TEAM LAROSE LOST a wheel during the second semifinal of Saturday's scaled-down Great Bristol Outhouse Race, but the undeterred Megan LaRose, left; Janet Foster, right; and Emma LaRose, rear, finish the race by carrying their rolling restroom across the Elm Street finish line to the cheers of the roughly 30 appreciative fans. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
BRISTOL — Typically the Great Bristol Outhouse Race is the Grand Prix of portable potties. For good reason the Bristol Fourth of July Committee bills its annual Independence Day event as the World Championship of the competition. That reason is for 43 consecutive years no one has argued that claim. Really, how can anyone dispute the majesty of red, white and blue ribbon-festooned rolling restrooms careening through cheering crowds along Bristol’s West Street? But this year something did: COVID-19. Those happy throngs this year could also be disease vectors. So the committee called off the...
I’ll admit to distrusting my memory these days. (What day of the week is it?) Last week seems like months ago, and May seems like a year ago. The middle of March might as well be several years ago. And 2019? Could be a different lifetime.  So when I say it was only a year ago that Otter Creek was running exceedingly high all through June and most of the summer — and that I barely got out to fish it because of those inhospitable water levels — I say that without the greatest confidence in my memory.  But I’m saying it anyway.  Because this year has been a whole different world.  Not that the...

ROOKIE CHRIS SUMNER of Ripton celebrates his first win in the Mini Stock division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Racing returns to the dirt tack this Sunday. Photo by Jeremy McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — In double-barreled action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway over the extended holiday weekend, local drivers were shut out of the winners’ circle on July 2, but Ripton rookie Chris Sumner broke through for his first victory on Sunday at the West Haven dirt track.  Action returns to Devil’s Bowl this coming Sunday. JULY 2 RACING New York driver Bobby Hackel won the 50-lap main event on Thursday, July 2, at the Devil’s Bowl. The evening saw Addison County and Brandon-area drivers shut out of the winners’ circle, but two posted top-three performances. They were Orwell’s Tim LaDuc, who...
MIDDLEBURY — Lucas Politano, a young golfer representing the Ralph Myhre Golf Course, on July 1 won his 12- and 13-year-old age group at a Vermont PGA Junior Tour event hosted by the Country Club of Vermont. On the same day and course his brother, Thomas Politano, tied for fifth place in the 14-15 age group.  On June 30 their mother, Erika Politano, tied for a fifth place net score in the first flight at a Vermont Women’s State Golf Assocation tournament at the Proctor-Pittsford course, while at the same event Ralph Myhre member Sue Dula tied for second place gross in the third flight. In...
A week or so ago, I met Mike, and he asked me (behind his mask) what I thought of the most recent plan to begin the Major League Baseball season. “I haven’t given it much thought,” I told him. “I don’t really care.” He was taken aback. After all, with the Addy Indy’s help, I have somewhat fashioned myself as “Doctor Baseball,” knowing more about baseball than the average bear, teaching classes at Middlebury College on baseball, and its literature, history, and cultural meaning, finding a home in the study of baseball’s Negro leagues.  I had to apologize to Mike for being so brusque. It was an...

JUSTIN COMES OF Middlebury dominated the Pepsi Sportsman Modified main event at Devil's Bowl Speedway. His brother, Austin Comes of Middlebury, made it a sibling sweep by winning the Limited Sportsman feature. Photo by Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — Brothers and Middlebury residents Justin and Austin Comes cruised to big wins in the top two featured races at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, June 28, in front of the first grandstand crowd of the season.  The Comes’ sweep was the first at Devil’s Bowl for a pair of siblings since September 2001, when Joe and Vince Santoro turned the trick; the Santoros also doubled up on August of that year. The only other brothers to win on the same night at Devil’s Bowl were Bobby and Beaver Dragon in July 1973. Justin Comes struck first in the 30-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature. Comes...

Tammi Blanchard will coach girls’ soccer at Otter Valley Union High School this fall.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has hired new coaches to lead two varsity girls’ programs this fall, both with coaching experience at the school, according to Athletic Director Steven Keith. Jodie Keith will lead the OV field hockey team, and Tammi Blanchard is taking over the girls’ soccer program, according to press releases Steven Keith sent out on Tuesday.  According to the OV AD, for the past four years Jodie Keith has coached multiple sports at multiple levels at OV and has a “vision for how the entire 7-12 program can run” at the school. “Her time as a 7th- and 8th-grade...
CASTLETON — The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Inc. Board of Governors on Wednesday announced the cancellation of the 67th all-star football game between recent Vermont and New Hampshire high school graduates. It had been scheduled for Aug. 1 at Castleton University. The board noted its members had remained hopeful since March, but had to make what a board press release described as a tough call. “This decision was heartbreaking and gut-wrenching and a difficult one to make from the heart. However, it has become obvious that this year’s game cannot be played as it had been in the past. We remained...

I walked out on the dock, set down my fly rod and my blue canvas boat bag with my boxes of flies and fly-fishing gear, and went back inside for a canoe paddle and seat cushion. When I returned to the dock, I found sitting on my bag a beautiful two-tailed mayfly. Though its wings were tan with just a hint of honey coloring, its head, legs, and underside sported patches of brighter yellow that stood out against my blue bag. It was at least the third species of mayfly I’d seen in the past day, rising off the water, fluttering past our porch, or landing on our outside windows and walls. Most of...

SHOREHAM’S ANTHONY WARREN displays the checkered flag and the trophy he earned for winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman “Topless” feature in exciting fashion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Photo by Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — Shoreham’s Anthony Warren picked up the win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman 20-lap race to provide the local highlight in Sunday racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, with racing again held without fans present due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Warren, driving on his 12th wedding anniversary, edged cousin Anthony Ryan of Benson by taking the lead on the final lap’s first turn. Warren slid under Ryan as they hit the curve and held on from there, and it was the only lap he led as they dueled to the finish. Polesitter Johnny Bruno took third, and Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau...


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