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February 6th, 2014
BRIDPORT — While a good deal of conversation at the Legislative Breakfast at the Bridport Grange Hall on Monday centered on a proposed Shoreland Protection Bill and the health of Vermont’s lakes (see story), some participants at the breakfast said Lake Champlain’s health is not only being affected by shorelands development.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate on Tuesday passed a farm bill that emerged from a conference committee two weeks ago, ending more than two years of gridlock over the omnibus piece of legislation.
Both of Vermont’s senators voted for the bill.
LINCOLN — A majority of the increase in spending for the Lincoln Community School next year, as set forth in a budget proposal that residents will vote on next month, is due to a change in the way the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union allots special education costs, according to the head of the school board.
The proposed Lincoln school budget for fiscal year 2015 sets spending at $2,035,197, which represents an increase of $131,926, or 6.93 percent, from the previous fiscal year.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team fought off a furious rally by visiting Middlebury on Tuesday to prevail in a pivotal Lake Division clash, 58-54.
The 7-8 Commodores improved to 3-1 in the Lake, while the 7-7 Tigers dropped to 3-2 in the league.
Both are chasing BFA-St. Albans in the Lake Division. BFA is 5-9 overall, but is 5-0 in the league and has defeated both MUHS and VUHS in St. Albans.
SHELBURNE — New Haven resident Stan Bigelow bowled a perfect game on Monday night, rolling a 300 at Champlain Lanes in Shelburne.
Bigelow, bowling with his Champlain Valley Plumbing and Heating teammates Craig Smith, Duane and Kirk Fuller, and Richard Malmstrom, achieved the feat in the middle of his three-game set, for which he totaled 694.
He fired a 215 in the first game, then the perfect 300 before finishing with a 179 — with the third game four strokes better than his 175 average.
MIDDLEBURY — Simeon “Simi” Hamilton, a 2009 Middlebury College graduate, will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games taking place in Sochi, Russia.
The former Panther Nordic racer, a geology major, will be taking part in his second Olympic games after representing the U.S. in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
Also representing Middlebury will be Forest Carey, a 2000 graduate and former Panther alpine skier, who will serve as a U.S. Ski Team coach.
WINOOSKI — Members of the Middlebury Aquatics Club and the Addison Otters swim team showed some strong finishes in the GMA Vermont Invitational, which was held Feb. 2 at St. Michael’s College in Winooski.
For Middlebury Aquatic, Anna Rakowski and Thomas Denton each won three races; Eliot Schneider won two; and Sam Ferguson, Spencer Doran, Max Moulton and Archie Milligan won a race apiece.
STOWE — Frost Mountain Nordic Club skiers competed this past weekend at the Trapp Family Lodge — site of the upcoming Junior National Championships in March — in the third set of races in the highly competitive Eastern Cup Series, with some solid results.
In Saturday’s 1.5-kilometer classic sprint competition, Cornwall’s Sophie Hodges and Weybridge’s Dorothy Punderson competed for Frost Mountain in the girls’ races.