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November 21st, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Kristofer Anderson became accustomed to the raucous rainstorms that would pop up almost every afternoon while volunteering his medical services earlier this month in the small village of Santa Fe, on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.
Little did the Middlebury-based physician know that those rainstorms would be a prelude to the cataclysmic deluge wrought by Yolanda, a category 5 typhoon that killed thousands of Filipinos and leveled entire villages during its scourge.
These are tough times. It’s appropriate to return to the frugality catchphrase of the Depression: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
Our municipal offices and gym are not used up or worn out. They’ve been seriously neglected for many years, but they can be affordably repaired and upgraded to meet the town’s needs.
Thanksgiving is upon us, so it only seems appropriate to give a hearty “thanks” for the things that keep my professional and personal life interesting. Having a happy, healthy and loving family of course tops the list. But as I jam turkey, stuffing, yams, Watergate salad and pumpkin pie in my face next Thursday, I will also remember some of the more routine things to be grateful for:
Clearly, a divide deepens in Middlebury around the proposal to move the town offices and gym, but there’s a way back to the civility and trust and cooperation we pride ourselves on in this community. We have both an opportunity and a responsibility to plan carefully and boldly for our community’s future, so let’s step back for a moment and take a look at what we can accomplish and how.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Tuesday arrested a Bristol man for the sale of heroin. Ernest Winslow Cushman, 23, was collared after what police described as an “extensive investigation” by Officer Joshua Otey and Sergeant Randy Crowe.
Cushman was arrested at 10:15 p.m. during a traffic stop conducted by Vermont State Police and Vergennes police.
ADDISON COUNTY — Although the results for the area high school girls’ soccer teams varied this fall and none brought home banners, all four programs benefitted from outstanding individual efforts that are recognized here in the 2013 Addison Independent Girls’ Soccer All-Star Team.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team opened its season with a pair of wins at NESCAC rival Colby this past Saturday and Sunday, 2-1 and 4-0.
The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, will open at home this weekend vs. league foe Trinity, with games at 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
In Saturday’s 2-1 win the Panthers held a 42-22 shots advantage, but Colby goaltender Brianne Wheeler made 40 saves.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team opened its season this past weekend with a tie and a win at home vs. two NESCAC rivals. The Panthers will return to action this coming weekend at Tufts and Connecticut.
The tie came on Saturday night vs. preseason league favorite Bowdoin, which was ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Division III coaches’ poll. The final was 2-2 in what was also the opener for the Polar Bears, who were outshot by the Panthers, 36-24, 6-1 in overtime.