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RIPTON — Middlebury College’s Nordic ski center in Ripton has completed a new five-kilometer ski trail and enhanced its ski shop in a major step forward in the effort to make Addison County a better draw for those interested in winter sports and recreation.
The new trail has been certified for national and international competition, and was one of the key elements that helped Middlebury solidify its bid to host the NCAA Skiing Championships in 2013, according to Mike Hussey, director of the Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Center.
GRANVILLE/HANCOCK — In the days and weeks after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont in late August, it wasn’t uncommon to see excavators in rivers across the state, clearing culverts and rebuilding riverbanks.
The White River in Granville and Hancock was no exception.
MONKTON — The Monkton selectboard has created a town energy committee to explore energy efficiency programs, like the “Property Assessed Clean Energy” program, or PACE.
BRISTOL — Replacing two bridges in Bristol — the South Street Bridge and the Route 116 “Stoplight Bridge” — has been on the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s to-do list since the early ’80s. VTrans officials meeting with Bristol selectboard members Monday said the timetable for completing that work would be pushed back six months from the timeframe they gave in March.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School students are ready to reap the rewards of ID-4’s first-ever Read-a-thon, which in November saw participants read a combined total of 431,677 minutes while raising thousands of dollars for education programs.
“We really do all feel that the first-ever Mary Hogan School Read-a-thon was already an amazing success,” said Janet Lapiner, a lead organizer of the event. “The students read and read, and then read more ... and more. And that is the real prize.”
BRISTOL — With last week’s resignation of Chairman Tom Wells of the Bristol Planning Commission, Vice-Chair Chico Martin has stepped into the acting chairman’s role.
Although the planning commission didn’t discuss this development on Tuesday, Martin told the Independent he would be acting chair until and possibly after — if appointed — the planning commission’s organizational meeting on the third Tuesday in April.
MIDDLEBURY — Once it became clear before Tuesday night’s game in Pepin Gymnasium that injured Johnson & Wales senior guard Lamonte Thomas, the leading scorer in NCAA Division III men’s basketball, would not play against Middlebury College, the focus even more narrowed on the news the Panthers made earlier in the day.
That was when the most recent D-III poll came out, and Coach Jeff Brown’s group sat on top, ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history.
When the echo of the final whistle faded this past fall, only one local high school team won its last game or race — the Middlebury Union field hockey squad that derailed the South Burlington express in the Division I final.
Of course, winning a championship by definition equals success. The victors jump for joy and hug and smile and talk about chemistry and game-winning goals and hard work paying off.