MIDDLEBURY — It’s not unusual for aspiring musicians to simply play for food or drink as compensation for a gig in order to get a foot in the entertainment door. Clint Bierman and his band, The Grift, are fortunate enough to have the talent and reputation that ensures their performances are rewarded with a paycheck rather than free beer or leftovers from a buffet table.
But on Monday, Dec. 22, Bierman and around 15 other well-known Vermont acts will go back to playing for food — this time for the benefit of others who might otherwise go hungry.
MIDDLEBURY — It can be tough for teens to fill out their wardrobes given the current price of clothing and the cost and hassle of getting to some of the regional fashion hubs.
Jutta Miska, co-director of the Addison Central Teens organization, knows the problem well and two years ago came up with a novel way of bringing affordable clothing directly to local youths at Middlebury Union High School. It’s called the “Two-Day Clothing Swap & Shop,” and it will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10, at MUHS.
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Addison County residents gathered at Middlebury’s Triangle Park this past Thursday evening to express dismay at recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for killing unarmed black men. The event, billed as a candlelight “Black Lives Matter” vigil, was one of many nationwide events urging greater police accountability and more justice for communities of color.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team on Saturday completed its preseason goal of an undefeated first semester, but it took a dramatic comeback, some good luck and a last-second hoop from a player who had missed his first five shots.
Sophomore guard and former Missisquoi Valley Union High School standout Matt St. Amour made the most of a broken inbounds play with 7.2 seconds to go and visiting Skidmore — and former Vergennes Union High School all-star Connor Merrill — leading, 56-55.
ADDISON COUNTY — In season-opening high school basketball action this past weekend, the Vergennes boys’ won on the road, but the Middlebury girls and Otter Valley and Mount Abraham boys all dropped home contests.
On Saturday at Montpelier, the Commodores bolted to a 30-13 halftime lead on the way to a 58-48 win at Montpelier. The closest the Solons came in the second half came in the final minute.
MANCHESTER — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team’s opening game at Burr & Burton was suspended on Saturday with the score tied at 0-0 after two periods.
MUHS coach Derek Bartlett said the Zamboni at Burr & Burton’s rink malfunctioned between the second and third periods, damaging the ice surface past the point it could be repaired to allow the game to continue in a timely manner.
Officials from both schools were set to talk on Monday morning to work out a way to wrap up or reschedule the game, Bartlett said.
NORTHFIELD — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team opened with a 2-0 loss at Northfield on Saturday.
The Tigers outshot the Marauders, 11-10, but surrendered two second-period shorthanded goals to Northfield’s Claudia Gee, one of them scored while the Tigers had a five-on-three advantage.
Northfield goalie Analiese Morvan made 11 saves, while the Tigers’ Baily Ryan stopped eight shots.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/6 Northfield vs. MUHS......................... 2-0
12/6 MUHS at Burr & Burton........ Suspended
12/5 Mill River vs. OV.......................... 59-46