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June 9th, 2014
BRISTOL / STARKSBORO — Sometimes when Dave Blair is delivering fuel oil to houses around the Bristol area he sees something that’s not right — a light left on, a door left open, or even evidence of a break-in. Although he usually has more deliveries to make, he said he always calls the office or somewhere to have someone alert the homeowners.
“I’ve been a renter and a homeowner myself, and I’d hope someone would call me if they saw something wrong at my home,” Blair said. “It’s like a neighborhood watch.”
MIDDLEBURY — Marquis Theater owner Bill Shafer hopes to reinvigorate Middlebury’s vintage movie house with a series of improvements that would include expanding food and beverage offerings, revamping two of the three screening areas to create more casual seating, and staging more live entertainment.
“I can’t survive anymore just serving Hollywood,” Shafer said of the theater’s current emphasis on screening major, new-release films.
VERGENNES — A crew of four will set sail down the Hudson River early this June on the Ceres, the volunteer-built sailing barge of the Vermont Sail Freight Project, whose mission is to bring low-carbon regional food trade back to the Hudson. VSFP is entering its second season of operation and plans to host about 15 public markets on its journey down to the New York/New Jersey harbor and back.
BRANDON — Once was not enough. That’s what local organizers thought about the first showing of “The Hungry Heart,” a powerful 2013 documentary film highlighting the opiate addiction crisis in Vermont.
“Everyone was so overwhelmed,” said Brandon Town Clerk Sue Gage of the April 30 screening at Otter Valley Union High School. “I called a few people and said, ‘We need to keep this conversation going.’”
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Audubon Society and Middlebury Area Land Trust on Saturday, June 21, will once again offer an all-ages beginning bird walk in Middlebury’s Wright Park.
BRISTOL — Getting contributions from the entire batting order and a three-hit shutout from senior pitcher Taylor Aines, the No. 5 Otter Valley Union High School softball team eliminated host No. 4 Mount Abraham from the Division II playoffs, 6-0, in a Friday quarterfinal.
Eight Otters had hits, including a two-run homer by senior third baseman Brittany Bushey, a triple by senior shortstop Cortney Poljacik, and an RBI double by senior centerfielder and No. 9 hitter Olivia Bloomer.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School boys were the only local lacrosse team left standing at the end of last week, as the MUHS girls and Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys all dropped mid-week contests. The Otter Valley boys’ program chose not to participate in the Division II postseason after its one-win season.
ADDISON COUNTY — Higher seeds won all the playoff games this past Wednesday involving local high school softball and baseball teams. All the games were either postponed or suspended from Tuesday.
In softball, the Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley squads — the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 seeds, respec- tively, in Division II — all won one- sided games without allowing runs, while No. 7 Fair Haven ousted No. 10 Middlebury.