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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Second Down: Buffalo Bills Hire Former Dartmouth Football Coach Callie Brownson

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Callie Brownson - FILE: SARAH PRIESTAP
  • File: Sarah Priestap
  • Callie Brownson
On most Sunday afternoons during football season, a certain subset of NFL fans routinely descends upon Ruben James, the college-y sports bar and dance club on Main Street in Burlington. Unofficially, RJ's is the city's "Bills bar," where Buffalo Bills die-hards gather to root on — and in recent years, largely lament — the downtrodden AFC East club.

It's been a rough couple of decades for Bills fans since the early-1990s glory days of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Marv Levy, when the team ruled the AFC and made it to four consecutive Super Bowls. But in early September, at least, hope springs eternal for NFL fans. And as a new season begins this week, there's reason for guarded optimism in Buffalo — and by extension, at RJ's.

When fans tune in to watch the Bills play the division rival New York Jets this Sunday, much of the intrigue will center on Buffalo's nimble, rocket-armed, second-year QB Josh Allen and a feisty defense. But locals might also recognize a familiar face roaming the Buffalo sidelines.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sail Away: Community Sailing Center Launches Free Program

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Sailors in a CSC boat - COURTESY OF THE COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER
  • Courtesy of the Community Sailing Center
  • Sailors in a CSC boat
An old chestnut in sailing circles is that the best two days of a sailor's life are the day he or she buys a boat … and the day he/she sells it. For landlubbers, the joke is that, while sailing can be a blissful pastime, it's also a notoriously expensive and consuming hobby.

This week, the Community Sailing Center in Burlington announced a new initiative that will take away much of the hassle and virtually all of the expense of sailing for those looking to get out on the water.

Beginning in September, the CSC will offer weekend sailboat rentals gratis through its new Free Sailing Program, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bandwagon Preview: UVM vs. Florida State

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 2:59 PM

University of Vermont Catamounts - UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Vermont Catamounts
Put on your dancin' shoes, Cats fans. Saturday, the University of Vermont men's basketball team earned a ticket to the Big Dance, aka the NCAA Division 1 tournament, by dominating the University of Maryland Baltimore County Saturday in the America East conference finals. As an added bonus, in doing so the Catamounts avenged last season's crushing finals loss to those same UMBC Retrievers — if you recall, UMBC went on to make NCAA tournament history in 2018 as the first 16 seed to beat a 1 seed.

UVM's reward? (Other than sweet, sweet vengeance?) A 13 seed in the tourney and a date with fourth seeded and heavily favored Florida State at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in Hartford, Conn.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Refugee Communities Find Cause for Celebration During Difficult Year

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 4:09 PM

Interpreter Poe Poh (left) and Thaw Theet at Leddy Park in Burlington - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Interpreter Poe Poh (left) and Thaw Theet at Leddy Park in Burlington
For the last seven years, Thaw Theet has always attended local festivities to commemorate World Refugee Day, which is observed across the world on June 20.

"I came here as a refugee," said the South Burlington resident. "Even though I am now a U.S. citizen, I will never forget where I came from." Though Theet understands English, she's shy about conversing in the language and chose to speak through an interpreter instead.

Theet, an ethnic-Karen from Myanmar, isn't alone in wanting to honor her history. Last Saturday, upward of 300 people — refugees, former refugees, social service providers and community partners — gathered at Burlington's Leddy Park to celebrate World Refugee Day.

"It's a happy day for me," said Theet, 33.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Seven Questions for Vermont SABR Chair Clayton Trutor

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Clayton Trutor - COURTESY OF CLAYTON TRUTOR
  • Courtesy of Clayton Trutor
  • Clayton Trutor
Vermont baseball nerds, rejoice! This weekend, the Vermont chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) takes the field after a long rain delay, metaphorically speaking. The Gardner-Waterman (Vermont) SABR chapter holds its spring meeting at the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center in Burlington this Sunday, April 22.

The local SABR chapter was founded in the 1990s by noted local baseball historian Tom Simon and others. But according to current chair Clayton Trutor, the collective of baseball researchers, historians and statisticians had fallen dormant in recent years. Trutor is attempting to jumpstart the chapter and hopes to hold meetings at least twice per year.

"It's an opportunity for members to present their research on the history of baseball and the statistics of the game," Trutor tells Seven Days. He adds: "There will also be a trivia contest."

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Abenakis Gather for Traditional Snow Snake Game in West Barnet

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Winners of 2018 Snow Snake Games, left to right: Nate Chenevert, Gavin MacNeille, Rhonda Besaw and Bryan Blanchett - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Winners of 2018 Snow Snake Games, left to right: Nate Chenevert, Gavin MacNeille, Rhonda Besaw and Bryan Blanchett
Last Saturday, about two dozen people gathered in West Barnet to play the traditional Native American winter game of snow snake. The games also coincided with the official opening of the Nulhegan Abenaki Cultural Center.

"This is an ancient Native game," explained Donald Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan band of the Abenaki nation. "You slide a stick down the track. Whoever goes the farthest wins."

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Volleyball Tournament Brings Bhutanese Communities Together

Posted By on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 1:02 PM

Volunteers and members of Green Mountain Bhutanese Organization - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Volunteers and members of Green Mountain Bhutanese Organization
Some say that sports bring people together. That was literally true last Saturday, as Bhutanese communities from Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y., were in Burlington to meet old friends and compete in the second interstate volleyball tournament.

Hosted by the Green Mountain Bhutanese Organization, the daylong event was held at Edmunds Middle School.

"Because of this sport, we can bring our community together, to spend leisure time together," said GMBO president Raghu Acharya.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Vermont Huts Association Launches Statewide System of Trailside Cabins

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Merck Forest and Farmland Center cabin - COURTESY OF MERCK FOREST AND FARMLAND CENTER
  • Courtesy of Merck Forest and Farmland Center
  • Merck Forest and Farmland Center cabin
If there’s anything better than a day in the backcountry, it’s two — or three, or more, and a network of cabins in which skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers and hikers can hunker down for the night before tackling another section of trail. The Alps have such a system, as do the Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and the Presidential Range of New Hampshire.

But the Green Mountains of Vermont? Not so much. As Devin Littlefield writes in a blog post: “When I first moved here, the trails were looking bright and fresh. There was lots of great new terrain to let the outdoor wild-child in me let loose with — mountain biking, backcountry skiing, trail running, you name it. The one thing that I was most surprised about, though: lack of backcountry accommodations.”

So, in August 2016, Littlefield — who hails from Maine — partnered with University of Vermont grad and endurance athlete RJ Thompson to create the Vermont Huts Association. The new nonprofit is dedicated to creating a four-season hut network in order to enhance recreational opportunities across the state, no matter the weather.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stowe Scores Major Tennis Tourney, Teaser for U.S. Open

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Spruce Peak Stadium - COURTESY OF LAURA MARTTINEN
  • Courtesy of Laura Marttinen
  • Spruce Peak Stadium
From August 22 to 24, the largest summer sporting event will happen in Vermont — and it’s not baseball or boating. It’s tennis, bringing some of the tour’s top male players to the Green Mountain State on the eve of the U.S. Open in New York City.

Playing host are Grand Slam Tennis Tours, a Stowe-based travel company that has worked with Stowe Mountain Lodge to build a brand-spanking-new stadium, invite athletes and sell tickets. “What we’re doing here in Stowe goes beyond a tennis tourney,” says public relations director Kyle Ross. “It changes the American tennis landscape.”

This week, Seven Days lobbed a few questions at Ross about the Stowe Mountain Lodge Tennis Classic.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

PBS to Air Documentary on Rutland Basketball and Racism

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM

'Divided by Diversity' film poster - COURTESY OF DUANE CARLETON
  • Courtesy Of Duane Carleton
  • 'Divided by Diversity' film poster
Local filmmaker Duane Carleton's documentary, Divided by Diversity, premieres on Vermont PBS  on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The doc centers on the Mount St. Joseph Academy basketball team that won the 2011-12 Division II high school state championship.

Specifically, Carleton's film chronicles the racism that five black athletes from the Bronx faced after enrolling at the private Catholic school in Rutland to play basketball. Some parents and players complained about losing playing time to "outsiders." The five players also endured racist epithets from rival fans during games.

Cam Whittemore, a postal service worker
 who played surrogate mother to the athletes, was featured on the cover of Seven Days in December.

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