September 9th, 2013
ADDISON COUNTY — Late last week, the Mount Abraham and Otter Valley union high school field hockey teams both won games to remain unbeaten, while Middlebury lost its opener on the road in overtime.
On Saturday,the Eagles bested visiting U-32, 3-1, as Bailey Sherwin scored twice in the second half after a 1-1 first half. Mount Abe moved to 2-0.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/6 MUHS vs. Hartford .......................... 23-0
9/6 Mt. Abe vs. Winooski ................... 36-23
9/7 OV vs. Fairfax .............................. 42-14
9/4 OV vs. Springfield ............................. 4-0
9/5 Hartford vs. MUHS .................... 2-1 (OT)
Good news came last Thursday in the form of a $8.9 million grant to rebuild 20 miles of state-owned Vermont Railway track between Leicester and Rutland. It’s part of the $18.5 million project that will refurbish the tracks between Burlington and Rutland and allow the trains to move at higher speeds. The hope is the improved rail will spur economic development.
MIDDLEBURY — Two of Vermont’s leading government officials — U.S. Sen. Pat Leahy and Gov. Peter Shumlin — shared their views on issues ranging from the Vernon nuclear power plant to potential military reprisals against Syria during a recent joint visit to Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — Supporters and critics of a $70 million plan to extend a natural gas pipeline 43 miles from Colchester into Middlebury and Vergennes will have a chance to state their views at the Vermont Public Service Board’s second (and final) scheduled public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Middlebury Union Middle School gym at 48 Deerfield Lane.
ADDISON COUNTY — It was just two years ago that Yankee magazine heralded Addison County for providing the best road biking experience in New England. It’s an accolade that comes as no surprise to local cyclists, who now want the rest of the world to come see what it has been missing.
To that end, local organizers are busy planning a major, annual cycling event that could draw thousands of people to Addison County to bike, shop and eat … and perhaps some day relocate their households and businesses.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s ongoing effort to spruce up the Otter Creek riverfront has received another shot in the arm. The selectboard has agreed to acquire the deteriorating, historic powerhouse structure at the north end of the falls for the purpose of conserving it.
MIDDLEBURY — When a town the size of Middlebury schedules a “community celebration,” organizers have good cause to be ecstatic if 5 percent of the total 8,180 residents show up.
When the town of Whiting organizes a community shindig, chances are decent all 400 residents will be able to make an appearance. And since a town only fetes its 250th birthday once, planners of Whiting’s birthday bash are hoping to see all of their neighbors this Saturday, Sept. 7, for a variety of events for what promises to be a spirited semiquincentennial bash.