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March 21st, 2013
VERGENNES — Four members of the Vergennes Police Department were honored on Feb. 26 in front of the entire department, family members and the Vergennes City Council.
Detective Jason Ouellette received two awards from Chief George Merkel, while Officers Brent Newton and William Wager received one apiece. Merkel was also honored by City Manager Mel Hawley on behalf of the New York Police Department.
More than 6,000 people thronged the town on this cool, bright day in May 1905, some having arrived by train from as far away as Burlington and Rutland. The occasion was a special celebration of Memorial Day, a holiday that had arisen spontaneously in the years immediately after the Civil War to honor soldiers from both the North and the South.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten Addison County sugaring operations will open their doors to the public on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, in conjunction with the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association’s 12th annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. This weekend event, when Vermont’s sugarmakers invite the public to their sugarhouses, gives visitors an opportunity to see how maple syrup is made and experience a day in the life of the sugarmaker.
BRISTOL — A local citizen is urging lawmakers to make changes in the law that discourages Vermonters from littering.
At Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall, some of the legislators discussed the tenuous prospects this session for an expanded Bottle Bill. Some residents, like Bristol’s Peter Grant, argued the current 5-cent deposit doesn’t provide enough incentive anymore for people to keep and redeem their containers. As a consequence, an increasing number of cans and bottles are becoming litter.
SALEM, Va. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team has earned a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament’s elite eight for the second time in the last three seasons. The Panthers (25-3) will travel to Salem, Va., to take on 27-3 North Central (Ill.) in an NCAA quarterfinal game on Friday at 8 p.m.
On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., the winner of the Middlebury-North Central game is set to meet the winner of another Friday quarterfinal at the Salem Civic Center, between Amherst (27-2) and Cabrini (25-5).
MIDDLEBURY — At Monday night’s spring sports meeting at Middlebury Union High School, activities director Sean Farrell told the gathered athletes and parents he had never had a busier time preparing for a season.
Four MUHS varsity spring coaches stepped down since the spring of 2012, and Farrell also had to find three new JV coaches.
Deciding to leave, in order of seniority, were:
• Baseball coach Doc Seubert, who last fall decided that almost four decades was enough of heading the MUHS boys’ soccer and baseball programs.
WINDSOR — Area high school basketball players — and coaches — will be well represented at Saturday’s annual Vermont Basketball Coaches Association North-South senior all-star games at Windsor High School.
Vergennes Union High School seniors Shep Carter, Zach Ouellette and Stanley Salley will play for the North Division I and II boys’ team that will meet the South team at 5 p.m. And VUHS coach Peter Quinn will lead the North D-I and D-II boys in that game.
WOODSTOCK — The Vermont state champion girls’ U-14 ice hockey team from the Middlebury Area Hockey Association had an impressive showing this past weekend at the New England Regional tournament in Woodstock.
The team went 3-0 in their initial tournament playdowns, beating elite teams from New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut. This effort placed them as the No. 1 seed for their division in the semifinals.
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