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July 2, 2014--JOURNAL OPINION--Page 5 Talk of the Town /8021 222-5456 The Bradford Elementary School has two openings on its board. If you are interested in more information, contact Beth Cobb, OESU Superintendent at bcobb@oesu.org. The Bradford Public Library is offering a "Recycle Art with Gwen Lyons' program on July 10 beginning at 1 p.m. This is a free program for ages eight and up. The Old Church Theater's next play is "Mornings at Seven' on July 11 and 12 at 7:30p.m. andon July 13 at4p.m. The play is the quirky tale of small town life in the 1930's. It is full of comedy and truths that are as alive today as they were when theplay was written. Admission is $10 withstudents paying $5. On July 16 the Bradford Historical Society is having a panel on "Bradford's Artists and Artisans: Past and Present" beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bradford Academy. Monday Night Bingo at the Bradford Regional Community Center is open to the public with the doors opening at 4:45 and regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. Food is for sale. Happy July 4 'h to everyone, may the weather be perfect for whatever event you are attending. SIGN ORDINANCE BRADFORD-A sign ordinance hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on July 10 before the regular Bradford Selectboard meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Cook00:ville Louise Sandberg (802) 439-5563 Sun and rain, with, unfortunately, veggies. more wind than we like, and June simply flew by, ending in 90 degrees weather. The gardens are hard to keep up with, and may be the reason not much town news has made its way to this correspondent. There was this, though, on Facebook: "Lightning bugs abound!" Enough exciting forecasts about the Fourth of July festivities at the Fairgrounds have made their way into this column, and at this point I can only say, head for the specialParade, for the big chicken barbecue, and for all the other activities. Stilts. On the fifth, the Cookeville Mall will probably be open as usual, and hopefully the Cookeville Mall Food Court will be, too. Three vendors are usually there, with exquisite baked goods, and excellent locally-grown, totally fresh A couple of weeks ago, almost like a time warp, a couple of stilt walkers came stepping along the dirt road be ,_een the post office and the green-that s-not-a- green. They were two of Margaret LoRus's boys, the older one proudly on his own, while Margaret's youngest was being guided by Pearl Keene, one of the vendors. What a sight! Puppetry in East Corinth. On July 10 from 10-11 a.m. the children's weekly Story Hour at the libary will host the Traveling Storyteller for a puppetry performance of the Three Pigs. I hope every child still knows there's nothing like the real stuff that real people perform in real time. Wherever, at the Fairgrounds, at friends' in other towns, or quietly at home celebrating history and race weather-- Happy Fourth of July to each. Waits {iver Lois Butler (802) 439-5174 I wish everyone a happy and safe welcome. July 4. The annual tent revival will be held July 14 - 18 at 7 p.m. each night at Paul's field on Route 25. Rev. Randy Butler will be leading the service with guest speakers and lots of good music. This is a non-denominational service with area church members participating. All are On July 20, there will be a joint service with Groton Methodist Church joining New Hope Methodist Church. It will be outdoors under the tnet at the field onRoute25. The service willbegin at 1 l a.m. and a pot luck meal follows. All are welcome. Local Sports Donnelly the big winner; Colbeth gets first win of the season BRADFORD--The annual Bond Auto Parts July 4 spectacular with Modified Madness provided the packed house with over 200 laps of racing excitement June 28. The DIRTcar Bond Auto Parts raced over 100 laps for their biggest purse of the season of over $9,000.00. The drivers brought in over 200 sponsored lap.s for their doublepoints madness night in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Sportsman Mo&fieds. Starting the first segment on the pole with his most laps collected status was Jason Gray, with Chris Donnelly alongside. When the checkers waved on segment one, Donnelly was the winner with Gray in second. From the first segment, 21 of the 25 cars were inverted for the second segment line up with the additional three completing the field. Tim Hedge being the unlucky finisher in segment one was able to capitalize on his then pole position in segment two and capture a huge chuck of the lap money for the segment and came home the winner. Segment three was Gary Siemens and Ryan Christian setting the pace on the field. Siemens led a majority of segment three until late in the event when Christian was able to capitalize on a bobble by Siemens and take over the lead. Christian, in only his sixth outing in the mighty muds, was able to survive two restarts to claim the final segment win. When the final results were tallied Chris Donnelly was declared the overall winner with Derek Barker in second and Adam Pierson in third. Rounding out the top five were Mike Gendron and Kevin Chaffee. The DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Pro Stock Sportsman Coupes saw yet another winner this week as Jason Colbeth was finally able to claim the gold. Working from deep in the pack Colbeth made his way to the front to claim the lead and go on for the win. Joining him in victory lane was Matt Ellsworth with his best finish of the year in second and Jeff Robbins coming home in third. Points leader Melvin Pierson claimed fourth with Brian Chaffee in another strong finish in fifth. The USAC DMA Midgets continue to impress the crowd with their strong showing of cars every other week. One name of note is the occasional visit of John Heydenreich. Heydenreich is still struggling to figure out the ridge, but rest assured when he does look out because you will see a whale of a show! Tonight it was once again the Adam Pierson show as he claimed the lead on lap 11 overtaking Dean Christensen. Christensen was able to hold on for second at the checkers with his ,teammate Scott Holcomb claiming third. Skip Matzcak's stable claimed the forth 'place finish with Joe Krawiec and Josh Sunn completed the top five. The Laquerre's Sports Limited Late Models the Crazy Ed's Bear Ridge Speedway half of the Bear Ridge/Legion Speedways Late Model Challenge were looking for Rob Williams to make it three of the four events after his back to back wins at the Ridge and Legion, but his moment ended late in the race when his drive shaft let go, putting him in the pits and out of contention, and game on again for the challenge. Jason Giguere was able to take advantage of the restart and take the lead away from Brandon Gray going on for his second win of the season. Gray held on for second with Derrick Stearns taking third. Mike Greene and Travis King completed the top five. In the Weglarz Property Service Fast Fours/KDD NAPA Ridge Runner Hornets Charlie Lakin once again found himself on top at the checkers with two other hornets joining him in victory lane. Sean Perron came home second with Hunter Garduno taking third. Rob Gioia came home in fourth the first Fast Four across the line with Chris LaForest rounding out the top five. Bear Ridge Speedway's 47 th season of stock car racing continues on July 5 with David's House Benefit Night sponsored by Wells River Chevrolet.The card will include the weekly Bond Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Modified, Wells River Chevrolet DI RTcar Pro Stock Sportsman Coupe, Laquerre s Sports Limited Late Model, Weglarz Property Service Fast Four, and KDD NAPA Auto Parts Hornet divisions. Plus WYKR Sprint Cars of New England. RECYCLING CENTER BARRE-The new Central Vermont Sold Waste Management District's additional recyclables collection center, which is located at 540 North Main Street in the old Times-Argus building, will open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This center will also be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a list of accepted items, visit the CVSWMD website or call (802)229-83838 ext. 106. Orford Sand and Gravel ft Piermont Sand and Gravel GRAVEL/STONE/SAND/TOPSOIL By Appointment Only Call for Pricing Office 603-353-9700 Owner, Stacey Thomson (Cell 603-359-0202) Email: thomsonlogyard@valley, net WE WANT YOU! Are You Involved With What's Going On In Your Town? Want to get others involved? BECOMEaJO CORRESPONDENT. Share the information by becoming the correspondent for your town or village. For more information, email publmher@jnews'cm The foot clinic will be held July 7, between 1:30 and 4 p.m. at the West Newbury Hall. Call me at (802)429- 2316 to make an appointment. The appointments fill up quickly so don't delay. The West Newbury Women's Fellowship's picnic at Halls Lake Veteran's Park was very enjoyable. The weather was absolutely the best and there was an abundance of great food. Everyone enjoyed each other's favorite trip reminisces. The four generations of Atwoods; Robert, Arie, Carrie, and R.J. took their West Newbury Mitzi Queen (802) 429-2316 mqueen@fairpoint.net annual trip to Algonquin, Maine from June 21-24. They were accompanied by Carrie's friend Randy, and they reported having a wonderful time. West Newbury residents Aroline Putnam, George Putnam, and Catherine Brock attended the Newbury High School Alumni Dinner and Dance held on June 21 which by all accounts was well-attended. This was Catherine Brock's 77 th year having graduated in 1937. Happy birthday wishes to Alyce Ronzo, Les Batten, Louise Nickles, Kurt Wakefield, Roland Burroughs, Erin Fuller, Caroline Nininger, Richard Dube, and Serena Spear. Halls Lake news: Camp Farwell is in full-swing with the arrival of the first campers on June 22. Singing, cheering, squealing, and the bell calling the campers to their different schedules are being heard from across the lake. These are good summer sounds that I enjoy. I am keeping my seed feeder out (daytime only) and get to watch parents feeding their young who are now as large as they are. The water fowl on the lake are very scarce, for what reason, I don t know. Pot luck picnic The 250 th Anniversary Committee is inviting everyone to a Community Pot Luck Picnic on the grounds of the Piermont Village School on July 12 starting a 5:30 p.m. Come and enjoy an 'al fresco' outdoor dinner (weather permitting) of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, a tossed salad, desserts, beverages and entertainment--all by donation. An historical note The following ode was written by James Latimer and dedicated to the citizens of Piermont on their "200 th anniversary" during the town's bi- centennial festivities at Camp Walt Whitman on July 4, 1964: "The cowards never started, the weak died on the way, Piermont Helga Mueller (603) 272-4359 and toward? our independence , maybe, Tyler s pail still hangs there et! The year was seventeen hundred sixty four, men of vision, men of steel, blazed new trails in New Hampshire hills. Their toils we honor for evermore, all this from sixty-four, seventeen hundred sixty-four. Piermont! There's Eastman Brook and Iron Ore Mount, Peaked Mountain of "Eternal Hills." Piermont! Peaceful Piermont, pier of faith and strength!" Note: The line"and toward's our independence," goes back to Revolu- tionary War times and the exploits of Piermonter Jonathan Tyler, one of the early settlers, and is taken from the 1947 Piermont History, page 6. The line "Tyler' s pail still hangs there yet," also refers to the Revolutionary War when Tyler was taken prisoner by the British, managed to escape while instructed to bring water for grinding axes, leaving his pail hanging at the end of a spout, and while it was filling, he and two fellow prisoners took a"French leave." According to the 1947 History, the first wedding performed in town was that of Jonathan Tyler and Sarah Wallace in 1772. Sarah at the time was 12 years and six months old. Both Jonathan and his wife are buried in the River Road Cemetery. Senior luncheon The July 8 luncheon at the Orford Congregational Church will be ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad, and apple crisp. Albee edged in late models NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH--Vet- eran racer Mike Martel rolled out to a large lead and never looked back, driving to his first 50-lap Napalate model feature win at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock on Saturday. Other feature winners included Elwin Sidney III, Tyler Jones, Richard Paradis, Jarred Ainsworth, and Kaleb Rogers. Martel and rookie Brandon Albee of North Haverhill brought the late model field to green for their 50-lap feature event. Over the first 15 circuits there was some great side-by-side battles through- out the field. Martel appeared to be locked in for the event with his racer straight as an arrow lap after lap. By the midpoint Martel and Albee had created some separation from the rest of the field The war for the next seven spots raged on as drivers attempted the outside groove. The outside lane never 'ame in and it didn't matter who tried the second groove, it just wasn't there. Checkers flew for Martel, with Albee, Bernie Lantagne, Glen Martel, and Jeremy Harclerode completing the top five. Mike Martel made it a triple crown night winning his qualifier and the semi-feature. Albee won the other heat race. The White Mountains Communtity College tiger/sportsman rolled through their feature and had some great battles for the top four spots. At the front, rookie drivers James Capps IIl and Elwin Sidney III battled for the top spot, while the third spot was contestedside by side for over 20 laps by Matt LeBlanc in his #7 and rookie sensation Lucas Wheeler of Bradford in his #27. On lap 21, Sidney was able to clear Capps for the top spot.The battle raged on, howeverm between LeBlanc and Wheeler. On lap 25, checkers flew for Sidney for the second time in 2014 followed by Capps, Wheeler, LeBlanc and point leader Scott Coburn for fifth place. LeBlanc carried the checkers in the heat race. The Twisted Tea dwarf cars ran their feature event caution free and clicked off some impressive lap times. At the front of the group, 2013 rookie of the year, Tyler Jones got out to an early lead while there was plenty o faction going on behind him. The red hot Bobby Brown was on the move working his way through traffic, along with the #88 of Jason Wyman. Brown caught up to the back bumper of Jones with just two laps to go, and lapped traffic directly in front of the leaders. Lapped traffic went above and beyond and got down out of the racing groove and let the top spots race for the victory. Checkers flew for Jones, Brown rolled to the runner-up spot with Wyman, Smithers, and Paul Marsan completing the top five. For Jones it was his first feature win and it came after a night ending roll over from his last time at the speedway. The qualifying wins went to Brown and Jeremy Labrecque. The Hill Heating Services strictly stocks came out to race and were 17 strong. There was plenty of contact in the early going between several different racers and one such incident ended the night for top point man Tom Keith of Pike with a broken axle. That same incident claimed a ride to the pits for the #22 of Michael Lloyd on the wrecker. The feature went green again and another big incident did not allow a single lap to be completed. That allowed Lloyd to get repairs done to his car and back out to race without falling a lap down. At the front of the pack, Bethlehem's Richard Paradis was watching all the action in his rear view mirror. Paradis was getting some tough competition from some of the divisions' top point contenders. Paradis held offall that tried and rode to victory lane for the first time in 2014. Matt Morrill, Judy Sicard, Shane Sicard, and Gordon Day survived the war to take home atop five finish. Heat victories went to Tom Keith and his grandson Michael Dennis of North Haverhill. The Woodsville Savings Bank strictly minis saw plenty of three wide and sometimes four wide passing throughout their 20 lap main event. On lap seven, youngster, Jarred Ainsworth, cleared the front pack and drove away for his first feature win at the Park. Ainsworth was followed to the stripe by Gorham's Cody LeBlanc, the #82 of Colby Bourgeois, point leader Jeremy Wyman of Woodsville and the #61 of Larry Holmes. LeBlanc captured the qualifying race. The Dad's 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Truck division saw Glover, Vermont' s Kaleb Rogers, take the lead on the first lap to take the feature win for the second time this season. Rogers was chased to the stripe by the # 17 of Evan Amour, the #54 of Colin Cornell, Gorham's Anthony Tompkins in his #77 and the # 1 of Taylor Coburn. Rogers made it a perfect night winning the heat race. Racing returns on July 5. Good Local 0 News A Local Agent for a Local Company. We offer Vermont Mutual: Home Auto Business Good Claim Service Since 1828 i Bradford, VT 05033 802-222-5222 802-222-2903 www taylor-palmeragency com Serving the area for over 100 years Auto Home Farm Business Life Health Mini Sprints visit Legion Speedway WENTWORTH--Despite the hot sun and 90 degree temperatures on Sunday, the Legion Speedway crew kept the dust down and gave the drivers a track with more bite than usual. With the green flying at 3 p.m. for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twilight Racing Challenge, track prep has been a struggle, but they had it under control this week. The highlight of the day was the celebration of the Granite State Mini Sprints 30  anniversary, with cake, balloons, and a car show before racing. The club features two divisions, the 500ccs and the faster 600ccs. The 500cc division is unique to GSMSRC, which is one of, ifnotthe only, clubs with this division in the country. Matt Hoyt brought home another win in the #07 car. Chris Carbee finished second, and Josh Boissoneau, a long time member of GSMSRC, was third in the #05. The 600ccs had a higher than normal car count, which made for some very exciting racing this week. Toby Tatro was the winner in the # 19 car. Rookie Kyle Belliveau was the hard charger, coming from next to last all the way up to second in his # 15 car. Belliveau is a former 500cc driver, and is competing for rookie of the year honors in the 600s this season. Tim Beard, who is trying for rookie of the year in the 360 SCONE series while still competing in the GSM SRC, rounded out the top three. Jake Williams, another driver pulling double duty and also racing with SCONE, had some hard luck in his #73 car when the right front spindle broke, ending his night. Last year's Enfield Garage outlaw mini stock champion, Chris Conroy, won the .... ' " k feature event. Crmg Smith was second, whde John Kmght, last week s winner, too home the third place trophy. All three of these drivers consistently finish in the winners' circle, with all three having multiple first place finishes this season. Jim Durkee in the #9 machine had some tough luck a couple of weeks ago when he tangled with the wall on the front stretch and totaled his car. He's back in action though, with a solid fifth place finish this week. The Bond Auto Parts pure stocks, a growing division at Legion Speedway, put on a great show. This division is the result of the closing of Canaan Fair Speedway, which left the formerly asphalt cars with nowhere to race. Legion Speedway gave them a new home, and they've given everyone an affordable divismn to race in. Ryan Ovitt is no stranger to victory lane and this week was no exception. He always races to win, and this week he did just that, winning both his qualifier and the feature. Ronnie Bryson qualified second and took second in the feature, while Dennis Thorogood finished third and stood in the winners' circle for the first time this year. The Peanuts Automotive super streets saw some fierce competition on Sunday. The feature winner was Derek O Hearn, second was J P Vaillancourt, andthird was Wade Prentice. Even after spinning out, Prentice shot back up to third and had no challengers for the spot. Derek O'H earn is the driver in position to win the Super Four Challenge, if he can make it three more in a row between Bear Ridge Speedway and Legion Speedway. Gary Siemens in the #5 car had a spectacular night in the Mike's Automotive sportsman modified division. He won his qualifier, then started on the pole and finished on the pole, bringing him within 6 points of the lead. Allan Hammond fought hard for his second place finish, holding off third place finisher Todd Buckwold, current points leader and the night's hard charger Chad Turck, and JeffHuntington. Legion Speedway s next race will be July 4 at 5 p.m. Gates will open at 2 p.m. After racing is finished, there will be a fireworks display. DEEP TISSUE SWEDISH THAI YOGA MASSAGE REIKI MASSAGE THERAPY For the Month of July Two 1-1/2 Hour Deep Tissue Massage $150 Single 1-1/2 Hour Deep Tissue Massage $90 A.L. NICHOLS 809-992-5420 8o9-5o5-3a95 at Tranquilities Salon in Mill Building, Bradford above the Stone Mill Restaurant DEEP TISSUE SWEDISH THAI YOqA MASSAGE REIKI $.00AMR IS flERtl GET YOUR P0000 NOW! We Feature Fox Inground and Above Heated Pools 00foxDc00l STOCK UP ON POOL CHEMICALS! We Carry BioGuard and Pool Care Products !i,i!/ i! 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