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Simmons, Brown toss well at horseshoes world championship

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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.

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Sports column by Andy Kirkaldy: Ultimately, gray matter makes the difference

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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.

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Homeless shelter in Vergennes uses slower time for key projects

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the John Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter’s main building this week are staying in other Vergennes properties owned by the nonprofit agency — or in the case of at least one family, camping at Button Bay State Park — while heating improvements are made and other maintenance is performed at the Graham Shelter’s 69 Monkton Road home.

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Big hits, fire, injuries mark demolition derby drama

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
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NEW HAVEN — With lightning providing a dramatic backdrop at Addison County Fair and Field Days on Thursday night, Ferrisburgh’s Andy Husk and what was left of his bright blue four-door sedan won the No. 1 Auto Parts Demo Derby feature after delivering one final blow to Chuck Havens’ bigger, but no longer mobile, black car.

Husk’s victory capped an evening in which the popular annual demo derby just dodged the thunderstorm, but was halted for about 20 minutes when Leicester’s Joe Kemp was injured in the evening’s second heat.

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Work to begin on VUHS roof, board to seek more upgrades

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Work should begin next week on a $600,000 project that Vergennes Union High School officials said is critical to the building’s integrity: New roofing and insulation on its classroom wing and auditorium.

After trimming the proposed work because bids came in higher than expected, a school board member said school directors were happy with the compromises, and he reminded district residents that further repairs are still needed on the building.

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Panthers, Champs make a splash at state swim meet

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — At the summer Vermont Swim Association championship meet in the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on this past Saturday and Sunday, Middlebury Panther swimmers won five races — in four of which 10-year-old Oliver Poduschnick earned gold — while one young Vergennes Champ swimmer earned a state title.

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Area teens compete in Cape Cod field hockey tournament

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Six local high school athletes recently played for the Vermont field hockey team in the Cape Cod Classic, a tournament that featured nine teams from New England states and New York.

Overall, the Vermonters, featuring players from all over the state, played competitively, but finished 1-3-1, including a July 28 playoff round loss to Maine decided by penalty strokes.

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VUHS summer school faces critical funding issues

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While eight Vergennes Union High School students and their teacher floated down Otter Creek this week on the rafts they built in their summer school class, the larger program that helped launch them could face an uncertain future.

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VUHS students learn many skills in raft-building class

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
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VERGENNES — Earlier this month, students in the Building Machines summer school class at Vergennes Union High School started chatting about Mark Twain’s stories of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer’s exploits in a small Mississippi River town.

Class member Malcolm Donovan-Cook described what happened next in a course taught by Ferrisburgh resident Peter Stapleford, and for which seven 7th-, 8th- and 9th-graders had signed up to spend time working with Lego robotics and computer programming.

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Film to revist '83 Tiger hoop team

Posted on July 22, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — In 1983, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team shocked the Vermont sports world.

Despite an undefeated regular season, the Tigers were lightly regarded heading into the Division I playoffs. Almost all of their wins came against D-II teams, not against the D-I iron.

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