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Walter Cabell Shooting Range Opens for Sighting In, October 27, 28

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says its Walter Cabell Shooting Range in Woodbury, Vermont, will be open for hunters to sight in their rifles on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28.

Shooters will be required to follow all range rules, including limited hours of operation. A range safety officer will be on site to assist users and ensure rules are adhered to. The range will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Walter Cabell Shooting Range was developed by Fish & Wildlife at the Buck Lake Green Mountain Conservation Camp. Every year approximately 500 students attend summer camp here and use the facility to obtain their hunter education certificates. The range provides a safe, accessible and environmentally friendly shooting opportunity for campers.

“Vermont has some of the safest and most conservation-minded hunters anywhere,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “They need a publicly accessible place where they can sight in their rifles and practice their shooting skills.”

This range is located at 1081 Buck Lake Road in Woodbury, Vermont, and it includes several lanes and benches with an overhead shelter, side berms, a backstop and a small parking area. Target backstops are at 15, 25, and 50 yards.

More information about the range can be found on Fish & Wildlife’s website

Leashed Tracking Dogs for Recovery of Game

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer, bear or moose that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered. The leashed tracking dog owners must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish & Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services.

This list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (

2018 Vermont Leashed Dog Trackers

Name Town Phone Numbers

Tim Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 802-353-6020

Travis Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6505

Chris Peacock Burlington, VT 802-658-3423

Marvin Ainsworth St Johnsbury, VT 802-748-8627

Laura Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6506

Jeff Adams Milton, VT 802-324-6316

Daniel Myers* Troy, VT 802-988-4370 802-309-2504

Dennis Roberts* Troy, VT 802-988-9632 802-673-5061

Jess Monago Burlington, VT 607-765-0945

Nicholas Merritt East Fairfield, VT 802-238-3884 802-922-2515

Kayla Konya East Thetford, VT 802-333-4278

Jacquelyn Magoon Morrisville, VT 802-279-6578

Cody Barnum New Haven, VT 802-458-7070

Mandi Harbec Orleans, VT 802-323-3536

Jacques Marcoux Hyde Park, VT 802-279-7889

Kristie Adams* Pittsford, VT 802-483-6257 802-558-1143

Roger Chauvin Swanton, VT 802-782-1608 802-868-4953

Barry J. Tatro* Hardwick, VT 802-535-7259

Tom DiPietro Jr. Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Laura DiPietro Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Jack Dix Cropseyville, NY 802-490-4827

Justin Robert Richmond, VT 802-324-2903

Benjamin Whitcomb Richmond, VT 802-233-8669

David Wilder Barre, VT 802-522-6938

Francis Putney Barre, VT 802-595-4350

Bill Gaiotti Mt. Tabor, VT 802-345-8500

Brett Kelley Poultney, VT 802-287-5800 802-287-0814

Shelby Maniatty Georgia, VT 802-673-8863

Chris Maniatty Newport, VT 802-334-5637

John Lingner Pownal, VT 802-379-7774 802-823-9388

Alaina Wiskoski Fair Haven, VT 802-236-7751

Lucinda Waterhouse Enosburg Falls, VT 802-370-5937

Mark Harbec Orleans, VT 802-323-3536

Nick Smith Groton, VT 802-584-3121

Matt Bourgeois Whiting, VT 802-989-2213

Don Morgan Charlotte, VT 802-557-5938 802-425-7097

Scott Newell Groveton, NH 603-636-2264 603-631-0477

2018 Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Inductees and Paul Robbins, First Tracks, VTSSM Community Awards

Since 2002, the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame has recognized more than sixty athletes, pioneers and contributors who have made skiing or riding history in Vermont. Five new inductees will be celebrated at an Induction Ceremony presented by Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum on October 27, 2018 at Killington Grand Resort Hotel. They include Foster Chandler, Dennis Donahue, Hannah Kearney, Paul Johnston, and Janet and Brad Mead, each changed skiing and snowboarding in Vermont and beyond while maintaining Vermont's reputation as a breeding ground for athletes and industry pioneers. Peter Oliver will be presented with the Paul Robbins Journalism Award. The First Tracks Award will be presented to Kelly Brush Davisson. Killington Resort will be honored with a new Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Community Award.

"We are proud to celebrate the impact of these individuals on Nordic and alpine skiing, and snowboarding, plus the overall culture of the sports," said Museum Executive Director Deb Taylor. "The Killington Grand is the perfect location for the recognition of these athletes and special contributors from central Vermont."

Asan avid promoter of the values inherent in alpine skiing, Foster Chandler was an integral figure in bringing the sport of skiing to the public at large. From 1964 to 1996 he was Vice President and Director of Marketing of Killington Ski Area where he helped grow Killington into one of the largest ski areas in the country. He spearheaded the mass marketing of the Graduated Length Method that revolutionized the way people learned to ski, resulting in the major growth of the sport in the 70s and 80s. He was founder and President of Ski New England, Director of New England Ski Areas Council for 46 years, and for 8 years was Chairman of the Vermont Travel Council, and member of the Vermont and National Ski Area Associations marketing committees. Foster has skied 196 ski areas.

Biathlete Olympian Dennis Donahue grew up in Essex Junction, went to Middlebury College, and currently resides in Thetford. He raced internationally from 1968 to 1976, representing the Putney Ski Club. He competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. He participated in five World Biathlon Championships. After seven years teaching and coaching at the Holderness School, he has spent 30-plus years dedicated to the development of competitive junior skiing in New England at the Ford Sayre program at both national and regional levels, and was actively involved with Junior Olympics.

Freestyle mogul skier, Olympic and World Championship medals winner, Hannah Kearney grew up in Norwich, attended Hanover High, and graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. With 117 World Cup starts, she was on the podium seventy-one times, winning forty-six events. During the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons, she won a record-setting sixteen World Cups in a row. Over her career, Hannah competed in three Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014) winning a gold medal in Vancouver and a bronze in Sochi. She also won eight World Championship medals, three gold; and ten F.I.S. World Cup crystal globes.

Industry pioneer Paul Johnston accumulated many "firsts" in his thirty years of ski resort management to his credit, most notably as Vice President of Stratton Mountain where he opened the slopes to snowboarders and staged the U.S. Open of Snowboarding at Stratton starting in 1985. Keeping in step with the growth of snowboarding he brought in specialized Bombardier grooming equipment, including a pipe grinder, Stratton was able to introduce halfpipe events at the 1998 U.S. Open. As the number of riders at areas quickly grew, he was instrumental in helping other resorts navigate best practices for instructors, equipment, and liability. He also worked at Bromley Mountain, installing snowmaking and the first alpine slide in the 1970's.

Pico Peak founders Janet and Brad Mead opened their ski area in Rutland on Thanksgiving Day 1937 with a rope tow on Little Pico. In 1938, Sunset Schuss opened on a hike-up basis, and Karl Acker came from Switzerland as the Ski School Director. The Meads installed the first T-bar in the US in 1940. Janet ran the ski area until 1954 after Brad's tragic death in 1942 focusing on youth programs as their daughter Andrea Mead Lawrence succeeded internationally in ski racing, winning two Olympic gold medals in 1952.

Three additional special awards will be presented:

Waitsfield's Peter Oliver will receive the Paul Robbins Journalism Award in recognition of his contributions to ski writing. He is theauthor of seven books, including Stowe: Classic New England (Winner of the 2005 Ullr Award from the International Ski History Association) and The Insider's Guide to the Best Skiing in New England and more than 150 feature articles for Skiing, Ski, Outside, Ski Vermont, Powder, Ski Area Management, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, USA Today,and many other publications.

This year, Kelly Brush Davisson will receive the First Tracks Award, which honors exceptional and ongoing contributions made to skiing or snowboarding in Vermont by someone under 35. This award is given in memory of Ian Graddock, a Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Board member and lifelong skier who passed away in 2016 at the age of 35. After Kelly suffered a spinal cord injury in 2006 in a ski race, Kelly and her family founded the Kelly Brush Foundation, which started as a commitment to ski racing safety and has expanded to support people with spinal cord injuries to lead an active lifestyle.

Killington Resort will receive the first VTSSM Community Award. The award recognizes a group or organization within the skiing and riding community that is making a significant and unique contribution to further Vermont's place in skiing and snowboarding history. The Museum celebrates Killington for bringing world class skiing competition to Vermont by hosting the F.I.S. Alpine Women's World Cup in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction honors the Class of 2018 and is open to all. The dinner event includes a reception and awards ceremony highlighting each inductee's achievements with a short biographical film and award presentations and silent auction. Tickets are available on-line via or visit .


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