February 19th, 2014
There is something about evergreens bent and laden under a thick quilt of fresh snow. Especially spruces and firs and hemlocks. To say it was a feeling of waiting would not be quite right. Waiting so often implies impatience. But the woods were not impatient. Rather it was a feeling of tranquility.
RIPTON — Two Frost Mountain Nordic Club skiers have been named to the 2014 New England Junior National Team’s under-16 group, Cornwall’s Sophie Hodges and Middlebury’s Nick Wilkerson. They were named after the last Eastern Cup competitions, held this past weekend in New Hampshire.
N.Y./VERMONT — Addison County’s two youth swim teams competed at different places in early February.
The Addison Otter Swim Team with their coach Peter Bicknell was in Clifton Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Feb. 9, competing in the Piranhas Pentathlon. Also that weekend, the Middlebury Aquatic Club swam at the 2014 New England Regional Swim Championship Meet, which was held at Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt.
MIDDLEBURY — Both the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams faced crucial season-ending Division II games on Wednesday night after the deadline for this issue of the Independent.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations this past weekend for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The first came on Saturday night after they received a tip during the weekend snowstorm from Vermont State Police, who were helping motorists whose cars had slid off the road in Panton. A citizen who was also helping the motorists told them two women in a car that drove by were smoking marijuana, and VSP alerted Vergennes police.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a reported domestic dispute at a Jackson Lane residence on Feb. 16. Police said a woman alleged that her ex-boyfriend had struck her in the head with a box spring. Police and prosecutors are reviewing the case for potential criminal charges.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Received a report of some men shouting sexual innuendoes at a woman in the Mill Street parking lot on Feb. 10. Police said they were unable to locate the men.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on Feb. 13 cited Jerry Dunbar, 25, of Bridport, for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, after VSP allegedly saw him spinning out and doing “donuts” in the Vermont Fish and Wildlife fishing access just off of Route 125 in Addison. Police noted that Dunbar’s vehicle had no registration or insurance documents and the license plates were not assigned to it. State police arrested Dunbar and towed his vehicle.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union will not go through a formal process to consolidate its schools or governance structure — at least for now.
After a 3.5-year process, the ACSU Governance Study Committee on Monday issued its final report on the notion of forming a “Regional Education District (RED)” encompassing two or more of the seven school districts within the supervisory union.