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Recreation Briefs: Canaan Horseshoe League Crowns Champs at Banquet

  • From left, the Team 7 tandem of Dan Blackmore, Bill Elder, Andy McCalister and Kieth Monmaney — with his son, Morgan — show off their first-place trophies for winning the summer Canaan Horseshoe League championship. The league recently wrapped up the season with an awards banquet. The season runs from early May to late August at Williams Field.



Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Canaan — The Canaan Horseshoe League closed out its summer season by hosting an awards banquet to honor its champions last weekend.

The Team 7 squad of Bill Elder Kieth Monmaney, Dan Blackmore and Andy McCalister won the league championship. Team 6 — consisting of Sherman Hallock, Joe Butterfield, Mark Stratton and Dave Yetman — took second place, with Team 1 (Kari Lundbrg, Les Lundberg, Kirstin Lundberg, Kim Withrow and Elaine Lundberg) third. Team 5, made up of Tom Hudgens, Travis Audis, Scott Arsenault and John Dow, rounded out the team award with a fourth-place finish.

Dow left with the league’s sportsman of the year award. Ross Miller was named rookie of the year, posting a high average of 17 in his first season pitching horseshoes. Chris Kondi kicked his average up from 5 to 10 over the course of the season to win most improved average honors. Reagen Hill claimed the men’s high average award over 40 feet with a score of 24.

The league has scheduled its organization meeting for next season for May 6, 2019, at the Williams Field horseshoe pits. Team captains, team members or anyone interested in trying horseshoes or putting a team together is welcome to attend. The cost to participate for the season is $100 per four-player team or $25 for individuals. Men and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to join the league either as regulars or substitutes. League play is on Mondays beginning on May 13, 2019, and continuing through mid-August.

For more information on the Canaan Horseshoe League, contact Kari Lundberg at karilundberg@live.com or 603-523-9940.

On the Trails

Ascutney Outdoors CenterOpening Celebration

Brownsville — Ascutney Outdoors will hold a daylong celebration marking the opening of its new center building on Sept. 23 from 1-8 p.m.

The building, part of the former Mount Ascutney ski lodge, has been under construction over the past year; once completed, it will serve as the focal point of activities at the mountain in the future. Designed to operate as a community center, the organization anticipates the center will provide opportunities for a wide array of uses once it opens.

The official dedication is set for 4 p.m. Prior to that, visitors will be able to get a taste of what Ascutney Outdoors has to offer with activities including guided hikes, mountain bike tours and horseback trail rides, an outdoor yoga class and a guided nature walk for children. Food, drink and live music will follow the dedication and continue into the evening.

Visit www.ascutneyoutdoors.org for more information.

On the Diamond

Lebanon Softball Clinics

West Lebanon — The Lebanon High School softball program will hold skills clinics for middle-school girls this month at Civic Memorial Field, adjacent to the former Seminary Hill School.

All sessions will take place on Sundays from 9:30-11:30 a.m., with Lebanon assistant coach Jess Ovitt providing instruction.

The focus will be on pitching, catching, batting and infield skills. All clinics are free, but donations to the Raiders’ program will be accepted.

To register, email Lebanon High varsity softball coach Ray Pettersen at rpettersen@sau88.net or call 603-443-2280.

On the Run

Lions Club 5K at Storrs

Hanover — The Norwich Lions Club is gearing up to host its first Lions Club 5K race on the trails of the Storrs Pond Recreation Area on Sept. 30.

The race begins at noon, with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. The start and finish will be at Area 1 near the picnic pavilion. Parking is available near the pond and swimming pool. Entry forms are available the day of the race or can be filled out in advance by visiting hanoverxc.weebly.com.

The cost to run is $20 for adults and $5 for youths ages 17 and younger. All proceeds from the race will go toward the Norwich Lions Club Community Service Fund, which has been helping community support for more than 60 years.

For more information, contact Jim Eakin at 802-299-7783.

Sprouty This Weekend

Sharon — Runners will get the chance to help the Sharon Elementary School lunch program by running in the Sprouty on Saturday.

The Sprouty consists of five- and 10-kilometer routes, with walkers welcomed to the former. Both races begin at 9 a.m., with a kids’ fun run set for 10:15 a.m., all at the elementary school. The cost is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K up through the day of the event. The fun run is free, with no registration required.

Refreshments will be provided, live music is included and all runners will get a free lettuce plant from Dandelion Acres for taking part. Proceeds from the event go toward bringing locally produced food to the Sharon Elementary School lunch program.

All information on the day and a link to the registration page is available on the race website, www.thesprouty.com.

To the Hoop

Youth Drop-Ins Set

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a new fall season of drop-in basketball for boys and girls in grades 7-12 at the Hartford High School gymnasium.

The boys’ sessions will run on Wednesdays from Sept. 19-Oct. 31, while girls’ sessions are going to be on Thursdays from Sept. 20-Nov. 1. Both groups will have the gym to themselves from 6-7:30 p.m.

Each session is supervised, and there is no cost to take part, although Hartford Rec requires advance registration at www.hartfordrec.com.

Contact Hartford Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information.

On the Tee

VBCA Scramble

Windsor — The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association will hold its annual VBCA Golf Scramble on Sept. 30 at John P. Larkin Country Club.

The tournament features an 18-hole scramble for four-player teams at a cost of $300 per team, which includes golf, power carts, lunch and the chance to win prizes. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a 10 a.m. tee-off. Prizes will be available for longest drive and closest to the pin, and mulligans will also be for sale.

The registration deadline is Sept. 8. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the VBCA scholarship fund. For more information, email hladue@comcast.net or slandon@butlersbus.com or call 802-674-6783.

WRJ Post 84 Golf Classic

Springfield, Vt. — Jeffrey S. Holmes American Legion Post 84 will hold its annual fundraising golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Crown Point Country Club in Springfield.

The four-player shotgun scramble tournament starts at 1 p.m. and promises to offer a wide range of prizes. One hole will include a putting contest with a cruise for the guaranteed winner. Pro sports tickets await the longest drive winners. The course will include nine par-3s for closest-to-the-pin competition, and a hole-in-one prize is also available. The day will also include a raffle and will close with a post-tournament barbecue dinner.

The cost to play is $85 per person, and participants can sign up as individuals or part of a foursome. For more information, visit www.jeffreyholmesgolfclassic.com or contact Dan Hillard at 603-381-0457 or micmac43@comcast.net.

Hartford Hockey Open

Randolph — The Hartford High hockey program will hold the 19th edition of its annual Greater Hartford Hockey Open Golf Classic on Oct. 6 at Montague Golf Club in Randolph.

The tournament consists of four-member teams playing an 18-hole scramble competition. All levels of golf experience are welcome, and players are invited to create their own foursomes for the event. The team entry fee of $240 includes greens fees and carts for each player along with an opportunity to win prizes followed by a post-tournament dinner.

A shotgun start of noon kicks off the action, with dinner and prizes to follow at 4:30 p.m. The tournament will be held rain or shine. Proceeds from the day will go toward the Hartford hockey program.

For more information or to get a signup sheet, contact Hartford High boys hockey coach Todd Bebeau at 802-296-6068 or todd.bebeau@dresden.us.

Carter GC ‘Ladies Night’

Lebanon — Carter Golf Club has added a weekly night for women golfers as part of its schedule.

Ladies night will begin at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the nine-hole course. For $25 each week, golfers will get a nine-hole scramble tournament round on the par-36 layout along with a power cart, food and post-round prizes.

Participants are asked to call the course at 603-448-4483 to reserve a spot each week.

On the Hunt

Hunter Safety Training

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department again is teaming up with the Hartford Rod and Gun Club to hold a free hunter safety and education course next month.

The two-phase instruction process starts with a series of seven weeknight classes starting on Monday at the Dothan Brook School. Each class will take place from 6-8 p.m. and will cover a wide variety of topics such as firearms safety, hunter responsibility, personal preparedness and wildlife conservation.

The training will include a field day at the Hartford Rod and Gun Club on Wildlife Road in West Hartford on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The field day gives participants a chance to put the lessons learned in the classroom to work.

All classes are led by certified Hartford Rod and Gun Club volunteers. The program is open to hunters of all ages and ability levels. All would-be hunters, bow hunters and trappers are required to complete the course in order to purchase their first licenses. Participants taking the bow hunting safety course are welcome to bring their own bows and field arrows for the program.

Registration is required and must be done through the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Call Hartford Parks and Recreation at 802-295-5036 for more information.

On Two Wheels

Tour de Taste Set

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will hold its 12th Tour de Taste pedaling picnic starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The tour takes cyclists along scenic routes covering six, 21 or 30 miles, with food stops along the way staffed by area restaurants and farms.

Pre-registration is required for the Tour de Taste. All funds raised go toward the UVTA’s programs and trail improvement projects.

Visit www.uvtrails.org for more information or to register.