October 25th, 2012
PANTON — Panton selectmen have in recent months been overseeing a number of projects to town properties, many to completion.
The most prominent, paving of much of Panton Road, was completed prior to their Oct. 2 meeting. The town also was set to review bids on Oct. 3 for an upgrade of the Dead Creek Bridge, but that meeting was rescheduled.
The highway department also improved a stretch of West Road and installed surveillance cameras at the town garage to help deal with what town officials called persistent theft problems.
BRISTOL — Heading into the second overtime of Tuesday’s first-round Division II playoff game in Bristol, the Rice and Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer teams had played 195 scoreless minutes this fall, a 0-0 tie at Rice on Oct. 5 and a tense 80 minutes of regulation and then Tuesday’s 15-minute first overtime.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team put a rain-soaked exclamation point on its regular season on Friday, Oct. 19, when the Tigers dominated visiting Champlain Valley, 35-7, to enter the Division I playoffs with a 5-3 record and the No. 5 seed.
All the D-I quarterfinals are set for this Friday at 7 p.m. The Tigers will play at No. 4 Rutland (5-3). The winner of that game will meet the winner of No. 1 Hartford (8-0) and No. 8 South Burlington (4-4) the following weekend.
SWANTON — Middlebury Union High School junior Max Moulton won the NVAC small schools boys’ cross-country title on Saturday at Missisquoi, and eight other runners from Mount Abraham, Vergennes and MUHS posted top-20 finishes to highlight local teams’ efforts.
Overall, the Tiger boys took third with 77 points behind Missisquoi (39) and Rice (74), followed by BFA-Fairfax (87), Milton (151), VUHS (160), Spaulding (172), Richford (179) and Mount Abe (233).
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury fell in its Division I first-round game Tuesday as the high school field hockey playoffs opened, while in D-II Mount Abraham and Otter Valley will take the field for Friday quarterfinals.
The No. 9 Tigers’ quest for a second-straight D-I crown ended with a 3-1 loss at No. 8 Mount Mansfield on Tuesday. Tiffany Danyow’s late first-half goal tied the game at 1-1, but the 6-7-2 Cougars scored twice in the second half for the victory. Goalie Baily Ryan was credited with 11 saves for the 1-12-1 Tigers.
MIDDLEBURY — On Monday morning it became official: The Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team made history this fall by earning the top seed in Division I for the first time in program history.
At 12-1, the Tigers earned a quality point rating in the Vermont Principals’ Association standings of 4.077 to edge out No. 2 Champlain Valley, which earned a quality point rating of 4.071 with a 12-1-1 record.
At 7:02 a.m., Charlotte tramples down the stairs with her scarf swinging wildly around her neck, belt not even through the last loop yet. Her mind, racing as fast as her heart, scrambles to remember where she put her car keys. She loses herself in the bottomless pit that’s her black bag, searching and searching. She rummages through the kitchen drawers, checks the bowl by the entryway, swipes her hands along every countertop in sight, all to no avail.
Now, she’s ten minutes late.
Middlebury received a bushel basket full of good economic news this week in three announcements: Vermont Hard Cider, LLC was bought by a global Irish company that will strengthen the company in its effort to stay atop the national hard cider market and expand its operations and job growth here in Middlebury; the Vermont Transportation Department announced it will finance the Western Corridor rail project without waiting for federal assistance and have it completed by 2017; and the town of Middlebury was given control of managing the railroad tunnel project that will rebuild the overpasses