manager Floyd...

HATCH 31 BARTENDER Matt Igler and Irene Lawrence developed a special bond. Lawrence was a devoted fan of the Bristol bar’s Friday night bluegrass band and the Tuesday night blues jam, and Igler would walk her home at the end of the night. On the night before she died, he arranged for her to hear the Friday night band one last time. Photo courtesy of Michelle Kilbreth
BRISTOL — Irene Lawrence acquired a few nicknames during her 33 years in Bristol. To the town residents she greeted from her porch — or from out front of the Corner Store or Main Street Diner — she was known as the “Bench Hugger.” So strong were the 87-year-old’s spirit and will to live that her doctor called her the “bounce-back kid.” Her grandchildren called her “Nana.” But for a few sweet minutes toward the end of every Friday night at Hatch 31 on Main Street she was just “Irene.” “Good night, Irene,” Hatch’s Friday bluegrass band sang to her just before she went home for the evening. “...
BRISTOL — A Bristol man who was shot by state troopers last month during a confrontation outside his home has been cited for multiple offenses.  Greg West, 28, was cited for two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of interference with access to emergency services, according to a Jan. 10 press release issued by Vermont State Police.  West, who is still receiving treatment for his injuries at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, is scheduled to answer the charge in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Feb. 24 at 12:...
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Bristol Country Store on Wednesday evening, Jan. 8. The store is located at 3191 Route 116 South in Bristol, about 4 miles south of the village. A preliminary assessment suggests that someone broke a side window to gain entry to the store, State Trooper Josh Gurwicz told the Independent. The assailant stole beer, a few cartons of cigarettes and some cash register change — but no cash. Video footage from the store’s surveillance camera shows the incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m., Gurwicz said. Police are...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR forward Quincy Cook goes up for two points despite the defense of Commodore senior Kevin Jackson during Saturday’s game at Vergennes Union High School. Cook scored eight points as the Eagles came away with the win. Jackson led VUHS with 13. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — In a boys’ high school basketball rivalry game on Saturday, visiting Mount Abraham opened the second half with a decisive 15-2 run on the way to a 56-38 victory over Vergennes. The Eagles evened their record at 4-4 with their second straight win, while the 0-6 Commodores saw a chance for their first positive result slip away. The Eagles were fortunate to escape the second quarter with a 20-15 lead. In that period the Commodores put the clamps on Mount Abe defensively and scored seven straight points to make it 16-15 — and missed several chances to go ahead by sinking just five of...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes defeated Middlebury for its first victory to highlight local high school girls’ basketball games played this past Friday. Elsewhere, Mount Abraham picked up its fifth straight victory, and Otter Valley dropped a home game to a Division III title contender. VUHS OVER MUHS The Commodores used a balanced effort to dispatch the Tigers, 56-34. Emily Rooney led the way with 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and eight steals, and Felicia Poirier (11) and Kate Gosliga (10) scored in double figures. Sophie Hatch and Jordan Jewell added seven points apiece as VUHS moved to...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Middlebury split two games, Mount Abraham won once, Vergennes lost a road contest, and Otter Valley dropped a pair of home games. The Eagles visited VUHS on Saturday afternoon; see story. TIGERS On Wednesday the Tigers took a 35-12 halftime lead in a 56-39 victory over host Milton. Tyler Buxton (12 points) and Karic Riche (11) led a balanced MUHS offense. On Friday visiting North Country edged the Tigers, 55-53. The Tigers had a chance to tie or win the game on their final possession after rallying as Wes Hirdler...
BRISTOL — The Vermont Cannabis Organization will host Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman and a panel of industry experts to discuss the current status of cannabis tax and regulation legislation in Montpelier during a business networking event on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, at Mary’s at Baldwin Creek in Bristol.  Mr. Zuckerman will be joined by attorneys Tim Fair and Andrew Subin, of Vermont Cannabis Solutions, Eli Harrington, founder of Greenbridge Consulting, Dave Silberman, attorney and legalization advocate, as well as Laura Subin, director of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana. ...


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