March 2nd, 2015
BRIDPORT — Sometimes the best ideas come just before a breakdown.
You’re at the end of your rope and you’re either going to break down or break through.
Nancy Sunderland is one of the fortunate who broke through.
Sunderland, 37, is a native Vermonter who grew up in Essex Junction to French Canadian parents who had emigrated from Quebec.
Toward the end of high school, Sunderland reviewed her options and made a decision that surprised several people around her: She enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team is going back to the Gut, and the Tigers are again going to try to make history.
A year ago at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Arena, the Tigers defeated Burr & Burton in the Division II final for the program’s first championship.
After edging visiting No. 3 Northfield, 3-2, this past Saturday, this time the No. 2 Tigers are going after the team’s first Division-I crown in the program’s first appearance in a D-I final since 2004.
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound is planning some fundraisers and important services for pet owners during the coming months.
Middlebury’s Marquis Theater will be hosting a musical event on March 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., with proceeds going to Homeward Bound.
BRANDON — Echoes might still be bouncing around rafters in the House of Noise, in which a standing-room-only crowd on Saturday watched the host No. 4 Otter Valley Union High School outlast visiting No. 5 Vergennes, 48-39, in a tense, physical Division II boys’ basketball quarterfinal.
MIDDLEBURY — In what might have been the Division II boys’ hockey championship game and not just a quarterfinal, on Wednesday No. 5 U-32 scored two late goals to edge No. 4 Middlebury, 2-1, at the Memorial Sports Center.
The teams entered the game with misleading records. The Raiders, 13-7-1 after the win, went 10-1-1 in their final 12 regular season games, while the 12-7-2 Tigers ended their season with an 11-3-2 record vs. Vermont D-II teams.
MIDDLEBURY — Sixteen Vergennes, Middlebury, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham union high school wrestlers earned top-six finishes at this weekend’s state championship meet, which was held at MUHS.
Three reached finals, but were denied titles in their last bouts: MUHS junior Nathan Gebo at 113 pounds, OV sophomore Tyson Cram at 132, and VUHS sophomore Brandon Cousino at 170. Middlebury junior Nick Beauchamp also qualified to compete at the upcoming New England championship meet by taking third at 195 pounds.
With several cases of measles occurring in the state last year, there is an increasing risk that continuing philosophical exemptions to vaccinations could put Vermont’s public school children in harm’s way. That’s because Vermont’s vaccination rate is coming close to 90 percent, a dangerous territory because below that rate is when contagious diseases — like measles, mumps and small pox — take hold and spread.
The staff and board of the Brandon Free Public Library in Brandon are asking registered voters in the towns of Brandon and Forest Dale to please continue to support us by voting Yes for our budget appropriation on March 3.
Our budget totals $163,725. We raise almost half ($78,225) outside of town support, making our library one of the most self-sustaining libraries in Vermont. Our library is busy; we average over 200 users per day.