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July 9th, 2014
I always liked John best.
He had the most irreverent sense of humor. He wasn’t afraid to make the kind of brutally frank social commentary that we heard from so few public figures back then.
John once said the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” and he might have been right.
George was inscrutable, and Ringo was for girls — except for the girls who like Paul best. He was the cute one.
BRISTOL — The reigning champions’ five-year winning streak was snapped last Friday at the 36th annual running of the Great Bristol Outhouse Race.
The Village Creeme Stand team was victorious, breaking the Snap’s Restaurant team’s supremacy in Bristol’s unique and beloved Independence Day competition.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury resident Megan Brakeley won the Middlebury Mountaineer’s month-long Green Mountain Pike Rodeo by hauling in the second-largest Northern pike (38.5 inches) of any of the 20 competitors, plus another five pike that exceeded the event’s 22-inch minimum.
WEST HAVEN — Bristol Late Model stock car driver Josh Masterson outdueled East Montpelier teen Emily Packard on July 4 in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 100 at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in an exciting race that track officials said brought the largest grandstand crowd in the West Haven track’s asphalt era to its feet.
MONTPELIER — The Addison County American Legion team remained in the thick of the Northern Division playoff hunt by splitting four recent games. AC is 9-4 in the league, 9-5 overall.
On Tuesday, AC won a back-and-forth contest at Montpelier, 4-3. On Sunday, visiting Essex rallied past AC, 3-2. And on this past Saturday, AC split a doubleheader at Burlington, dropping the opener, 8-7, before winning the nightcap, 8-2.
July is here. It came rolling in on a ponderous thunderhead, announcing its presence not so much with peals of lightning (though there were those) but with its oppressive air — like the heavy hand of the 1980s Soviet Union.
BRISTOL — Three familiar pitchers from the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Club were welcoming enough to the out-of-state visitors who competed in their tournament this past Sunday, but the Bristol trio still demolished the competition.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Champs cruised past visiting St. Albans on Tuesday, 300-167, for their third win of the Champlain Valley Swim League season.
Katrina Mayer swept all four 18-and-under girls’ races to lead the way for the Champs, who also boasted four triple winners: U-10 girls’ swimmer Allie Croke, U-12 girls’ swimmer Emily Rooney, U-12 boys’ swimmer Robert Kenfield, and U-14 boys’ swimmer Ethan Sausville. Emerson Rice added two U-8 girls’ wins.