Vershire Man 3rd in Age Group at Mt. Washington

Pinkham Notch, n.h. — Vershire’s Donald Graham placed third in his age group to highlight Upper Valley participation in Saturday’s 41st Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, a 7.6-mile uphill ride to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak.

Riding in the men’s 65-69 age division, Graham completed the ride to the peak in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 18 seconds. Graham’s time was good for 261st out of the 504 cyclists who completed the race.

Orford’s Brian Spence had the fastest time among the four Upper Valley athletes to try their luck on Mount Washington. Spence, 40, was 65th overall and fifth among New Hampshire residents with his time of 1:13:23.

Hanover’s Anthony Discipio, 50, completed the trek in 1:19:56 and was 118th overall. Lyme’s Paula Tensen was the only Upper Valley woman in the field, completing the race in 2:02:08 for 451st place.

MIT graduate student Cameron Cogburn, 27, won the race in 50:48. Rhode Island research chemist Silke Wunderwald, 42, won the women’s division in 1:09:56.

On the Run

UVRC Competes
In 100-Mile Race

Lebanon — The Upper Valley Running Club fielded two teams while a club member joined a third all-female squad to participate in Saturday’s 100 on 100 relay, a long-distance race along Vermont Route 100.

The UVRC Super Masters Open team (mixed gender, ages 40 and over) of Joe Jones, Andrew Warby, Sheila Hastie, Deb Keane, Rob Edson and Jim Burnett finished 27th out of the 160 teams entered in a time of 12 hours, 47 minutes, 12 seconds. That was good enough to take third place in their age group.

The UVRC Open squad (mixed gender, all ages) of Joe Hayes, Mike Kokko, Beth Jones, Rebecca Stanfield McCown, Jonathan Beckwith and Joan Haley clocked a time of 14:16:10 to take 75th place overall.

UVRC member Lori Bliss Hill ran with an all-woman team that included Sara Simeone, Susan Durham, Deborah Scribner, Holly Wilkinson and Michelle Olsen. The team, called Cuz We Can, was 72nd overall in 14:16:10.

The race covered a route that began at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe and concluded at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow.

To Speak at Howe

Hanover — The Inspire Active Living speaker series, featuring athletes living in the Upper Valley, will continue on Wednesday with ultra runner Jack Pilla.

Pilla was recently features on Vermont Public Radio speaking about his career in long-distance running and run coaching. Pilla recently passed the 30,000-mile mark in the sport, numbers he’s tracked for just the last seven years.

The talk, the second of this summer’s Inspire Active Living series, will be held at the Howe Library starting at 7 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to all ages.

In Lebanon

Lebanon — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series is down to its final two events, both of which will be staged in Lebanon in September.

The first is the Farnum Five.5 on Sept. 7 in the Farnum Hill Preserve on Poverty Lane. The series concludes on Sept. 21 with the Lost a Lot Trail Race, a 7-mile trek through the Boston Lot. Both races begin at 9 a.m.

The cost to race in the Farnum Five.5 is $15 in advance and $20 on race day. The cost for the Lost a Lot Trail Race is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Online registration and deadlines are available on each race’s page at

For more information on the series, visit or contact series director Chad Denning at 603-558-2352 or

On the Board

Hartford Seeking Commission Member

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking to fill one vacancy on its board.

The commission consults with and advises the department’s director on matters affecting programs, projects, policies and finances. The commission also assists in developing long-range plans for the town’s recreation and park needs. New members must be committed to attending one meeting a month, held the second Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Tad Nunez for further information at or 802-295-5036.

On the Ice

Twin Valley
Equipment Swap

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association will hold its annual hockey and soccer equipment swap on Sept. 7 at the Plainfield School.

The swap runs from 9-11 a.m. Families are welcome to drop off equipment that no longer fits and pick up some that does, all for no charge.

Twin Valley still has a few openings for this winter for all of its youth hockey teams. The Flyers practice and play all home games at Kimball Union Academy’s Akerstrom Arena.

For more information on the swap or program, contact Stephanie Schell at 603-469-3527 or

On the Tee

Yusko, Allsop Win

Springfield, Vt. — Fresh from playing in the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association’s amateur championship last week, the Quechee Club’s Shelly Yusko and Jo Allsop won their respective divisions on Tuesday at the VSWGA’s state day tournament at Crown Point Country Club.

Playing in Division A, Yusko won the low gross award with a round of 86. Allsop shared the low-gross award in Division B with Brattleboro’s Judy Manley and Crown Point’s Suzanne Merrill at 95.

The home course also produced winners in Christine Campbell (Division E low gross, 105) and Eunice Bashaw (Division D low net, 79, shared with two others).

State Day at Montague

Randolph — Two golfers from the host course and another from Bradford Golf Club won their divisions during Tuesday’s VSWGA state day tournament at Montague Golf Club.

Montague won in two divisions. Susan Terry took Division C low-gross honors at 80, and Pen Menger did the same in Division D at 92. Bradford’s Catherine Smith shot 95 to win the low-gross award in Division E.

Montague also produced runners-up in Nancy Cole, who took second low net in Division B at 71, and Theresa Chun, who tied for second low net in Division D at 70. Lake Morey’s Bevery Vaugh shared the low-net win in Division E with Ralph Myhre’s May Morris at 71.

On the Pitch

VSOA Referee Training

Proctor, Vt. — The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is seeking new referees for the coming high school season and will hold a training session on Saturday for prospective officials.

The training, test and field practice will be held at Proctor High School from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost of the program is $50, which includes the cost of a one-year VSOA membership. Once approved, participants will be eligible to work Vermont high school matches in the coming season.

For more information, contact Gary Blodgett at or 802-558-3147.

With Weights

TSAC Hosting
Charity Meet

Lebanon — The Carter Community Building Association-based Thor’s Stone Athletic Club will host a charity throwing and weightlifting meet on Saturday at the Lebanon Elks Club.

The competition, which will begin at 10 a.m., will combined two weightlifting disciplines, bench presses and deadlifts, with a shot put event to determine places. In each case, participants will get three attempts to post a result; those numbers will be then tallied to determine winners.

No experience is required to take part in the throwing portion of the event, which will have TSAC members on hand for instruction. The meet will include weight classes and age groups, with awards going to top-three finishers in each.

The cost to take part in the meet is $50 per person. Proceeds from the meet will benefit the Lebanon Elks’ charities. For more information or to sign up, contact Carl Wallin at 603-448-2164.

On the Mat

Hanover Blue Wave
Classes Upcoming

Hanover — Hanover Blue Wave will begin a new series of tae kwon do classes for the fall session at the R.W. Black Community Center on Sept. 3.

Classes in this traditional Korean martial art will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children ages 7 and older will meet at 5:30 p.m., with adults to follow at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn such skills as breaking boards and trick kicking in addition to Olympic-style sparring. All classes are led by World TKD Federation instructors Linda Smith-Blais and Stephen Hopkins.

Visitors are welcome to observe classes at any time. For more information, contact Hopkins at or 603-306-9132.