Author: Ben Chiappinelli

Meet your Guard: Dylan Gates

Military Specialty: Officer Candidate (09S) Years of Service: 1 Unit: 2nd Modular Training Battalion, 124th Regional Training Institute Hometown: Hardwick Current Town: Colchester High School/Graduation Year: 2012 College/Graduation: Champlain College, 2016   Why did you join the National Guard? I joined the Guard to serve my community and country, gain job skills, and pay for college. What do you do in the Vermont National Guard? I’m an officer candidate (09S) which means I am in training to become a commissioned officer. My classes consist of training in soldiering skills, planning, leadership, and the paperwork associated with being a military...

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Lakers bid farewell to trio of talent

Every sports season ends with the threat of bittersweetness as tight-knit teams watch their rosters dissolve, and student-athletes are left with memories of all the dramatic wins and near-losses that will feel fresh to them for years. For two-time senior captains Riley Magoon, Alli Sheets and Sam Messier, the end of this softball season carries even more weight than usual as it marks the end of a four-year journey together. The three softball standouts have played as teammates at the varsity level since their freshman year, and together they have set the standard for the current era of Lakers...

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Tossers take to the field for Ultimate tourney

Nearly 30 high school varsity and JV level Ultimate teams gathered at Milton’s Bombardier Park on Saturday for the Ultimate High School State Championships. Vermont was the first state to recognize the Frisbee-based sport as a varsity program in November 2017. The Colchester Tossers were ranked No. 13 on the season and can be seen here in their match against No. 14 St. Johnsbury. Photos by Ben Chiappinelli, Colchester Sun....

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Girls make a run for it

  On Saturday at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, elementary and middle school girls from around the region gathered to celebrate the culmination of the Girls on the Run program. The GOTR program, which Vermont has officially been part of since 1999, spends ten weeks preparing these young athletes for the final run. The atmosphere of support and camaraderie is designed to instill confidence and create lifelong healthy habits. Adorned in face paint, colored hair, capes bows and decorations of all kinds, participants, coaches, parents and role models from dozens of schools danced in the midway to...

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