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February 10th, 2014
BRISTOL — On a dismally cold morning this past fall, Spencer Norland watched the sunrise from the side of an active volcano high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. For the Mount Abe Union High School senior, it wasn’t a bad way to finish his high school career.
Norland, 17, participated in a semester abroad program sponsored by Kroka Expeditions, an outdoor education company based in Marlow, N.H.
“I would strongly recommend it to other students,” Norland said. “It was an amazing experience.”
MIDDLEBURY — After many weeks of planning and renovations, Michel Mahé has set Saturday, Feb. 15, for the grand opening of his latest restaurant, called “The Lobby,” at 7 Bakery Lane in downtown Middlebury.
The opening, Mahé stressed, is contingent upon his receipt of two final permits — one for occupancy, the other related to health inspection.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College basketball team controlled most of Sunday’s game with nationally ranked NESCAC rival Bowdoin, but needed some good fortune to avoid overtime and nip the visiting Polar Bears, 69-66.
With 2.2 seconds to go, Bowdoin senior and former Springfield High School standout Grant White hit a three from the left corner to tie the game at 66-66.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Middlebury rallied past Mount Abraham, and Vergennes lost on the road.
Otter Valley (7-8) was set to visit West Rutland on Wednesday, but that game was postponed by snow and moved to Feb. 17. Heading into this week, OV held down the No. 8 spot in the Vermont Principals’ Association Division II standings.
TIGERS TOP EAGLES
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball action late last week, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley all picked up big wins, but Middlebury came up short.
JERICHO — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team picked up two road wins last week to maintain its hold on first place in Division II with a 14-3 record.
On Wednesday, the Tigers blanked host D-I foe Champlain Valley-South Burlington, 4-0, outshooting the Rebel Hawks by 37-13. MUHS got goals from Monroe Cromis, Timi Carone, Angela Carone and Lauren Bartlett, and Julia Carone picked up two assists. Goalie Baily Ryan worked the 13-save shutout, while CVU-SB’s Courtney Peyko made 33 saves.
LAKE PLACID — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team split a pair of games this past weekend in finishing second at a tournament hosted by Lake Placid, and is 10-5.
That record is good for fifth in a tight Division II race, although the Tigers are 9-1 against D-II competition — of their five losses, two have come to New York squads and two to D-I teams.
In the Jan. 30 Addison County Independent article about my running for Middlebury selectboard, I said I would vote yes to relocate the town offices and gym. After additional reflection, I have decided to vote no.
My interest in serving on the selectboard has always been to help heal divisions within town and to facilitate community-minded decisions, involving all who are interested.