Ephemeroptera. That is the scientific name of the family of insects known more commonly as mayflies. The word is made up of two roots that come to us from Greek, through Latin. The first root is related to the modern word ephemeral. Though ephemeral has come to mean something more general, like “fleeting” or “short-lived,” in its origins it literally meant “lasting one day.”  The other root is ptera, which comes from the word for wings. This root appears in words like helicopter (a flying machine with helix wings) and pterodactyl (having winged fingers). When we put them together we get...
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are now available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website, A link to the information and online applications is on the home page.  The Fish and Wildlife Board met on May 20 and set antlerless deer permit numbers for the fall deer hunting seasons.  Hunting for antlerless deer will be allowed statewide during the archery season. One deer of either sex will be allowed during the October 24-25 youth and novice weekend hunt.  The muzzleloader seasons on Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and Dec. 5-13 will have...

EXCEPT FOR HER time in college, when she was a successful sprinter on the track, Tracey Thompson Turner has always been a passionate horsewoman, and still competes at a high level in an equestrian event called “Combined Driving.”
In the new (2015) field house at Middlebury College, against the north wall (nearest the main entrance), down on the actual playing surface, large boards behind glass list the individual record holders in track and field — men and women, indoors and outdoors. It’s hard not to take special note of the first name among the women’s outdoor records, right at the top: the record-holder in the 100 meter dash — “Tracey Thompson, 11.9, 1979.” That’s a record that has stood for over 40 years, and withstood the challenge of hundreds and hundreds of runners in this exciting event that often culminates a...

VERMONT’S SUMMER FREE Fishing Day will be on Saturday, June 13 this year, which is also opening day of Vermont’s regular bass fishing season. Photo/Vermont Fish & Wildlife
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 13 this year, which will also be opening day of the regular bass fishing season. “Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Fishing is an activity that can be shared with family or easily taught to newcomers while enjoying quality time together.”   Vermont’s regular bass season also opens on June 13, marking the start of some of the hottest bass fishing action in the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently honored nine seniors at its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, which took place via Zoom this year.  The following members of the class of 2020 were recognized: •  A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Awards went to hockey player and golfer Anna Zumwinkle and football and lacrosse player Frank Cosolito. The award honors, when merited, seniors who are most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit of A. Bayard Russ. •  The Deborah Parton ’76...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury resident Connor Quinn was one of 14 Middlebury College senior student-athletes recently elected into Middlebury College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the men’s lacrosse team. Quinn, the son of Pamela and Erin Quinn, graduated this past Sunday. Erin Quinn is the school’s Director of Athletics.  Also earning the distinction were Jacob Ellen (squash); Zeke Emerson and Danny Jacobs (lacrosse); Kacey Hertan, Georgia Houde and Charles Quinn (swimming and diving); Leah Metzger, Connor Montgomery, Talia Ruxin and Anna Willig (cross country/track and field);...

THE TIGERS' RUNNING back, Tyler Buxton, catches a pass from quarterback Tim Goettelmann and runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the home team’s 34-14 win over Fair Haven in Middlebury last fall. Independent file photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School senior Tyler Buxton was one of six seniors honored this month by the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation as Vermont High School Scholar Athlete “Inductees” for their football talent, academic prowess and leadership. The winners receive a $500 scholarship from the National Football Foundation, and their names are recorded in that organization’s archives. Normally the inductees and other award winners are honored at the Vermont organization’s annual banquet, but that 27th annual yearly event was called off due to COVID-19 concerns. The...

JULES TYGIEL’S HISTORY of the integration of baseball is among columnist Karl Lindholm’s favorite non-fiction books on the sport because of it’s first-class scholarship and narrative appeal.
SABR, the Society of American Baseball Research, is in its 50th year. Begun in 1971 by 16 serious baseball fans, the organization today has over 6,000 members. To celebrate it 50th anniversary, SABR is publishing a book of 50 essays, “SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game,” one for each year. One of those essays, (“The Book”) from SABR’s research journal, The National Pastime, (1996) is by our sports columnist Karl Lindholm and is included in this volume. Here is a condensed version of that piece.   “I never play by the book...

Middlebury's Ralph Myhre Golf Course opened last Thursday after Gov. Scott loosened restrictions on outdoor recreation and projections show the spread of coronavirus lessening. Photo by Karl Lindholm
VERMONT — Golf courses, parks and other outdoor recreation spots opened up to some degree late last week after Gov. Phil Scott announced limited social interactions might resume at such places under strict health and safety precautions. In his Wednesday press conference Scott noted that modeling of the spread of coronavirus continues the COVID-19 disease is being slowed in the Green Mountain State. The Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, if able to comply with outlined safety measures, the governor’s latest order allows the following social activities to resume: • Gatherings of 10...

A TIGER LACROSSE game last year.
Sports writers like to call their sections the “Toy Department.” Most recently I came across that reference in a Boston Globe piece by longtime columnist Dan Shaughnessy. In many ways it’s hard to argue with that description.  There are days — on the sidelines of a game on a sunny fall day at Mount Abraham with foliage at its peak, in a packed Vergennes gym for a rivalry hoop game, listening to the Otter Valley pep band rock the House of Noise, or hearing the Doc Collins Field crowd roar as a Middlebury running back breaks into the open — when it’s hard to believe this is work. But the...


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