January 12th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — There was a distinct Addison County flavor to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s Jan. 8 inaugural address, during which he emphasized renewable energy initiatives, agriculture and renewed efforts to clean up Lake Champlain.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard will work through the Legislature to soften Act 250’s new anti-sprawl Criterion 9L, said board chairwoman Loretta Lawrence last week after a board meeting.
VERGENNES — Vergennes firefighters and members of three other departments spent seven hours starting just after 1 a.m. on Thursday morning fighting a blaze that gutted most of a three-unit apartment building at 17-19 White St.
No one was reported to be hurt, but property damage was extensive. The Red Cross was on scene Thursday, meeting with the six people who lost their homes in the fire and providing financial assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and lodging.
BRISTOL — A Mount Abraham Union High School senior was selected from a pool of Vermont high school students to represent the state at a nationwide conference in Washington, D.C., this spring.
Isabelle Moody of Monktonand a Brattleboro student will form Vermont’s delegation to the United States Senate Youth Program, a conference created by the federal government in 1962 for exceptional students interested in careers in public service.
MONTPELIER — Preliminary reports indicate a significant reduction in fatalities on Vermont’s highways in 2014 according to the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA). The unofficial total of fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes in Vermont for 2014 was 43 (32 vehicle operators, six passengers and five pedestrians). This is a 38-percent reduction from 2013, which saw 70 fatalities on Vermont’s highways. Of the 43 fatalities, 46 percent were unbelted, about 25 percent involved drugs or alcohol and about 25 percent involved speeding.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team surged over .500 with a pair of wins last week, including 6-2 at home on Saturday over Stowe, the team that defeated the Tigers in the 2014 Division II final.
Along with a 6-2 win over visiting Mount Mansfield on Wednesday and a 14-2 romp at Lyndon on Jan. 3, the Tigers are 4-3-2 and back in the D-II hunt.
ADDISON COUNTY — In boys’ basketball play in the latter half of last week, Middlebury, Vergennes and Otter Valley all picked up wins, but Mount Abraham came up short.
On Friday, Oakley Gordon scored 25 points for the second straight game, and the Tigers topped visiting Fair Haven, 71-49. Bryce Burrell chipped in 11 points as the Tigers improved to 5-3. Lucas Czarnecki scored 18 for the 1-7 Slaters. The teams will meet again in Fair Haven on Tuesday.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school girls’ basketball play last week, Mount Abraham and Vergennes each split two games, while Middlebury and Otter Valley came up short.