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November 24th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — It was around 1904 that the late Col. Silas Ilsley — the Civil War veteran whose name graces Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library — pledged $75,000 to erect the resplendent Memorial Baptist Church building that stands proudly at 97 South Pleasant St.
More than a century later, congregation members have invested two-and-a-half times the church’s original construction price in order to endow it with a pellet boiler system aimed at reducing the structure’s fuel consumption and its carbon footprint for many years to come.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of the Vergennes Union FFA Chapter in Vermont joined teams from around the United States at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville this month.
VUHS FAA adviser Bill Van De Weert said his crew did “great work representing Vermont on the national level.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police have honored a Middlebury Union High School senior for a courageous act.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Police Chief Thomas Hanley presented Alyzza Odell the department’s Community Service Award in recognition of an act of selfless courage she performed on behalf of her community.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey debuted at home with a more traditional system this past weekend and earned a win and a tie to even the Panthers’ record at 1-1-2, all in NESCAC play.
On Saturday, the Panthers bolted to a 3-0 lead over Connecticut and hung on for a 3-2 victory, and on Friday they settled for a 2-2 tie with Tufts despite outshooting the Jumbos, 41-25.
LEXINGTON, Va. — The No. 2 Middlebury College field hockey team fell to fourth-ranked The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, 2-0, in one of NCAA Division III semifinals played at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va.
The Panthers concluded their season at 19-2, tying a program record for wins in a single season and earning the NESCAC playoff championship, but falling short in their quest for Middlebury’s second NCAA field hockey title.
NCAA Final Four in Lexington, VA
11/22 College of N. J. vs. Midd................ 2-0
11/20 Midd. vs. Castleton..................... 64-62
11/22 Salve Regina vs. Midd............... 61-54
This week’s writer is Stephen Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association.
Vermont’s school districts provide very generous health insurance benefits to their employees — among the most generous health insurance benefits available to any Vermonter. The current cost of these benefits is contributing to rapidly rising property taxes, limiting the ability of schools to invest in the education of our students.
BRANDON — Matthew Dickerson and Susan Nop will be at Brandon Music on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. to present a concert celebrating their Christmas CD “The Brilliant Whiteness of Snow.”