MORE THAN 200 runners in the 17th annual TAM Trek helped raise over $13,000 for the Middlebury Area Land Trust’s to keep the 19-mile Trail Around Middlebury maintained and boost funds for land conservation. The record number of participants also saw two records broken for the 19-mile distance. Here, a couple and their dog run through a grassy section of the trail. Middlebury College student Benjy Renton took the race photos, work which he contributed to MALT. Photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — On a cool, crisp Sunday morning, a record number of runners and walkers joined supporters of the Trail Around Middlebury to participate in the 17th running of the TAM Trek, celebrating the 31st anniversary of the 19-mile TAM. Middlebury College graduate Morgan Perlman, 23, of Burlington, set a new men’s record in the 19-mile trail run with a time of 2 hours, five minutes and 36 seconds — a pace of 6:36 per mile. Chase Weaver, 26, also of Burlington, was second in 2:11:59, a 6:56 pace, and Josh Hummel, 31, of Middlebury, was third in 2:22:07, a pace of 7:28 per mile.  In the women...
ADDISON COUNTY — In the Better-Late-Than-Never Department, the Agency of Education announced on Tuesday that Vermont high schools could begin interscholastic sports competition this Saturday, Sept. 26. It was part of Secretary Daniel French’s comments, during the governor’s Tuesday press conference, that the state’s schools could move to Step 3 of their COVID-19 pandemic reopening. (See this week's schedule here.) School officials, not to mention student-athletes and their coaches, had hoped to start playing games as early as this Wednesday, but AOE officials did not make the decision quickly...

MONKTON’S KAIDIN WHITE on Saturday set a Devil’s Bowl Speedway record as the youngest feature winner at the West Haven track. He won in the Mini Sprint Division at 11 years, two months and two days old. Jeremy McGaffin/Showstopper Photos
WEST HAVEN — Three local drivers won races at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, and one set a record while doing so.  Monkton’s Kaidin White became the youngest driver ever to win a Devil’s Bowl feature event, former track champion Todd Stone of Middlebury picked up his first win since 2015, and Shoreham’s Anthony Warren earned his third victory of the season.  New York driver Demetrios Drellos — a.k.a. “The Greek Streak” — won the main event, picking up his fourth straight victory in the process.  Monkton’s White made history when he won the 20-lap race in the Friend Construction 500cc Mini...
MIDDLEBURY — Regular weekly friendly competition is still going strong at Ralph Myhre Golf Course as the weather cools down.  In the Sept. 16 Wednesday Scramble the foursome of Bert Phinney, Ric Wheeler, Josh Newton and Dale White prevailed.  On Sept. 17, the team of Donald Dayton, Doug Biklen and Pete Damone won in Bill Davidson Thursday Men’s Golf, with the quartet of Matthew Biette, Joe Bartlett, Richard Hodgson and James Hadeka settling for second, even though Hadeka shot the day’s best low net score.  On Sept. 18, the foursome of Julia Emilo, Bryon Emilo, Katie Andrews and Ben Andrews...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recently launched a new webpage to provide information and answer questions about changes to deer hunting regulations. The webpage has a Frequently-Asked-Question section, video series, maps, calendars, PDF quick guide, and the department’s research and reasoning behind the changes. “Now is the time most Vermont deer hunters are making plans for deer hunting,” said Wildlife Program Manager Adam Miller, “and there are many changes this year. Some relate to buck hunting, bag limits, an expanded archery season, and allowing hunters of all...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is directing hunters to follow the regulation designed to keep Vermont deer healthy by banning the use of anydeerlurecontainingnaturaldeer urine or other deer bodily fluids. Such lures can carry the infectious agent of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is 100% fatal to deer, elk and moose. It causes irreversible population declines and has been impossible to eliminate once it becomes established in a population. Luckily it has not yet been detected in Vermont. The agent is a mutant protein or “prion” that can be passed in urine. This...
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Field Hockey 9/26 OV at Burr & Burton...................... 4 PM 9/29 Woodstock at OV.......................... 4 PM 9/29 Burlington at MUHS...................... 4 PM 9/29 Mt. Abe at CVU............................. 4 PM 10/1 MUHS at Rice............................... 4 PM 10/1 Fair Haven at OV.......................... 4 PM 10/5 Mt. Abe at MUHS.......................... 4 PM 10/7 OV at Fair Haven.......................... 4 PM 10/7 Colchester at Mt. Abe................... 4 PM 10/9 MUHS at Colchester..................... 4 PM 10/9 OV at Windsor...

CHARLEY SYKES, MIDD ’57, goes to the hoop: “He plays with the ease of a pro and is the picture of poise and composure.” Photo courtesy of the family
Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series inspired by the centennial of baseball’s Negro Leagues. “Whether confronting the challenges of world population growth or the nutritional needs of children, building a hospital or overseeing disaster relief, you have been there to serve and to care for the present and future needs of some of the world’s most impoverished people. Your lifetime commitment to CARE and the needs of people in developing countries is a matter of great pride for your alma mater and serves as an inspiration for others who will follow you from this place.” These are the...

MOUNT ABRAHAM GOALIE Maddie Donaldson blocks a shot during a scrimmage last Wednesday with teammates from last year's Division II state champion Eagle field hockey team. All players must wear face masks for Vermont high school sports events this fall season. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — After two weeks of practice, Vermont high school sports competitions are due to begin next week.UPDATE: According to reports confirmed by Middlebury Union High School Activities Director Sean Farrell, the Agency of Education will not, as hoped, green-light inter-school competition beginning on Sept. 21. Local teams had hoped to start playing games as early as Sept. 23. Farrell said on Friday morning AOE officials have informed school superintendents a decision will be made and announced next week when and if games can resume. Games in this article listed to occur before Sept...
MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre Golf Course members had a good day on Sept. 8 at a Vermont Women’s Golf Association tournament at the Burlington Country Club.  Sue Dula was First Place Net winner in Flight Three, and also in that same flight Eva Mastalos and Eileen Sims tied for the third best gross score. Also, in Flight Five Giselle Lafleche tied for the fifth-best gross score. In regular weekly play at Ralph Myhre, the foursome of Bob Peters, Wade Provencher Ben Andrews and Dave Andrews won the Sept. 9 Wednesday Scramble. In Sept. 10 Bill Davidson Thursday Men’s Golf the quartet of Paul Politano...


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