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Community rallies for a creative Haiti benefit

Posted on February 22, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Porter Hospital midwife Martha Redpath had just returned to her Ferrisburgh home from a long night attending two births when husband Gary Lange asked what she would like to do for her 52nd birthday, which was coming up a couple days later on Feb. 3.

What Redpath ended up getting for her birthday — albeit belatedly on Feb. 13 — could be called priceless, although it came with a figure: $11,116.

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Panthers advance to semifinal after nail-biter at home

Posted on February 22, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — With 6:35 to go in Saturday’s men’s basketball NESCAC quarterfinal at Middlebury College’s, No. 7 Trinity’s Brian Ford sank a long three-pointer with Panther senior guard Tim Edwards right in his face.

The Panthers, No. 2 in NESCAC with an 8-1 record and No. 6 in NCAA Division III at 22-2, were staring at a 49-44 deficit. The possibility loomed of the Panthers being upset by a 10-13 team they had beaten by 14 points eight days before.

Edwards, a senior captain, described the Panthers’ attitude when they fell five points behind.

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Midwives improve chances for healthy births in Haiti

Posted on February 22, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A successful fund-raising event hosted by Ferrisburgh residents Gary Lange and Martha Redpath benefited Midwives for Haiti, a nonprofit group working with Haitian authorities and other nonprofits to improve the chances of that nation’s mothers to have healthy childbirths.

Midwives for Haiti is the “featured cause of the month” at midwifesupplies.com for February, and has ramped up its efforts in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation, the poorest in the Western hemisphere.

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On the Ball: D-II Hoop Seeds; Tough Road for VUHS

Posted on February 22, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Andy Kirkaldy



D-II Hoop Seeds Out; Tough Draw for VUHS

The VPA moved quickly today, and the Division II boys’ basketball pairings were out by mid-morning. Vergennes, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham will all play on Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Commodores at home, and the Otters and the Eagles on the road.

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On the Ball: Men's hoop win; Edwards talks crowd, Middlebury

Posted on February 21, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTHER HOOP AND EDWARDS SPEAKS

Just a few quick notes today on the Panther men’s hoop game yesterday. Senior captain Tim Edwards was kind enough to talk to me for almost five minutes afterward and reflect back on his four years with the Middlebury College program as well as the Panthers’ exciting rally against Trinity.

Not everything fit in the article that will come out tomorrow, which will focus on how the Panthers came back from five points down with six minutes to go, and how Trinity used a smart game plan to put Middlebury in the hole.

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Addison town budget proposed

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Addison selectmen have proposed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that has a higher face value, but the major spending increase within it will be supported by a capital fund in the highway budget into which residents have contributed in past years.

Addison selectmen are requesting combined highway and general fund spending of $872,503, up about $21,300 from 2009-2010.

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Bixby seeking more town funds

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — For the first time since 2002, the trustees of the Bixby Memorial Free Library have decided to raise the Vergennes library’s funding requests from the five communities it serves.

In 2002 the Bixby — at that time funded far less by its service area than other Vermont libraries — asked for and received a significant increase in the towns’ support, to a total of $53,604 a year.

Since then, the Bixby’s board has not sought more even though its operating expenses rose about 3 percent a year, according to treasurer Donna Corcoran.

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Clippings: Some columnists have all the luck

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I know envy is one of those deadly sins, but I can’t help it. Other columnists can write pieces about their smart, charming and funny pets. Or heartwarming pieces about growing up with dogs and finding just the right one now, like my colleague Katie. That helped her win a New England Newspaper and Press Association Rookie of the Year prize.

I’m not jealous of that award. She earned it, and it’s a little late for the particular honor for me. (See picture.) But the topic? That would be nice.

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Mt. Abe dominates Springfield in first-round playoff game

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — Coaches will say they work all season to get their teams to play their best to the end of the game, come tournament time.

Given that, Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball coach Connie LaRose had to like what she saw of her No. 7 Eagles against No. 10 Springfield in Wednesday’ night’s first-round Division II playoff game.

The 9-12 Eagles played their best full 32 minutes of the season against the 4-17 Cosmos, who took the long bus ride home after absorbing a 64-22 loss in a game that effectively ended at 2:22 of the second quarter.

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On the Ball: Girls' Hoop Teams Win In First Round

Posted on February 18, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Andy Kirkaldy



GIRLS’ FIRST-ROUND HOOP GAMES

Form, or as the guys on ESPN radio like to say, “the chalk,” prevailed on Wednesday night: the Middlebury, Otter Valley, Mount Abraham and Vergennes girls’ basketball teams all won their first-round Division II playoff games at home. Details on all, including a full write-up and photos from Mount Abe, will be in the Thursday paper.

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