March 3rd, 2014
VERGENNES — The new Vergennes Police Department headquarters should be up and running by the end of this week, according to Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley.
Movers were already installing furniture last week. The last remaining hurdles are a certificate of occupancy that Hawley expects state officials to award Vergennes on Wednesday, and the move of the department’s phone and computer systems along Main Street from City Hall to the new site near Kennedy Brothers and Kayhart Crossing.
BARRE — The top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team on Saturday defeated No. 2 Fair Haven, 43-30, to win the Division II girls’ basketball title in front of a capacity crowd in the Barre Municipal Auditorium.
The victory earned the 18-4 Eagles’ their second straight D-II title in their fourth consecutive state final appearance.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team is heading to the Division II final, and the top-seeded, 17-5 Tigers are going there as winners of 15 of their past 16 games and owners of a 16-1 record against D-II competition.
Their 17th win came in Saturday’s semifinal against No. 5 Northfield, 2-0, and it avenged their only D-II setback, 4-2 at home in December.
MIDDLEBURY — It took until 1:22 of Saturday’s second overtime at the Memorial Sports Center, but the top-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team earned its berth in the Division II final with a 2-1 win over No. 4 Stowe.
That’s when Tiger senior forward Sara Boe cashed in the 55th MUHS shot of the game, 53 of which Raider goalie Danielle Mayo turned aside.
ADDISON COUNTY — The local boys’ basketball season came to a close when the three remaining county teams lost first-round games on Wednesday and Thursday. Middlebury and Vergennes dropped home contests, while Mount Abraham fell on the road.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/26 #1 MUHS Girls vs. #8 U-32 ........... 10-1
2/26 #1 MUHS Boys vs. #9 U-32 ............. 4-2
3/1 #1 MUHS Girls vs. #4 Stowe... 2-1 (2OT)
3/1 #1 MUHS Boys vs. #5 Northfield........ 2-0
Girls’ Basketball Playoffs
The thing that makes holidays special and exciting is that they are finite. When a wonderful thing happens only once a year it is a precious time.
Some of us may have a crazy aunt who can always get the holiday tree up, but never seems to find the time to take it down. I have been reminded of that every day as I go over the Cross Street Bridge. What is wonderful and decorative in December becomes stale after the first week in January and by the end of February it is just downright depressing.
This entire nation is truly caught up in the grip of the quadrennial Olympic Spirit. Even the U.S. Senate and Congress have been caught up in an Olympian-like spirit as evidenced by the soaring Olympian imbecility permeating many familiar-sounding competitions and events.
Ski Jump: Great leaps of unprecedented failures and lapses of common sense.
Downhill: Tremendous dizzying rush downhill in the “Race to the Bottom,” culturally, morally, intellectually and economically.