October 1st, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — In a duel of nationally ranked NCAA Division III field hockey teams, host Middlebury College came to life in the last 15 minutes of Tuesday’s game against Skidmore to win, 3-1.
The 7-2 Thoroughbreds had the Panthers on their heels and locked in their own end for most of the second half, and goalie Becca Shaw and defender Lucy Jackson each made big saves to preserve a 1-1 deadlock.
Over the past month, two all-tackle world records for trout have been broken, with the new records awaiting only official confirmation. A new world record rainbow trout was caught on Sept. 5 in Saskatchewan, Canada. The trout weighed a whopping 48 pounds. (Just pause and consider that weight for a moment. It’s about 5 pounds heavier than the largest king salmon I have ever caught in Alaska, and about six times bigger than the average weight of my kids at birth.)
ADDISON COUNTY — According to the second batch of New England Common Assessments Program (NECAP), Vermont students are still struggling to meet science proficiency standards. Addison County students, for the most part, follow statewide trends.
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Fall is a whirlwind of change. The leaves change, the air gets colder and we say goodbye to summer berries and greens and welcome their more hearty cousins: sweet winter squash, potatoes, onions, apples.
For the inhabitants of Middlebury College’s Weybridge House, this fall isn’t about saying goodbye to summer’s produce: instead, the 18 residents of the cooperative environmental interest house have been figuring out how to pickle, freeze and can it all.
In a recent commentary, Jason Gibbs, state commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, wrote an upbeat piece about his department “doing everything it can to generate economic activity and create jobs.”
Not to nick-pick, but that’s a big statement — even for a politician.
But let’s come back to that in a moment.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team shrugged off a key injury and rallied for a 3-2 overtime win over Mount Anthony on Saturday before a happy, sun-splashed crowd at OV’s homecoming game.
The win pushed the Otters’ record under first-year coach Gary Hodder to 6-1-1, while Mount Anthony dropped to 5-2; the Patriots’ only other loss, like OV’s, was by one goal to undefeated Rutland.
Senior forward Shayna McDonough, who scored the game-winner and assisted junior middie’s Kristy Pinkham’s late game-tying goal, said the big win would give the Otters a lift.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment has issued a conditional approval of a Champlain Oil Co. plan for a gas station, convenience store and fast-food restaurant on Route 7. But the approval came without elements of the proposal that COCO officials said were critical to their business plan: diesel fuel pumps and a drive-through window for the restaurant.
The board (ZBA) took that action on Sept. 16 and publicized it last week once COCO acknowledged it had received the ruling in the mail.
MIDDLEBURY — The former Vermont State Craft Center (VSCC) building at 1 Mill St. in Middlebury will reopen this fall as an art gallery, this time under private ownership.
Cornwall resident George Dorsey last week confirmed his plan to purchase the Frog Hollow building, which for more than three decades had been owned and operated by the nonprofit VSCC as a gallery, retail store and headquarters for art and craft classes.