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January 19th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Playing Castleton State College’s men’s basketball team poses a unique challenge: The Spartans press for 40 minutes, constantly sub in fresh players, and relentlessly force the pace by launching shots as quickly as possible.
But on Tuesday, unique didn’t translate into difficult for the host Middlebury men, who improved to 15-0 and protected their No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division III by holding the Spartans to 34.6 percent shooting and pounding them inside to win, 97-71.
ADDISON COUNTY — While all proposed spending plans for Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) elementary schools next fiscal year are slated to increase more than 4 percent, school officials are estimating that many towns’ kindergarten through sixth grade tax rates would go down.
The glory years of Middlebury College men’s basketball are right now.
This year’s Panther team is 15-0 after their win Tuesday night and ranked number one in the country in Division III.
Under Coach Jeff Brown, Middlebury has earned a berth in the NCAA post-season tournament for the last four years, making it all the way to the final four last April before losing by two points to the eventual national champions from St. Thomas, Minn.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau will launch the first in its annual legislative breakfast series on Monday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7 a.m. in the Bridport Grange Hall.
The legislative breakfast series has enjoyed a long tradition in Addison County, offering residents a weekly opportunity to personally meet with their state representatives and senators on legislation being debated in Montpelier. As has been the custom, the breakfasts will rotate between various public venues throughout the county.
VERGENNES — As the Bixby Memorial Free Library prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday in October, the library’s director and board are also taking steps to keep the Vergennes institution relevant for its second century.
In the next few months, the Bixby will automate its card catalog, receive computer hardware and software as part of the e-Vermont grant the library helped Vergennes win, run computer literacy workshops, and on Town Meeting Day survey residents of the five communities it serves.
MIDDLEBURY — If all goes as planned, lounging on the Middlebury town green this summer could include checking emails, reading Wikipedia or watching YouTube videos on any Wi-Fi enabled device.
That’s because the downtown public Wi-Fi project that has been examined on and off over the past few years looks to be picking up steam.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will soon expand its renewable energy portfolio. Next month it will install 34 photovoltaic solar power collectors on the open swathe of 1.5-acre college land off Route 125, between McCardell Bicentennial Hall and the college organic garden.
The 143-kilowatt (kW) project, slated to go up in February, is expected to generate 200,000 kW-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, and will be metered against Battell Hall to offset the annual power consumption of the year-round dormitory, which annually uses about 190,000 kWh.
ADDISON COUNTY — Almost 100 Addison County residents have hooked their homes up to a solar hot water system in large part due to Solar Addison County, a program launched last summer by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG).