May 9th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Bristol 38-year-old Todd Smith, coming off a three-hour-39-minute finish in the Boston Marathon less than three weeks earlier, was almost within sweating distance of Middlebury College senior Melake Getabecha near the end of Sunday morning’s fifth annual Middlebury Maple Run — The Sweetest Half. But the Denver resident pulled out the win in a time of one hour, 14 minutes and 50 seconds; Smith crossed the finish line nine seconds later.
BURLINGTON — Athletes from the Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school track teams scored points with top-six finishes on this past Friday and Saturday at the Burlington Invitational, a major midseason meet that drew dozen of teams.
The Essex boys’ and girls’ teams prevailed overall. The Tiger girls were 14th among 21 teams that managed to score points, followed by the Eagles in 16th and the Commodores in 18th.
The Tiger boys were 16th, and the VUHS boys were 18th among 27 teams that scored at least one top-six finish.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Middlebury racecar driver Todd Stone opened his 2013 season this past weekend with wins on two tracks, in South Plattsburgh, N.Y.’s Airborne Speedway on Saturday and at Devil’s Bowl in West Haven on Sunday.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/6 MUHS vs. Woodstock ...................... 8-6
5/7 Rice vs. VUHS ................................ 14-4
5/8 MUHS vs. Burlington ...................... 15-7
5/8 Colchester vs. Rice ........................ 16-2
I started my drive toward Otter Creek two hours before sunset. My waders and fly-rod were in the back of the car along with a couple tins of new flies freshly tied over the winter and still undamaged by rocks, branches, or the mouths of fish.
Two votes facing Vergennes residents next Tuesday — a $1.45 million bond to fund a new police station, and a $600,000 loan to replace the high school roof — deserve community support.
Despite a legislative session that seemed geared to raise several broad-based taxes, news this week suggests that Gov. Peter Shumlin will get what he wanted: the appearance of holding the line on taxes in the face of a lot of red-ink at the start of the session. The somewhat unexpected turnaround this week was helped by better than expected tax receipts for the month of April (and a rosier than expected forecast for the rest of the year), and a proposed federal tax on internet sales that, if passed, could yield $15 million to $20 million for the state annually.
I’ve stumbled onto an unexpected joy of parenting: singing with my children.