Is the postal service shooting itself in the foot?

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The Post Office in Craftsbury Common has strange hours these days.  Residents say they are inconvenient, but the USPS says decreasing hours is the only way to keep some of these offices open. Photos by David Dudley

The Post Office in Craftsbury Common has strange hours these days. Residents say they are inconvenient, but the USPS says decreasing hours is the only way to keep some of these offices open. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

In May of 2012 the United States Postal Service (USPS) implemented the Post Plan, which was devised to curb mounting debt, and prevent thousands of offices, many of them rural post offices, such as those in Greensboro Bend, Craftsbury Common, and Albany, from being shut down altogether. The USPS estimated that the plan would be up and running by September of 2014.

For many rural offices in Orleans County, the Post Plan means decreased window hours, which is affecting local businesses that depend on the Postal Service for shipping. Also, many employees have seen their hours cut, and people who work full-time are having trouble getting to the post office while it’s open.

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In cross-country: Sam Brunnette wins Division I state championship

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Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday.  Photo by Christina Cotnoir

Sam Brunnette approaches the finish line in Thetford, where he won the Vermont state cross-country championship Saturday. Photo by Christina Cotnoir

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

THETFORD — The North Country Union High School (NCUHS) Falcons had a strong outing at the Division I state cross-country championship in Thetford Saturday. Senior Sam Brunnette led the pack, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 17:06 to become state champ.

According to Falcons Coach Chris Shaffer, Brunnette is the second Falcon to claim that spot. Daniel Webster, who won back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004, was the first.

“I knew I had a shot,” Brunnette said during a phone interview Tuesday. “I kept telling myself, if I can keep a fast pace, I’ve got a shot.”

Judging by his time, he maintained a fast pace all the way through.

“Right off the line I tried to stay in front,” Brunnette said. “For the first mile, I could hear the pack behind me. Then I pulled away. I never looked back.”

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In boys soccer: Ninth seed Hazen upsets top seeded Lake Region in overtime

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

The Hazen Union High Wildcats ended the Lake Region Rangers season Friday with a 2-1 victory in overtime. Forward Jake Gilcris scored both goals for the Wildcats, to give them the edge they needed in a messy but exciting game.

As with the Rangers’ last home game, where they defeated the Oxbow Olympians, the field was slippery, muddy, and pockmarked by cleats. To make matters more challenging, it was cold, windy, and a mist engulfed the field for most of the first half of the game. Still, fans were lined up on the hill, stretching the length of the field, finding shelter under canvas canopies and umbrellas.

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In boys soccer: Rangers shut out Olympians 5-0, advance in playoffs

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Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians' loss to the Rangers  Tuesday.  Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell's heels.  Photos by David Dudley

Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians’ loss to the Rangers Tuesday. Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell’s heels. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

The Lake Region Rangers were in full force against the visiting Oxbow Olympians Tuesday afternoon. The pitch was sloppy after soaking up two days’ worth of a steady drizzle, which still persisted at kickoff. But that didn’t stop the Rangers from going hard for their first post-season victory, defeating the Olympians 5-0.

Riley Urie, who would go on to kick for a hat trick, scored the Rangers first goal 44 seconds into the game. And from there they never looked back.

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In girls soccer: Falcons blank visiting Rebels 1-0

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in.  Photos by David Dudley

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The South Burlington High School Rebels traveled to Newport to play the North Country Union High School Falcons Friday. A single goal determined the winner of this hard-fought match, as the Falcons pulled off an impressive 1-0 win on their home pitch.

Dehlia Wright scored the game’s only goal with 13:54 left in the first half, leaving the burden to score on the Rebels for the remainder of the game.

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Lady Catamounts teach basketball fundamentals to local youth

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Erica Thaler of Glover learns to play the post from University of Vermont center Gracia Hutson.

Erica Thaler of Glover learns to play the post from University of Vermont center Gracia Hutson.  Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014

by David Dudley

The University of Vermont’s (UVM) Lady Catamounts visited Lake Region Union High School Saturday to give a clinic on basketball fundamentals for children aged seven to 12.

When the Lady Catamounts arrived at the gym, there was already a handful of young players waiting. The clinic was taught by Kylie Atwood of Albany, Rachel Merrill, Gracia Hutson, Kylie Butler, Kristina White, and Assistant Coach Shannon Gholar.

While the Lady Catamounts come from far-flung places — New York, Arizona, Minnesota — it was a homecoming for Kylie Atwood, who graduated from Lake Region in 2012.

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Lake Region hosts cross-country relays

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Andrew Grittner of North Country Union high School waits for his second wind to kick in as he winds his way toward the final leg of Lake Region's cross-country trail. Photos by David Dudley

Andrew Grittner of North Country Union high School waits for his second wind to kick in as he winds his way toward the final leg of Lake Region’s cross-country trail.
Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014

by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School hosted a six-team relay race on Tuesday.  Among the teams competing were:  North Country Union High School, Lyndon, Peoples, Hazen, Stowe, and Lake Region (LR).

It was a beautiful day, warm, sunny, 70 degrees, and not a cloud in the sky. The first part of Lake Region’s course is riddled with hills, leading into the woods behind the school. The latter part of the trail is all downhill, though, which tends to bring out the best in these runners. Especially when they don’t have to worry about puddles and loose soil.

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In boys soccer: Chargers push past Red Devils, 6-0

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Caleb Paquette (left) and MaCaden Lyford (right) spent much of the afternoon in face-offs like this one.

Caleb Paquette (left) and MaCaden Lyford (right) spent much of the afternoon in face-offs like this one.  Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 8, 2014

by David Dudley

CRAFTSBURY — The Craftsbury Academy Chargers rolled up an impressive 6-0 victory over the Chelsea Red Devils, Friday afternoon in the Chargers’ final home game of the season. And what a Friday afternoon. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a bit of wind, and the sky was clear. Perfect weather for a soccer match.

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In boys soccer: Undefeated Rangers lose battle with Bullets

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Ian Strange looks on as Riley Urie (left) and Jacob Sweet (right) take to the air to battle for the ball in Friday's rough-and-tumble game between the Rangers and Bullets.  Photos by David Dudley

Ian Strange looks on as Riley Urie (left) and Jacob Sweet (right) take to the air to battle for the ball in Friday’s rough-and-tumble game between the Rangers and Bullets. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 1, 2014

by David Dudley

The Lake Region Union High School Rangers lost a hard fought battle with the Bellows Free Academy Fairfax (BFA) Bullets, 3-1, Friday afternoon. The Rangers — who came into the game at the top of their division and undefeated — knew they had their work cut out for them.

The game began on a high note, with both teams playing aggressively from the jump. The competition was heated, and the game play physical. The sight of bodies colliding, falling, and lying prone upon the pitch became a familiar one as the game progressed. These two evenly matched teams were vying hard for the upper hand, but the Bullets out-hustled the Rangers in the end.

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In girls soccer: Craftsbury Academy chalks up big win against UCA

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Craftsbury forward Lizzie Brown takes a moment to recoup after missing a shot late in Saturday's game with United Christian Academy.  Brown had two goals on the afternoon.  Photos by David Dudley

Craftsbury forward Lizzie Brown takes a moment to recoup after missing a shot late in Saturday’s game with United Christian Academy. Brown had two goals on the afternoon. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September, 24, 2014

by David Dudley

CRAFTSBURY — The Craftsbury Academy’s Lady Chargers — fueled by the potent offensive attack of seniors Aleia Augsburger, and Meghan Brown — defeated the United Christian Academy’s (UCA) Lady Crusaders Saturday afternoon, 9-0.

The Crusaders’ goalie, Andreanna “Drew” Andrew, faced a barrage of Charger shots in the first half. After a missed attempt, Augsburger put the Lady Chargers on the board off a feed from sophomore Amy DeLaBruere, making the score 1-0.

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