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Rutland golfer Chloe Levins, a rising senior at Middlebury College, sinks a putt on No. 2 on her way to wining the state title. Independent photo/John S. McCright
08/15/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Rutland resident and Middlebury College women’s golf team captain Chloe Levins last week won the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association’s Amateur Championship at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury.  Levins, whose home course is the Rutland Country Club, led from start to finish by shooting 74-74-77 from Tuesday to Thursday for a total of 225, good for an eight-stroke win over defending champion Tiffany Maurycy of Killington. It was Levins’ first title. She was runner-up in 2014 when the event was held at the Orleans Country Club. Levins led by seven strokes entering the...
08/15/2019
WEST HAVEN — Local drivers made their presence known in only one event of Sunday’s stock car racing at Devil’s Bowl in West Haven: the 40-lap “Leon Gonyo Memorial” race for the King of Dirt Racing Crate Modified Series. Kenny Tremont Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y., dominated the box score of the race, but his victory was never certain until the checkered flag waved. Joey Scarborough of Brandon had a stout drive from the 10th starting position and engaged Tremont in a thrilling battle until the final corner. Scarborough pulled even with Tremont with two laps to go before being trapped in lapped...
08/15/2019
BRISTOL — Two members of the Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club earned titles when the group hosted the Vermont State Championships at their Bristol courts this past Sunday. Nick Preston won the Men’s Class A title and Debra Brown won the Women’s Class A crown. Other champions were: Neil Kennedy, who went 6-0 to win the Elders title, and Dakota Santor and Karsen Yerry share the Junior Cadet title. A total of 66 pitchers competed. The results for Sodbusters pitchers were: Elders A: 1. Neil Kennedy and 4. Ron Williamson. Men’s A: 4. Michael Devino, 5. John Remy and 8. Michael Brown. Men’s B: 2...

DANIEL WHITNEY’S 15D, Natalie Heustis’ 69x and Geoffrey Grant’s No. 10 have a meeting of the minds in a 4-cylinder heat in Thursday night’s Demo Derby at Field Days. Independent photo/Steve James
08/12/2019
NEW HAVEN — In addition to mangling already badly damaged remnants of formerly valuable vehicles, awarding cash prizes and trophies and entertaining and deafening a couple thousand fans of motorized mayhem, Thursday’s G. Stone Motors Demolition Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days answered a few burning questions. One question literally related to burning: How quickly can members of the Vergennes Fire Department put out a fire in an engine compartment? Answer: Based on three incidents on Thursday, give them about 10 seconds and they’ll get it done. Another question: Can there be true...

THE VERGENNES CHAMPS’ coaches and the team’s under-6, -8 and -10 swimmers on Sunday used Silly String to celebrate the team’s fourth-place finish out of 20 teams at the Vermont Swim Association Championships in White River Junction this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Josh Romond
08/08/2019
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins capped their enjoyable summer swim team seasons in style this past weekend at Vermont Swim Association Championship meet, which was held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. The Champs scored 1,715 points to become the only team based outside of Chittenden County to crack the top five at the 20-team competition. Coming off a 2018 season in which the Champs won Division II, Vergennes settled for fourth place in Division I, into which the Champs were placed this summer. The Vergennes team were coming off a...

MIDDLEBURY’S JUSTIN COMES scored his first Pepsi Sportsman Modified win of the season on Friend Construction Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Sunday. Jeremy McGaffin/Showstopper photo
08/08/2019
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Justin Comes on Sunday reversed a recent run of bad luck at Devil’s Bowl Speedway by winning the evening’s main event, the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature. A number of other local drivers also posted top-five efforts. Comes was a championship contender before things fell apart in mid-July. In a string of three races to end the month, he crashed twice and blew an engine as he fell to ninth place in the series standings. With a new (used) power plant on Sunday, Comes lived up to his “High Side Hustler” nickname and ran the top groove all night long. Benson’s...
08/08/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Young Ralph Myhre Golf Course members fared well at the Vermont Junior Stroke Play Championship, which Ralph Myhre hosted on Aug. 2. Lucas Politano won the 10-to-12-year-old division, Thomas Politano took fourth in the 13-15 division, and Hogan Beazley finished sixth in the 16-18 competition. In this past weekend’s annual Ralph Myhre Hawaiian Open, the foursome of Bob Cameron, Beazley, Brent Raymond and Dave Campbell earned top honors. The team of Jill Jesso-White, Dale White, Bert Phinney and Ric Wheeler took second, and the quartet of Steve Myhre, Ahleiyah Mason-Rivera, Kris...
08/08/2019
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits. A printable copy of the Migratory Bird Syllabus can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website, vtfishandwildlife.com, under “Hunt” – “Hunting Regulations and Seasons.” A printed version also will be available from license agents and post offices by late August. A statewide Vermont open hunting season for resident Canada geese will occur Sept. 1-25. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of...
08/08/2019
MONTPELIER — A preliminary report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife shows that hunters brought home 5,349 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, including 571 turkeys taken during the April youth weekend hunt. “Although this year’s results represent a modest decrease in harvest from those observed over the past few record setting years, the harvest was only slightly below the average harvest of the past ten years,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife turkey biologist Chris Bernier. “The prolonged cold and wet conditions experienced during the season likely contributed to the decline. Low...
08/08/2019
There have been occasional years when, for one reason or another, I didn’t make it down to the fish hatchery off Route 53 in Salisbury. This was not one of those years. The hatchery, more accurately known as a “fish culture station,” has become one of my favorite local attractions. Opened in 1931 (before my parents were born), it is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. It’s also a vital part of the state’s hatchery program. Although you might not realize it from a casual look around, the biologists and technicians who run it make innovative and continually adapting use of...

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