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February 18th, 2010
BRISTOL — Coaches will say they work all season to get their teams to play their best to the end of the game, come tournament time.
Given that, Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball coach Connie LaRose had to like what she saw of her No. 7 Eagles against No. 10 Springfield in Wednesday’ night’s first-round Division II playoff game.
The 9-12 Eagles played their best full 32 minutes of the season against the 4-17 Cosmos, who took the long bus ride home after absorbing a 64-22 loss in a game that effectively ended at 2:22 of the second quarter.
BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen have signed bond papers and notes that gave the final go-ahead to a $1.38 million stormwater system improvement project in the village.
The project will replace waterlines from South Street to the Bristol Elementary School and the old clay tiles that made up the storm sewer in that part of the village. The project also calls for replacing the roadway from curb to curb along North Street.
We were at the top of the ridge. We’d been going steadily uphill for nearly an hour, winding our way up the slope heading north and east. Finally, we cut through a familiar pass between two hilltops, and were ready to start our descent.
Cross-country ski conditions weren’t great on the ascent, but they were okay: better than we’d expected. At the bottom of the mountain, where we live, the open meadows and farm fields were largely barren of snow. What little was left after the meltdown in January had gradually disappeared until only the woods still held white ground cover.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Craig Bingham is asking his colleagues to support a new ordinance that would prohibit people from smoking in town parks.
The selectboard will spend the coming weeks discussing the proposed new law, with the possibility the seven-member panel could OK the proposal, endorse a new rule barring smoking during public events in municipal parks or drop the matter entirely.
MIDDLEBURY — A proposed 3.3-mile rail spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street with the main line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has determined the estimated $34.3 million project could meet federal environmental standards.
SOUTH STARKSBORO — For the 11 years Christine Chaloux has lived in her remote South Starksboro home, she’s relied on fuel from three large kerosene tanks to keep her warm through the winter. Her steep driveway is all but impassable at this time of year, so her fuel arrives before snow flies, and then the 46-year-old woman keeps one eye on the thermostat and the other on her fuel tanks.
Restocking on fuel part way through the season just isn’t possible, Chaloux explains, practically or financially speaking.
p>LINCOLN — Three candidates are vying for an open seat on the Lincoln selectboard come Town Meeting Day.
The position was formerly held by Donovan Mayo, who died in the fall. Ethan Ready was appointed to serve the remainder of Mayo’s term, but has chosen not to run for reelection.
The three candidates seeking the job are Jim Adams, Elwin Isham and Brian Goodro.
BRISTOL — A Bristol police officer’s decision to leave a prisoner handcuffed to a wall outside a jail for nearly a half hour on Feb. 7 has sparked a criminal investigation into the possible mistreatment of an alleged offender and a violation of custody rules.