March 15th, 2012
I was standing atop Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl this past weekend, in several inches of fresh powdery snow, gazing out with appreciation and even a little awe at the tremendous western view that opens up from the summit. In the foreground were the lower hilltops and ridges of Ripton. Further down, patchwork swaths of the Champlain Valley were visible. And beyond, the higher peaks of the Adirondacks silhouetted against a clear blue sky.
BARRE — For the second straight year and the third time in six seasons, the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team is going to the Division II final at the Barre Auditorium.
The top-seeded, 19-3 Eagles earned that berth in a Monday night semifinal by outscoring No. 5 Lyndon in a dramatic fourth quarter, 19-16, in a 47-42 victory.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Tuesday, March 6, at around 5 p.m. Vermont State Police at the New Haven barracks received a phone call alerting them to an intoxicated driver in Addison. A short time later a second phone call alerted police to a vehicle off Route 23 in Weybridge, and troopers determined that it was the vehicle observed in Addison.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury woman told Middlebury police that last Saturday morning she received a call from a female who said she was with the Kirby vacuum cleaner company, and she was offering a deal on carpet cleaning.
The Middlebury woman made an appointment to have her carpets cleaned later that day, and upon doing so the female asked if she would be home alone. The Middlebury woman responded that she would not be home alone.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police arrested two Northlands Job Corps students last week in what they said were related drug cases.
On March 5 police cited Daniel R. Jetty, 19, of Northville, N.Y., for possession of marijuana. Police said Jetty had in his possession 27 individually wrapped bags of marijuana, and that he was lodged in the Marble Valley Correctional Center.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Saturday afternoon’s Vermont Chili Festival proved to be the most popular in the four-year history of the annual event, drawing a crowd that organizers estimated to be as large as 5,000 to downtown Middlebury.
RIPTON — At the annual Governor’s Lunch on Monday, Gov. Peter Shumlin outlined the five major initiatives he says are necessary to raise the amount of money in Vermonters’ pockets.
“We’ve got to raise income,” he told a group of more than 60 gathered at Ripton’s Rikert Nordic Center for the event, an annual component of the Addison County Legislative Breakfast series.
MIDDLEBURY — Business looks promising for a prominent Middlebury employer, Connor Homes, which specializes in crafting colonial reproduction kit homes at its Route 7 plant that was once the home of Standard Register.
Connor Homes owner Mike Connor said deposits for his company’s high-end homes are running about 50 percent ahead of 2011, leaving him “cautiously optimistic” the trend is ready to turn back upward after several years of recession in the housing market.