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Recreation Briefs: Lebanon’s Higgins adds world titles to weightlifting resume

  • World Masters Weightlifting age-group champion Jane Higgins, left, with Thor's Stone Athletic Club founder Carl Wallin. (Courtesy photograph)

Staff Reports
Published: 8/22/2019 4:22:59 PM
Modified: 8/22/2019 4:22:45 PM

MONTREAL — Lebanon weight lifter Jane Higgins has added more heavy metal to her medal collection.

Higgins, 70, participated in the IWF World Masters Championship Olympic Lifting Meet at Montreal Olympic Park last weekend and came home a multiple winner. Competing in the women’s 49-kilo weight class — one division lower than her usual weight — Higgins set three national records, three world age-group records and secured the Best Lifter award for her age group.

Higgins, who trains with the West Lebanon-based Thor’s Stone Athletic Club, finished with a winning snatch of 28 kilos and a top clean-and-jerk of 38 kilos, both IWF records for her age division.

Higgins’ Best Lifter honor came from outperforming eight other women in the 70-and-over division. The IWF World Masters Championship is an invitation-only event.

ON THE RUNNorwich Labor Day race

NORWICH — The Norwich Recreation Department will stage its annual Labor Day Road Race on Sept. 2.

The race consists of two divisions, a flat 2.2-mile route for youths along with a 10-kilometer route for all runners regardless of experience. The short run starts at 9 a.m., with the 10K to follow at 9:10 a.m.

Prizes will go to top male and female competitors in both races. The cost to participate is $5 per person, $2 per youth and $10 per family. Post-race refreshments will be available.

Contact Brie Swenson at for more information.

Sprouty in September

SHARON — The annual Sprouty 5K run/walk and 10K run will take place on Sept. 21 at Sharon Elementary School.

Activities, which will also include a kids fun run, start at 9 a.m. The costs to participate is $15 for the 5K and $20 for the 10k. Runners or walkers who are among the first 150 people to register by Friday will receive a race T-shirt. There is no registreation required for the fun run.

The Sprouty supports the farm-to-school and outdoor education programs at Sharon Elementary. To learn more, visit


Blue Wave TKD resumes

HANOVER — Hanover Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do will offer classes for its fall season in two locations, starting on Sept. 3.

Hanover Blue Wave will host its usual sessions at the Black Community Center in Hanover while also holding classes at the Grantham Village School in Grantham. Both sites will teach the traditional Korean martial art on Tuesday and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. for children ages 7 and older before a 6:30 p.m. start for adults. All students will learn board breaking, trick kicks and Olympic-style sparring.

Classes are taught by seventh-degree black belt master Linda Smith-Blais and sixth-degree black belt master Stephen Hopkins. Visitors are welcome to observe classes. Contact or call 603-306-9132 to learn more.

On the IceHanover gear sale

WEST LEBANON — The Hanover Hockey Association will hold its annual used equipment sale on Sept. 6-7 at Campion Rink.

The sale gives youth hockey families a chance to save money on used equipment still in good condition. Donations of used gear are accepted for the sale, with the gear drop bin located at Campion.

The sale takes place on Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. and Sept. 7 from 9 a.m.-noon. Free fittings will be available. HHA gear will also be sold at the event. HHA volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the association’s learn-to-play program. No helmets will be accepted or sold, however. Contact Tracy Purcell at for more information.


Vermont seeking referees

The Vermont Soccer Officials Association will hold a second training session in the Upper Valley this weekend in the hopes of drawing new people into officiating the game at the high school level.

Southern Vermont soccer officials assigner Gary Blodgett will lead a session at the White River Valley School in South Royalton on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The training includes reviewing rules of the game, a test and a field practice. Follow-up support and mentorship is also provided.

The clinic cost is $75, which includes VSOA membership for one year, the training and insurance. Once completed, participants will be eligible to work Vermont high school varsity and subvarsity matches anywhere in the state.

Contact Blodgett at for more information.

On Two WheelsTour de Taste coming Sept. 8

NORWICH — Cylists with a yen for good food will be on the roads of the Upper Valley and beyond for the Upper Valley Trails Alliance’s annual Tour de Taste pedaling picnic on Sept. 8.

The event begins and ends at Samuel Morey Elementary School in Fairlee. It offers three varied routes, from a family-friendly loop on the road circling Lake Morey to longer rides along the Connecticut River.

Throughout each route, riders will have the chance to stop and enjoy products from 20 local restaurants, businesses and farms. In all, riders will have access to 14 different food stops featuring fare from sources within 100 miles of the ride.

Pre-registration ends Sept. 7. Tickets are available online, with spots available for 400 riders. Contact Kaitie Eddington at 802-649-9075 or for more information, or visit to register.

On the Tee

WRJ Post 84 tournament

HANOVER — The Jeffrey S. Holmes American Legion Post 84 fundraising golf tournament is coming to Hanover Country Club on Sept. 8.

The 1 p.m. tournament features four-player teams in a shotgun-start scramble. The 18-hole tournament will be followed by a barbecue buffet dinner and awards.

The cost to play is $85 per person or $340 for a foursome, with the fee covering golf, a cart, the meal and awards. There are no handicap restrictions. Contact Dan Hillard at 603-381-0457 or for more information.

Hartford Hockey Open turns 20

RANDOLPH — The Greater Hartford Hockey Open will celebrate its 20th edition of the annual fundraising golf tournament on Oct. 5 at Montague Golf Club.

The tournament helps fund the Hartford High boys and girls ice hockey programs. The 18-hole scramble tournament is open to golfers of all ages and abilities, with a foursome fee of $240 that includes green fees, carts, prizes and a post-tournament dinner.

Tourney-day registration starts at 11 a.m., followed by a noon start to play. The registration deadline is Sept. 28, and the tournament will be staged regardless of weather. Contact Hartford High boys hockey coach Todd Bebeau at 802-296-6068 for more details.

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