Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Brew professional arena league football team, which will be playing its home games at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center starting this spring, will be holding tryouts on Feb. 8. The tryouts will be held at Middlebury College’s Virtue Fieldhouse, beginning at 9 a.m. with a check-in time of 8:30 a.m. There is a charge to register of $50 if registration is completed on or before Jan. 25 and $65 after that date. Coach and General Manager Claude Flynn and Assistant General Manager Michael Mazzella will conduct the tryouts. Those interested may register online at...

WORK CONTINUES on the replacement of the rail bridges in downtown Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Snow and frigid temperatures will soon give way to mud season, spring flowers and then a cacophony of construction work in downtown Middlebury. Jim Gish, the local liaison to the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, recently released new details on timing for the most disruptive phase of the $72 million construction project, which will take place this spring: installation of the 360-foot concrete tunnel that will supplant the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges. Workers spent much of the past year laying excavation-support infrastructure along the rail line. This...

JOHN DALE
MIDDLEBURY — John Fenton Dale, 61, of Middlebury, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly on January 8, 2020, at home. Beloved husband of Amy Rakowski Dale and devoted father to David Bennett; and stepfather to Mary Frances Conley of Oakland, California. John was predeceased by his parents, Mary (Krum) Dale and David N. Dale. John was born and raised in Scituate, MA, where he graduated from Scituate High School in 1976. John joined a long line of family members and attended Middlebury College. He graduated from Middlebury  in 1980 with a BA in art history, and then received a Master’s of...

IVOR HUGHES, SHOWN hiking Mt. Abraham right here in Addison County, will give a primer on hiking during a talk at Ilslely Library next Thursday, Jan. 16.
MIDDLEBURY — What if you were walking along a trail and thought for a just a moment you could hear voices from the past? Voices of people shouting, bantering and cursing as they struggled under their heavy loads. They were people who were following their dreams, they believed that they would become rich beyond belief. It was they who created the trail.  You are backpacking one of the most historic trails in Alaska and the Yukon, called the “Chilkoot Trail,” following in the footsteps of the 1890s gold rush miners who made their way for hundreds of miles of uncharted territory to seek their...

THE CAT SHADOW, shown here with his new family, Kristian and Tyler, was the first pet to be adopted from Homeward Bound in 2020. Photo/Hannah Manley
MIDDLEBURY — Shadow, a 4-year-old domestic short hair tiger cat weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces was the first animal adopted from Homeward Bound in 2020. She was adopted by Kristian and Tyler of Essex Junction on January 2 at 2:28 p.m. Shadow came to the shelter when her elderly owner needed to go to a nursing home; Shadow had been with her since she was a kitten. Kristian’s 24 year-old cat died last year; she had been her guardian since the first grade. Shadow’s adoption represents the first of many happy families Homeward Bound expects to create this year.  Congratulations to Shadow and her new...
ST. ALBANS — Division I host BFA-St. Albans blanked the D-II Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Saturday, 4-0. Meghan Connor scored twice to spark the Comets, and goalie Macie Boissonneault made 17 saves. Tiger goalie Abby Hodsden stopped 34 shots. MUHS dropped to 4-3. The Tigers will visit Burr & Burton on Wednesday and host Champlain Valley at 5 p.m. on Friday.
STOWE — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a key road win on Saturday, defeating host Stowe, 3-1, as the Tigers evened their record at 4-4. Owen Austin scored for the Tigers as the teams finished the first period tied at 1-1. Tucker Stearns gave MUHS the lead in the second, with an assist from Ryan Nadeau, and Hale Hescock sealed the victory with an empty-net goal. Tiger goalie Jeff Stearns made 25 saves, and Stowe goalie Ethan Brown stopped 26 shots. The Tigers will host Colchester at 7 p.m. on Friday.
VERGENNES — At a wrestling meet this past Wednesday at Vergennes Union High School, visiting Spaulding defeated both VUHS and Middlebury, while the Commodores topped the Tigers. Spaulding bested MUHS, 60-18, and VUHS, 43-32, while VUHS outscored MUHS, 48-18. The match results were: VUHS 48, MUHS 18 For VUHS, Parker Kayhart, Aiden Gebo, Taylor Stearns, Gabe Kadric, Barret Barrows and Gabe Payne-Vinick won by forfeit, as did Nick Sheldrick for MUHS. In contested matches: •  At 106 Eli Bruce, V, pinned Layne Chant, M.  •  At 145 Brian Whitley, M, defeated Jeremiah Moulton, V, 2-1. •  At 152...
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...

FRANK SWENTON IS a Mary Hogan parent and co-author of a petition to the ACSD board in favor of merging the district's elementary schools.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) board has for many months been hearing a “don’t close our small schools” message from a coalition of Ripton and Weybridge residents organized under the banner of “Save Our Schools.” Now ACSD directors are hearing from a group of Middlebury residents who are urging the board to do the opposite. They’re arguing limited education tax dollars are being funneled away from the district’s largest elementary school — Mary Hogan Elementary in Middlebury — in order to extend a lifeline to the smaller learning centers they contend are unsustainable...

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