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Ted Williams was wrong. Hitting a baseball is not the hardest task in sports. Reffing a basketball game is.
A few years back, I made a foolish decision. I agreed to become a basketball referee — not a real ref, a certified official, but far worse. I agreed to officiate games in the Middlebury Adult Men’s League in which I had played for nearly 15 years.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/17 Fair Haven vs. MUHS ............... 40-32
12/17 Mill River vs. Mt. Abe ............... 73-43
12/17 OV Boys vs. Poultney .............. 49-40
12/17 Fairfax vs. VUHS ..................... 63-45
12/16 Mill River vs. MUHS ................. 39-16
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report about a woman banging on the doors of the new warming shelter on South Pleasant Street on Dec. 15. Shelter personnel were not able to let the woman in due to rules barring admittance after 10 p.m. Police took the woman to the Grace House in Rutland.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Middlebury firefighters at the scene of a blaze at Champlain Valley Equipment on Exchange Street on Dec. 9.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to several traffic crashes last week. The only one reported locally that involved more than one car occurred on Monday when troopers went to the scene of a two-car crash on Route 116 in Starksboro.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with three one-car accidents during Sunday’s major snowstorm, all between midnight and about 8 a.m.
First, city police responded on behalf of Vermont State Police to a car reported to be off Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh, and called a wrecker to help out.
Later that morning, police went to a Main Street accident in which a car struck a utility pole. The operator told police he was forced off the road by a car coming from the other direction.
ADDISON COUNTY — To help our fellow Vermonters struggling with hunger this holiday season, state police, in cooperation with Casella Waste Systems, are collecting food donations for the Vermont Foodbank. Those wishing to donate are asked to drop off packed food at VSP barracks, including the state police barracks on Route 7 in New Haven.
Donations can be dropped off during business hours, Monday, Dec. 16, through Friday, Dec. 20. To find a donation site nearest you, visit http://vsp.vermont.gov/about_us/divisions/field_force/stations.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will hold its second annual Winter Fairy Tale Talk on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. University of Vermont Professor of Folklore and German Wolfgang Mieder returns to present a talk titled, “The Modern Survival of Cinderella.” ?
MIDDLEBURY — Faced with the prospect of noisy and disruptive construction on the two downtown Middlebury railroad overpasses next summer, organizers of the popular Festival on-the-Green week of outdoor musical performances will temporarily take their show on the road — to the Middlebury Recreation Park off Mary Hogan Drive.