October 28, 2016

Willistonian to be pro baseball player for a day

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

He will sign a professional baseball contract for one day next to the signature of legendary Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane.

He will take batting practice Friday with the Vermont Lake Monsters before their home game Friday.

All this and much more coming up for 12-year-old Storm Rushford of Williston, one of nine boys and girls to be named members of the 2014 Little Lake Monsters Community All-Stars.

To gain the prizes to see what life is like for one day as a professional baseball player, the nine youngsters had to answer three questions about sportsmanship, living healthy lifestyles and community.

In addition to the contracts and batting practice, the nine will each get a custom jersey and cap, a limo ride to Centennial Field and an inning in the dugout during the game plus more.

The winners are from around Vermont and northern New York.


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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