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ADDISON COUNTY — Several Addison County churches have set their schedule for special Christmas events and services.
Brandon Baptist Church will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
St. Mary’s Parish will hold a Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will also be a Christmas Day Mass, Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at Grace Church on Route 73 in Forest Dale Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action on Tuesday, Vergennes won big at home to remain unbeaten, Mount Abraham worked overtime to defeat visiting Otter Valley, and Middlebury suffered not only its first loss, but also a key injury.
ADDISON COUNTY — Official weigh stations across Addison County handled 183 deer killed by bow hunters during the October and December bow seasons and 163 shot during the recently completed December muzzleloader season.
This total of 346 deer bagged locally during the bow and muzzleloader seasons was not the highest count in recent years, but it was very respectable (see story, Page 1A).
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/17 Harwood vs. MUHS....................... 4-1
12/17 Mill River vs. OV....................... 50-49
12/18 Harwood vs. VUHS ................... 45-25
This past weekend I watched Peter Jackson’s latest spectacle, “The Hobbit.” Though the film revels in violent action, and in that way is very different from Tolkien’s classic book of the same name, the book and film do have a few things in common.
As President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader John Boehner debate ways to avoid falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, for a while there it was local and national nonprofits that might have gotten a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings — and they’re not in the clear until the ink is dry on this year’s budget deal.
The second tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., shootings would be if the nation moves on from this heartbreaking event without coming up with concrete solutions to stem the access of military-style assault weapons. The passage of time has a way of lessening the sting of yesterday’s pain, but also blunts today’s demand for change.
The president and Congress must keep the memory of Newtown’s tragedy fresh in our hearts and minds for the next several months until more sensible legislation is passed and signed into law.