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MUHS boys' soccer hold off Eagles for 1-0 victory

Posted on October 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team’s edge in first-half possession translated into a 1-0 win over host Mount Abraham on Friday. But despite the Tigers’ territorial advantage the Eagles always seemed to be a counterpunch away as the game wore on.

As the teams enter the final week of the regular season the win kept the 7-1-3 Tigers in fifth place in Division I, just ahead of Rutland (8-3-1) and nipping on the heels of No. 4 Champlain Valley (9-3), although they will probably need help to catch the Redhawks.

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Rally lifts VUHS boys' soccer over MVU, 2-1

Posted on October 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



SWANTON — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team on Friday rallied for a critical win at Missisquoi, 2-1.

The result put the Commodores at 5-5-1, good for seventh place in Division III with two games remaining on their schedule.

It appears all but certain they will host a first-round game unless they drop both their remaining contests while both No. 8 Thetford (4-6-1) and No. 9 Windsor (5-7) sweep the rest of their games, and even then the points could still favor VUHS.

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Vergennes sewer rates up 10 percent

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday raised the city’s base per-unit sewer rate by $10 per quarter, or $40 per year, and will calculate a similar increase for Vergennes’ metered commercial sewer ratepayers.

The increase means the quarterly rate for a homeowner — or the owners of business spaces or apartments, per unit — will increase from $96 to $106, or from $384 to $424 per year.

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Changes eyed after VUHS security breach: Procedures, locks among the options

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After the Oct. 5 incident in which two Northlands Job Corps students snuck into Vergennes Union High School during school hours, an evaluation of VUHS security procedures is under way that will almost certainly mean changes to the school’s physical plant and protocols, according to officials.

The male Northlands students entered VUHS through a back door that had been left propped open against school policy, and then talked their way into a classroom by posing as two of the German exchange students now visiting the school.

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MUHS boys strike late to knock off Vergennes

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
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VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team got late goals from midfielders Ben Turner and J.D. Goettelmann on Tuesday, both on headers, to snap a tie and get past stubborn, but injury-plagued, host Vergennes, 3-1.

The win moved the Tigers, who controlled play and outshot the Commodores by 32-6, to 6-1-3 heading into a game on Friday at Mount Abraham. The result also kept them at No. 5 in the Division I standings.

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Tiger cross country strong in Thetford run; Mount Abe hosts meet

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
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THETFORD — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ team finished 13th overall and first among Vermont Division II teams at Saturday’s Thetford Trail Run, a major annual cross country running meet hosted by Thetford Academy that drew four dozen schools from around New England.

Tiger senior Sam Hodges posted the best overall individual result among local racers, taking 14th in the 5K boys’ race.

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MUHS girls' soccer tips VUHS girls in double overtime

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
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VERGENNES — The rain came down steadily but the momentum swung dramatically in Monday’s girls’ soccer game at Vergennes Union High School.

The decisive swing favored visiting Middlebury. The Division I Tigers rallied from a late two-goal deficit to tie the game, but had to dodge bullets in the first overtime before senior center midfielder Helen Anderson’s hard 30-yard shot bounced in off the right post with 1:38 to go in double overtime to give MUHS the 4-3 win.

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Middlebury couple are moving to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, urge aid to island

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Soon-to-be Puerto Rican residents and current Middlebury residents Andy and Bronia Van Benthuysen have a message for their current friends and neighbors on behalf of their future neighbors:

Please help.

The Van Benthuysens, undeterred by the devastation Hurricane Maria unleashed on Puerto Rico in late September, plan to retire to that U.S. territory in April.

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Ferrisburgh zoning leadership changes

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Just as Ferrisburgh is bringing interim zoning administrator Bonnie Barnes on board as a permanent employee, the town’s other top zoning official has stepped down.

Longtime Zoning Board of Adjustment Chairwoman Charlene Stavenow informed the selectboard informally in late August, and she made it official in September that she would be leaving her post after 30 years of service. The ZBA was set to meet on Wednesday and choose new leadership.

Stavenow, a real estate appraiser, has moved to Michigan, where one of her two daughters lives.

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Northland students use open door to enter VUHS

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Two Northlands Job Corps students entered Vergennes Union High School on Thursday afternoon through a door that had been left ajar, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, and, in Merkel’s words, approached and made two female VUHS students “uncomfortable.”

Vergennes police issued both Job Corps students no-trespass orders to stay off VUHS property and, according to Merkel, were terminated from the Northlands program later that afternoon.

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