ROOKIE GRIFF MAHONEY of Brandon was a first-time winner in the Mini Stock Division at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Saturday. Photo by Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — Brandon rookie driver Griff Mahoney picked up his first career victory to highlight the dirt track action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, and on Sunday Leicester rookie Adam Piper earned his first win in a Sportsman Modified B race.  SATURDAY ACTION Mahoney became the fifth consecutive driver to earn his first win in the Mini Stock division. He led the first half of the race, but had a tough restart just after the halfway mark of the 20-lap feature and fell back to fifth. Ripton’s Chris Sumner and New York’s Michael Daniels each took turns leading, but Mahoney drove back...
I was sitting in an alpine meadow beside a small river in southwestern Wyoming when the familiar yet mysterious sound triggered the childhood memory from Maine. It was definitely the sound that made the connection. The two landscapes themselves bore little in common with each other.  The Wyoming setting was over 7,000 feet in elevation — higher than even the highest point in the entire state of Maine — with steep hillsides dominated by western pines rising up from the narrow river valley to peaks over 10,000 feet above the level of the sea. The river tumbling down that valley was not much...
MIDDLEBURY — The duo of Luther Tenny and Steve Merrill prevailed in the top flight of Ralph Myhre Golf Course’s annual Dud Phinney Member-Guest Tournament, which was played July 24-26.  Tenny and Merrill edged out the second-place team of Nick Bingaman and Jon Neal. In the second flight, Steve Maier and Jeff Maier won, with Kelly Kelton and Jeff Sherman taking second. In the third flight, Kris Kelton and Ross Lengyel came out on top, with Brent Raymond and Carsen Sanchez the runners-up.  In the fourth flight, Kyle and Taylor Kelton finished first, with Andrew Myhre and Dan Myhre coming in...
VERMONT — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department now has information on its website at about the 2020 controlled waterfowl hunts at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison and Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area in Alburgh. Controlled goose hunting at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area will be by pre-registration with hunting zones assigned at the time of the permit drawing. Any vacancies due to “no-shows” on hunting days will be filled on the morning of the hunt with a self- check-in process. Self-registration permits will be available at the Dead Creek...

CHELLSA FERDINAND, FRONT, takes a selfie with her volleyball team. She was the only person of color on the team during her four-year career and believes the fact she is a light-skinned Black woman helped her gain acceptance. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY — Chellsa Ferdinand, a resident of Queens, N.Y., and a spring graduate of Middlebury College, was a four-year member of the Panther volleyball team. She graduated in May with a degree in political science and is now working as a corporate paralegal for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City. As an undergraduate she helped breathe life back into the college’s Black Student Union and served as a Middlebury Campus newspaper opinion editor. This is an edited version of an interview conducted with a Middlebury College student-athlete by the college’s Sports Information...

SHOREHAM’S ANTHONY WARREN celebrated his second O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman win of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday evening. Photo by Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — The 20-lap O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature proved to be the most successful race for Addison County drivers at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past weekend. Shoreham’s Anthony Warren came out tops in that feature, and local drivers took four of the next six places in the race. And three local rookies — Justin Stone of Middlebury, James Hanson of Orwell and Troy Audet of Bridport — claimed second-place finishes in other races that night at the West Haven track. Warren rebounded from a tough outing last week to grab his second victory of the season in the 20-lap...
MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre Golf Course’s Lucas Politano was back to his winning ways in the Junior New England PGA event on July 15 at the Vermont National Country Club. Politano claimed first place in the Boys 12-13 division at the South Burlington course. Thomas Politano tied for seventh place in Boys 14-15, and Mia Politano earned 3rd place in Girls 14-18. Local golfers made some impressive showings at the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association Senior Championship at Ralph Myhre in Middlebury on July 14. Local finishers were: Flight 1, Erika Politano, 6th Place Gross; Flight 2, Nicole...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds hunters that muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are available at until Aug. 12.  The muzzleloader seasons on Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and Dec. 5-13 will have antlerless permits available for 19 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife Management Units.  Landowners who post their land may not apply for a landowner priority muzzleloader antlerless deer permit. They are eligible to apply in the regular lottery for an antlerless deer permit. The deadline to apply for a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit is Aug. 12.

KEVIN GROFF (1), MIDDLEBURY’S Austin Comes (51), and Orwell’s Garrett Given (82G) go three-wide in O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Comes and Given finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race. Photo by Jeremy McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — A duel between East Corinth’s Adam Pierson and New York racer Kenny Tremont Jr. in the main event highlighted the action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Pierson held on for the win. Addison County and Brandon drivers did not reach the dirt track’s winners’ circle on Sunday. Brandon’s Griff Mahoney and Bridport’s Troy Audet both posted top-three efforts. Ten-time Devil’s Bowl champion Tremont was poised to win the 30-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature, earning a big lead with seven laps to go. But Middlebury driver Justin Comes’ car broke down and stopped on the track before...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA tips his Chicago White Sox cap. He might have more aptly tipped the cap of the Homestead Grays, one of the greatest of the Negro League teams, which played many games in Washington, D.C., now the home of the Obamas. Photo courtesy of
This is the first in a series. Perhaps you have seen this “tip your cap” campaign celebrating the centennial of baseball’s Negro Leagues. In December 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster, the owner-manager of the Chicago American Giants, gathered seven other owners of Black traveling independent teams and formed the Negro National League (Read about that online at Our four living former Presidents all tipped their baseball caps to acknowledge this landmark date, and other dignitaries, athletes, entertainers, political figures followed with their own tributes. Do check...


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