February 28th, 2013
VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Vergennes residents will choose in a two-person race for mayor between an incumbent one-term alderman and a former multi-term alderwoman and one-term mayor who has thrown her hat back in the ring after several years away from city politics.
Each, Alderman Bill Benton and former mayor April Jin, has been active in the community and is a long-time resident of Vergennes. Both are married with three grown children who have attended city schools.
MIDDLEBURY — State officials often credit Addison County with having one of the best human services networks in the state.
Representatives of that network will be meeting on March 18 to explore ways of making it even better.
At issue is a proposal to create a “Hunger Council of Addison County.” The idea is that representatives of local hunger-fighting agencies would meet four times per year as a council, sharing information about how to make their respective programs more effective in supplying food to the growing number of people who need it.
BRISTOL — After the hearing on a proposed firehouse expansion at Holley Hall Monday evening, few people stayed around for the public hearing on the Bristol Police Department’s proposed 2013-2014 spending plan. Those that did heard the rationale for spending a little extra to move the department into a new space at the BristolWorks business park.
VERGENNES — As expected, the undefeated and top-seeded Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team had little trouble with visiting No. 16 Milton in Tuesday’s first-round Division II playoff game, winning by 51-32 despite what the Commodores, their coach and their fans agreed was not their finest effort of the past two winters.
Next up for the 21-0 Commodores is a Friday quarterfinal at 7 p.m. vs. No. 9 Fair Haven (11-10). A win over the Slaters would send VUHS to Barre for a Monday semifinal at 8:15 p.m.
WOODFORD — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ Nordic ski teams each took third place in Division II in the two-day state championship meet, which concluded on Tuesday at Prospect Mountain in Woodford.
The Tigers’ efforts were highlighted by top-10 individual finishes by seniors Mac Groves and Lydia Allen and freshman Sophie Hodges in both the freestyle races in Craftsbury and the classic races on Tuesday in Woodford.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball play earlier this week, Mount Abraham clinched the top seed for the Division II playoffs, Middlebury split a pair of games, and Vergennes and Otter Valley came up short.
The teams will play their final games of the regular season later this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will release pairings on Monday morning.
ESSEX — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team finished its season with a seventh-place finish at Saturday’s state championship meet at Essex High School, a result that Coach Terri Phelps said was a solid effort for a team that lost many of its top point-scorers from 2012 and competed without an injured athlete this past weekend.
I began 2013 with a mental fishing “wish list.” There are a few perennial entries: an all-expenses-paid trip for Atlantic salmon in Labrador or Newfoundland; more time to fish in my favorite Vermont rivers (plus a trip or two with family and friends to Maine and New York); and an increase in the quality trout waters in the state.