August 14th, 2014
When I was four, my dad made me a small, wooden rowboat. It was simply but sturdily built, with a varnished seat and two slender oars. When it came time to paint it, I insisted that it be orange. I named it Terrific, inspired by the words written by the spider in “Charlotte’s Web,” which was being read to me at home.
My engine overheated in Brandon Friday evening. I was putting antifreeze into the overflow when a stranger came up to me and helped me diagnose what was wrong, get air out of the system, and assured me it was OK to drive home to Middlebury. When I asked him what I could pay him, he said to Pay It Forward.
First, a disclosure: Fred Baser is my brother-in-law and has been for over 40 years. I’m happy to support him as he starts his campaign to represent the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Starksboro and Monkton in the Vermont Legislature.
NEW HAVEN — The annual Addison County Fair and Field Days armwrestling event drew the usual big crowd and 223 competitors — 124 adults and 99 youths — to the main show tent at the fair this past Friday evening.
The night’s biggest winner was Vermonter Adam Barup, who swept four events, the two heaviest men’s weight categories in both left- and right-handed competitions.
RUTLAND — Solid pitching — including from a trio of Addison County hurlers — and timely late-game hitting lifted the North to a doubleheader sweep over the South, 8-2 and 6-0, in the annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game Saturday at St. Peters Field in Rutland.
Back in March I predicted in print the American League pennant races. It turns out the smartest thing I wrote was this:
“Well, to start with, the standard disclaimer: Who knows?”
This, not so smart: “2014? Well, the Sox look good.”
I expected Boston to compete with the Yankees for a Wild Card playoff berth. To be fair, the Yankees remain in the Wild Card race despite losing four-fifths of their projected starting rotation.
SALISBURY — Bristol’s Todd Smith led the way for local triathletes by becoming the men’s overall winner of Sunday’s Olympic-distance Lake Dunmore Triathlon in 2:09:52.
Smith, 40, finished a minute-and-a-half ahead of All-American William Schumann of West Hartford, Conn. (2:11:23), and also bested last year’s champion, Dave Connery of Shelburne, who took third in 2:12:42.