MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday warned that the 2015 legislative session will be dominated by tough financial decisions and he sees little opportunity for debate on such issues as the legalization of marijuana.
FERRISBURGH — After a second potential buyer pulled out, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has put the town’s 34.91-acre parcel next to Vergennes back on the market, four years after the board originally sought a buyer.
Town officials remain upset with the Act 250 process and a new law that prompted auto dealer Tom Denecker to walk away from a $350,000 deal to buy the land.
MIDDLEBURY — About 40 Middlebury College students on this past Wednesday evening took part in a “die-in” to raise awareness about police oppression of minority groups.
The event was organized by freshmen Kizzy Joseph and Elizabeth Dunn, and senior Molly Stuart. The trio said the impetuses for the die-in were the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — black men who died at the hands of police in Missouri and New York, respectively.
MIDDLEBURY — After having decorated the Middlebury Community House for the holidays for many years, this year the Middlebury Garden Club decorated the Ilsley Library with the thought that more people would get to enjoy the decorations.
The Better Middlebury Partnership donated the two beautiful wreaths hung on the two large pillars in front of the library. Doug Sinclair of the Sinclair Family Tree Farm donated an enormous tree, which is decorated in red and gold with the theme “The Holidays Take Flight.”
VERGENNES — For most of Friday night’s first quarter, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team went toe-to-toe with visiting Division II title contender Mill River — after five minutes, they trailed by just four, 13-9.
But then foul trouble, defensive problems and the Minutemen’s full-court press combined to take the wind out of the Commodores’ sails — MRU went on a 14-0 run and coasted to a 60-29 victory in what was the Commodores’ season opener after two postponements.
ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school basketball action late last week, the Vergennes and Otter Valley boys each won, the Middlebury boys split a pair of contests, and the Mount Abe and MUHS girls both dropped home games, in the Tigers’ case despite a record-setting performance. The Otter Valley girls also defeated visiting Poultney on Saturday, 44-10, in a game rescheduled from Friday; details were unavailable.
STOWE — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team evened its record at 1-1 by blanking U-32, 3-0, on Saturday in a game played in Stowe. The Tigers had been scheduled to play Stowe on Thursday in the first-round of a four-game tournament, but bad weather forced that game to be postponed
On Saturday, Monroe Cromis scored in each of the first two periods, and Andi Boe added a third-period insurance goal. The Tigers forced U-32 goalie Chloe Sairs to make 32 saves, while MUHS goalie Rowan Hendy earned the shutout with a half-dozen stops.
RUTLAND — Host Rutland on Saturday dealt the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team a 5-1 setback. The Raiders improved to 2-0, while the Tigers dropped to 0-1.
RHS outshot MUHS, 31-18. Raider goalie Dean Abatiell stopped 17 shots, while the Tigers’ Sawyer Ryan made 26 saves. Brett Viens scored for MUHS.
The Tigers will play at Milton on Wednesday afternoon in a game rescheduled from last week.