September 3rd, 2014
It is easy to think that tools and implements — from screwdrivers to spatulas, plows to pliers, or automobiles to arc welders — are passive things, whose use is determined by the user. There is some truth in this, of course. But it’s also true that we are shaped by our tools. There is wisdom in the old saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury and Mount Abraham/Vergennes union high school football teams opened with key divisional road wins on Friday, but Otter Valley lost a non-league heartbreaker away from home.
All three teams return to action this weekend. The Tigers will visit perennial Division I contender Hartford, also 1-0, on Friday at 7 p.m.; Mount Abe will host 1-0 Winooski, a D-III rival, at 1 p.m. on Saturday; and OV will head to 1-0 Fairfax, like OV a D-III playoff team in 2013, for a Saturday game at 1 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — A new Vermont Principals’ Association rule gives schools and coaches more leeway to allow team-sport athletes to participate in the same sport on non-school teams during school seasons, at least on a limited basis. It could have an impact in the future of high school sports both locally and statewide.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent season-opening local high school soccer action, the Vergennes and Mount Abraham girls each dropped road games, while the Otter Valley boys settled for a tie in what was considered to be a home game, but was played at a road venue.
Host Mill River dealt the Commodores a 3-0 setback on Tuesday. Ella Bankert tallied twice to lead 1-0 MRU, which outshot VUHS by 16-1. VUHS will look to get on track when OV visits on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
BURLINGTON — The ninth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride rolls out of Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 6. Vermont’s largest fundraising ride draws bicyclists and handcyclists who spin to conquer the challenges of paralysis through love of sport and to improve ski-racing safety.
Last year’s event drew more than 750 riders and more than two-dozen adaptive athletes using handcycles.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Aug. 26 arrested a John Graham Shelter resident and cited him for aggravated domestic assault and unlawful restraint.
City police lodged Hamilton Smith, 21, from Rochester following the incident. They allege Smith choked his girlfriend, causing her pain and injury, and also locked her in a bathroom and refused to let her leave.
In other incidents between Aug. 25 and 31, Vergennes police:
ADDISON COUNTY — On the evening of Aug. 29 Vermont State Police joined with Vergennes police and Addison County Sheriff’s deputies to conduct a Labor Day Weekend sobriety checkpoint on Route 22A in Vergennes.
During the operation, police encountered 246 vehicles with 589 occupants. Thirteen people were found to be unbelted. Police tallied eight designated drivers.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Kaden Odell, 21, of Brandon for simple assault, after he had allegedly been involved in a fight in The Centre parking lot off Route 7 South on Aug. 27.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police in an arrest on Lower Foote Street on Aug. 25.
• Warned an Elm Street business for violating the town’s noise ordinance on Aug. 26.