November 15th, 2012
ADDISON COUNTY — It was a season of change for the three local high school field hockey programs, but one thing this season remained the same for Mount Abraham even as the program enjoyed a remarkable bounce-back season: The Eagles got fine goaltending from senior Lizzie Huizenga for the fourth year in a row.
ADDISON COUNTY — This past Youth Hunting Weekend on Nov. 3 and 4 proved to be the most successful in the area in at least the past nine years, with 124 young hunters having deer recorded at the county’s weigh stations.
That total does not include any deer that may have been taken to East Middlebury’s C&S Hunting Supplies, because its owner could not be contacted earlier this week, or Ferrisburgh’s Mid-State Shooting Sports.
MIDDLEBURY — When the Middlebury College football team pulled away in the fourth quarter from visiting Tufts on Saturday to win, 35-13, the Panthers had put the finishing touches on the team’s best season since 2007.
Middlebury this fall equaled the 2007 season’s 7-1 record, even if a result elsewhere on Saturday meant the Panthers had to settle for second place, unlike the program’s 2007 co-championship: Just before the Panthers finished off the Jumbos, Trinity (8-0) won vs. Wesleyan in overtime to take the 2012 NESCAC title.
CASTLETON — The foliage will be gone and the state titles will have been decided by Saturday, Nov. 17. But the footballs will not be put away. That’s the day of one of the season’s highlights: The Annual Vermont Senior Bowl that pits the top high school seniors from the North against their counterparts from the South.
The scene shifts back to Castleton State College’s Spartan Stadium. The game has been remarkably competitive, something not lost on the state’s fandom as last year’s classic at Middlebury College was the best attended yet.
Here are a trio of seeming contradictions over whether to write into the Middlebury Town Plan a 50,000-square-foot retail cap: it would seemingly protect existing retail businesses, but it might not; 50,000 square feet is either too large or perhaps too small; and the cap as written in the town zoning ordinances is either effective, or it isn’t.
I finally made it on the big screen.
But it’s not as I once imagined.
And, to be honest, this ‘big screen’ isn’t all that big. Rather than appear in some cameo spot on the movie screen (a la Sen. Patrick Leahy’s roles in the Batman movies), my two-minute gig generally shows up on a smart phone or computer screen. But at least I’m the star, albeit in a saga that takes a turn for the worse.
Here’s the setting:
The Vermont Democratic Party had the strongest performance in its history in last week’s election.
President Obama won 67 percent of the vote in Vermont, his third-best showing in the nation. Only the District of Columbia and Hawaii gave the president a higher vote share than Vermont. Obama won all 14 of Vermont’s counties, including traditionally Republican areas in northern Vermont.
Has anybody else noticed that it’s the 1960s again?
We’re trying to wind down an unpopular war.
The voices of blacks, women and young voters are louder than ever.
Last week, two states approved the use of marijuana just for fun. Three states voted to approve same-sex marriage.
Gays can now serve openly in the military and have increasingly prominent roles in business and government. Wisconsin just elected the first openly gay U.S. senator.