January 19th, 2015
BRISTOL — A preschool in Ethiopia has potable drinking water, thanks to the efforts of two Addison County students half a world away.
Fifth-grader Carter Monk and third-grader Noah Konczal organized a 5K road race to raise money to repair the well at the Negat Kokeb preschool, in Hawassa, Ethiopia.
Konczal got the idea after his teacher at Monkton Central School, Stacey Carter, went to Ethiopia last February with a group of Addison County teachers as part of an exchange program.
MONTPELIER — The federal government on Wednesday announced $16 million in funds to help Vermont and New York clean up their greatest shared resource — Lake Champlain.
The initiative, titled the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, will be administered by the federal government over the next five years to fund conservation efforts aimed at eliminating agricultural runoff into watersheds that feed into the lake, which is among the nation’s largest bodies of fresh water.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School this month was honored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service with a HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze award, which the school received for its multi-year efforts to support and improve the health of its students.
According to the School Challenge press release, VUES earned its honor, which comes with a $500 cash prize, for featuring healthy items on its menus and emphasizing physical education and activity. A USDA representative will visit VUES to make an official presentation.
MIDDLEBURY — Yes, agreed Middlebury College women’s hockey coach Bill Mandigo on Saturday after his team rallied for the second time in two days to tie visiting NESCAC foe Amherst, 1-1, half a loaf is better than none.
That result followed Friday’s 2-2 stalemate against the 10-1-3 Jeffs. The 8-2-3 Panthers are ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III, while Amherst skated into Chip Kenyon Arena ranked No. 10.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team worked overtime on Saturday to defeat visiting Brattleboro, 2-1.
The Tigers improved to 5-3-1 with the win and moved into fourth place in Division II.
Tyler Crowingshield netted the game-winner 2:55 into overtime. Colton Leno set up that goal and also scored the Tigers’ first goal. Tiger goalie Doug DeLorenzo backstopped the win with 19 saves.
The Tigers host D-I power Burr & Burton on Wednesday and D-II rival St. Johnsbury on Friday, both at 7 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team knocked off the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in NCAA Division III this past weekend, rivals Norwich and Plattsburgh, respectively, and improved to 6-6-2 in the process.
The Panthers will look to build on the momentum when they return to NESCAC play this weekend: They host Bowdoin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Colby at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
On this past Saturday, the Panthers blanked visiting Norwich, 3-0. The No. 2-ranked Cadets dropped to 14-2-2.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Otter Valley boys defeated visiting Mount Abraham to highlight local high school basketball play late last week.
In other action, the Middlebury boys, Vergennes girls and OV girls all came up short in a light schedule due to exams.
OTTER BOYS VS. EAGLES
In Brandon on Friday, OV’s John Winslow scored 20 points as OV coasted past the winless Eagles, 59-21. Emmett Thurston added 11 as the Otters improved to 8-2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team defeated visiting Rice, 2-1, on Saturday, to hold onto first place in Division I with a 10-2 record. Northfield is in second at 10-2-1.
The Tigers face two tough home games this week: Fourth-place Burr & Burton, the team the Tigers edged in the 2014 D-II final, visits on Wednesday, and fifth-place St. Albans, a perennial D-I power, visits on Friday. Both games are set for 5 p.m.