May 17th, 2010
MONTPELIER — There were no specific Addison County earmarks in the $74.8 million capital spending bill passed by the Vermont Legislature last week to rival the nearly $7 million appropriated for the courthouse and state office building in Bennington. But Middlebury and the surrounding towns will get some boost from the new law, which was passed last Wednesday on the final day of the Legislative session.
Note to voters: Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon has a hot temper, is crude, doesn’t think doing things that are illegal is any big deal, and is not very smart.
But don’t take my word for it.
You be the judge.
MIDDLEBURY — Saturday’s home game offered highlights for the Middlebury Union High School baseball team, but two bad innings for the Tigers allowed Champlain Valley to break open a 1-0 game in the fifth and win, 13-4.
The Redhawks moved over .500 at 6-5, while the inexperienced Tigers dropped to 1-10.
Starting MUHS pitcher Jimmy Danyow probably deserved a better fate. Through four, he allowed only a first-inning run on a two-out double by Andrew Nick and a single by Collin Teator.
MONKTON — After years of planning, conservationists in Vermont are celebrating the creation of a new wildlife preserve on 362 acres at the intersection of Charlotte, Monkton and Hinesburg.
The conservation project is known as “Raven Ridge,” and was stitched together from a donation of more than 160 acres from Charlotte and Hinesburg landowners Raven Davis and Ed Everts, as well as the purchase of 201 acres from Monkton landowners John Paluska and Cynthia Brown.
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Men’s lax: Tufts is next
OK, bring on the Jumbos.
On Wednesday at 4 p.m., the 13-5 Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team will face host Tufts (17-1) in an NCAA Division III quarterfinal. The Panthers earned that right by taking what tournament organizers gave them: a first-round home game last week (check, a 10-6 win over Goucher, making its NCAA debut) and a second-round road game against a team they had already beaten this season (check, a 16-8 win on Saturday vs. RPI).
I’m probably breaking all the rules of “local” down in my basement, where under banks of grow lights artichokes, epazote, cumin and lemongrass, nigella and fenugreek, radicchio and rapini, Corsican gourds and tomatillos, and 12 varieties of hot peppers are humming along. There are the usual suspects, too — tomatoes and eggplants, squash and greens.
Editor’s Note: The Addison Independent is introducing a new gardening column to run each Thursday through the growing season. It is written by three local gardeners — Kate Gridley of Middlebury, Barbara Ganley of Weybridge, and Judy Stevens of Orwell — from three perspectives.
The column will focus on lessons learned from the land and explores the ancient connection between the garden and the kitchen.
Kate chronicles adventures of the in-town artist-gardener who is passionate about the possibilities of growing and cooking with local seasonal ingredients.
VERGENNES — Addison residents on Tuesday reversed their Town Meeting Day stand and voted against the proposal to unify Addison Northwest Supervisory Union governance under one board, effectively stopping the unification plan.