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June 2nd, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — All three local high school teams played against Division I teams in local high school baseball action in the latter part of last week, but two of those local teams are in Division II.
Otter Valley was the only winner, D-I Middlebury lost in its final regular season game, and Mount Abe lost twice, including a narrow loss to the top-ranked team in D-I.
The Vermont Principals Association was set to announce playoff pairings early on Monday.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the local high school softball regular season ended late last week, Vergennes won twice, Otter Valley split a pair and Mount Abe won its only game late in the week. All secured home games at least in the first round of the Division II playoffs.
Surging Middlebury won its final game, but will likely be seeded 10th in the D-II playoffs, which means away-contests in the tournament.
The Vermont Principals Association was set to release playoff pairings early on Monday.
MONTPELIER — Trail work, a publication highlighting local hikes, the support for a town-wide natural resource inventory and a natural resources training program for a local community all are expected to go forward thanks to recent grants awarded to local groups by the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions.
Grants were awarded to conservation commissions in New Haven, Bradford, Dummerston and Milton. Each group will receive $600 from the AVCC Tiny Grant program.
BRANDON — For seven weeks, teenagers will help give a facelift to the grounds around Brandon’s Compass Music and Arts Center, develop a children’s room, and design and execute a mural. As part of a mission trip, these teenagers come from all over the country to the Rutland area where they serve community sites like Compass in various ways.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School tennis teams both bowed out of the Division I tournament late last week.
The six-seeded Tiger girls team fell in straight sets to No. 3 CVU in the quarter-final round on Thursday. Middlebury girls’ tennis ended the season with a 9-5 record.
The Tiger boys, seeded 13th, lost, 6-1, to No. 4 Rutland in their first round game this past Wednesday.
In response to the letter from Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems, South Burlington, in the May 22 edition of the Independent:
We agree. Vermonters are passionate. This is especially true when their rights and their land are to be taken away for the corporate profit margin of a single company in New York State.
“Lilac Time” symbolizes the coming of spring after a long cold winter, and the resilience of early New England settlers transporting small lilac plants as they journeyed to their new lives.
Spring was late this year. On May 14, as we drove home from Burlington Airport (after visiting gardens in North Carolina, where spring had long since come and gone) we were amazed to see the lilacs, which usually bloom before Mother’s Day, still in bud.
The delightful creative partnership of director Doug Anderson and maestro Emmanuel Plasson has rolled out another triumph for The Opera Company of Middlebury in this season’s production of Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers.” Sparkly and fast paced with a treasure trove of great singers, it is a celebration of comic opera.