Chances are you have heard the tale of Rip Van Winkle. Not in my wildest imagination, did I think I would pull a Rip Van Winkle during the stretch run of the spring sports season! My heart played tricks with … Continued


Regular readers know that this space has warned you more than once that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Today you can’t even trust that this is actually a This & That, although it partially is. If you … Continued

THIS + THAT: Welcome Leland and Gray


A new town/school moved into our area. No, let me rephrase that. We moved into some new towns and one new school. Leland and Gray High School is now in our reporting area. Just one year before we lose Black … Continued

THIS + THAT: Former Terrier now coach of rival team

Former Terrier Mike Howe “For me, coaching is passing along my knowledge and love of the game, in hopes that others will enjoy the same experiences I have had. Coaching against Mike is always good. I enjoy watching him coach … Continued

THIS & THAT: A tornado wreaks havoc at Fall Mountain


Fall Mountain Imagine you have just played a big rivalry baseball or softball game on the road. It is a Friday night. Even though it is a Friday, you are just kinda sitting back on the bus ride home, readying … Continued

THIS + THAT: Greven Field


Cavendish’s Greven Field has been the site of a number of Green Mountain versus Black River softball games in recent years. Fans love to watch games there, especially with the replica Fenway wall in the backdrop of the leftfielder. The … Continued

THIS + THAT: Regional loyalty in the sports world

The Vermont Journal and The Shopper’s coverage area includes five high schools. Alphabetically, they are Bellows Falls, Black River, Fall Mountain, Green Mountain, and Springfield, and they all have their supporters. In general, if one lives in an area, they … Continued

THIS + THAT: April (snow) showers


When I was young, I was taught that April showers will bring May flowers. I’m not sure about those May Flowers, but I do know that in 2018 everyone received way more than their share of April showers this month. … Continued

THIS + THAT: Black River Presidents basketball history


“Joslyn, Parino, Howarth, Pierce, Goodell. Yonder lie the Presidents and we are doing well.” You have likely lived close to a full life if you quickly recognize the meaning of those words. The slogan was shouted with enthusiasm by Black … Continued


I am a newspaper man through and through. I have been one since I can remember. There are many parts to a newspaper. There are also a number of different kinds of newspapers. There are broadsheets of different sizes, and … Continued

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