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Bristol man tells of his return to Cuba

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Although many Vermonters are flocking to Cuba, few have lifelong connections with the island nation. Bristol resident and musician Rick Ceballos will share his story and images of the trip that reconnected him with his Cuban heritage in “Cuba: A Personal Journey”at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The presentation is hosted by the One World Library Project.

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Bristol youth enjoys baseball diplomacy

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — “What our players and what the Cuban players ... did in those six days did more for government relations between our two countries than has been done in the last 40 years by the governments,” Little League baseball coach Jim Carter said.

Carter, retired University of Vermont baseball coach and grandfather of Bristol 12-year-old Carter Monks, was referring to the trip that he, Monks and 10 other Vermont Little League baseball players made to Cuba last week.

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College students make service mission to Cuba – with surfboards

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By David Fuchs



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“Are you bringing your board?”

It was January and I was in California, packing up my car to drive back to Middlebury College in Vermont when I read that text from my friend and fellow wild man Christian Johansen.

What? Was I bringing my surfboard to Vermont, a landlocked state, in the middle of winter? Was he out of his mind?

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Journey renews Bristol man's ties to his Cuban heritage

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Alfonso Enrique Ceballos — known more commonly around town as plain old American “Rick” — recently returned to Bristol, his home of many decades, from a trip that was a homecoming of a very different kind.

The 67-year-old banjo player extraordinaire, whose group Daddy Longlegs is known for its eclectic blend of traditional music, has just returned from a trip to Cuba, a homeland he has not seen for over 60 years.

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Karl Lindholm: Baseball in Cuba: More than a sport

Posted on November 11, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. Read part one here.

“It could be a train wreck,” was Oscar’s apprehensive assessment.

We were having a late night impromptu discussion of the future of Cuban baseball in Kit Krieger’s 17th-floor room in the Habana Libre Hotel. We had just returned from watching Industriales of Havana defeat Camaguey, 7-1, at Estadio Latinamericano.

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Diana Nyad to speak at Middlebury College commencement

Posted on April 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Diana Nyad, who last year defied the odds and dangers to achieve her lifelong goal to become the first person to swim the 110 miles between Cuba and Florida without the aid of a shark cage or fins, will deliver the 2014 Middlebury College commencement address on Sunday, May 25.

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