MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre Golf Course this past weekend hosted the annual Mid-Amateur Vermont Women’s Golf Association Tournament for competitors 30 and older.  Rebecca Montgelas of Ekwanok Country Club fired a two-round total of 161 to prevail, holding onto her first-round lead and gaining an additional stroke in round two to win the 2020 title by three strokes over Carson Laderoute (164) of Burlington Country Club.  Heather Niquette of Vermont National Country Club battled for third with Holly Reynolds of Copley Country Club, and they ended in a tie at 166. The top Ralph Myhre finisher was...

VERMONT’S EARLY BEAR hunting season began Sept. 1. Photo by John Hall
MONTPELIER — Bear hunting season starts in September and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds hunters about the bear hunting regulations. Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 13 with one exception. Nonresident hunters using dogs cannot start bear hunting until Sept. 15. The late bear season begins Nov. 14 and continues through Nov. 22. A hunter may only take one bear per year. In addition to a hunting license, a bear hunter using a bow or crossbow must have a prior or current bow...
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s Archery Deer Season runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 13 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 15 this year.  Each hunter may take up to four deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season if they do not shoot any deer in the other deer seasons. The purchase of an archery deer license and tag is required for each deer. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck if no buck is taken in the other deer seasons. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed during archery season statewide this year.  In WMUs C, D1, D2, E1, E2, G, I, L, M, P, and Q a legal buck is any deer with at...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is again reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population. The hunter must field dress the bear before taking it to a reporting station. It is also legal to skin the bear and cut it up in order to carry it out of the woods. Although the bear must be reported within 48 hours, Fish & Wildlife urges doing so quickly to cool the meat. The hunter must also collect and submit a pre-molar tooth from the bear at the...
BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Club in Bristol hosted the Vermont State Championship Doubles Horseshoe Tournament at their home courts near the Bristol Recreation Fields on Sunday, Aug. 30.  The team of Georgia McCormick and Jennifer Bessette won the Class A competition with a 7-0 record; they scored ringers on 40.48% of their pitches. Fourty-five pitchers competed.  The results, including win-loss record and ringer percentage, were: Class A: 1., McCormick/Bessette, 7-0, 40.48; 2., Gonvay/Santor, 4-3, 34.05; 3., Cassidy/Martin, 3.5-3.5, 32.38; 4., Greene/Cross, 3.5-3.5, 30.48; 5.,Simmons/...

Photo courtesy of Matthew Dickerson
My wife Deborah and I recently moved from an in-town dwelling in Middlebury back to an in-woods dwelling in Bristol. In the house we just left, it was hard to look in any direction without seeing another house. In the house we just moved back into, it’s hard to look and not see trees and leaves. Most of the year, we can’t see neighbors. We enjoyed our six years living in town. But now I have traded the pleasure of morning walks down to Haymaker for a bun and mocha for the very different pleasure of morning walks through the woods and fields by our house — leisurely, mindful, attentive walks...

SOPHIA JAMES, LAUREN Husk, Stella Kruse and Ella Bearor leap from the blocks in an 12-and-under Vergennes Champs race at the city pool on Aug. 21. The Champs celebrated their season with an intramural competition. Photo courtesy of Josh Romond
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Swim Team wrapped up its summer season Friday, Aug. 21, with an intramural meet in which 32 members between the ages of 8 and 12 competed in each of the disciplines.  The Champs had honored their senior swimmers the week before. In all, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to follow many safety protocols, and the cancellation of the regular Champlain Valley Swim League season, 64 swimmers signed on. They were coached by Jennifer Kingsley, Mitch Howell, Jeremy Ouimette, Addie Brooks and Georgia Houde.  The results from Aug. 24 were:  8 AND UNDER GIRLS...

THE START OF the Jib & Main class during the 2020 Diamond Island Regatta in Town Farm Bay. Photo by Ramsey Hazbun
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — Sailors have a saying: “You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” This year, the Royal Savage Yacht Club’s signature sailboat racing event, the Diamond Island Regatta, looked a bit different due to COVID-19, but then sailors, perhaps more than most people, seem to find ways to adjust to changing conditions. Twenty-two boats gathered in Town Farm Bay in Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 15, with some sailing from as far away as Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Mallets Bay to compete. Gone were the traditional pre-race breakfast and post-race awards...

THE ILLUSTRATIONS IN Kadir Nelson’s “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” will take your breath away. The book is a must-read for baseball fans.
Editor’s note: Third in a series on the centennial of baseball’s Negro leagues. Perhaps you have seen the cover of the New Yorker magazine from June 22. It has been widely circulated. This cover is a stunning portrait of George Floyd, from his head to his waist. Floyd’s expression is sober, impassive, expressionless; he looks right out at the viewer — you, me, as if to say, “and what are you going to do about it?” The painting is nearly monochromatic — dark tones, black and gray and brown against a pure white background. Powerful symbolic images of America’s violent racial past are depicted...
MIDDLEBURY — Christian Ostberg and Katie Ritter won the men’s and women’s club titles this past weekend at Ralph Myhre Golf Course. Ostberg breezed to a win by shooting 140 over the two days, with Dale White and Kirk Goodman tying for second at 159.  Ritter edged Mary Stetson, 187-188, to become the Women’s Flight Gross Winner. Stetson was the Women’s Flight Net Winner. Back on the men’s side, Robert Kirkpatrick was the Senior Flight Gross Winner, and Robert Keiner was the Senior Flight Net Winner. Eric Bergland was the First Flight Gross Winner, defeating Kyle Goodman on a tiebreaker.   On...


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