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September 22nd, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — If it weren’t for a federal rule stipulating retirement by age 60, Jim Lanpher, Peter Young and David Ingham would still be performing in the 40th Army Band of the Vermont National Guard.
For them, 117 years of combined service among them really wasn’t enough — they still occasionally show up at band rehearsals, instruments in tow, hoping for an invitation to join in.
MIDDLEBURY — The UPS Store in Middlebury’s Village Court Plaza next to Aubuchon Hardware will soon relocate to the former Lightning Photo property at 105 Court St., where the growing business will occupy two floors and have access to triple its current space.
FERRISBURGH — One day earlier this month, the pungent smell of basil filled the Ferrisburgh Central School’s front hallway.
On other days, students carried into the building baskets of onions, potatoes, or any of a number of other vegetables from the school’s garden, almost all of which are offered to and then eaten by the same kids who have helped plant and pick them.
MIDDLEBURY — All three local high school boys’ soccer teams emerged with something positive out of the annual J.P. Carrara eDoc Innovations Tournament this past weekend.
Host Middlebury (2-5) earned a 2-0 first-round win on Thursday over Mount Abraham to reach Saturday’s final before falling to champion Milton, 3-1. MUHS won two out of three last week after an 0-3 start, with senior Drew Barnicle scoring four goals and setting up a fifth and junior goalie Wilder Perera playing well.
BARRE — The Mount Abraham/Vergennes football team spoiled host Spaulding’s first-ever night game this past Friday, routing the winless Tide, 36-6, and improving to 3-1 in the process.
The Eagles scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions and did not allow Division II Spaulding to record a first down in the first quarter.
ADDISON COUNTY — All three area high school field hockey teams faced tough challenges late last week: Otter Valley avenged its only loss, while Middlebury lost in overtime and Mount Abraham dropped a one-goal game at home.
VERGENNES — After Friday’s high school girls’ soccer game between rivals Mount Abraham and host Vergennes, both coaches talked about confidence.
Eagle coach Dustin Corrigan saw five players score in a 5-0 win that was his Division II team’s fourth straight after two close opening losses to tough D-I opponents.
All that had been missing, Corrigan said, was for the Eagles to show offensive consistency, something they showed in outshooting the 2-4 Commodores, 30-3.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school soccer in the latter half of last week, the Middlebury girls and boys posted wins, the Vergennes boys earned a tie, but the Mount Abraham boys and both Otter Valley teams came up short.
The VUHS girls also hosted Mount Abe on Friday, and the local boys’ teams saw more action in the second day of the Tigers’ annual tournament; see stories.