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Late inning rallies lift Armadillos over Warthogs (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008

 After six innings, the Waterbury Warthogs, who came into Sunday’s Vermont Senior Baseball League game with a 9-2 record and a one game lead over the Williston Armadillos in the standings, led the Dillos 2-0. It was the first time in years that the Dillos had been held scoreless so late in a game.

But the Armadillos broke out of their stupor in the seventh inning by scoring five runs, and followed the outburst with three more in the eighth to notch an 8-2 victory.

By improving their record to 9-3, the Dillos moved into fourth place in the standings, behind Charlotte (12-0), Barre (11-1) and Colchester (8-2), with four games left to play.

The Armadillos outhit the Warthogs 16 to eight, with 10 of 11 players hitting safely. The team was led by third baseman Pat “Pukie” Martin (3-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs), catcher Bambino Fitzgerald (2-3, BB, 2 runs), pitcher Bill Supple (2-4), shortstop/pitcher Greg Bolger (2-4, 2 RBIs) and outfielder Billy “Vegas” Daw (2-4, 2 RBIs).

Supple pitched the first 6.2 innings, giving up seven hits, walking five and striking out five. Bolger picked up the win to improve his record to 3-0, giving up just one hit and walking none in the last 2.1 innings.

The Warthogs scored one run in the second inning on two walks and two singles and another run in the fourth on a walk, a throwing error and a fielder’s choice.

The Dillos stayed close with several key defensive plays. In the fifth, with a man on first and one out, Supple fielded a liner and threw to first to double off the runner. In the sixth, after a leadoff single, the Bambino threw to first to pick off the runner, which proved costly to the Warthogs, as the next two batters reached base, the latter on a single.

In the meantime, the Dillos’ offense was eerily silent until the seventh inning, when the team scored five times with some help from the opposing pitcher, who walked the Bambino, first baseman Dennis Johnson (1-3, BB, 2 runs) and left fielder Dann Van der Vliet (1-3, BB, 2 runs) to open the frame. Daw and Martin followed with infield hits to tie the score and the Dillos went ahead when Danis reached base on an error. Bolger then followed with a single to left, the first ball to hit out of the infield in the inning, to drive home two runs.

The Dillos came back with three more runs in the eighth as second baseman “DW” Wark (1-3, BB) walked and the Bambino, Van der Vliet, Daw and Martin all singled, with Daw driving in one run and Martin two.

On Sunday, the Dillos travel to Woodstock to play the 9-4 Killington Saints.


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Two losses knock Irelands out of Legion tourney (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008
By Tim Simard
Observer staff

S.D. Ireland came up short last weekend during the American Legion baseball Northern District tournament. Ireland suffered two losses at the tournament in Middlebury to finish the season at 18-15, including non-league games.

The S.D. Ireland team came into the Northern District Tournament as the second seed, right behind the Colchester Cannons. Addison County seeded third, followed by the O.E.C. Kings.

File photo by Ben Sarle
S.D. Ireland player Paul Handy watches a pitch during a mid-season game against Orleans-Essex County. The American Legion baseball team rode a 14-4 league record to a second-place finish in the regular season, but bowed out of the Northern Division tournament this month with two straight losses.

The tournament began Friday, Aug. 1 in a four-team, double-elimination event. The Cannons played against the Kings, with S.D. Ireland taking on Addison. The Kings won in a lopsided 13-2 game.

S.D. Ireland lost to Addison in another one-sided game, 10-2, on Friday. Addison’s Corey Haight allowed just one hit in six innings, striking out four. Ireland infielder Justin Raymond smacked a triple for the team’s biggest hit of the game. Williston pitcher Nick Angstman took the loss.

S.D. Ireland played against the Cannons on Saturday morning in the losers’ bracket. Ireland could only muster one run, losing 7-1 and falling from the tournament. Cannon’s pitcher Matt Goulet took the win, with Williston pitcher Whitney Mikell taking the loss for Ireland. Raymond again tripled in the second game.

In the winner’s bracket, Addison defeated the Kings 4-2, advancing to the finals. The Cannons, winners of the losers’ bracket, took on the Kings on Sunday morning after rain shortened the Saturday afternoon game. The Kings beat the Cannons on Sunday, 6-5.

In the afternoon finals game, Addison and the Kings again faced off. Addison was dominant throughout and won the Northern District Tournament with a 23-3 win over the Kings.

Addison faced Rutland, the Southern District winners, in the state tournament. The team advances to play in the Northeast Legion Regional tournament, held in Bristol, Conn., on Thursday.


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Sports up and running at Champlain Valley Union (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Despite some weather-caused interruptions, tryouts and practices were going strong this week for Champlain Valley Union High School fall sports participants.

But not always out of doors.

Late Tuesday afternoon brought storm clouds and thunder, forcing football and boys and girls soccer into the gymnasium for conditioning exercises.

File photo by Terri Zittritsch
Champlain Valley Union football players make a tackle during a 2007 playoff game against Windsor. The team began tryouts this week and, under new head coach Jim Provost, will look to improve upon last year’s 4-6 record.

“The rule is, and I agree with it, once you hear thunder or see lightning, everybody has to go inside for at least a half-hour,” said first year head football coach Jim Provost. “If there is more thunder and/or lightning, then the clock starts again.”

Provost, in his second day of tryouts, has some 80 hopefuls working out, with more expected as family vacations come to an end.

After double sessions this week, the plan is for single workouts from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. this coming week with a scrimmage against Rice Memorial High set for a week from Saturday, on Aug. 23.

Provost was head coach at Rice through the 1990s.

Parents will get an opportunity to meet Provost and his staff on Saturday in a boosters-sponsored program featuring an intra-squad scrimmage and discussions starting at 9 a.m.

Also forced inside Tuesday were coach T. J. Mead and his boys soccer candidates.

When the boom was heard, Mead and the defending Division I champions were late in the second of their two workouts. Once inside the gym, the players were jumping, stretching and going through additional conditioning.

The third-year coach said that while the team reported in generally good physical condition, “we are going to get in better shape.”

The two-a-day sessions continue through Friday for boys soccer. On Saturday, the Redhawks will travel to St. Albans for a scrimmage against Bellows Free Academy.

Meade says he has 43 athletes currently on his varsity squad, but a few could wind up with the junior varsity.

Gym time was also an unplanned aspect of practice for coach Brad Parker and the girls soccer team, which quickly started doing sprints.

Parker has about 40 girls on his squad. Freshmen were due in Wednesday.

Coach Kate McDonald and the field hockey candidates and coach Scott Bliss and the cross country runners were not at the school during the early evening sessions.



Saturday, Aug. 16

9 a.m. – Photo session and chalk talk for parents
10 a.m. – Red and White scrimmage
Noon – BBQ for players and families
1 p.m. – Mandatory parents’ meeting with coaches

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Fire Log (Aug.14 2008)

Overturned boat

Firefighters responded to Lake Iroquois at 10:14 a.m. on July 26 for a report of an overturned boat, and had word that one of the sailboat’s occupants was still in the water. Soon after firefighters were dispatched to the scene, however, the fire department received a report that the boat was upright and all occupants had made it to shore, according to the fire log. The report did not specify the number of people in the boat.

Aircraft emergency training

Firefighters conducted aircraft standby training in the early morning hours of July 27. At 1:55 a.m., the fire department was called to Burlington International Airport for drills on emergency landings.

Sandy Loisel, administrative assistant at the fire department, said planes often have problems with landing mechanisms that lead to emergency standby.

“There’s an area we go to and stage at, and wait there until the plane has successfully landed,” Loisel said.

Drills also involve fire departments from Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Mallets Bay and South Burlington, Loisel said.

Motor vehicle accidents

  Firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident at South Brownell Road and Marshall Avenue at 11 a.m. on July 27, in which three people were transported to the hospital. According to the fire log, there was a collision between a Chevy Cobalt and a Pontiac van. The driver of the Chevy refused transportation to the hospital, but two females and a baby in the Pontiac were transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care by St. Michael’s College and Essex Rescue, the report notes.

Eight people from the Williston Fire Department responded in the command vehicle, engine 3 and the hazmat truck.

  Firefighters responded to a three-car accident on Vermont 2A at 12:25 p.m. on Aug. 2. One woman was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care by St. Michael’s College Rescue, according to the report. The crash involved a Toyota, Ford Focus and two-door Acura. More details were not available.

Campfire call

A resident on Hillside Drive called the Fire Department at 7:57 p.m. on Aug. 4 after she noticed smoke drifting through her windows from outside, a report notes. Firefighters responded and found a neighbor having a campfire in a fire pit. Wet wood caused the smoke, the report notes.

Sandy Loisel, administrative assistant at the fire department, said the fire pit met standards, and the resident in charge of the fire had obtained a permit.

Loisel said campfires in Williston must conform to regulations that include having the fire in the confines of a stone or other type of enclosure, and recommended having water nearby.

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Letters to the Editor (Aug.14 2008)

Letters to the Editor
Aug. 14, 2008

All-Star welcome

I would like to congratulate Williston Little League’s 2008 State Championship Team: Manager Will Mikell, Coach Jeff Smith, Davis Mikell, Erik Bergkvist, Tommy Fitzgerald, Hayden Smith, Ryan Schneiderman, Brendan Gannon, Connor Stankevich, Peter Scrimgeour, Jeffrey Martin, Max Whitcomb, Jamie Pierson and Chris Reiss.

The 2008 season, an amazing ride that started back in April, will never be forgotten by the 12 players and their families. The boys represented Williston and Vermont with pride, class, sportsmanship and baseball ability.

Many thanks to the families who transported the boys to and from every event. It is hard to believe that 12 boys from a little town with a population around 8,100 can produce such talented and determined young men. These boys clinched the state championship in Brattleboro two weeks ago, and represented Vermont in the New England Regional Little League Championship in Bristol, Conn. They went 2-3, coming only two wins away from Williamsport, Pa. to vie for the 2008 Little League International Title.

Thank you to the many volunteers who have been working to defray costs that 12 families didn’t expect to incur. A special thanks to Joel Klein, who created a video on the town of Williston, a requirement from Little League International; we hope to have a public viewing at some point. A special thank you to the Town of Williston for the police escort, the town employees and summer camp staff and kids who welcomed home our “boys of summer.”

Please join us for a formal welcome home, Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at the entrance to Williston Community Park. This is a potluck, so bring a dish to share. Williston Little League will cook burgers and dogs. Contact Chris Geffken at or 879-0489 to contribute. To help recoup some of the travel costs incurred by the 12 Little League families, there will be a donation bucket. You can also mail a check to Gene McCue at 111 Chamberlin Lane or donate online at (click on the “Donate Now” link on the left side of the page).

Tim O’Brien
On behalf of the Williston Little League Board



Well wishes from ‘Uncle’ Ron

I assume the residents of Williston are buzzing and proud of the Williston Little League All-Stars and their great success. Winning a state championship, especially from a small town league, is quite an accomplishment. Battling through the round robin and reaching the semifinals is like David taking the field against Goliath. It took the eventual regional winners to send your boys home. Those pesky — or should we say gutsy — Williston boys!

However, I’m not writing about winning ball games. I’m writing to talk about 12 young men who represented their parents, schools, churches and community in exemplary manner.

The New England Regional Tournament is staffed by a multitude of volunteers. I was assigned as team “uncle” for the Vermont champions. The “uncle” is a host, guide and extra set of hands, eyes and ears. Where the team goes, the uncle goes, rise and shine to bedtime.

The Vermont champions, your Williston boys, were great! There was no bickering, moods, attitudes, complaining or conflicts. They were always cooperative, saying “please” and “thank you” to all the volunteers. They mixed easily with teams from other states.

“What?!” you say. “Are these boys normal?”

Yes, I assure you they are. But always with respect and within the guidelines. One of my duties was to make them feel at home and comfortable. Instead they made me feel at home and part of the team. What nice young men they are. I congratulate their parents and you, the community.

Much credit must go to the coaches, Will Mikell and Jeff Smith, for positive coaching while letting the boys enjoy the entire experience. Credit must also go to the parents, who supported the boys with love and encouragement without pressure or unending expectations.

Finally, I want to say to Erik Bergkvist, Tommy Fitzgerald, Brendan Gannon, Jeffrey Martin, Davis Mikell, Jamie Pierson, Chris Riess, Ryan Schneiderman, Peter Scrimgeour, Hayden Smith, Connor Stankevich and Max Whitcomb that it has been a pleasure to know you. You are, without exaggeration or exception, simply stated, good boys. Thank you for being who you are and what you do.

“Uncle” Ron Russo
Watertown, Conn.

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Comcastic? (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008
By Sen. Bernie Sanders 

They say the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes, but if you are a customer of one of the cable TV giants, you can add constantly rising rates and bad service.

Many Vermont subscribers to Comcast — the nation’s largest cable company and the service provider for 83 percent of Vermonters who have cable — are seeing that truism played out once again. Comcast has decided to remove up to 13 channels from its analog cable packages without any reduction in the price customers pay. In a meeting in my office, a Comcast executive held to the view that this is not a price increase. That type of executive math may explain the corporate world’s seemingly ceaseless accounting problems, but in Vermont we all know that when you get less for the same price, it is a price increase.

Comcast has offered to help people who want to keep all of their channels make the transition to digital cable, but digital cable subscribers need to lease a box (from Comcast, of course) at a rate of $3.95 a month for now. Comcast is offering to waive that fee for a year, after which subscribers will pay the full price for each box they rent for every television in their home. That means you will end up paying more to keep what you used to have. In Vermont, that’s a price increase, too.

The right thing for Comcast to do would be to lower the cost of analog packages if they are going to provide fewer channels. Likewise, if people choose to switch to digital to retain all their channels, Comcast should hold those people harmless — meaning they should get the use of a digital box at no charge and keep the same pricing plans.

Sadly, the latest increases are part of a pattern of ever-escalating cable price hikes since Congress, over my objection, deregulated the cable industry in 1996. Competition was supposed to ensure fair prices and good customer service. Instead, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationally, cable prices have risen 77 percent since 1996, roughly double the rate of inflation. In rural places like Vermont, competition often is non-existent. The monopoly pricing power that follows allows companies like Comcast to rake in huge profits — $2.58 billion in 2007 — and pay their executives exorbitant salaries. Comcast’s top CEO received $134.6 million over the last five years.

The profits and exorbitant salaries are occurring at the same time that Comcast, by most measures, provides pretty dismal customer service. Last year, over a six-month period, the Vermont Department of Public Service received 952 Comcast consumer complaints. The largest single type of complaint focused on rates and bills. In a recent national survey conducted by the University of Michigan, Comcast tied for last in terms of customer service among cable, satellite and television providers. It was dead last in landline telephone service.

Comcast’s recent moves in Vermont also show another problem with the current system of unregulated cable companies. Comcast apparently made the decision about which channels to strip based on some statistical data, but without any consultation with the people who watch those channels.

One of the networks widely targeted for removal was EWTN, which provides Catholic religious content. With our cold winters and mountainous geography, basic cable service is the television lifeline for many older Vermonters. In the case of many older Vermont Catholics, EWTN is (or was) their spiritual lifeline as well. It is this kind of insensitive nickel-and-diming by an unregulated monopoly that the more than 100 Vermonters who have contacted my office complain about the most.

Perhaps one solution to Comcast being out of touch with its Vermont subscribers would be for Comcast, and other cable providers, to agree to periodic public meetings in Vermont to discuss issues such as channel lineup and pricing. To make the meetings meaningful, they should be held under the auspices of some state or local authority. That way, Vermonters could give their feedback directly to the company and company leaders would (hopefully) get a better understanding of how their policy decisions affect real people.

That won’t happen tomorrow, but in the meantime my office has scheduled a town meeting at the Rutland City Town Hall on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Comcast representatives will be present, as will state officials and a consumer group.

We’ve already had one small success. During the meeting in my office, Comcast agreed to waive the $16.95 installation fee for those analog customers who lost channels and chose to go to digital. In addition, those who have already paid the fee will get a credit on their bill.

I hope Vermonters will use the Aug. 14 meeting as a chance to have their voices heard on this issue. Maybe we can start a dialogue that will convince Comcast to stop picking the pockets of Vermont customers. If you cannot make it to the meeting but would like to share your views on this matter, please call my office at 800-339-9834 or send me an e-mail at

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate.


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Recipe Corner (Aug.14 2008)

Recipe Corner

Aug. 14, 2008

Here are some fruit-based dishes for those dog days of summer when the family dog doesn’t do anything but lay around because of the heat. I seem to remember when August was known as having the most dog days of summer, but that sure doesn’t hold true anymore.

Pineapple limeade

1 cup sugar

6 cups pineapple juice, chilled

1 cup lime juice

2 liters sparkling water, chilled

Mix sugar and juices in large plastic or glass pitcher. Pour half of this into another pitcher. Just before serving, add sparkling water and serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices.

Easy lemonade pie

1 graham cracker piecrust

1 quart of vanilla ice cream, softened

1 can (6 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Mix ice cream and lemonade and pour into piecrust and freeze about 4 hours until firm. Remove a few minutes before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and/or lemon peel.

Raspberry shortcake

2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

1/3 cup butter

3/4 cup milk

3 cups raspberries

6 tablespoons confectionary sugar

3 tablespoons orange juice

Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, stir in milk just until mix forms a ball. Knead on floured surface 5 times. Roll to rectangle shape about 1/2 inch thick, then cut into 6 shapes. Brush tops with egg white that has been beaten a little with fork. Sprinkle sugar on top. Bake in 450-degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Make raspberry sauce by putting 1 1/2 cups berries, powdered sugar and orange juice in blender.

Cut shortcakes in half, with one cake for each serving and put 1/4 cup sauce on bottom half and 2 tablespoons whipped cream. Top this with other half and drizzle sauce over the top half and sprinkle with fresh raspberries. Makes 6 servings.

Fruit salad with lemon glaze

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons lemon pie filling (made from scratch or canned)

4 cups mixed fresh fruit, cut up (berries, peaches, bananas, melon, apples, plums)

Mix sour cream and lemon pie filling and gently fold into fruit. Refrigerate until serving time. Can serve as is or over a slice of cantaloupe.

Ginger Isham was the co-owner of Maple Grove Farm Bed & Breakfast in Williston, a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road where she still lives.

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Right to the point (Aug.14 2008)

America’s future with China: competition, confrontation, engagement

Aug. 14, 2008
By Mike Benevento

Starting with the spectacular opening ceremonies, the Beijing Olympics have been very exciting to watch. Already, China and the United States are shaping up as top rivals during the games.

In a way, the Olympics serve as a microcosm of U.S.-Chinese relations. Many Americans do not realize that China is a growing threat and in the near future will increasingly affect America’s prosperity and national security. Within the next 15 years, there is a good chance that communist China will become America’s biggest competitor and arch nemesis throughout the world.

During the Cold War, the world was bipolar. Many countries aligned themselves with the U.S.-led West or were under Russia’s influence. There were unaligned nations, but for the most part these countries wielded very little influence in the world. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the mid-1990s there were three economic powers in the world: the European Union, Japan and the United States. However, even back then, the ever-growing economic and military wild card on the world’s political scene was the People’s Republic of China.

Mainland China has become a nation of consumers. Just like Americans, the Chinese people are buying and selling goods and services — and wanting a better life for their family and children. However, as raw materials (especially oil) and markets have started to dwindle, the two nations find themselves increasingly vying for the same limited resources, driving up prices and potentially causing conflicts.

Today, economic competition with China is increasing. These days, it seems like most consumer goods Americans buy have “Made in China” written on their label. Just like the United States, China exports goods throughout the world. Unlike the past, however, it no longer sells only cheap products. Much of what the Chinese produce is high quality, sophisticated goods, like electronic equipment and automobiles. When speaking about Chinese automakers, Bill Ford, chairman of the board of Ford Motor Company, told Business Week, “I think they’re very credible competitors. The biggest mistake we could ever make is to disregard them. We’re watching them very closely.”

As China moves from a developing to a developed country, it has also become a nation of polluters. The World Bank estimates that 750,000 Chinese die annually from the effects of pollution. As Tom Brokaw pointed out last Sunday, China is building one coal-powered plant a week and uses about one-third of the world’s coal. As its population and economy continues to grow, China expects to add 20,000 cars daily. This energy use and pollution negatively impacts the environment and adds to global warming.

China has discretely built the world’s second largest military as America focuses attention on the War on Terror, the Axis of Evil and in the Middle East. It continues to be the world’s biggest exporter of military weapons, many of which have found their way onto the battlefields of Iraq and Sudan. Unlike the arms sold in the 1960s and 1970s (which were cheap copies of Russian equipment), the weapons systems the Chinese sell nowadays are top of the line, making them potentially even more deadly to Americans.

Most importantly, the Chinese nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals are very impressive. Besides having the ability to launch nukes against the American homeland, there is concern for China’s proliferation of nuclear technology and weapons to nations hostile to America. In 2005, the Defense Department predicted a three-fold increase in China’s defense spending over the next 20 years. While the U.S. military shrinks in size, China’s continues to modernize and grow. The fear is that the Chinese will use this military might to bully America and its allies in the future.

Since the Nixon Administration, engagement has been America’s main foreign policy tool with China. The hope is that close interaction between the two countries will influence China along a peaceful path. By economically interconnecting with China, the United States has helped nudge the country into being more open and respecting of human rights. As U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson noted days ago, “Only through continued engagement with China can we help them solve the issues.” By engaging the Chinese, the United States has helped its leadership start to reform and give more freedom to its people.

As the world’s resources become more strained, the future of U.S.-Chinese relations will be one of increased economic competition and possible military confrontation. America needs to continue engaging the Chinese in order to help usher them along a peaceful path. Otherwise, with its expanding military and economy, China will pose many challenges for generations to come.

Michael Benevento is a former Air Force fighter jet weapon systems officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Military History and a master’s in International Relations. Mike resides in Williston with his wife Kristine and their two sons, Matthew and Calvin.

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Liberally speaking (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008

Given a topic as broad as “China,” it is tempting to go off on tangents far and wide.

In one direction, history: China’s written history goes back further than any nation, back to the 15th century B.C. Its Ming and Qing dynasties top those of any English royal house — the Windsors have reigned only since 1910; the Ming ruled for 276 years, the Qing for 267.

In another direction, Sino-American relations: China is the second largest holder of American debt, after Japan (a debt to which, over the last five years, we added nearly $3 trillion). We import more goods from China than any other nation, and we have a massive trade deficit with China (a trade deficit that we share with Japan and the European Union).

But Olympic events in China in the past week permit me to put history and politics aside, and focus on a topic that I don’t often feel the urge to write about — sports.

Like many Americans, I only care about judo, fencing, shooting, kayaking or water polo when there are Olympic gold medals at stake. And with the Games come the stories, compelling Olympic stories.

I wasn’t even going to bother watching the opening ceremonies or the mind-numbing parade of nations until I read about the athlete chosen by the U.S. delegation to be our flag-bearer. The story of Tully, N.Y., middle-distance runner Lopez Lomong is well-known by now, but worth repeating.

Lomong was living in Sudan when he was abducted from his family at the age of 6, taken to become a child soldier in the Sudanese civil war. He and some other boys were able to escape to Kenya and for a decade, Lomong languished in refugee camps. He was finally chosen to be resettled in the United States, one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan.

Lomong assumed his family had been killed during the civil war and, following his abduction, his family assumed he was dead and buried him in absentia. Though he was later reunited with his Sudanese family, Lomong decided to stay in the United States with his adoptive family, and became a citizen just last year.

Lomong’s story inspired his fellow athletes just as it inspires many of us, and their choice of Lomong to lead them into the Bird’s Nest Stadium was seen as both a dig at the Chinese for their role in the turmoil in Sudan’s Darfur region, and a recognition of the obstacles he had to overcome to reach the games.

Here is a sampling of the other stories to emerge from Beijing from just the first five days of competition:

  American women swept the medals in the sabre competition, the first time Americans have swept a fencing competition since 1904. President George Bush was on hand to watch as three American flags rose over the medal podium on day one.

  A quartet of American men came from behind to defeat the favored French team in the 4×100-meter free relay swim, a win that got Michael Phelps another gold medal in his quest to be the first to win eight in a single Olympic games.

  In the women's version of the same event, the 4×100 free relay, 41-year-old Dara Torres won her 10th Olympic medal, in her fifth Olympics, when she helped the American women to a silver medal.

  In oft-overlooked mens gymnastics, our team overcame the loss of Paul and Morgan Hamm to injury and pulled ahead to finish with a bronze medal, with Alexander Artemev's performance on pommel horse sealing the deal.

  In baseball, a sport that Williston Little League champions should watch carefully since this will be its last appearance at the Olympics for a while, the U.S. team is one of only eight; if history is a guide, the Cubans have a better chance at gold than the Americans, but in exhibition play, the United States won a respectable five out of six. After failing to reach the medal round in Athens in 2004, the Americans have something to prove.

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, tune in to see what your athletes, and those of the rest of the world, have to offer in the coming week. No doubt you won’t be disappointed.

Steve Mount has been a Williston resident since 1996. He is a software engineer at GE Healthcare and is devoted to his family, his country and his Constitution. You can reach Steve at or read his blog at

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Fall/Winter services:  Deer & vole plant protection, Fruit & ornamental tree pruning, Tree & brush removal.  Brian Vaughan, Vermont Certified Horticulturist.  Vaughan Landscaping 482-4228. 12/18*

In winter we spend more time indoors than any other season. Why not treat your friends, family, clients and yourself to a change of scenery with a color change by Lafayette Painting. We are ready for all painting projects, including wallpaper removal, ceiling and wall repair, high ceiling/stairwell work and cabinet refinishing. So please, call us today, at 863-5397. 12/24*




Panasonic Lumix TZ4 camera – in either the Village Grove or the Tamarack/Fairway Drive neighborhoods on Halloween night.  Pictures on memory card are irreplaceable.  Call 878-4602.    12/18


Reward for the return of Siamese Cat- seal point, 1 year old NM, may have scar on back. 'Fred' is greatly missed. Please call 878-0076 or 355-6689. Lost in Southridge/Williston Village area. 12/18






Used treadmill – in good condition for about $100. Please call 878-9791 or email  12/11


Very small television set  – around 6”, black and white and analog ok, must work well. Will pay small price or swap a nearly new Magnavox Digital Converter Box, complete with instruction book. Call 878-1075. 12/18







‘02 Jaguar X-Type – 5 speed manual V6 AWD, loaded. Approximately 72k miles. $9,000 OBO. Call DJ 363-2873. 12/18

’99 Jeep Grand Cherokee – 4WD, auto, CD, AC, AM/FM, 75k miles. Excellent condition. $6,500. Call 881-6281.  12/11


For Sale

Christmas Trees – balsam fir. You choose, we cut $15. JB & T Tree Farm, 963 Willow Brook Lane, St. George, weekends 9 to 4 or by appointment 482-2062.  12/18*

Videos – 100 videos, VHS, send your offer to Tom Shepard, 3420 Huntington Rd., Richmond, 05477. Minimum bid $150. Include phone number. 12/4

Shredder – Personal/Powershred P-57C with safe sense technology. Brand new. Retails at $70. Asking $45. Call 878-3497.  12/11

Snow tires – 235/65R17 Nokian Hakkapelliitta Sport Utility. Used only 1 season/6k miles. New $137 each. $300 for set of 4. Call 878-5645 after 6 p.m.  12/11

Fabulous faux mink fur coat  - fully lined, mid-calf length, fur lined hood-very warm, excellent condition. Size M/too large for me - will sacrifice $100.  Call 872-5848.  12/11
Large handmade wooden dollhouse - two story, 5 rooms. Stained clapboard siding, working double hung windows. Completely furnished. $275 OBO. Cash only. Call 658-0682.  12/18
Miscellaneous - set of Motorola Talkabout 2 way radio, $30. Large remote control Hummer, yellow, $35. Small remote control Hummer, maroon $20. Call Karen 879-8625.  12/18

Miscellaneous – rechargeable ridable kid's train with track, $100.  Double, gently used as spare bed with mattress/box/frame $20.  Call 233-2814. 12/11

Chair and snowshoes – large antique Mission Oak reclining chair w/original finish, $125.  New in box Tubbs snowshoe starter outfit. Complete for up to 140 lbs, $90. Call 373-7879.  12/18


Beautiful white wedding gown – size 18, short sleeve with a short train, flower stitching to the waist and down the back. Never used. $125 cash only. Call Terri 985-2782 or 399-4369.  12/18




Real Estate

Williston rental – clean, comfortable, cozy and warm. Wood floors, natural light. Share livingroom, kitchen, bath. Available Dec. 1. Call Lee at 999-6746.  12/11


Williston three bedroom house for rent to share with married couple – 600/month plus 1/3 #2 fuel oil, phone, cable, and electricity included in rent. Call Connie 372-5946.  12/11

Apartment in Williston Village – 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, $1,350/month, includes heat and water. Please call 238-4180.  12/18*

Williston condo rental – 2 bedroom with bonus room, end unit. 1 1/2 baths, garage, W/D. No smoking or pets. Available 12/20/08 $1,300/month. Call 879-6927. 12/11

Looking for 3 bedroom home in Williston – or surrounding area. South Burlington is also fine. Basement a must. Priced from $175,000-$200,000. Call Angie, 355-4247.  12/18





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