May 19th, 2011
I was driving one of my sons to one of his many activities on Monday evening. The thunder I’d heard in the afternoon was no long rumbling, and the rain had subsided from pounding to merely steady. As we crossed the one-lane bridge on Route 116, I glanced down at the New Haven River. It was swollen and murky — too high to invite fishing — but not quite at flood stage. I was surprised. Despite the tapering off of the rain, I’d been expecting the water to be even higher.
To the chagrin of our college-age sons who don’t enjoy change on the home front, we have just taken down an overgrown crab apple tree and added another bed to the vegetable garden. This means there is less lawn (a good thing), less room to kick a soccer ball (a good thing from my point of view, a bad thing from theirs), no place to hang the hammock (a very bad thing from their point of view, although neither of them will be home this summer to lie in it), and much more sun-kissed ground in which to plant additional vegetables (a very good thing).
MIDDLEBURY — Round Two went to the Rebels.
In a Division I clash on Friday on Fucile Field, the South Burlington High School girls’ lacrosse team avenged its only loss of the season and dealt Middlebury its only setback, 13-10.
The 8-1 Rebels took over first place from the 7-1 Tigers after outscoring MUHS in the second half, 5-2, to snap a halftime tie.
Coach Kelley Higgins, whose team had defeated the Rebels in overtime in South Burlington, 8-7, was disappointed, but philosophical, afterward.
ADDISON COUNTY — Last week offered a reprieve from the wet weather that has soaked the region for much of the spring.
For some area farmers, however, the weather has already had an impact on the growing season, causing what the Vermont Agency of Agriculture is estimating is a three-week delay in planting for some producers.
Craig Miner, county executive for the USDA Farm Service Agency, said late last week that area farmers are holding their breaths for a drier end to the spring.
MIDDLEBURY — A severe algae problem is poisoning the nation’s sixth largest body of water.
Blooms of the toxic blue-green organism growing in Lake Champlain are essentially large, poisonous colonies of photosynthetic bacteria that are caused by high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen nutrients. According to the Vermont Department of Health, algae-contaminated water in the lake led to the deaths of two dogs in 1999 and 2000.
VERGENNES — The Vermont Principals’ Association announced last week that Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Ed Webbley has been chosen as the organization’s Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year.
Webbley becomes the second VUHS principal in the past decade to earn that honor: The VPA presented former VUHS school head Peter Coffey with the same award in 2002.
VPA Executive Director Ken Page noted not only that repeat recognition, but also that:
ADDISON COUNTY — As record-high water levels on Lake Champlain slowly recede, towns and low-lying areas along the lakefront are beginning to recover and evaluate damage.
Fueled by snowmelt and heavy rains, the lake hit 103.2 feet above sea level on April 29, shattering the 1869 record of 102.1 feet.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has decided to completely replace the Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury and will not pursue a temporary span to allow through-traffic during construction — slated for 2014, at the earliest.