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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.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen agreed at their Tuesday meeting to research the speed of traffic on South Maple Street, a decision made in response to a petition filed by residents asking the city to act on what they see as too much fast driving on the street.
A Titanic collision looms
Climate change was back in the news this week as an international panel of scientists released a report that found — with 95 percent certainty — that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades. More importantly, it warns that sea levels could potentially rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue to accellerate. Storms, as demonstrated in recent years, are predicted to be more fierce and more frequent.