O'Connor could be a shoe-in for greatness in VCM
"At this point, I'm more interested in running my fastest than I am in running barefoot," O'Connor said Tuesday, before one of his final training runs leading up to this year's marathon. The 31-year-old, lifelong runner has the typical aspiration of ...
May 22, 2015
Bay Day 2015 nets large crowds
Serving up fresh oysters is a major attraction every year at the festival, with strawberry shortcake another favorite. The 23rd annual edition of the festival started at noon Saturday and, shaking off intermittent showers, is going on until 9 o'clock ...
June 6, 2015
UVM's inseparable freshman duo shines
UVM coach John Becker estimated the duo share the court for about 10 minutes a game, and figure likely to trend upward with how they continue to perform. "We wouldn't be where we are this season without those two guys, playing the way they did," Becker ...
March 8, 2015
The World's 15 Most Amazing Waterfalls
Waterfalls have been an awe-inspiring sight ever since the first man walked down river, peered over the edge, and then wildly exclaimed to his tribe-bros, "I think we can jump off of this!" So it's with the same passionate spirit of adventure and ...
May 14, 2015
Reviving a lifeline on a distant Arizona highway
Mary Ann decided the inconvenience and the expense of the long detours was too much, so once she was behind the wheel of a working truck again, she packed up Willanna and her younger son, Wyatt, and moved to Salt Lake City. There, friends from her ...
April 6, 2015
District championships see alpine skiing talent at an all-time high
The talent stacked up behind Coffin includes Caden Frost, Trent Smith and Ted Hadley, racers who are virtually interchangeable results-wise when they are in peak form. "Any one of them is capable of skiing extremely well — even winning," Minnerly said....
February 17, 2015
By the numbers, Hockey Catamounts are doing just fine
From a year ago, when the Catamounts earned an NCAA berth, UVM's offense is up by 0.7 goals per game while the goals allowed are down by nearly the same amount. That's an average swing of 1.5 goals per game to the positive. These Catamounts have ...
December 2, 2014
Anyone who has spotted Teage O'Connor out on a training run and noticed his lack of footwear might assume he is simply following the herd that is the barefoot running trend. But when Sunday's People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay gets underway, O'Connor will have shoes on his feet and his focus locked dead ahead. "At this point, I'm more interested in running my fastest than I am in running barefoot," O'Connor said Tuesday, before one of his final training runs leading up to this year's marathon. The barefoot running movement has actually been around for decades, but gained serious traction in recent years thanks to Christopher McDougall's bestselling 2011 book, "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World... McDougall insists that traditional, thickly-padded running shoes are not only unnecessary, but can go beyond hindering performance and actually contribute to injury. "The safest and most time-tested running technique is the one you perform in bare feet," wrote McDougall, using elite-level competitors who train all over the world without shoes as examples. O'Connor grew up running barefoot through the woods, first in his native Alaska and later in southern California and ultimately, Vermont. "I do most of my training barefoot," he said.
It's all shuckin, and no jivin, mostly all day, for some volunteers at the annual Bay Day festival at the salt-encrusted historic port of Bivalve. One of them is Stow Creek resident Mike Fardone, who with short-bladed knife in hand and a huge supply of oysters on ice, is manning one of the busiest Bay Day attractions at Saturday's ongoing festival. Fardone, with help of co-volunteers and co-workers Bob Seabrook of Absecon and Jim McDevitt of Franklin Township, is tasked with processing fresh seafood of multiple delectable species. Serving up fresh oysters is a major attraction every year at the festival, with strawberry shortcake another favorite. The 23rd annual edition of the festival started at noon Saturday and, shaking off intermittent showers, is going on until 9 o'clock Saturday night when fireworks wrap up the event. Meghan Wren, founder and executive director of the center, was one of the walkers in the "Strut" that opened the festival. "There aren't very many times that people come together and share how they feel about the bay," Wren said. For people to come together and acknowledge that they care about the bay, all together, in a festive, atmosphere, with creative music is great. "I had read about the boat, about the Meerwald , in the newspaper and followed it for quite a few years," said Fardone about his volunteer career, now in.
When it's time to study for an exam, Trae Bell-Haynes and Cam Ward hunker down together. Bell-Haynes and Ward can be found playing video games in their dorm room. Ward usually falls asleep first, a few minutes before Bell-Haynes. "We basically do everything together," Ward said. Bell-Haynes is the starting point guard for the University of Vermont men's basketball team. Ward blossomed into Bell-Haynes' backup, a reliable bench player who puts in quality minutes and knocks down dagger 3-pointers. And together, they have stemmed the effect of the season-ending injury to prized recruit Ernie Duncan (redshirt) as the Catamounts earned the No. 2 seed for the America East Conference tournament and are one win away from advancing to their ninth... Game preview: Vermont, Stony Brook meet in America East semifinals Sunday afternoon at Patrick Gym. Bell-Haynes has started 25 of UVM's 30 games, averaging 8. 6 points and 3. 4 assists a game, while Ward has entered every contest, averaging 20 minutes and 6. 3 ppg, making 41. 3 percent of his 3-point attempts. The league's coaches took notice: Bell-Haynes was an all-rookie selection. UVM coach John Becker estimated the duo share the court for about 10 minutes a game, and figure likely to trend upward with how they continue to perform. Scholarship offers for Bell-Haynes, a Toronto native, were nearly non-existent.