November 15th, 2012
VERGENNES — Champlain Valley Christian School students in Vergennes recently honored 26 veterans during the school’s sixth annual Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 9. The morning began with a breakfast served by volunteer parents, and was followed with student presentations that included songs and poems. Each veteran was presented with a certificate and a gift from the students to show the school’s appreciation for their sacrifice and time of service.
ADDISON COUNTY — Despite unseasonably warm and thus uncooperative weather, the local rifle deer season got off to a solid start this past Saturday and Sunday with 148 deer reported to seven Addison County weigh stations.
That total represents a 22 percent increase over the 122 deer taken during the opening weekend of the disappointing 2011 rifle season, and it comes on the heels of the most productive Youth Hunting Weekend in at least eight years (see related story).
MONTPELIER (AP) — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday shook up the top ranks of his administration, with the announcement of seven senior staff changes.
Chief of Staff Bill Lofy is leaving to join the Democratic Governors Association, which Shumlin hopes to chair after an election in that group next month.
Lofy will be replaced by Elizabeth Miller, currently commissioner of the Department of Public Service. She’ll be replaced there by Chris Recchia, who’s currently the deputy secretary of natural resources.
ADDISON COUNTY — It was a season of change for the three local high school field hockey programs, but one thing this season remained the same for Mount Abraham even as the program enjoyed a remarkable bounce-back season: The Eagles got fine goaltending from senior Lizzie Huizenga for the fourth year in a row.
ADDISON COUNTY — This past Youth Hunting Weekend on Nov. 3 and 4 proved to be the most successful in the area in at least the past nine years, with 124 young hunters having deer recorded at the county’s weigh stations.
That total does not include any deer that may have been taken to East Middlebury’s C&S Hunting Supplies, because its owner could not be contacted earlier this week, or Ferrisburgh’s Mid-State Shooting Sports.
MIDDLEBURY — When the Middlebury College football team pulled away in the fourth quarter from visiting Tufts on Saturday to win, 35-13, the Panthers had put the finishing touches on the team’s best season since 2007.
Middlebury this fall equaled the 2007 season’s 7-1 record, even if a result elsewhere on Saturday meant the Panthers had to settle for second place, unlike the program’s 2007 co-championship: Just before the Panthers finished off the Jumbos, Trinity (8-0) won vs. Wesleyan in overtime to take the 2012 NESCAC title.
CASTLETON — The foliage will be gone and the state titles will have been decided by Saturday, Nov. 17. But the footballs will not be put away. That’s the day of one of the season’s highlights: The Annual Vermont Senior Bowl that pits the top high school seniors from the North against their counterparts from the South.
The scene shifts back to Castleton State College’s Spartan Stadium. The game has been remarkably competitive, something not lost on the state’s fandom as last year’s classic at Middlebury College was the best attended yet.
Here are a trio of seeming contradictions over whether to write into the Middlebury Town Plan a 50,000-square-foot retail cap: it would seemingly protect existing retail businesses, but it might not; 50,000 square feet is either too large or perhaps too small; and the cap as written in the town zoning ordinances is either effective, or it isn’t.