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November 1st, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — As of the Wednesday morning deadline for the Independent sports section, as many as three Mount Abraham and one Middlebury union high school teams were alive to play for state championships on Saturday.
Two of those teams had been scheduled to play earlier in the week, but concerns about the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy led to postponements.
Some of my colleagues here at the Addison Independent often joke that stories from my childhood remind them of something out of the “Our Gang” comedies of the 1930s. Reporter John Flowers refers to me and my old childhood buddy Donnie Andresen as Spanky and Alfalfa (if you are young and don’t recognize those names just YouTube them into your Google machines, or do a tweet or something). Now Spanky isn’t a name I would wish on anyone, but I proudly wear the Spanky badge.
THETFORD — Middlebury Union High School junior Max Moulton submitted the top performance among local runners at the state championship cross-country meets on Saturday, held at Thetford Academy.
Moulton finished the 5-kilometer course in 17:59.2, good for sixth place in Division II and 23rd place among all male runners, and good for a berth in Nov. 10’s New England meet in Cumberland, Maine.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch are overwhelming favorites to be re-elected next week. These two candidates may get more votes than anyone else listed on the ballot, including President Obama and Gov. Shumlin. Sanders could be the top vote-getter in Vermont, with about 70 percent of the vote, with Welch not far behind in the mid-60 percent range.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Ingrid Ecklein, 40, of Leicester for driving under the influence (second offense), leaving the scene of an accident, and careless/negligent operation of a motor vehicle, following an incident on Buttolph Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:40 p.m. Police allege that Ecklein — operating a vehicle with a flat tire and only its emergency flasher lights on — sideswiped another vehicle and hit a few signs on Buttolph Drive.
Police said they got Ecklein to stop her vehicle in the Shaw’s Supermarket lot.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police detective Jason Ouellette persuaded a potentially suicidal man to leave his Ferrisburgh home and surrender to Vermont State Police on Oct. 26, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.
Ouellette and another member of the Vergennes department went on that Friday to a South Middlebrook Road home at about 12:30 p.m. to help several VSP troopers with a man who was inside the home threatening to either hang or shoot himself. Merkel said Ouellette knew the individual and was able to convince him to leave the home peacefully.
ADDISON COUNTY — A transient man serving a lifetime driving ban for alcohol-related offenses crashed his car into a tree off Sand Road in Ferrisburgh on Oct. 27, injuring himself in the process.
Vermont State Police cited Kenneth A. Jennings Jr., 49, for driving under the influence and driving with a criminally suspended license. Police said he was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Sand Road when he lost control of the vehicle and went off the west side of the road, colliding with a moderate-size tree.
This past Sunday night Marco Scutaro knocked in the winning run for the San Francisco Giants in the deciding game of the World Series. Before that, he was the MVP of the National League Championship Series with a .500 batting average and a lot of big hits.
Why can’t the Red Sox get a player like that?
Oh yes, we had him for two years before banishing him to Colorado this past offseason.
Marco joined other diminutive second basemen, Bobby Richardson and Bill Mazeroski, as World Series heroes.