May 6th, 2013
SHOREHAM — The 30th annual Apple Blossom Derby Road Race is just around the corner. This long-standing fundraising event takes place in Shoreham on Saturday, May 11, and celebrates the town’s spirit and beauty. The all-volunteer coordinated race has become a signature spring event for many participants, some coming from as far as Burlington and New York state. What we’ve heard from past racers: “I never knew how beautiful it is here,” and “This is the best post-race food I have ever eaten — and I run a lot of races.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Mount Abraham Union High School softball team snapped what had been a four-game losing streak by blanking host Middlebury, 3-0, on Thursday, but the Tigers bounced back on Saturday to defeat visiting Rice, 10-5.
The Eagles’ win came behind the three-hit pitching of sophomore Haley Davis and boosted their record to a misleading 2-4.
Three of Mount Abe’s losses have been either one or two runs to Division I teams with winning records, BFA-St. Albans, Colchester, and Spaulding.
We’re proud of the Vermont Legislature for moving the death with dignity legislation out of the House and to conference committee and likely action. In this age of medical miracles in which life can be prolonged far past any natural state, it provides a choice for some patients to suffer less and die on their own terms.
It strikes particularly near to my family at this particular time as my father, 88, lost a brief bout with cancer. He died a week ago Wednesday.
Is the most recent move to legalize hemp cultivation in Vermont a step in the right direction or foolhardy? That’s the question on the minds of some legislators and citizens throughout the state as it comes before the full Legislature this week.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham recorded a shutout win at Middlebury to highlight local high school baseball action late last week. In other action, Otter Valley remained unbeaten, Vergennes lost a pair of contests, and MUHS also dropped a weekend home game.
A week ago in Monday’s Addison Independent, we ran a story touting the possibility of the greater-Middlebury area becoming a ski destination for Nordic skiers. The newly implemented snow-making system at the Rikert Ski Touring Center is what has prompted the consideration and has some within the community talking about ways to capitalize on the $1.5 million in improvements that Rikert has seen in the past couple of years.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/2 Lamoille vs. Mt. Abe ....................... 13-6
5/2 OV vs. Randolph............................. 15-2
5/3 Essex vs. MUHS ............................ 13-5
5/4 Montpelier vs. Mt. Abe .................... 10-7
This week’s writer is Lisa Liotta, park ranger at Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester.
The Scoop on Poop
As a seasonal park ranger at the only Vermont State Park that allows dogs off-leash in a designated area, I pick up a tremendous amount of doggie doo. Recently, I began thinking seriously about the impact of pet waste on our environment, and started doing some research.