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March 11th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Agriculture is one of the key supports in the economy of Addison County.
Middlebury dairy farmer Bob Foster was part of a four-member panel organized and moderated by Bruce Lisman of the Campaign for Vermont, or CFV, that spent the snowy evening of Feb. 19 at the Ilsley Library discussing how to improve economic security and prosperity for everyone.
BRISTOL — Ashlie Fay and Meghan Livingston each scored 13 points to lead the No. 1 Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team to a 46-16 win over visiting No. 8 Lamoille in a Division II quarterfinal on Friday.
The Eagles (21-1) took a 16-4 first-quarter lead thanks to their patented pressure defense and nine points from Fay, who Mount Abe Coach Connie LaRose described as “the engine” that powers the team. Lizzie Huizenga added three points and Jordan Emmons and Isabel Brennan chipped in two each in the period.
JAY PEAK — Despite a 34-10 advantage in shots on goal in Saturday’s Division II semifinal, the No. 6 Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team came up short at No. 2 North Country, 3-2.
The Tigers finished at 13-9, including an overtime playoff win at No. 3 Rutland and a win at No. 1 Harwood in their regular season finale that showed they were a threat for the D-II title.
Coach Tim Howlett said the team also played well on Saturday, but ran into some bad luck and a hot goaltender, the 16-5 Falcons Mikaella Doran.
RIPTON — The University of Colorado posted the biggest final-day comeback in the history of the NCAA skiing championships on Saturday to earn its 18th national title at the Rikert Nordic Center.
The Buffaloes overturned Vermont’s 54-point advantage on the last day of competition to win with 708 points. Utah took second with 665 points, followed by UVM (653), Denver (629) and Dartmouth (594). Middlebury finished 10th in the 21-team field.
Legislation has been proposed that forbids lawmakers from serving as trustees for the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont and for the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The bill’s purpose is to prevent the conflict of interest that arises when legislators serving as trustees have the responsibility of representing both the taxpayers and the schools. The belief is that the legislators should not be put in the position of serving two masters.
BURLINGTON — As Vermont Department of Health officials had suspected it would, a state laboratory has confirmed norovirus as the culprit behind an outbreak of diarreah and vomiting that lead to the closure of Bridport Centeral School this week. The norovirus was found in a sample voluntarily collected from a person who became ill at Bridport Central, the Department of Health announced on Friday.
BRIDPORT — Vermont Department of Health officials on Thursday were busy investigating the causes of a stomach bug that swept through the Bridport Central School community this week and ultimately forced the cancellation of classes on Thursday and Friday.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on Tuesday dealt the $1.85 million proposal for a new North Main Street police station a narrow defeat, 302-292, a result that left city officials up in the air about their next step.
Mayor-elect Bill Benton said aldermen would take up the issue at their next meeting, probably March 26. He does think most residents believe the city’s police force needs to move out of its tiny City Hall headquarters.