October 12th, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — The heartbreak and bad luck continued for the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Saturday, when undefeated defending Division I champion Champlain Valley scored with 25 seconds left in overtime to deal the Tigers a 2-1 loss.
The Tigers are just 4-6-2 despite outshooting every opponent except Champlain Valley twice. They have four one-goal losses, two in overtime, and have come out on the short end of two controversial calls that took away apparent game-winning goals.
MIDDLEBURY — Standing in the Porter Hospital courtyard on Thursday morning, Ferrisburgh resident Jeff Vigne’s voice cracked just a little, and his wife, Allison, reached out and touched his shoulder to support him.
Vigne was standing in front of about 100 Vergennes Union High School seniors, almost all of them former classmates of his daughter, Taylor, who succumbed to type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 on Oct. 16, 2005.
ADDISON COUNTY — Farmers in Addison County may be rallying behind milk price stabilization plans, but some of the dairy co-ops that collect and market their milk have been slow to the table.
Now, frustrated by what Orwell farmer Tom Audet dubbed the “sluggish” response of dairy cooperatives, many of those farmers are chastising their co-ops for failing to take strong stands on supply management programs.
A proposed railway tunnel in downtown Middlebury connecting the Main Street underpass to the Merchants Row underpass is an imaginative vision that deserves wholehearted support from town officials and community residents — and creates the opportunity to address adjacent problems that have gone unresolved for far too long.
Watching the red Sox most nights this summer, I have concluded that they really are an “Anacharsis Clootz Deputation.”
Come to think about it, all sports teams are Anacharsis Clootz Deputations, more or less.
What in the world is an Anacharsis Clootz Deputation?
That’s how Herman Melville in “Moby Dick” described the multicultural crew on the ship, the Pequod: they were “from all the isles of the sea, and all the ends of the earth.”
It basically means a motley crew, in our everyday lexicon. Mostly, I like to say it: “Anacharsis Clootz Deputation.”
ADDISON COUNTY — The host Mount Abraham boys outlasted Middlebury in an evenly contested match to highlight recent local high school soccer play.
In other action, the Otter Valley girls won in overtime, the Vergennes boys and girls each lost close games, the Mount Abe girls lost to a Division I team in overtime on the road, and the OV boys scored, but could not come up with their second victory.
ADDISON COUNTY — America’s next test kitchen may just be Vermont, if New Haven State Rep. Chris Bray has anything to say about it.
Arguing that a little state can be the perfect proving ground for new federal programs, Bray is eyeing a possible pilot project with the United States Department of Agriculture to help Vermont get more fresh, local foods into Vermont schools.
MIDDLEBURY — Local, state and Vermont Railway officials are exploring the concept of installing a concrete tunnel beneath the railroad bridges at Merchants Row and Main Street in downtown Middlebury.
This new tunnel, officials believe, could provide a perfect fix for the two ailing bridges while allowing enough vertical clearance to accommodate double-stack freight cars that railway officials need to run from Whitehall, N.Y., to Burlington.
“It seems like (a tunnel) is a solution that meets everyone’s needs,” Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger said on Monday.