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My good friend David O’Hara introduced me to the term “fish porn.” At the time, we were collaborating on our 2014 book “Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia” (Cascade Books). Contrary to what some might imagine, “fish porn” does not refer to scantily clad (or completely unclothed) persons in provocative positions pretending to be anglers (although apparently that also helps some social media sites draw viewers). Rather, it refers to a type of photography intended to titillate audiences and stimulate in the viewer (in this case an avid angler) a...

ABBY BENTON, A 2008 VUHS alum, helped the girls’ soccer team go undefeated in 2006. She is seen here in the final vs. Montpelier. Benton scored the winning goal in the game, and she also played on two Commodore basketball championship teams. Photo courtesy of Abby Benton
STOWE — In 2006 Abby Benton sparked the undefeated Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team to an undefeated season and the Division II championship with a program-record 39 goals in a single season. That distinction was bookended by 2005 and 2006 D-II basketball titles that she helped the Commodore girls’ hoop team win. A 2008 VUHS grad who is now 30, Benton said despite the title tilt favoring hoop, soccer was her favorite sport. Why? She enjoyed analyzing the game on the larger field, where play takes longer to develop. “The vision of the field is bigger and more clear,” said Benton...

CHLOE LEVINS, A standout golfer while at Middlebury College, this week was named to the U.S. biathlon team and will compete at the world championships of the winter sport in Slovenia this month. Photo courtesy of Team USA
A 2020 Middlebury College graduate and Rutland native on Monday was named to the U.S. team that will compete in the biathlon world championships beginning next week. Chloe Levins was named to the 10-person roster for the upcoming IBU Biathlon World Championships announced by the U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee. The squad consists of five men and five women with Team USA allotted four start positions per gender in each individual race. The IBU Biathlon World Championships begin Feb. 10 in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Levins, 22, will be competing in her first senior-level world...

NANCY GADEN, THEN, as an 18-year-old freshman, shoots a foul shot in a Middlebury College women’s basketball game in 1980. Gaden averaged nearly 30 points a game that season and set a single-game scoring record with a 52-point game. Photo/Middlebury College Archives
This is the story of Nancy Gaden, basketball player extraordinaire. Before we tell of Nancy’s accomplishments, let’s set the context: if you look at the record book in women’s basketball at Middlebury College, one woman dominates: Sladja Kovijanic, ’93. Sladja is without question the best women’s basketball player ever at Middlebury in the nearly half century Middlebury women have played the game seriously. She was spectacular, one of the very few best players in all of DIII NCAA hoops at the time. In 1993, she led the country in scoring with an average of 30.9. Let’s pause for a minute...

THE NUMBER OF snow geese in the Atlantic Flyway is 13 times larger than it was 50 years ago, and the abundance of birds is hurting habitat. Vermonters can hunt snow geese from March 11 through April 23. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 23. Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a “Conservation Order” to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species. “The breeding population of greater snow geese has grown from approximately 50,000 birds in the mid-1960s to 714,000 birds today,” said David Sausville, Vermont’s waterfowl project biologist. “This increase has...

SILAS DOYLE-BURR, FRONT left, poses with the crew at Monkton’s Last Resort Farm. At the top of the stack are his parents, Eugenie Doyle and Sam Burr. Doyle-Burr in 2017 signed a lease-to-own deal with them and now runs the farm, while his parents still live on the farm and help him operate it. Photo courtesy of Silas Doyle-Burr
MONKTON — It took a productive, but challenging, two years in the Asian business world for 2005 Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Silas Doyle-Burr to find his true calling — running the Monkton organic farm he grew up on. Along the way, Doyle-Burr, a member of the 2004 Eagle boys’ soccer Division II championship team, found that sports and the lessons they offered helped him along his path.   “There are so many similarities between farming and sports, because failure is pervasive in farming as well. There are so many things out of your control,” said Doyle-Burr, now 33. “You get lucky...
VERMONT — With the 2021 winter ice fishing season firmly underway, and Free Fishing Day coming up this Saturday, Jan. 30, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VTFW) has created an online Virtual Ice Fishing Festival to help new anglers learn about ice fishing equipment, gear and techniques. For the past seven years, VTFW has hosted an in-person ice fishing festival on Free Fishing Day to introduce new anglers to the activity. Held on a different frozen lake each year, participants would gather to learn skills such as ice safety, knot tying, using ice fishing rods and tip-ups, fish...
The parking lot was quiet and nearly empty. The woods were even quieter. More than mere quiet, the woods were still. The stillness was both palpable and restorative. It was late morning, middle of the week. Several previous evenings of occasional snow flurries had added up, and the conditions at the Rikert Nordic Center were nearly perfect. The trails with snowmaking offered a solid base with soft groomed powder on top. Even around the peripheral trails that lacked snowmaking, the conditions were good with only a few scattered patches where the snow cover was perhaps a wee bit thin. We’d been...

FORMER TIGER HOOP captain Jenna Lewis Lamica has two rescue dogs at home and says she spends “pretty much all my free time” volunteering at a Los Angeles pet rescue shelter. She said she particularly loves pit bulls. Photo courtesy of Jenna Lewis Lamica
LOS ANGELES — Jenna Lewis Lamica, a key cog in the 2004 Division I champion Middlebury Union High School basketball team, remembers falling in love with hoop early on. Her parents, Craig and Donna Lewis, recently sent Lewis Lamica’s basketball memorabilia to her home in Los Angeles, where she teaches and her husband, Chris Lamica, has moved from teaching into acting. Pictures include her smiling with other third-graders as they lift their first hoop trophy, and another with a sixth-grade team, kneeling happily next to her father. “I always used to like playing basketball with Dad,” she said,...

DEE ROWE (MIDDLEBURY College 1952) pictured in 2015 in a familiar position at the lectern in the classroom in the Kenyon Arena, where he presided for 17 Winter Terms, teaching a course on coaching. According to the Boston Globe obituary his “calling cards” were a “genial spirit, a bone-deep sense of loyalty, and an infectious love of the game (basketball).” He died Jan. 10 at 91. Photo courtesy of Brad Nadeau, Middlebury Athletics
Donald “Dee” Rowe, Middlebury College, class of 1952, died at age 91 on January 10. Dee was a major figure in basketball circles in New England and nationally: his obituary in the Boston Globe called him “the ebullient lodestar to a constellation of New England basketball coaches and players.” Dee spent five decades in the athletic department at the University of Connecticut, first as a successful coach at the highest D-I level and later as a Special Adviser for Athletics. In 2017 he received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Dee was...

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