January 12th, 2015
MONTPELIER — Preliminary reports indicate a significant reduction in fatalities on Vermont’s highways in 2014 according to the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA). The unofficial total of fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes in Vermont for 2014 was 43 (32 vehicle operators, six passengers and five pedestrians). This is a 38-percent reduction from 2013, which saw 70 fatalities on Vermont’s highways. Of the 43 fatalities, 46 percent were unbelted, about 25 percent involved drugs or alcohol and about 25 percent involved speeding.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team surged over .500 with a pair of wins last week, including 6-2 at home on Saturday over Stowe, the team that defeated the Tigers in the 2014 Division II final.
Along with a 6-2 win over visiting Mount Mansfield on Wednesday and a 14-2 romp at Lyndon on Jan. 3, the Tigers are 4-3-2 and back in the D-II hunt.
ADDISON COUNTY — In boys’ basketball play in the latter half of last week, Middlebury, Vergennes and Otter Valley all picked up wins, but Mount Abraham came up short.
On Friday, Oakley Gordon scored 25 points for the second straight game, and the Tigers topped visiting Fair Haven, 71-49. Bryce Burrell chipped in 11 points as the Tigers improved to 5-3. Lucas Czarnecki scored 18 for the 1-7 Slaters. The teams will meet again in Fair Haven on Tuesday.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school girls’ basketball play last week, Mount Abraham and Vergennes each split two games, while Middlebury and Otter Valley came up short.
ESSEX — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team won twice last week, including a big road victory against the defending Division I champions by the defending D-II champion. MUHS moved to D-I this winter after winning D-II this past season.
On Wednesday, Emma Best recorded a hat trick for the second straight game as the Tigers got past host Rutland, 5-1. Harper Smith and Julie Carone also scored for the Tigers, while Helen Anderson set up two scores. Rowan Hendy backstopped the win with seven saves, while Raider goalie Kelsey Eddy stopped 21 shots.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/7 MUHS vs. Rutland.............................. 5-1
1/9 MUHS vs. Essex................................ 2-1
1/7 MUHS vs. Mt. Mansfield..................... 6-1
1/10 MUHS vs. Stowe.............................. 6-2
The commentary in the aftermath of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third inaugural speech this past Thursday is at once fascinating, nonsensical and maddening — but also enlightening as a mirror of our political culture.
This week’s writer is Bruce Lisman, a resident of Shelburne and the founder of Campaign for Vermont.
I believe that economic growth and shared prosperity is the best way forward for Vermonters. A dynamic and broad-based economy offers a cure for issues of poverty, hunger and upward mobility. It can provide the resources to protect and enhance our environment and improve our infrastructure. Vermont can be an economic powerhouse of its own definition.