March 14th, 2013
BARRE — Sparked in Monday’s Division II girls’ basketball semifinal by mid-game tactical and lineup changes and junior Ashlie Fay’s third-quarter scoring surge, No. 1 Mount Abraham Union High School knocked off No. 4 Hartford, 56-48, in the Barre Auditorium.
In defeating the 19-4 Hurricanes, the Eagles:
• Improved to 22-1 with their 13th straight victory.
• Reached the final for the third straight season; this year’s foe on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. in the Aud will be No. 3 BFA-Fairfax (21-2).
MIDDLEBURY — Sisters Hannah Zeno and Andrea Hubbell have for years worked at making other people look and feel better.
Now they are able to work together at that task — at their new business, the Studio 7 Beauty Lounge located in downtown Middlebury.
At Middlebury’s Town Meeting, the one surprise came in the spur-of-the-moment discussion over the economic viability of the town’s newly hired business development director. In what started out as an introduction of the new director, Jamie Goucher, the conversation quickly turned to how the director’s performance would be measured and how committed the stakeholders were to funding the position over the first five years and thereafter. The concern was that taxpayers would be funding the position after the year 2017.
MIDDLEBURY — Four Middlebury College skiers earned All-American honors — one did so twice — when the Panther ski team hosted the 2013 NCAA Championships at the Snow Bowl in Hancock and Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton from Wednesday through Saturday last week. See a slideshow here.
The stone hearth around our woodstove was built by a talented jack-of-all-trades named Gary Barnett. These days, the area immediately in front of the stove is covered with bits of orange rind. Whenever we eat an organic orange, I break the peel into small pieces, and place them on the hearth to dry. Why? Because they are a frequent ingredient in the herbal teas that we serve after class in the yoga studio. After the rind has dried I add it to the large jar; each time I open it an intoxicating citrusy fragrance is released.
VERGENNES — Not only did the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team make history on Saturday afternoon when the Commodores completed their 24-0 season and won the Division II title.
So did their coach, Peter Quinn.
According to veteran Rutland Herald sports writer Tom Haley, only one other coach has won state basketball titles with both girls’ and boys’ teams, Chris Hughes of Proctor High School.
Quinn, of course, coached the Commodore girls to back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.
BRISTOL — The Addison Otters Swim Team’s 40th season has proved to be a memorable one, with many of the team’s 61 members qualifying for championship meets and organizers making a number of upgrades to operations, equipment and fundraising.