Vermont Veterans golf tournament

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Veterans Golf Tournament Committee will host its 6th annual tournament designed to raise awareness of Veterans across Vermont.

The tournament, originally known as the Vermont Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, will be held on Sept. 6 at The Manchester Country Club.

The tournament was intended to focus awareness on the needs of Vermont's wounded combat Veterans. It has evolved into an event that also raises money to assist organizations that provide services to all of Vermont's Veterans. Since the first tournament in 2012, the Committee has raised more than $200,000. One hundred percent of sponsor donations go to organizations serving Vermont Veterans.

Those organizations have included Vermont Veterans Home, Bennington County Meals on Wheels, Dodge House in Rutland, Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center, Purple Hearts Reunited, and a fund to assist in the construction of a home for a Veteran or Veteran's family. In 2016, the tournament donated a total of $42,000 to assist these organizations. As examples, Bennington County Meals on Wheels was able to expand their service to veterans with funding for a walk-in freezer. The Dodge House was able to replace a failed boiler. Specific needs are often identified within the supporting organizations, and new requests are always considered.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the golf tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and opening ceremonies. Following a day of golf, golfers will be treated to a banquet and entertainment by the USO troupe. Governor Phil Scott will be the keynote speaker. Each golfer will receive a windbreaker, hat, and challenge coin. Entry fee for three golfers sponsors a Veteran as the fourth golfer.

Register a team, come out for a day of golf at Manchester Country Club, and support Vermont veterans. For more information email or visit website

Kaupp victorious at Vermont Summer Festival

EAST DORSET — Meghan Kaupp, 24, of Pittsford, N.Y., won the $15,000 3'3" NEHJA Hunter Derby, presented by Land Rover Experience, on Thursday, during the final week of competition at the six-week Vermont Summer Festival.

Course designer Joe Carnicom of Toledo, Ohio, set the hunter derby track, which spanned two competition rings and utilized both hunter-style fences as well as traditional derby jumps. From an original starting field of 31 entries, the top 12 horse-rider combinations following the opening round returned for the handy round, judged by Sissy Wicks of Unionville, Pa., and Barbara Filippelli of Pawling, N.Y.

Consistency was key for Kaupp as she scored an 84 in the first round before earning another score of 84 over the handy course for a final score of 168 riding Sansouci, a nine-year-old Warmblood mare sired by Sir Donnerhall and owned by Lydia Ulrich. A regular competitor for the past five years, the victory marked Kaupp's first derby win at the Vermont Summer Festival.

Finishing a half point behind Kaupp for second place was Kristen Bumpus of Concord, Mass., riding Carington with scores of 82.5 and 85 to finish on a final score of 167.5. Also jumping into the top three, Rebecca Gibson of Mohnton, Pa., earned combined scores of 81.5 and 77 riding Fait Accompli for a 158.5 total. Having won the week five hunter derby, Canadian competitor Harold Chopping, now based in Southern Pines, N.C., finished fourth riding Gold Rush with scores of 80 and 78 for a final score of 158. Todd Karn of Fayetteville, N.Y., rounded out the top five with scores of 82 and 74 to finished on a score of 156 riding Qaboom.

"I wasn't necessarily thinking about winning, I just wanted to make it better than last week," said Kaupp, who finished seventh in the week five hunter derby at the Vermont Summer Festival. "I am so thrilled. Our partnership has really grown over the last few weeks since we've been here."

Kaupp, who began riding Sansouci during the 2017 winter season, spoke to her mount's strengths, saying, "She was there for me everywhere. Last week, we were a little conservative in the handy, but we put it all together this week. We got a nice gallop out of the ingate and she was right there for me at the first jump, made the inside turn to two, galloped right through the gap, and jumped the oxer in the other ring amazing. She's just as fun as she looks!"

Kaupp and Sansouci also compete in the 3'3" and 3'6" Performance Working Hunter divisions, and took the 3'3" division championship title during week 5.

For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail or visit

MAU football tryouts

BENNINGTON — Tryouts for Mount Anthony varsity Football begins on Monday, August 14.

Tryouts will run Monday through Friday Aug. 14-18 on the Vermont Veterans' home practice field for all players grades 9 through 12. Practice will be Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and players will meet in the high school weight room.

The equipment and parent meeting is August 13th from 5-7 p.m. in the High School auditorium.

For more information, contact John Martin at or Chad Gordon at

3-D Archery Competition

BENNINGTON — The Catamount Bow Hunters are hosting a 3D Archery Competition on Sunday, August 13.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and goes until noon. Adults are $10, youths are $5 and cubs are free with a paid adult.

Everyone is welcome and food and beverages are available.

The club is located on Route 7 South, Fuller Road West, the first left past the Apple Barn.

For more information, contact 802-442-3667 or go to

Shaftsbury Youth Soccer

SHAFTSBURY — Southshire Youth Soccer is designed to put kids first and winning and egos second. It is meant to be a fun, engaging team opportunity for kids to learn about soccer and enjoy the game. If you haven't played in the past but would like to try soccer, we encourage you to sign-up.

Southshire Soccer runs from the first Saturday after Labor Day for eight weeks. This year the Kindergarten through third graders play each Saturday at 9 a.m. at Willow Park starting September 9 through October 28. Volunteer coaches introduce kids to concepts of soccer and the game.

Enrollment for players in grades K-3 will be open until September 9.

Players in grades 4, 5 and 6 participate on travel teams. This age level practices two evenings a week and have games on Saturdays either on our home field at Willow or Howard Park or in neighboring towns including Arlington, Cambridge, Manchester, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich. Practices for the 4th thru 6th grade teams start at the end of August with the first game played on September 9.

Travel team registration closed on July 25, however, there's limited availability at certain age groups.

For more information, please contact Melissa Morrison at 379-8292 or Mick Goldsmith at 447-0241. You can also send an email to

Vermont soccer officials looking for new refs

LUDLOW — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association and becoming eligible to officiate varsity and sub-varsity soccer games is encouraged to attend a training in Southern Vermont. The next training is being held at Whitcomb High School in Bethel, on August 26 at 8:30 a.m. The training includes learning the rules of the game, a test, and a field practice.

Interested men and women should contact Gary Blodgett at or call 802-558-3147 The cost of the program is $75, which includes the cost of the membership in the VSOA for this year. More information can be found at


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