This & That: Area teams open the season


Friday night lights Friday Night Lights debuted as a TV show back near the turn of the century. The proclaimed show centered around Texas high school football. Friday Night Lights were not common in this area in the 1900s. Now … Continued

This & That

Autumn is just around the corner. The heat seems to come around on alternate days now, and there is a little more nip in the air every evening. Even without these hints of what’s ahead, the fall sports practices let … Continued



Springfield athletics changing attitude Back in 2005, Todd Aiken was playing football for the Springfield Cosmos. The Green and White did not have a winning season, but Aiken knew his team was pretty good because they came close to a … Continued

THIS & THAT: The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game


The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game took a step forward last Saturday. Vermont won for the third straight year, but most importantly, the game was more competitive. The Shrine Committee, which sets the parameters for the game, has worked for … Continued

THIS & THAT: Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl 2018

 Where does one begin in writing about the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game? “Strong legs run that weak legs may walk” is the motto I remember being connected to the game since I was a child. The annual contest between … Continued



The best thing about Legion baseball locally is it allows baseball players to take on the biggest guys around. There are only 16 Legion baseball teams in the state of Vermont, and there is only one league with two divisions, … Continued



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

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