10th Annual Goldsmith tournament set for Saturday

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BENNINGTON — The 10th annual Lee Goldsmith soccer tournament will take place on Saturday, August 11 at Willow Park.

Teams will be divided into pools for round robin play. The number of preliminary games will be dependent on the number of teams entered.

The pre-season tournament is named for Lee Goldsmith, a former player and captain for the Mount Anthony boys soccer team. Goldsmith died of cancer in 2009.

Players must be enrolled in high school this fall and it costs $10 per player to participate.

Teams need to have six field players and a goalie for 25-minute mini-games. Large goals and a no-offside rule will promise lots of action and spectacular goals.

Teams have to register before the morning of August 11 by calling or texting Mike Molloy at 802-375-4006. Check in to Middle Willow field starts at 10 a.m.

NorAm OCR Championships

STRATTON — This weekend Stratton Mountain Resort is hosting the first North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships.

Athletes are competing for a chance of over $30k in prize money and a shot at OCR Worlds.

There will be a 3k Short Course event will be held on Friday and a 15k Standard Course event will be held on Saturday.

Festivities finish up Sunday with the Team Relay & Stratton Foundation Charity Open. which is open to the public.

The event is organized by Adventurey LLC.

Olympian biathlete Marc-Adre Bedard will be racing, as will OCR World Champion Lindsay Webster and World's Toughest Mudder five-time winner Ryan Atikins.

There will be 10 nations represented, with the youngest athlete being 13 and the oldest 70.

MAU football info

BENNINGTON — For all Mount Anthony students grades nine through 12 interested in playing varsity or junior varsity football, there will be equipment handout and forms collection Sunday, August 12 starting at 5 p.m. in the MAU weight room.

There will be a parents meeting starting at 5:15 p.m.

First practice is Monday, August 13 at 8 a.m.

Any questions, contact Patriots coach Chad Gordon at 802-733-8989.

Vermont Veterans golf tournament set for Sept. 5

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Veterans Golf Tournament Committee is hosting its 7th annual tournament on Sept. 5 at Manchester Country Club.

The tournament was born with the intention of focusing awareness on the needs of Vermont's wounded combat veterans and it has evolved into an event that continues with raising awareness and now also raises money to assist veteran's organizations providing services to all Vermont's veterans. Since the first tournament in 2012, the Committee has raised over $240,000 with 100 percent of our sponsor donations being distributed to organizations serving Vermont's Veterans.

Among the organizations receiving the donations include The Vermont Veterans Home, Bennington County Meals on Wheels, The Dodge House, Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center, Purple Hearts Reunited, and Habitat for Humanity as funds to assist a veteran with the ability to purchase a

home. In 2017, the tournament donated a total of $23,600 to assist these organizations. These donations have allowed the organizations to provide more services to our veterans.

We have seen that veterans return to civilian life with a number of challenges, among those medical and psychological needs, including drug and alcohol rehab. Others need food and nutritional support, to re-connect with family members, and assistance with referrals for other services. Transportation, preparation of applications and resumes, and job placement are primary needs. Veterans also make up nearly 9 percent of our homeless population nationwide.

To donate, go to www.vtww.org, and click on the 'Donate' tab, print out the application and send it in to help support Vermont's veterans.

If you would like to enter a team into the tournament, click on the 'Register' tab, print out the application and send it in, entry fee is for three golfers and sponsoring a veteran as the fourth golfer. We will pair a veteran with each team.

The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and opening ceremonies followed by a day of golf. After the golf, there is a banquet to honor our guests. Each golfer will receive a commemorative golf shirt, hat, and challenge coin.

For more information please visit our website, www.vtww.org or email us at committee@vtww.org.

Win Hoyt golf tournament

MANCHESTER — The 27th Annual Win Hoyt Charity Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday, August 28, at The Golf Club at Equinox with registration at 11 a.m. and tee off at 12:30 p.m. in a Scramble format.

The tournament, named in memory of long-time Manchester resident, Win Hoyt, who was involved in the development of Stratton Mountain and was instrumental in the Ekwanok Scholarship Fund, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, is to benefit Burr and Burton Academy and Bennington County Habitat for Humanity equally. There are sponsorship opportunities available at different levels.

Reservations may be made by contacting the Bennington County Habitat office at 802-367-1000, or Bill Hoyt at 802-824-5055.

Vermont Summer Festival

EAST DORSET — The 25th annual Vermont Summer Festival officially kicked off a milestone season with six weeks of family-friendly hunter, jumper, and equitation competition slated to run for six weeks through August 12 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset.

The Vermont Summer Festival offers an innovative competition schedule on all-new Kruse Cushion Ride (KCR) footing installed in competition, schooling, and lunging rings this spring. From the short stirrup ranks to Saturday grand prix events, the Vermont Summer Festival offers something for all levels in the heart of southern Vermont.

Highlighting top show jumping competition, the first five Saturdays of the 2018 Vermont Summer Festival feature a fan-favorite $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix closes out the season during the sixth and final week of competition on Saturday, August 11. Also featured in the all-inclusive schedule is the popular "Equitation Tuesdays" and weekly $5,000 3'3" NEHJA Hunter Derbies each Thursday, culminating with a $15,000 offering in week six.

Competition at the 2018 Vermont Summer Festival runs weekly from Wednesday through Sunday, beginning each day at 8 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children from Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children with 100% of all gate proceeds benefiting The Dorset School, Manchester Community Library, and the Rotary Club of Manchester.

For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.


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