August 13th, 2014
Back in March I predicted in print the American League pennant races. It turns out the smartest thing I wrote was this:
“Well, to start with, the standard disclaimer: Who knows?”
This, not so smart: “2014? Well, the Sox look good.”
I expected Boston to compete with the Yankees for a Wild Card playoff berth. To be fair, the Yankees remain in the Wild Card race despite losing four-fifths of their projected starting rotation.
SALISBURY — Bristol’s Todd Smith led the way for local triathletes by becoming the men’s overall winner of Sunday’s Olympic-distance Lake Dunmore Triathlon in 2:09:52.
Smith, 40, finished a minute-and-a-half ahead of All-American William Schumann of West Hartford, Conn. (2:11:23), and also bested last year’s champion, Dave Connery of Shelburne, who took third in 2:12:42.
?CASTLETON — In an effort to increase interest in bear hunting, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold a free “Getting Started in Bear Hunting” seminar at the Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton on Saturday, Aug. 16.
?“Bears can be challenging to hunt, but hunters who know where to look for them and how to hunt them can greatly improve their success rate,” said John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator for Fish & Wildlife.
WEST HAVEN — New York driver Cody Sargen edged veterans Leon Gonyo of New York and Todd Stone of Middlebury in Friday’s 30-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified feature race for his first-ever victory. Nevertheless, Stone still leads Gonyo in the race for the championship of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Saturday issued drug citations to three teens visiting Vergennes after stopping their car on Main Street near Champlain Farms. Police pulled the car over because a check of its license plate revealed the car owner’s license had been suspended.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Leslie A. Newton, 40, of Williamstown, Vt., on Aug. 7 for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and having an active warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in Washington County Superior Court for a previous DUI charge. The citations followed a stop at the intersection of Court Street and Mary Hogan Drive on Aug. 7.
Police said Newton was lodged for lack of bail.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
I'm an ambivalent gardener. This stems from my upbringing: As the only child of parents who have Miracle Gro running through their veins, I grew up observing the obvious pleasure that gardening bought my parents, along with the beautiful results. Weekends at our house were often spent in the backyard, where my parents' tireless weeding, mulching, planting, and cutting turned our suburban acre into a verdant paradise.
NEW HAVEN — The Addison County Fair and Field Days ended on a somber note Saturday evening when an elderly man was crushed by a wheel that detached from a tractor and flew into the crowd during the tractor pull.
Witnesses say as the tractor neared the end of the track, the left wheel broke away from the vehicle and rolled toward the crowd. The wheel struck a barrier made of cable and concrete, jumped about 10 feet in the air and landed on the elderly man, who has not been identified to the media.