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March 20th, 2017
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team on Saturday scored four straight times to start the second half and break open a one-goal game en route to a 10-6 victory at 18th-ranked Wesleyan (4-2). The Panthers, at 4-0 ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III, will host RPI on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and visit Bowdoin at noon on Saturday.
Senior Mary O’Connell, who scored her 100th career goal during the game, scored the game’s first three goals in the first 7:30. Georgia Carroll scored less than a minute later for a four-goal edge.
3/18 Wesleyan vs. Midd....................... 17-15
3/18 Midd. vs. Wesleyan........................ 10-6
3/18 Midd. vs. NEC................................... 5-0
SHOREHAM — Concern over continued federal funding for the state’s education, health care and Lake Champlain cleanup programs dominated discussion at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham.
Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, called these the “three serious areas of concern” for the 2017 legislative session. All three programs, according to Sharpe, are largely dependent on federal support — which is in flux under the presidency of Donald Trump.
MIDDLEBURY — What a difference a few weeks can make in Middlebury’s political scene.
No one on March 7 was interested in challenging incumbent selectboard members Brian Carpenter and Laura Asermily in their re-election bids for three-year terms.
But four candidates have now emerged with designs on the one year left on a three-year term recently vacated by incumbent Selectwoman Donna Donahue.
LINCOLN — Seven years ago a group of Lincoln Community School parents got together to raise funds to buy new playground equipment.
“I had at the time a second-grader, a kindergartener and a new born. And the play structure at the school was 25 years old, out of date, out of code. It needed to be replaced,” said Mary Beth Stilwell, a Lincoln parent and school board member.
Stillwell started that first playground committee with the idea of “just replacing the play structure.”
VERGENNES — A meticulous Monday afternoon recount at Vergennes City Hall confirmed the March 7 results of the race for city mayor: Former three-term Mayor Mike Daniels edged two-term incumbent Bill Benton, 270-265.
That margin, one that is less than 1 percent of the votes cast on Town Meeting Day, remained unchanged after two hours of painstaking counting by five members of the Vergennes Board of Civil Authority: Justices of the Peace Barry Aldinger, Lynn Pope and Rena Trepanier, and Aldermen Lowell Bertrand and Mark Koenig.
MIDDLEBURY — The 9th Annual Vermont Chili Festival is officially in the books. Nearly 2,500 hearty souls braved a brisk wind and record-setting temperatures in the teens to sample chili made by local vendors, both professional and amateur.
VERMONT — Motivated by constituent outrage over unregulated coyote hunting, some legislators are asking state wildlife officials to rethink Vermont’s open season on the canine predator.
“Coyotes are important animals not vermin to be attacked,” said Rep. Jim McCullough, D-Williston. “They’re important ‘people’ that need, if you will, the honor of having controls on their hunting or their ‘taking.’ And right now they don’t have that honor.”