November 14th, 2013
WATERBURY — The Vermont Republican Party is somewhat of an endangered species these days.
Republicans hold just 48 of 150 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, seven of 30 seats in the Senate, and one of six statewide offices.
In 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, defeated GOP challenger Randy Brock by 21 points. Brock, a former state senator, outspent Shumlin but managed to secure the vote of just one-third of Vermonters.
NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police Lt. Michael Manley has been appointed the new commander of the VSP’s Addison County barracks in New Haven. Manley, 35, succeeds Lt. Gary Genova, who retired last month after having served two-and-a-half years as leader of the state police’s force in the county.
Manley, a native of the Utica, N.Y., area, joined the VSP in 2000, soon after graduating from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.
NEW HAVEN — There is a special kind of excitement in a young Vermonter’s voice when he or she tells you about the first time they bagged a deer. One 15-year-old who shot his first deer this past Saturday during Vermont Youth Hunting Weekend had a unique twist — he is an exchange student from Spain visiting Vermont for a year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team will make its eighth NCAA Division III tournament appearance this weekend when the Panthers host an NCAA regional for the second consecutive season.
The 13-1-3 Panthers, ranked No. 13 in last week’s poll, will take on Bridgewater State on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Scranton will meet Endicott at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the regional final on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
MEDFORD, Mass. — The Middlebury College football team thumped host Tufts on Saturday, 52-10, and by doing so earned a share of the NESCAC championship.
The Panthers finished in a three-way tie with Amherst and Wesleyan for the title, all with 7-1 records. Amherst defeated Williams on Saturday, while Wesleyan’s chances for an outright championship fell by the wayside with a one-sided loss at Trinity.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team won the NESCAC playoff title at Amherst this past weekend and was named the host of one of four NCAA Division III regionals this coming weekend.
The 15-2 Panthers will be making their 11th consecutive and 14th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament this weekend. At 11 a.m. on Saturday they will take on the winner of a Wednesday game between Castleton and Utica.
ADDISON COUNTY — Five graduates of Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley union high schools are on teams that are competing this week in the NCAA Division III field hockey tournament.
Four of them play for North Atlantic Conference champion Castleton State College, and one for New England Women and Men’s Athletic Conference champion Wellesley College.