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April 22nd, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — State and county prosecutors have cleared two Middlebury police offices of wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man during an armed standoff on Case Street in Middlebury last Oct. 4.
Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster and Attorney General William Sorrell announced on Friday that they had completed separate, independent reviews of the shooting of George Demarais.
MIDDLEBURY — James Balog, the famed photographer featured in the highly acclaimed climate change documentary “Chasing Ice,” will visit Middlebury College to present a screening of the film on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium. Balog will give a brief presentation of his work before the movie is shown and be available for questions afterward. The event is free and open to the public.
MIDDLEBURY — Bridge School in Middlebury on March 22 celebrated its 33rd annual Collar Day. Collar Day became an Elizabethan custom after Queen Elizabeth I first commanded her court to dress up and then presented them with awards.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School baseball team gave new coach Charlie Messenger a win in his first game this past Wednesday, 10-5 over visiting Fair Haven, but came up short in its next two games.
On Thursday, visiting South Burlington struck early in an 11-1 win, and on Saturday, host St. Johnsbury snapped a 2-2 tie with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning to win, 4-2.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — At an eight-team meet on Thursday at South Burlington, Vergennes Union High School track and field athletes won four events, two by senior Jon Welch.
Welch took the 40-yard dash in 4.9, and won the 200-meter hurdles in 27.64.
Also winning events were Austin Beamish and Jordan Stearns. Beamish took the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, four inches, and Stearns won the triple jump with a 34-foot, two-inch effort.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham topped visiting Vergennes and Middlebury rallied to post a big Division win on the road to highlight local high school boys’ lacrosse action late last week. In other games, VUHS, Mount Abe and Otter Valley all dropped D-II road games.
VUHS VS. MT. ABE
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/17 Milton vs. VUHS ............................ 13-5
4/17 Rice vs. Mount Abe........................ 17-7
4/19 MUHS vs. S. Burlington................... 7-6
4/19 Brattleboro vs. OV.......................... 16-2
News that area middle schools and high schools are facing a student decline of 9-26 percent over the next five years is shocking, but it is not new. Most schools throughout Addison County saw the reduction in their elementary schools many years ago and the changing demographics are just working their way through the educational system.
Two questions rise to the fore: 1) what can be done to reverse declining student populations, and 2) how can our schools adapt to fewer students and still maintain a diverse curriculum that pushes students to excel?