March 10th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes police were working out of their new 4,611-square-foot police station at 8 Main St. as of early last week, and they and city officials said they were thrilled with the all-but-finished product.
“It’s something everyone in Vergennes should be proud of,” said Police Chief George Merkel. “These guys are truly excited. It’s raised morale through the roof.”
BRISTOL — Fourteen-year-old Emily Aldrich of Bristol was looking for a front-row seat to observe the legislative process. The Mount Abraham Union Middle School eighth-grader found it when she recently was selected for the page program run by the Vermont Legislature.
MIDDLEBURY — The Ben Franklin store on Main Street could soon be home to a frozen yogurt franchise.
Andy Li, co-owner/partner of Ben Franklin, has applied for permission to install a “Yogurt City” within a 665-square-foot portion of the store.
Yogurt City bills itself as a “franchised and growing chain of self-serve healthy yogurt stores” with more than 60 locations located primarily on the East Coast.
ADDISON — Addison town and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials last week confirmed that write-in candidate Laurie Childers did in fact win enough votes on Town Meeting Day to become the town’s representative on the Vergennes Union High School board.
MIDDLEBURY — To say that the Rev. Stephanie Allen has had a busy week would be an understatement of Biblical proportions.
During that brief timeframe, Allen drove from Cleveland to Addison County, closed on a house in the town of Addison and delivered a sermon as the first-ever female pastor of the 110-year-old Memorial Baptist Church of Middlebury.
“It was a smooth transition,” Allen said with a smile on Thursday as she took a quick breather on what was only her sixth day as a Vermonter.
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team claimed the program’s first state championship on Wednesday at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse.
But it wasn’t easy. The 19-3-1, top-seeded Tigers weathered a third-period storm in which they were outshot by 13-1 and played shorthanded for seven minutes to edge No. 2 Burr & Burton, 2-1, for the Division II crown.
BURLINGTON — On Thursday, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team lost to a Division II team for only the second time this winter.
But this time that setback came at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse in the D-II final.
No. 2 Stowe improved to 18-4-1 by rallying for a 2-1 victory over the 17-6 Tigers, in the process avenging the Raiders’ 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Jan. 31 and their 2-1 loss to MUHS in the 2011 D-II title game.
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