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September 17th, 2012
ST. ALBANS — Despite his wealth and Harvard degrees, Jack McMullen says he came from humble origins.
McMullen is the Republican challenger to Democratic Attorney General William Sorrell in this November’s General Election.
McMullen’s father suffered rheumatic fever as a child, leaving him with fragile health throughout his life. As one of five children, McMullen, who is from Long Island, went to work at 11.
“Our family was — what’s the technical term — poor,” said McMullen.
BRISTOL — If the Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative high school football team wanted to establish itself as a legitimate Division II playoff contender, it had to beat somebody besides opening day victim Montpelier, a program that forfeited its most recent game.
On Saturday, the Eagle offense came alive after a slow start for 267 rushing yards, and senior Cody Alexander’s touchdown with 20 seconds to go and gave Mount Abe a dramatic 27-21 win over visiting Windsor, a D-II finalist in 2011.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley football team’s 20-18 win over U-32 on Saturday was extra sweet as the team’s first Homecoming win in five years.
“I made a point to the kids all week that we wanted to change (five years of Homecoming losses),” Coach Jim Hill said. “And they went out there and found a way to win.”
As Gov. Peter Shumlin launched his campaign last week for a second term, he focused on two themes: the state’s relative economic prosperity and that he is a governor who gets “the tough things done.”
Those ‘tough things’ have boiled down to balancing the state’s budget without raising broad-based taxes, even while coping with four major storms in 2011, and initiating health care reform by passing the nation’s first universal access health care system based on a single-payer model.
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury overcame a strong effort by host Otter Valley to highlight area high school girls’ soccer play in the latter half of last week.
In other games, Mount Abraham used a late goal to post a road win, and Vergennes dropped a tight game to a top Division II team.
TIGERS OVER OTTERS
On Saturday, the Otters came out strong in their homecoming game vs. MUHS, pressuring the Tigers and taking a 1-0 lead when Taylor Aines lofted a shot home in the seventh minute.
Editor's note: This week’s writer is David Clark, director of the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury.
The other day a relative stranger, having learned that I was a librarian, announced with the certitude of the uninformed that, “Libraries aren’t really going to be around in another 10 years, are they?”
ADDISON COUNTY — Every orchard agrees: The story of this year’s harvest started in the spring.
“It got too hot too soon,” said Bob Douglas, the co-owner of Douglas Orchards in Shoreham, of the unusual warm spell that hit around St. Patrick’s Day. “Everything blossomed early. But the frost still came along when it always does, and killed those blossoms.”
And while Douglas’s crop is going to come in below average, other Addison County orchards are expecting a decent year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday heard a suggestion from its town office steering committee that town officials might want to aim a little lower in designing a municipal office building.
The board also talked about capping taxpayers’ contribution to funding a new building at a 2-cent increase to the Middlebury’s tax rate, which officials said would raise about $2 million toward its cost over the length of a bond.