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August 27th, 2014
I’ve always enjoyed the arts in the Rutland, Brandon, Middlebury corridor. Between the Chaffee, the Brandon Artists Guild and the Edgewater Gallery, we are richly served with vital and creative arts. Now there is another artistic gem in Brandon called The Compass Music and Arts Center, a wonderful complement to the existing art presence.
ADDISON COUNTY — Collectively in terms of wins and losses, the 2013-2014 sports year proved to be memorable for Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes union high school teams and athletes.
At least one local squad won a championship in each of the fall, winter and spring seasons.
In the fall, Mount Abe field hockey and boys’ soccer and MUHS football all climbed the mountain, with the Tiger 11 posting an undefeated campaign.
Cheated and mistreated, but never defeated — they had will and skill, hustle and muscle, fire and desire, intestinal fortitude and the right attitude.
That’s how Larry Lester describes the players of baseball’s Negro leagues.
MIDDLEBURY — Adult tennis teams based at Middlebury Indoor Tennis enjoyed what MIT owner David Ignat called “probably the best ever” season of competition in Vermont league play and regional competition over this past winter, spring and summer.
Statewide, MIT teams compiled a 76-38 record, while eight of them qualified to play for New England titles by winning their divisions.
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Todd Stone was among the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners on Sunday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in action postponed from Friday, and he is closing in on his second straight track championship.
BRISTOL — Four members of the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club bested competitors from around the northeastern United States and South Carolina in a professional horseshoe tournament this past weekend.
VERMONT — Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 14. The late bear season begins Nov. 15 and continues through Nov. 23.
The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the November deer season.
The early season bear tag costs $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. A hunter may only take one bear during the year.
VERGENNES — A variety of incidents kept Vergennes police busy between Aug. 18 and 24, many of them alcohol-related, including driving while under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking, and a noise disturbance.
During that seven-day period, Vergennes police:
• On Aug. 18 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident and determined she was OK.
• On Aug. 18 calmed an arguing School Street couple.