February 11th, 2013
VERGENNES — Ivor Hughes of Monkton, an ardent hiker and backpacker, will present “The Klondike Gold Rush — A Nostalgic Journey to Retrace the Prospectors’ Footsteps” at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Robert A. Orsi, a distinguished historian of American Catholicism, will give a lecture, “Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned: Children, the Sacrament of Penance, and the Making of 20th-Century Catholicism,” at Middlebury College on Thursday, February 28. The lecture will be held at McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch.
STARKSBORO — The ground is frozen, the creeks are shelving with ice, and water critters are still comatose, but the Addison County Riverwatch Collaborative is busy gearing up for the 2013 spring-summer season of taking water samples from our local streams and rivers.
LINCOLN — Burnham Hall in Lincoln will host “The Schlein Family Highfalutin Hootenanny” on Saturday, Feb. 23, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Two of the area’s most danceable bands, the Hokum Brothers and BandAnna, will donate their talents for a fabulous dance party. All proceeds from the hootenanny will go to the Schlein family, who recently lost their New Haven home in a fire.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team on Sunday bounced back from a Saturday loss at Williams with a strong effort in a 3-1 home win over the Ephs that re-established their recent better play and helped them in the tight NESCAC playoff race.
The Panthers (11-9-2, 10-4-2 NESCAC after their fifth win in six outings) and Williams (13-6-3, 10-4-2 NESCAC) are among five teams fighting for the top four seeds and home ice for the NESCAC quarterfinals.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham rolled past Middlebury to highlight local high school girls’ basketball action late last week. In other games, South Burlington continued its late-season surge by defeating Vergennes, while Otter Valley’s Friday home date with Leland & Gray was postponed until Feb. 28.
The Division II Otters are 6-7 after winning two of their past three games, all against D-I foes. They are scheduled to host Springfield on Tuesday and visit Fair Haven on Friday.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/6 MUHS vs. Brattleboro......................... 4-0
2/9 MUHS vs. Rutland...................... 2-1 (OT)
2/6 Rutland vs. MUHS ............................. 9-3
2/9 Shaker Colonie vs. MUHS ................. 4-1
No one likes the tax that bites them.
So it is that when Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed in his budget address putting a 10 percent tax on break-open tickets, those few who knew what he was talking about immediately got their dander up and have been railing about it for the past two weeks.
At least now most Vermonters know what the tax would target and why — but we’re all just learning the full consequence.