July 30th, 2015
LEICESTER — The town of Leicester has been awarded a $55,960 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help control invasive species on Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, located in the towns of Leicester and Salisbury. The control program is coordinated and operated by the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association.
ESSEX — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins swim teams both had some strong individual and relay performance at this past weekend’s Champlain Valley Swim League Championship Meet, which was held Friday and Saturday at the Sand Hill Pool in Essex.
The Vergennes team earned fifth place with 714.5 points and Middlebury was right behind in sixth place with 681.5 points.
BRISTOL — The top two athletes in the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club are pitching well this season — so well that this past weekend one left the World Horseshoe Pitching Championships as the winner in her division and the other as runner-up in his.
Debra Brown is the new Women’s World Horseshoe Pitching Champion and Brian Simmons is the runner-up in the men’s world competition. The Bristol residents earned those titles at the competition that wrapped up in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday. Both have won world titles in the past.
A few thoughts on soccer and the sorry state of the Sox, left behind in Vermont while the author lounges on the beaches of southern New England (or in movie theaters, depending on the weather).
First, one last visit to the women’s soccer World Cup. A lot of credit for the U.S. team’s late surge was given to the tactical switch in the formation that allowed Carli Lloyd more offensive freedom, and no doubt that played a role in the successful Cup run.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Marshall Atkins, 20, of Bridport pleaded guilty to a June 12 charge of first-degree aggravated domestic assault, and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. Sentencing was deferred for four years.
CASTLETON — Saturday’s 62nd annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl will have a strong local angle: Five members of the undefeated Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team were named to the 2015 Vermont squad, and two members of the D-II finalist Otter Valley squad will join them in doing battle with their New Hampshire counterparts.
And MUHS Coach Dennis Smith will be calling the shots for the Vermont team when the game kicks off at Castleton University’s Spartan Stadium at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — Pete Mulgrew and Sean Mulgrew comprised the duo that claimed the Overall Point Winner title at this past weekend’s annual Dud Phinney Member-Guest Tournament in Middlebury. The twosome of Joe Bartlett and Hugh Barber grabbed the Low Qualifier title in the tournament, which was played last Thursday through Sunday at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
About a decade ago, former Independent colleague Jeff Inglis stopped in and handed me a copy of one of my old Clippings columns. Jeff said he found it in Vermont Supreme Court records while researching that court’s 1999 ruling that Vermont must allow same-sex couples the “same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.”