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November 22nd, 2014

Local Sports & Outdoors

Montpelier Rec & Civic Center Team Up for 2014 Spring Slam

The Montpelier Recreation Department and the Montpelier Memorial Civic Center have teamed up for an exciting 4 vs. 4 double elimination basketball tournament May 17-18. “We’re partnered up to make this event the start of a really big annual event,” says John Murphy, Director of the CVMCC, and Jenny Bartlett, Program Coordinator, at the Rec Departme...

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Vermont’s Spring Turkey Hunting Starts Soon

  Hunters are gearing up for Vermont’s spring turkey hunting season that starts May 1. Vermont offers some of the best turkey hunting in New England according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. In 2013, Hunters took 6,362 turkeys in both the youth weekend and regular seasons, and 608 turkeys in the fall season. What makes Vermont’s...

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Bear Ridge Speedway’s 47th Consecutive Season Kicks Off Saturday, May 3rd

  With the snow finally melting, Bear Ridge Speedway is prepping the track and sprucing up the facility for the competitors and fans who are getting revved up for the first green of the 2014 season on Saturday, May 3rd, after the annual Bear Ridge Car show at the Bradford Jiffy Mart. Be sure to check out the cars and stars at the 13th annual U...

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Congratulations to 7th Grade Central Vermont U AAU Team

 Congratulations to the 7th grade Central Vermont U AAU team, who won the Zero Gravity State Championship in St. Johnsbury on April 13th. The championship game went double overtime! Pictured (l to r) are players Ryan Blaney, Finn Olsen, Sam Bigglestone, Jordan Hawkins, Alec Atkins, Ben Davis-Noe, Aaron Vetere, Bryson Richards, Aidan Gilwee, and coa...

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Public Invited to Weigh in on Kingdom Heritage Lands Management and Access

  The public will soon have an opportunity to provide input on recent updates to the draft management plan and on public access on the Kingdom Heritage Lands in Essex County. There will be three public meetings and a comment period through June 11 to gather public input on the proposed updates. The Kingdom Heritage Lands include West Mountain...

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Hallee Allen is New Vermont Champion on Beam

Hallee Allen (center) is the Vermont Champion on beam for level 3 girls ages 5 to 7.   Twelve girls from Sunrise Gymnastics in Berlin traveled the last weekend of March to Bellows Falls High School to end this competitive season participating in USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics Vermont Championships. The youngest of them, Hallee Allen, won first...

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Hunt Safely in Turkey Season

  In Vermont, May 1st is almost as important as the opening of the firearms deer season, and while spring turkey hunting-related shootings are rare (last year’s season was incident-free) precautions are needed. Camouflage or drab colored clothing is almost mandatory to outwit a keen sighted gobbler. Unfortunately, camouflage has the same affec...

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Delayed Spring Weather Changes Options for Vermont Anglers

  The late return of spring weather and persistent ice may alter the plans of some anglers this year. While the winter weather extends opportunities for ice fishing on some water bodies, it can also delay anglers’ access to open water for the start of trout season. Trout fishing season opens on April 12 this year, but on most waters in Vermont...

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Bobolink Project Seeks Contributions to Protect Nesting Habitats on Farms

  Songbird populations have been declining in recent years due to threats to their nesting habitat. To help reverse that trend, the Bobolink Project uses community contributions to compensate farmers for adopting haying practices that protect nesting habitats of grassland birds. One species of special concern is the bobolink, which in the past...

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Vermont’s Wildlife Responds to Delayed Spring

  Vermont’s human residents are not the only ones coping with the continued wintery conditions this year. The state’s wildlife are also searching for ways to deal with the deep snow and ice that may remain late into spring. Bears begin to emerge from their dens as the snow starts to melt and food typically becomes exposed and accessible. Despi...

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