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February 6th, 2014
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team fought off a furious rally by visiting Middlebury on Tuesday to prevail in a pivotal Lake Division clash, 58-54.
The 7-8 Commodores improved to 3-1 in the Lake, while the 7-7 Tigers dropped to 3-2 in the league.
Both are chasing BFA-St. Albans in the Lake Division. BFA is 5-9 overall, but is 5-0 in the league and has defeated both MUHS and VUHS in St. Albans.
SHELBURNE — New Haven resident Stan Bigelow bowled a perfect game on Monday night, rolling a 300 at Champlain Lanes in Shelburne.
Bigelow, bowling with his Champlain Valley Plumbing and Heating teammates Craig Smith, Duane and Kirk Fuller, and Richard Malmstrom, achieved the feat in the middle of his three-game set, for which he totaled 694.
He fired a 215 in the first game, then the perfect 300 before finishing with a 179 — with the third game four strokes better than his 175 average.
MIDDLEBURY — Simeon “Simi” Hamilton, a 2009 Middlebury College graduate, will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games taking place in Sochi, Russia.
The former Panther Nordic racer, a geology major, will be taking part in his second Olympic games after representing the U.S. in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
Also representing Middlebury will be Forest Carey, a 2000 graduate and former Panther alpine skier, who will serve as a U.S. Ski Team coach.
WINOOSKI — Members of the Middlebury Aquatics Club and the Addison Otters swim team showed some strong finishes in the GMA Vermont Invitational, which was held Feb. 2 at St. Michael’s College in Winooski.
For Middlebury Aquatic, Anna Rakowski and Thomas Denton each won three races; Eliot Schneider won two; and Sam Ferguson, Spencer Doran, Max Moulton and Archie Milligan won a race apiece.
STOWE — Frost Mountain Nordic Club skiers competed this past weekend at the Trapp Family Lodge — site of the upcoming Junior National Championships in March — in the third set of races in the highly competitive Eastern Cup Series, with some solid results.
In Saturday’s 1.5-kilometer classic sprint competition, Cornwall’s Sophie Hodges and Weybridge’s Dorothy Punderson competed for Frost Mountain in the girls’ races.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/3 OV vs. Woodstock ....................... 71-64
2/4 VUHS vs. MUHS ........................... 58-54
2/4 St. Albans vs. Mt. Abe .................. 60-43
2/3 Mt. Abe vs. MUHS.......................... 57-16
Last year Addison Independent columnist Eric Davis mentioned in a piece that one way the state could raise money to fund badly needed road and bridge repairs would be to put a GPS device in every car in Vermont and then charge a tax based on the actual number of miles driven each year. It is such an elegant and fair solution — the people who wear out the roads pay to replace them. What could be more fair?
In last week’s State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit for “the lowest unemployment rate in over five years.” On the surface this claim is correct. By the Labor Department’s commonly used measure, 6.7 percent of Americans were unemployed in December 2013, the lowest since October 2008.
Many economists have analyzed data on employment and unemployment over time. This work shows that, for many Americans, the job market is still far from full recovery mode.