DANIEL WHITNEY’S 15D, Natalie Heustis’ 69x and Geoffrey Grant’s No. 10 have a meeting of the minds in a 4-cylinder heat in Thursday night’s Demo Derby at Field Days. Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — In addition to mangling already badly damaged remnants of formerly valuable vehicles, awarding cash prizes and trophies and entertaining and deafening a couple thousand fans of motorized mayhem, Thursday’s G. Stone Motors Demolition Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days answered a few burning questions. One question literally related to burning: How quickly can members of the Vergennes Fire Department put out a fire in an engine compartment? Answer: Based on three incidents on Thursday, give them about 10 seconds and they’ll get it done. Another question: Can there be true...

THE VERGENNES CHAMPS’ coaches and the team’s under-6, -8 and -10 swimmers on Sunday used Silly String to celebrate the team’s fourth-place finish out of 20 teams at the Vermont Swim Association Championships in White River Junction this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Josh Romond
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins capped their enjoyable summer swim team seasons in style this past weekend at Vermont Swim Association Championship meet, which was held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. The Champs scored 1,715 points to become the only team based outside of Chittenden County to crack the top five at the 20-team competition. Coming off a 2018 season in which the Champs won Division II, Vergennes settled for fourth place in Division I, into which the Champs were placed this summer. The Vergennes team were coming off a...

MIDDLEBURY’S JUSTIN COMES scored his first Pepsi Sportsman Modified win of the season on Friend Construction Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Sunday. Jeremy McGaffin/Showstopper photo
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Justin Comes on Sunday reversed a recent run of bad luck at Devil’s Bowl Speedway by winning the evening’s main event, the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature. A number of other local drivers also posted top-five efforts. Comes was a championship contender before things fell apart in mid-July. In a string of three races to end the month, he crashed twice and blew an engine as he fell to ninth place in the series standings. With a new (used) power plant on Sunday, Comes lived up to his “High Side Hustler” nickname and ran the top groove all night long. Benson’s...
MIDDLEBURY — Young Ralph Myhre Golf Course members fared well at the Vermont Junior Stroke Play Championship, which Ralph Myhre hosted on Aug. 2. Lucas Politano won the 10-to-12-year-old division, Thomas Politano took fourth in the 13-15 division, and Hogan Beazley finished sixth in the 16-18 competition. In this past weekend’s annual Ralph Myhre Hawaiian Open, the foursome of Bob Cameron, Beazley, Brent Raymond and Dave Campbell earned top honors. The team of Jill Jesso-White, Dale White, Bert Phinney and Ric Wheeler took second, and the quartet of Steve Myhre, Ahleiyah Mason-Rivera, Kris...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits. A printable copy of the Migratory Bird Syllabus can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website,, under “Hunt” – “Hunting Regulations and Seasons.” A printed version also will be available from license agents and post offices by late August. A statewide Vermont open hunting season for resident Canada geese will occur Sept. 1-25. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of...
MONTPELIER — A preliminary report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife shows that hunters brought home 5,349 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, including 571 turkeys taken during the April youth weekend hunt. “Although this year’s results represent a modest decrease in harvest from those observed over the past few record setting years, the harvest was only slightly below the average harvest of the past ten years,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife turkey biologist Chris Bernier. “The prolonged cold and wet conditions experienced during the season likely contributed to the decline. Low...
There have been occasional years when, for one reason or another, I didn’t make it down to the fish hatchery off Route 53 in Salisbury. This was not one of those years. The hatchery, more accurately known as a “fish culture station,” has become one of my favorite local attractions. Opened in 1931 (before my parents were born), it is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. It’s also a vital part of the state’s hatchery program. Although you might not realize it from a casual look around, the biologists and technicians who run it make innovative and continually adapting use of...

GRADY CRONIN, A nine-year-old from Pennsylvania, displays the nearly 10-pound, 26-inch-long brown trout that he caught in Lake Champlain late in July thanks to the kindness of Shaw Kipp of Rack-n-Reel and Tim Little of Vermont Field Sports.
SOMEWHERE ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN — When nine-year-old Grady Cronin of Perkasie, Pa., pulled his fishing line out of the waters of Lake Champlain late last month he fulfilled his own aspirations of landing a really big fish. He also fulfilled a dream of his father that had been dashed six year ago when he suffered a spinal cord injury. To make both dreams come true, the Cronins got a lot of help from important members of the Addison County sporting community. The Cronin family made the five-and-a-half-hour trek to Lake Dunmore late in July for a vacation. This wasn’t their first visit here; they...

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD LAUREN HUSK of the Vergennes Swim Team powers through a freestyle race at the Champlain Valley Swim League Championship Meet in Middlebury on Saturday. She was on the winning 100-yard medley relay for girls age 8 and younger. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents were recognized for their excellence both in and out of the pool this past Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships. Eight teams, totaling 510 athletes, traveled from as far away as St. Albans to compete at the Middlebury Town Pool. The Vergennes Swim Team, known as the Champs, took 4th place overall, and the Middlebury Marlins finished 7th. The Champlain Valley Swim League Championships team title went to the Edge Swim Club from Williston, which garnered 1,080 points overall. Essex claimed second with 1,302...

OUTFIELDER VAUGHN MCAULIFFE leans into a throw from rightfield during Addison County’s Little League state tournament game vs. Essex town in Bennington this past Friday. Photo courtesy of Michael McAuliffe
BENNINGTON — A successful season came to an end for the Addison County 8-to-10-year-old all star baseball team on Friday evening when they lost to the Essex Town all stars, 4-3, in the Little League state tournament. The game, played in Bennington, saw AC fall behind 4-0 early. First baseman Abe Ready hit a bases loaded shot in the 4th inning to drive in two runs and cut the deficit in half. Coach Randy Barnes said AC mounted a comeback in the bottom of the 6th, scoring a run, but came up short with the bases loaded to end the game. Michael McAuliffe described it as “one of the team’s best...


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