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Local all-stars make a mark in big game

Posted on November 23, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Fans of offensive football got a treat on Saturday at Middlebury College’s Alumni Stadium, when two teams of Vermont high school senior standouts — including five local student-athletes — combined for 100 points in the ninth annual North-South All-Star Football Game.

When the ball stopped flying, the South team with two Otter Valley players defeated the North team with one Vergennes and two Middlebury athletes, 61-39.

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Ferrisburgh considers 'one-board' plan

Posted on November 23, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — About two dozen Ferrisburgh residents and Ferrisburgh Central School parents and teachers who gathered in the FCS gym on Thursday night first talked about what they loved about the town’s elementary school. And then they talked about what they saw as the pluses and minuses about the proposal for one board to govern the public schools in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns.

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Vergennes picks two new chiefs

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday looked down the road to Middlebury to find a new police chief, but inside its own highly regarded fire department for a new leader to replace retiring longtime chief Ralph Jackman.

The city’s new police chief will be New Haven resident George Merkel, 55, a Middlebury patrolman who is an 11-year member of that department and also a Vermont Army National Guard veteran.

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Know your jargon? Try out our test.

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Every trade has its jargon. We journalists like to laugh at corporate babble (“We must think outside the box to empower our stakeholders”), edu-speak (“Our youngsters require enhanced child-centered collaborative activities for discovery learning”) and cop talk (“I advised the male subjects to disperse”).

But we too, even humble sports writers, are guilty of jargon, as our Independent proofreaders constantly remind my editor and me.

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Commodore back tops all-star team

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — No local high school girls’ soccer teams will be hanging championship banners in their gyms after this fall, when the four local squads combined for just 12 wins.

But each team had rays of hope for the future in the progress of younger players and in moments when practice paid off in progress and attractive soccer. And each saw fine individual performances recognized here in the 2009 Addison Independent Girls’ Soccer All-Star Team.

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Huge bucks highlight first days of hunting season

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Unfavorable hunting conditions led to low numbers for the opening weekend of deer rifle season, but didn’t prevent two hunters from bagging the two biggest bucks taken this decade in Addison County during rifle season.

One, a 236-pound, eight-point buck shot by Shoreham’s Tommy Davis in his home town, tipped the scales at 10 pounds more than the largest deer killed in all of Vermont during any season in 2008. According to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Web site, the largest 2008 deer taken weighed 226 pounds and was shot in Jay.

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Panthers win regionals; advance to Sweet 16

Posted on November 16, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team earned its third trip to the NCAA Division III tournament’s Sweet 16 since 2004 on Sunday, when the host Panthers turned aside Wheaton in a regional final, 2-1.

Before the 14-3-2 Panthers won on Sunday, their most recent berth had been in 2006, when the team’s current seniors were freshmen. Senior midfielder Lindsay Walker, who scored Sunday’s first goal, said the team wants to advance further after the program lost in the first round in earlier sectional visits.

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ANwSU seeks to unify boards

Posted on November 16, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — About 20 Addison residents and school officials joined Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board members and administrators at a Nov. 10 meeting that served as a preliminary forum for discussing unifying ANwSU governance under one board.

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Vergennes reopens skate park

Posted on November 16, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After being closed for more than two months after summer vandalism incidents, the Vergennes skate park re-opened on Nov. 6 with two key changes: Adult volunteers are overseeing it, and users must wear helmets.

Alderman David Austin, who heads a committee that worked to reopen the facility near Vergennes Union Elementary School and is also working to ensure its long-term health, said tentative hours are from 3 p.m. until dark weekdays and noon until 4 p.m. on weekends.

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Tigers, Otters top hockey picks

Posted on November 12, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Ultimately, each of the local high school field hockey teams dealt with some disappointment this fall despite the fine individual performances honored here in the 2009 Addison Independent Field Hockey All-Star Team.

At the same time, each also had either much of which to be proud or plenty to build on for the future, or both.

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