August 22nd, 2013
WALTHAM — One key reason for the dramatic growth of Waltham’s Victory Baptist Church was probably already in place when Pastor Tim Taylor and his wife, Sandy, arrived in 1988.
A few years before, the members of the 19-year-old church had bought an antique shop and several acres on top of Woodman Hill, right on Route 7.
Services at the former shop were drawing about 30 to a church that was founded in 1969 and earlier had gathered in the Bixby Library, the Weeks School chapel and in Ferrisburgh’s Union Meeting Hall before buying its new home.
ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation, which is responsible for upkeep of the Lake Champlain Bridge, on Monday began reducing the span between Addison and Crown Point, N.Y., to one alternating lane during the day. Officials said the lane reduction will be in place on weekdays on an intermittent basis from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. until around Sept. 24.
Work to be done includes adjusting the bearings underneath the bridge as part of the process to close out the contract to construct the bridge, which opened in November 2011.
VERGENNES/LISLE, Ill. — Throwing some weight around has proven very rewarding for Ron McConnell of Vergennes.
McConnell, 51, recently earned two gold medals and a bronze at the USA Masters Throws Championships. The USA Track & Field event took place Aug. 3 and 4 at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.
He won golds in the Men’s 50-54 Division for Throws Pentathlon and Superweight, and took bronze in the Ultra Weight Pentathlon.
PORT HENRY, N.Y. — In 1950, Major League baseball fans across the nation watched the New York Yankees capture their second of five consecutive world championships, Boston’s Ted Williams become the highest paid player in history at $125,000, and Cleveland’s Bob Feller capture his 200th victory.
Meanwhile, baseball fans in eastern New York saw a historic battle — the first night game ever at Mineville High, a bout between unbeaten rivals Mineville and Port Henry.
BRISTOL — Two Bristol residents dominated their respective fields in the men’s and women’s divisions of the Vermont State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament held in Bristol this past Saturday and Sunday.
Brian Simmons posted a perfect 8-0 record with a sparkling 84 percent ringer percentage to claim the Men’s A title.
Nearly three out of every four pitches that Deb Brown made were ringers, which helped her to the Women’s A title with a 6-0 win-loss record.
WEST HAVEN — Bristol’s Josh Masterson edged Middlebury’s Hunter Bates with a final-lap pass to win a 25-lap Late Model feature and highlight local drivers’ efforts on Friday at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Masterson also took second in the other 25-lap Late Model feature, moving up from fifth on another final-lap maneuver in which the cars ran four wide and he passed three other drivers, a move that race organizers said drew a loud ovation from the crowd.
WHITING — The state will perform two courses of aerial pesticide spraying in Whiting in the coming days in a pre-emptive strike to combat Eastern equine encephalitis.
Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen announced the move on Tuesday, saying that mosquito pools in Whiting are continuing to test positive for the EEE virus. The first positive tests were discovered Aug. 9. Since then, health officials have started testing twice a week and the news is not good.