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...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a burglary at Greg’s Market on Elm Street on Dec. 8. Police said they received a report of a smashed window at the market, which reopened for business earlier this year after a lengthy hiatus.
Police said they determined someone had been inside the market during the overnight hours. Authorities and store officials are busy determining whether anything was stolen from the store.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a domestic dispute at a Lower Notch Road home in Bristol on Dec. 3.
• Announced on Dec. 3...
STONECUTTER SPIRITS HAS at least temporarily suspended production of its gin and whiskey and will soon close its tasting room on Middlebury’s Exchange Street headquarters (shown here) and its Highball Social bar-restaurant in Burlington.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Stonecutter Spirits has at least temporarily suspended production of its gin and whiskey products and will soon close its Middlebury tasting room and its Burlington bar-restaurant, according to business co-founders Sivan Cotel and Sas Stewart.
Cotel, during a Dec. 5 interview with the Independent, said the company has thus far been unable to land a distributor to make Stonecutter products available in markets outside of Vermont. This has limited sales and created a financial pinch that is driving the difficult decisions to downsize the company, Cotel explained.
CYNTHIA ERIVO STARS in “Harriet” as the escaped slave who returns to the Antebellum South to help other African Americans flee from their oppressors and find freedom in the North. Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice is sponsoring three screenings of the film this Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. at the Marquis Theater.
MIDDLEBURY — The hit film “Harriet,” about the escaped slave who helped others African Americans get out of the slave states of the South, will be screened in Middlebury this week for one day only.
The group Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is joining with Rutland Area NAACP to host three showings of “Harriet” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Marquis Theater. The fourth movie in this year’s Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series, “Harriet” will be shown at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
The series is a collaboration of SURJ and the Marquis.
Wednesday’s film tells the extraordinary story of...
EMMY ALFORD, LEFT, Julie Coons, Carolyn Constantine, Beverly Megyesi, Alison Metcalfe and Margaret Klohck are just some of the volunteers who collected and gave away warm winter clothing at the Middlebury United Methodist Church last month.
Photo courtesy Margaret Klohck
MIDDLEBURY — On two November weekends (Nov 22-23 and 29-30) people have been coming to the Middlebury United Methodist Church to find clothes to keep warm this winter. Coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, boots, and more for children, women, and men were collected this past summer and fall to be ready for this event, now in its sixth year. It is good to see the smiles on people’s faces when they find things that please them. Hundreds of people are served. Sometimes recipients of clothes come back to say thank you and tell how much this means to them.
The plan to gather and give away coats and...
Has any consideration been given to siting the prospective solar array on the Middlebury College golf course?
Think about the benefits for the environment — no more constant mowing, which pollutes our air half of the year, and no more pesticide and fertilizer damage to Mother Earth. South Street Extension residents will be happier because only the college, which benefits from this solar farm, would be able to see it.
Then Middlebury College can purchase Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon. Combining the two clubs there could make a money-making venture while cutting the environmental impact almost...
MICHAEL McAULIFFE, PRESIDENT OF Friends of Middlebury Hockey, stands in the facility’s new, heated second-floor space that provides a wonderful view of the rink below. The new space, which includes restrooms, a multi-purpose room and an elevator, opened to spectators two weeks ago.
Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Visitors to Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center have developed a new perspective of the blossoming, community-driven recreation facility at 296 Buttolph Drive.
That new perspective comes from now being able to view the hockey action from a warm space some 20 feet above the ice rink. Workers on Monday were putting the finishing touches on the center’s new second floor space, made possible through the generosity of local businesses, civic groups and individual donors.
“The amount of love this community has for Memorial Sports Center and for the families who use this facility year-...
MIDDLEBURY — Professional arena football at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center moved closer to reality on Wednesday with confirmation that its home team — the “Vermont Brew” — has been admitted to the Elite Indoor Football League, known as EIF.
The Independent first reported the nascent Vermont Brew’s interest in the Memorial Sports Center back in January of 2018. Brew Assistant General Manager Mike Mazzella at the time confirmed an agreement in principle to use the sports center for its home games. With a venue secured, Brew officials began sorting out other issues — including filling out a...
EMILY CASEY OF Orwell, will give a talk on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., about her new collection of essays “Made Holy.” The conversation will take place at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury in conjunction with an exhibit of eight pieces of artwork done by Vermont artists to represent portions of one of Casey’s essays.
PHOTO / LESLIE TWITCHELL
ORWELL — Emily Casey didn’t always like essays.
“I had always thought of essays as boring, nature stories… that just didn’t appeal to me,” she said in a conversation last week. “But when I was in college other people were really pushing the boundaries of what an essay could be… Braided essays really spoke to me — with a theme weaving through thoughts.”
Casey, a 2012 MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, didn’t always like telling the truth either.
“The publishing of my book ‘Made Holy’ coincided with the truth of telling about my own recovery,” she said. “The day the book...