MIDDLEBURY — This past June, Addison canoe designer and builder Peter Macfarlane successfully completed a month-long solo paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a series of traditional waterways that span the northern forests from Old Forge in the south-western Adirondacks of New York State, across Lake Champlain, and on to Fort Kent on the St. John River in northern Maine. The trail features upstream and downstream paddling across small and large rivers, placid and white water, small ponds and large lakes.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won a pair of recent games to improve to 4-2. The Panthers, ranked No. 21 in this week’s NCAA Division III poll, will close their first semester with a 4 p.m. game at Skidmore on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Castleton State edged the Middlebury College women’s basketball team on Tuesday, 53-51, when Castleton’s Jade Desroches converted a tie-breaking coast-to-coast lay-in with four seconds to go.
The Panthers dropped to 2-3 and will close out their first semester play with a game at Skidmore on Saturday. Castleton improved to 4-1.
ADDISON COUNTY — The final count of deer reported to Addison County weigh stations during the 2013 rifle season came in at 421, up by 16, or about 4 percent, from 2012.
However, taking into account the drop in deer taken during Youth Hunting Weekend, the total not counting bow and muzzleloader seasons is almost exactly the same for 2013 and 2012.
Young hunters took 109 deer during Youth Hunting Weekend this year and 124 in 2012.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team picked up a tie and a loss on Friday and Saturday at Plattsburgh State University in the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout. The 3-1-2 Panthers, ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division III last week, play on the road this coming weekend.
This past Saturday, the Panthers suffered their first loss of the season, falling in the Shootout championship to Plattsburgh, 3-1. The third-ranked Cardinals remained unbeaten at 8-0-1.
Recently, Middlebury’s Town Offices and Recreation Facilities Steering Committee formed a Communications sub-committee that will focus on public outreach activities related to the project. The sub-committee will:
• Respond to inquiries from the public and publish a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the project page of the town’s website;
• Publish a series of nine newspaper columns dealing with different aspects of the project;
The issue of whether to install security cameras in area schools tiptoes along a blurred line separating school safety and student privacy. It’s a current topic of debate at the UD-3 board concerning the Middlebury Union High School and, soon, the Middlebury Union Middle School.
I encourage the folks in Vergennes to vote in favor of the proposed natural gas pipeline on Dec. 10. This pipeline will present an opportunity for the residents of the city to get clean, reliable, safe and inexpensive fuel to heat their homes and businesses. Any opportunity to reduce the cost of living in this area is desirable for any and all who live here.