John S. McCright

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School ninth-grader Mary Johnson prepares to make a difficult transition on the uneven bars during the Tiger gymnastics team’s opening meet at Middlebury Union Middle School vs. St. Johnsbury and Montpelier. Johnson was the Tigers’ top scorer in the bars with a 6.1. MUHS returns to action on Friday in Randolph. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team opened its season on Saturday by hosting St. Johnsbury and Montpelier at Middlebury Union Middle School. The more experienced St. Johnsbury and Montpelier squads finished first and second with 115.95 and 97.95 points, respectively, while the young Tigers scored 92.2 points. MUHS Coach Natalia Harthman said the Tigers, whose only upperclassman is senior Carly Burger, learned skills and unique elements from watching the Montpelier and St. Johnsbury gymnasts, who have more experience because they participate on club teams as well as...

PHOTO BY JASON Duquette-Hoffman
MIDDLEBURY — Around 150 citizens came out in the snow on Tuesday to line both sides of the Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury, hoist signs and tell passing motorists how they felt U.S. Congress members should vote in the historic impeachment of President Donald Trump. The demonstrators, holding and waving a wide range of homemade signs, were greeted by some honks and waves from passing cars and trucks. At least half of the people held a sign, and clearly they were last-minute improvisations — spray paint on cardboard, magic marker on posterboard. Some were more carefully painted with a brush....
MIDDLEBURY — Game wardens with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department have been investigating a series of wild animal poaching incidents in Addison County for the past five weeks, and they are asking tor the public’s help so they can wrap up the investigation. Lt. Justin Stedman, leader of Fish and Wildlife’s central district, said the investigation was triggered by a series of reports of dead animals in incidents in Middlebury and New Haven that had similar characteristics. This week, the department said it had arrested two young men in Middlebury as a result of the investigation. Stedman...

GRADY CRONIN, A nine-year-old from Pennsylvania, displays the nearly 10-pound, 26-inch-long brown trout that he caught in Lake Champlain late in July thanks to the kindness of Shaw Kipp of Rack-n-Reel and Tim Little of Vermont Field Sports.
SOMEWHERE ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN — When nine-year-old Grady Cronin of Perkasie, Pa., pulled his fishing line out of the waters of Lake Champlain late last month he fulfilled his own aspirations of landing a really big fish. He also fulfilled a dream of his father that had been dashed six year ago when he suffered a spinal cord injury. To make both dreams come true, the Cronins got a lot of help from important members of the Addison County sporting community. The Cronin family made the five-and-a-half-hour trek to Lake Dunmore late in July for a vacation. This wasn’t their first visit here; they...

WHEN A RUNNER saw widespread graffiti, like the painting on the rock above, she realized that someone had invaded a “happy place” cherished by many. Photo by Laura Turner
MIDDLEBURY/NEW HAVEN — Bummer. Who would do this? This is so wrong. Those were the thoughts that went through Laura Weylman Turner’s head Friday evening when during a run through the woods along the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) and came upon a massive display of graffiti spray painted in fluorescent colors on trees, boulders and rocks along the edge of Otter Creek. Fortunately some of the painted faces, flowers and undecipherable symbols could be scraped off by a volunteer from the Middlebury Area Land Trust, or MALT, which manages the TAM. But the incident reminded some that we live in a...

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