September 29th, 2014
NEW HAVEN — Drive from Vergennes to Middlebury along Route 7, and you won’t go more than a few miles without seeing a solar array. As towns like New Haven are deluged with proposals for new solar arrays, citizens and town officials are wondering, “What’s in it for us?”
BRANDON — Vermonters are often heard yearning for the past, a simpler time, they say. Now, in an effort to change the course of Brandon’s recent budget voting past, a small band of taxpayers has an intriguing idea: Bring the floor vote back to Brandon Town Meeting.
BRISTOL — After 25 years of restricted mobility and chronic pain, 47-year-old James “Bub” Cole of Bristol stepped on a track last month and ran for the first time in a quarter century. The experience, he said, was unforgettable.
“Imagine wearing glasses and then losing them,” Cole said. “After 25 years, you finally get them back and you can see what you’ve been missing.”
MIDDLEBURY — Preserving one’s history can come at a cost, and Middlebury officials are finding out that stabilizing the remnants of the historic powerhouse near the Otter Creek Falls could cost a pretty penny.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-based Danforth Pewter will get some international exposure on Oct. 3, when the fabrication of one of its oil lamps will be revealed in a segment of Discovery’s “How It’s Made” television show.
BRISTOL — Saturday’s clash in Bristol between Addison County girls’ high school soccer teams with strong Division II résumés almost predictably went into overtime.
And that’s when senior Eagle midfielder Stephanie White headed home junior defender Morgan Pratt’s high, bouncing cross to give her team a 1-0 win that was Mount Abe’s sixth straight — and deal visiting Middlebury its first loss.
BRISTOL — Visiting Windsor High School shut down the Mount Abraham/Vergennes football team’s offense and used a big-play rushing attack to earn a pivotal Division III victory, 35-6, on Saturday.
The result left both teams at 3-2 with three regular-season games left. Both the Eagles and Jacks are in position to make the D-III postseason, but Mount Abe Coach Ernie Senecal said his team has no margin for error if the Eagles are to meet their preseason goal of earning a top-four seed for a second straight time.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school field hockey in the latter half of last week, Middlebury split two games, Otter Valley lost a close game on the road, and Mount Abraham lost two more close contests.
On Wednesday, host Champlain Valley (5-1-1) edged MUHS, 1-0, in overtime. All three of the Tigers’ losses have come in OT. Shots on goal were even: CVU goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood made six saves, while the Tigers’ Baily Ryan stopped five shots.