MONKTON — After winging the first round of an applied science competition in November, a group of young inventors from Monkton honed their programming skills, fine-tuned their robot construction techniques and brainstormed solutions to real-world problems.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian at the intersection of Court Street and Creek Road on Dec. 19. Police said the pedestrian was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Were informed that a vehicle had been hit by another vehicle while parked in the Middlebury Union High School parking lot on Dec. 19.
2011 probably won’t go down as a banner year here or worldwide.
Water provided many memories, and not many of them pleasant. One of 2011’s first images that seared itself on my consciousness came from msnbc.com. I logged on one morning and was stunned to see for the first time a picture of Japan’s east coast after the devastating tsunami.
A later image that lingers is the video of Bartonsville’s covered bridge collapsing into Irene’s surging waters.
In between fell spring’s seemingly unceasing rain.
FERRISBURGH — Only a pending delivery and the remote possibility of warm weather remain as hurdles for a planned skating rink next to Ferrisburgh Central School.
Given that it is late December and rink organizer Tim Bicknell said a needed plastic liner should arrive any day, residents from Ferrisburgh and neighboring towns with any luck should be able to lace up their skates for the town’s newest recreation option sometime next week.
MIDDLEBURY — While some high school boys are out playing baseball, Aidan Ryan is stuck inside with his dad. Aidan doesn’t mind, though; he and his father, Greg, this fall released their second CD together as the band “They Might be Gypsies,” featuring 16-year-old Aidan on nylon stringed guitar.
“We play together a couple of times a week,” Greg Ryan said. “Whether or not it’s really rehearsing is up for debate. We have a good time.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team pulled away from visiting Otter Valley on Dec. 23 in the third quarter to win, 49-32, and even its record at 2-2.
The Otters, who two days earlier had defeated Mount Abraham for their first win of the winter, dropped to 1-3 despite mixing up their defensive looks and holding the Tigers to 16 points in the first half, which ended with MUHS up, 16-11.
“It was dark. Very dark,” Isreal Dudley recalls, thinking back almost 10 years to his first visit to Vermont. He was 11 years old at the time, and it was his first real taste of the rural outdoors. Thanks to the Fresh Air Fund, Isreal, also called “Isszy,” had come to spend a couple weeks with our family that summer. It wasn’t his first time out of Brooklyn, the borough of New York City where he had grown up and lived his whole life. The previous year he had spent some time with a family in Pennsylvania, also through the FAF.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with mostly routine issues between Dec. 19 and 25, including one domestic dispute, an ongoing barking dog problem, violations of the city’s winter parking ban, and motorists in need of a helping hand.
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
• On Dec. 19 checked out a report of erratic driving on Panton Road, but found no one.