ADDISON COUNTY — Coaches and organizers for the Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins are now planning to keep many of their young swimmers active this summer even though the Champlain Valley Swim League season was called off in mid-May. All were pleased pools in Middlebury and Vergennes opened, even on a limited basis, enough to allow young swimmers to hit the water this summer.  “I am very happy to say that the Vergennes pool will open and we will have a 2020 VST (Vergennes Swim Team) swim season,” said Champs President Amanda Crocker. By Sunday the Vergennes team had passed a minimum 50-...
MIDDLEBURY — The tandems of Diane Neuse and Mia Politano and Kirk and Kyle Goodman were the top winners this past Saturday and Sunday during the Ralph Myhre Golf Course’s annual Member-Member Weekend. Neuse and Politano were the women’s flight gross winners, followed by the duos of Eva Mastalos and Giselle Lafleche in second and Jane Beck and Marilyn O’Keefe in third.  The Goodmans prevailed in the men’s White Tee Flight gross competition, followed by Christopher Wilson and Joe Bartlett in second, Eric Bergland and Mike Adams in third, and Duncan Fitzgerald and Nick Bingaman in fourth. In the...

RACERS IN THE Pepsi Sportsman Modified division on Monday evening.
WEST HAVEN — A number of drivers from Addison County and Brandon posted top-five finishes on Monday evening as Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s dirt track saw its first action of 2020. The stock car races, which opened the track’s 54th season, were also Vermont’s first of the year.  Though spectators were not permitted due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, track officials said more than 600 viewers watched at least some of the action through Facebook Live video.  Corinth racer Adam Pierson went flag-to-flag to win the main event, the 29-lap feature in the headline Pepsi Sportsman Modified division....
WEST HAVEN — Dirt track racing is coming back to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Monday night, June 15, but without fans in the grandstand. Devil’s Bowl will host “The COVID Crusher” event today at 7 p.m. to kick off the Vermont stock car racing season. The event will count for championship points for the Pepsi Sportsman Modified, O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint divisions. The headline Sportsman Modifieds will race 29 laps for $1,200 to win and $125 to start, while the four support classes will each run “COVID-19” laps....

After a long closure due to the coronavirus, Middlebury Indoor Tennis will reopen on June 15 with restrictions. — file photo
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) will begin a limited and phased reopening of its tennis facilities on Monday, June 15. According to an MIT press release, the facility’s ownership will proceed slowly and cautiously while adhering to guidelines from the state and the tennis industry and “keeping the safety of our members, guests, and staff foremost in our minds.” On Monday the facility will reopen to MIT members only and for private, non-group lessons. Only singles play and pro lessons will be permitted. Play will be allowed by advance reservation only; there will be no drop-in...
One of my heroes growing up was Joey O’Brien, a star athlete at Lewiston High School in Maine, three or four years older than I.  He was a gregarious Irish kid, full of bluster, who loved sports and was really good at them: All-State in football and basketball on state championship teams, and the league champion in the mile run in the spring.  His real name was not Joey O’Brien, but I’m writing about a real person. What was most appealing about Joey was the absolute joy he exhibited playing his games. He played with a smile on his face, exuberant. He was irresistible. After high school, he...

EACH FALL THE Trail Around Middlebury is the site of the TAM Trek, which draws racers like this youth last September. But you don’t have to compete to get good exercise on the TAM. Photo by Benjy Renton
Editor’s note: The Trail Around Middlebury, or TAM, was created and in maintained to foster healthy people living in a healthy setting for native wildlife. The trails, stewarded by the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), are a great local place for staying active. Whether you run fast or walk slow, getting out, moving your body and getting fresh air on a regular basis is a terrific regimen for building and maintaining physical and psychological health. ———— In this strange new world of distancing, face masks and protecting those we love, it can be challenging to find joy. Laughs and shared...
MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre golfers posted impressive results on their home links on May 25, when Ralph Myhre Golf Course hosted a Men’s State Day.  Hogan Beazley shot 74 to win First Place Gross in Flight A, while Robert Cameron fired an 84 to become the First Place Gross winner in Flight B. Then, on May 26 in Stowe, Sue Dula finished Third Place Net in Flight 3 in the Women’s State Day competition. In regular Bill Davidson Thursday Men’s Golf at Ralph Myhre last week the quartet of  Eric Bergland, Matt Biette, Tom McGinn and John Myhre prevailed. Taking second were Mike Adams, Don Dayton, Dave...

Ephemeroptera. That is the scientific name of the family of insects known more commonly as mayflies. The word is made up of two roots that come to us from Greek, through Latin. The first root is related to the modern word ephemeral. Though ephemeral has come to mean something more general, like “fleeting” or “short-lived,” in its origins it literally meant “lasting one day.”  The other root is ptera, which comes from the word for wings. This root appears in words like helicopter (a flying machine with helix wings) and pterodactyl (having winged fingers). When we put them together we get...
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are now available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website, A link to the information and online applications is on the home page.  The Fish and Wildlife Board met on May 20 and set antlerless deer permit numbers for the fall deer hunting seasons.  Hunting for antlerless deer will be allowed statewide during the archery season. One deer of either sex will be allowed during the October 24-25 youth and novice weekend hunt.  The muzzleloader seasons on Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and Dec. 5-13 will have...


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