November 13th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Rick Cole had always planned on retiring as Middlebury fire chief at age 65. But that landmark birthday happened to coincide with one of the most important periods in the fire department’s history — its pitch for major construction makeovers of its Seymour Street and East Middlebury stations.
MIDDLEBURY — You’d think that with a name like Vermont Sun Fitness Center, Steve Hare’s business would have gone solar sooner.
The notion of installing solar power panels at the gym off Exchange Street in Middlebury did occur to Hare about a decade ago. But back then, the businessman says, solar arrays were expensive and took a longer period to pay off installation costs than they do now.
Now, he says, thanks to changes in technology and production techniques, that’s changed.
MIDDLEBURY — Harry Zieve-Cohen has a problem. The nonprofit he works with, Middlebury Foods, aims to serve food insecure Vermonters, but its growth is stifled by how difficult it is to connect with potential customers in this rural state.
ADDISON COUNTY — The four local union high school boys’ soccer teams didn’t really make their mark this fall, with only Vergennes winning a postseason contest.
But each squad played a number of competitive contests, especially Coach Kevin Hayes’ 5-8-3 Commodores, who lost seven times by one goal, twice to Division II champion Rice.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team thumped visiting Tufts on Saturday, 48-13, to finish its season with five straight wins and a 6-2 record, good for third place in NESCAC.
Middlebury quarterback Matt Milano accounted for all seven touchdowns against the Jumbos, who enjoyed their best season since 2008 and finished with a 4-4 mark. Middlebury has now won 20 of 24 games over the past three seasons.
MIDDLEBURY — An enthusiastic local tennis community rallied to raise $1,575 in support of the nonprofit Vermont Cancer Survivor Network, or VCSN, in a tournament held late last month in Middlebury.
Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) and SoJo Tennis teamed up to host the benefit tennis tournament on Oct. 24-25 at the MIT club. Franz Collas, owner of SoJo Tennis, and Heather Potter, who volunteered her time, co-directed the tournament, which featured dozens of players taking part in three days of doubles competition.
HANOVER, N.H. — Vergennes resident Ron McConnell recently wrapped up his season throwing weights in elite masters track and field events with performances that leave him in a good position on the national scene.