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February 3rd, 2014
FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has designated the former Vergennes rail station, which now sits at the VTrans commuter lot at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh, as a future stop for Amtrak commuter trains, according to Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes.
Lanpher late last week emphasized Amtrak service in northwestern Vermont, long a goal of state transportation officials, remains several years away, but added, “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am” about the possibility.
RIPTON — Twenty-one North Branch School students, two teachers, and one NBS alum plunged into a Ripton Pond in the first annual North Branch School Penguin Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 25.
As part of their winter ecology studies, students researched water temperatures of local ponds and learned about hypothermia and the body’s reaction to extreme temperatures. Students have been studying how animals survive the winter so the plunge provided a vivid learning experience.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a pivotal win on Friday, knocking off visiting Stowe, the first-place team in Division II, 3-2.
The victory over the 11-3-1 Raiders pushed the Tigers to 9-4, improved their winning streak to seven games, and coupled with their 4-2 comeback win at Milton (9-6-1) on Wednesday, bumped them up to fifth place in D-II, with at least a game in hand over the second-, third- and fourth-place teams.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School basketball team started and finished strong on Saturday, and that proved to be enough to earn a 67-47 victory over visiting Milton that lifted the Tigers to 7-6.
The Tigers went on a 28-4 run that spanned the first and second periods that stretched a one-point lead into a 38-13 bulge.
They still led by 25 until getting careless in the final 20 seconds of the half, when they allowed Milton’s Eric Menard to hit two treys to cut the lead to 19 at the break, 43-24.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team picked up a pair of wins last week, which, coupled with a loss by Burr & Burton, moved the Tigers into first place in Division II with a 12-3 record.
On Wednesday, the Tigers downed host Hartford, 6-1, as senior Timi Carone poured in four goals and set up one of sister Angela Carone’s two strikes. Angela Carone also picked up an assist, and goalie Baily Ryan stopped 15 shots. The Tigers outshot the 5-7 Hurricanes by 39-16.
ST. ALBANS — Three teams of Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ Nordic skiers posted top-four finishes on Friday at a six-team relay meet hosted by BFA-St. Albans at Dickinson’s Field.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/29 MUHS Girls vs. Hartford .................. 6-1
1/29 MUHS Boys vs. Milton .................... 4-2
1/31 MUHS Girls vs. U-32 ...................... 4-0
1/31 MUHS Boys vs. Stowe ................... 3-2
1/29 MUHS vs. Missisquoi ................. 63-42
1/29 Mt. Abe vs. Milton ....................... 50-46
As Vermont has witnessed with campaign finance reform and Entergy, it’s costly to pursue things legislatively that might not meet judicial muster. The Legislature may be on that same questionable path once again with the proposal to unionize the state’s childcare providers.