Three local golfers still in hunt for Match Play title

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RANDOLPH — Three local golfers are still in the hunt as they reached the semifinals of the Vermont Golf Association's Junior Match Play championship at Montague Golf Club.

Harrison Digangi, a Dorset Field Club member, Mat Smith, representing the Mount Anthony Country Club and Josh Cohen, representing Manchester CC, all won two matches on Wednesday afternoon.

Digangi, the No. 4 seed, Digangi beat No. 12 seed Kyle Rexford 5 and 3 in the Round of 16, then defeated Benjamin Gramling 2-up in the quarterfinals.

He'll face Smith in the semifinal on Thursday. Smith beat No. 9 Cameron Saia 4 and 3 in the opening match and then beat the top seed, Austin Giroux, in the quarterfinal.

Cohen, as the No. 15 seed, had the upset of the opening round, beating the No. 2 seed Michael Walsh 1-up. His good fortune continued in the quarterfinal with another upset, topping Owen Benoit, 2 and 1.

Cohen will face No. 3 seed Evan Forrest in the semifinal after Forrest won 4 and 3 in his quarterfinal.

The tournament will finish today.

Hops for Hope goes virtual

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WILLISTON — The current pandemic has changed the lives of many individuals, and businesses and non-profits are no exception. The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, Hops for Hope 5K, for example, has usually taken place at Mount Snow in Dover, in the morning of their annual Brewers Festival. But to ensure the safety of its staff, volunteers, partners and participants, the event will now be going virtual for the month of August.

Complete a 5K on or before August 30, 2020 and enter to win prizes every week starting August 3. Each Monday in August registered participants will receive a new weekly challenge in their inbox which enters them into a weekly prize. Participants can complete their 5K (3.1 miles) when they run, walk, ride, roll, hike, swim etc. while following local safety ordinances.

There are 2 registration options to choose from and both are a tax-deductible donation.

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The Top Fundraiser will receive a Northeast Value Epic Pass, valued at $599 donated by Mount Snow.

Register or donate at main.acsevents.org/hopsforhope5k. Learn about giveaways & more throughout August by following us on facebook.com/HopsforHope/ and instagram.com/hopsforhope5k

The American Cancer Society needs support to sustain and create vital resources during this difficult time and aims to reach our annual $15,000 Hops For Hope 5K FUNdraising goal. Not only will miles completed by participants count toward our greater goal of supporting a healthy and active community, but their contribution to this event will allow us to help fund our mission and raise awareness.

Learn more at main.acsevents.org/hopsforhope5k , facebook.com/HopsforHope/ and instagram.com/hopsforhope5k

Vermont's Moose Hunt Auction Closes Aug. 12

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MONTPELIER — Vermont's auction for three moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. August 12. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 13.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board authorized a total of 55 permits for the 2020 moose season. Auction winners of three of those permits will hunt in Wildlife Management Unit E in the northeast corner of the state during the October 1-7 archery season, or in the October 17-22 regular season.

Bids must be entered with a sealed bid form available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A minimum bid of $1,500 is required, and winning bids have typically been at least $4,000 when the number of permits available were higher. Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license (residents $28, nonresidents $102) or moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents). Moose permit bid packets can be obtained by calling Fish & Wildlife at 802-828-1190 or by emailing (Cheri.Waters@vermont.gov).

Proceeds from the moose hunting permit auction help fund Vermont Fish & Wildlife educational programs.

"Moose density in WMU-E, where the hunt will occur, is more than one moose per square mile, significantly higher than any other part of the state," said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife's biologist in charge of the moose project. "Moose densities greater than one per square mile support high numbers of winter ticks which negatively impact moose health and survival."

"Research has shown that lower moose densities, like in the rest of Vermont, support relatively few winter ticks that do not impact moose populations," said Fortin. "Reducing moose density decreases the number of available hosts which in turn decreases the number of winter ticks on the landscape. The goal is to improve the health of moose in WMU E by reducing the impact of winter ticks."

Nonresidents are cautioned that COVID-19 travel restrictions could be extended into the fall moose hunting season.


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