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August 27th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — The area high school sports season gets under way with games this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and then early next week, with two teams seeking to repeat as champions — Middlebury Union football and Mount Abraham Union girls’ soccer.
Other fall teams will be looking to build on strong 2014 campaigns, including Otter Valley football and field hockey and Tiger girls’ soccer.
Still others will be looking to bounce back after off years, such as the Vergennes girls’ and Mount Abe boys’ soccer squads.
PROCTOR — The Middlebury Tigers Major Summer League softball team won the title in the Rutland County Softball League in which they competed this summer. The Tigers, made up of Middlebury area girls in grades 5-8, clinched the title by beating West Rutland in the league tournament final, 14-1, in a game in Proctor on July 31.
The Tigers were sponsored by Rupe’s Custom Cutting of Sudbury. They posted an 8-3 record in regular season vs. the five other teams in the league.
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Brandon driver Vince Quenneville sailed to his third Devil’s Bowl Speedway victory of the season on Aug. 21 and tightened an already-close championship battle in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Other winners at the event included Ferrisburgh’s Jamie Aube, Addison’s Chuck Bradford, and Scott FitzGerald of West Rutland.
MIDDLEBURY — The members of the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team, former player Brooke Jette and the Middlebury Recreation Department are offering their annual clinic to elementary school students on Mondays this fall.
The clinic, for students in second through sixth grade, will run at the high school’s Jette Field on every Monday from Sept. 14 until Oct. 19 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., unless it is raining. Equipment will be provided.
Forty-one years ago, Jimmy Carter, then governor of Georgia, delivered an extemporaneous address that established his credentials as a politician who was willing to tell the truth, even to powerful and moneyed interests — a speech that, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, might never again be heard in American politics.
Senator Kennedy and distinguished fellow Georgians, friends of the Law School of Georgia and personal friends of mine:
“It only gets really hot in Vermont for about one week every summer.”
That’s what we tell ourselves here in order to make ourselves feel better about Vermont’s widespread lack of central air conditioning.
It’s not true, of course: This summer, like every other summer since our family moved to Vermont, we experienced at least three distinct bouts of uncomfortably hot and humid temperatures. But, you see, it’s not worth investing in central air because it’s only really hot for about one week every summer.
A few months ago, I got a recall notice on my car.
I handled it promptly, by throwing it in the back of a desk drawer.
Ignoring it seemed like the wisest course of action. After all, the parts in question — the rear pneumococcal joint defibrillator flanges, I believe — hadn’t technically gone bad; they had merely shown the potential to go bad.Also, I’d have to have the parts replaced at the Toyota dealership way down in Rutland, rather than at my local mechanic’s.