August 15th, 2013
ST. GEORGE, Utah — Three members of Bristol’s Sodbusters Horseshoe Club — all veterans of international competition and Bristol residents — distinguished themselves with top finishes at the World Horseshoe Championships, which were held in St. George, Utah, between July 22 and Aug. 3.
Brian Simmons, a former world champion, took second in the men’s competition; Debra Brown (who was runner-up last year) finished third in the women’s competition; and defending world champion Brianna McCormick was third in the girls’ event.
So, what is the most important part of the body for an athlete?
The torso, for core strength?
The hands, so vital in virtually every sport except soccer?
The legs, critical for mobility, balance and speed?
Well, no, the answer is pretty obvious: the brain.
Sure, without generous helpings of strength, hand-to-eye coordination, quickness, agility, balance or some combination of a majority of those traits, an athlete will not excel.
This week’s writer is William J. Mathis of Goshen, a member of the state board of education, a former Vermont superintendent of schools and managing director of the National Education Policy Center.
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The Internet really is making the world a smaller place. Years ago presidents and other world leaders could have extensive private lives that were truly private. Now, with the 24-hour news cycle and the World Wide Web enabling just about anyone to become a publisher, any idiot sitting in a small town in Vermont can find out more than he ever wanted to know about everyone from his neighbor to the most powerful people in the world.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted a human services caseworker at the scene of what had been reported as the untimely death of a Twin Circles woman on Aug. 7. But upon arrival, Middlebury Police Officer Kevin Emilio determined the woman was in fact alive, and she was quickly taken to Porter Hospital.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Responded to a noise complaint in the Porter Medical Center parking lot on Aug. 5.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded on Aug. 6 at 3:35 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 in New Haven.
Police report that Cheril O’Brien, 38, of Brandon was driving a 2013 Ford Focus southbound when the Ford completely crossed the center line into the path of a southbound 2012 GMC 1500 pickup truck driven by Jamie Reed, 55, of South Burlington, causing the vehicles to collide.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police last week dealt with several reports of domestic assaults and made an arrest in one case.
On Saturday, Vergennes police arrested Andrea Anderson, 25, of Brandon for allegedly assaulting her ex-boyfriend at a Comfort Hill residence. Police said the victim allegedly sustained a minor injury under one eye. Police charged Anderson with domestic assault and lodged her at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.