'Two Contests: Competing in Biathlon'

Biathlon, the only Olympic sport in which competitors perform two distinctly different skills - cross country skiing and marksmanship - concurrently, is the topic of Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum's May 16th Red Bench Discussion. To understand biathlon, John Morton, VTSSM Hall of Fame Inductee and former biathlete, suggests: "...take a person that doesn't necessarily have skill in skiing, ask them to run up 10 flights of stairs as fast as they can and ask them to thread a needle when they get there; you get an idea of how challenging it is to be precise when you have stressed yourself to that level."

Interested to know more about biathlon's history and its current status? On Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 pm, Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe, as part of the Red Bench Discussion Series, brings together a panel of biathlon experts to discuss how to train for biathlon and how to develop youth and women participants. Topics will include biathlon's connection to the military and the historical relevance of the Vermont National Guard in Jericho. They will also discuss evolving equipment and growing awareness of biathlon.

The panel includes:

Moderator Art Stegen, when inducted into the US Biathlon Hall of Fame, was described as being "at the epicenter of Biathlon for forty years. As an athlete, coach, team leader, board secretary and editor of the US Biathlon newsletter, Art has dedicated himself to the sport of biathlon and always looked to make a difference." His new book on biathlon will be released spring 2019.

Dennis Donahue competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and in five World Biathlon Championships. He is a 2018 VTSSM Hall of Fame Inductee.

John Madigan, from the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho, is the current US Biathlon Regional coordinator for the East.

John Morton, an athlete on the '72 and '76 Olympic Teams, as a coach of teams in the '80s and as Team Leader for 3 more Olympics.

Jan Reynolds set the world record for high altitude skiing among women when she descended Muztagata in Tibet in 1980. Needing a break from mountaineering, Reynolds joined the 1983-84 US Biathlon team where the team took third place in the World Championships and is a VTSSM Hall of Fame Inductee.

'Two Contests: Competing in Biathlon' kicks off a new comprehensive exhibit on biathlon which will open in November at the Museum.

The Museum's monthly Red Bench Series focuses on topics currently relevant to skiing and snowboarding.

Doors to the Museum will open at 6:00 and guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits and socialize. The discussion begins at 6:30. Craft beer provided by series sponsor Von Trapp Brewing, wine and cider will be available. A $10 entry donation helps support the museum's mission to "Collect, Preserve and Celebrate Vermont's Skiing and Snowboarding Heritage". Additional sponsors include Sisler Builders.

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, located at 1 South Main Street in Stowe, VT, has been interpreting and sharing Vermont's ski and snowboard history for 15 years at its Stowe location. www.vtssm.org.

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum thrives by collecting, preserving, and celebrating Vermont's skiing and snowboarding history. The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is a 501c3 non-profit organization that welcomes visitors from around the world to share, to reminisce, and to enjoy the collections and their stories. The museum creates visually stimulating and historically in-depth exhibits, along with year-round educational programming and statewide community events. The Museum is open 12-5 daily Wednesday through Sunday.For more information please visit www.vtssm.org.

Vermont State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Hosts Hunting Event for People with Disabilities

The Vermont State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is partnering with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to host a mentored turkey hunting event on May 18 and 19 for hunters with disabilities, called ‘Wheelin’ Sportsmen.’

Hunters with disabilities are often an underserved population within the hunting community as physical disabilities can limit or prevent individuals from getting outdoors to hunt. NWTF developed the Wheelin’ Sportsmen program to work with hunters with disabilities to provide the extra assistance and mentorship needed to have a safe and enjoyable hunt.

“Helping hunters with disabilities get out in woods to experience the thrill of turkey hunting is a passion project for us,” said Kaylee Campagna of NWTF. “Last year we were able to accommodate a variety of disabilities and assist seven hunters through our event. Every team had a fantastic experience and we even harvested a few birds!”

To sign up for the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt contact Kaylee Campagna at 802-363-8071, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on Facebook at Vermont NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt.

“Vermont’s wild turkey population continues to thrive and birds can be found throughout the state,” said Chris Bernier who heads Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s wild turkey project. “Spring turkey hunting can be a fantastic entry point for new or returning hunters, not only because it offers the opportunity to observe and interact with these unique birds when they are most active, but also because it has a relatively high success rate compared to other big game species.”

“Events that match hunters with experienced mentors that can share their knowledge in the field result in safe and often successful hunting experiences,” said Nicole Meier, with Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s hunter education program.

Pre-registration is required by March 9, 2019. Participants are responsible for obtaining their hunting license. Vermont residents may be eligible to obtain a free permanent hunting license with proof of a qualifying disability at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

Vermont Trout Unlimited Launches Ninth Annual Fly Fishing Summer Camp for Teens

Vermont Trout Unlimited announces year nine of their fly fishing camp for Vermont teens ages 13 to 16. Teens interested in either learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level along side some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers, are invited to apply. The 2019 camp is scheduled for Sunday June 23rd through Thursday June 27th at Jackson’s Lodge in Canaan, Vermont.

Louis Porter, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner supports TU’s educational efforts. “TU’s Fly Fishing Camp for Teens is an incredible program dedicated to educating our next generation of fly fishermen and women to help ensure that our precious coldwater fisheries here in Vermont will be taken care of well into the future.”

Participants in the 5 day/4 night comprehensive program will learn and practice casting, basic fly tying, knot craft, insect identification and imitation (entomology), fish identification and behavior (ichthyology) safe wading techniques, angling ethics and coldwater conservation. Campers will hone their skills on local lakes, ponds and streams, including the Connecticut River.

Our host, Jackson’s Lodge, (www.JacksonsLodgeVT.net) is located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on Wallace Pond and is a short five-minute drive from the Connecticut River.

Prospective campers are encouraged to apply no later than April 15, 2019 to secure a spot for this year’s program. The cost for the 5-day camp is $450. Scholarships may be available on an “as-needed” basis.

Trout Unlimited is a non-profit organization that has dedicated over 50 years to the conservation, protection and restoration of North America’s cold-water fisheries and watersheds.

For complete information about the TU Fly Fishing Camp, an application form, and many videos of the camp, go to www.vermonttroutcamp.com or e-mail Kurt Budliger, camp director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thunder Road Announces 2019 Schedule of Events

Thunder Road will celebrate its 60th season of racing with a 19-event schedule that includes many fan favorites. (Alan Ward photo)>>

Barre, VT – Thunder Road has officially released the 2019 racing schedule for the 60th season of competition at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement”. The 19-event season includes many events the track is known for along with new additions that promise even more thrills.

As has been tradition for much of the past two decades, Thunder Road will open its season with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 28. The Downtown Barre Car Show will be held the day before on Saturday, April 27 followed by an open practice for all divisions.

The Community Bank N.A. 150 will once again be the first of two visits for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) as they take on Thunder Road’s weekly Maplewood/Irving Late Model stars. The ACT Late Model Tour returns on Sunday, September 1 for the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200.

The biggest change to the 2019 schedule is when and how the champions are decided. A special Championship Night on Saturday, September 14 will crown champions for the Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. The event also features the “Rumble in the Quarry 125” for tour-type Modifieds and the “Rumble in the Quarry 35” for the U.S. Legend Cars. More details on both races will be announced at a later date.

Between Opening Day and Championship Night, a slew of events will showcase the best short track racers in the region. The 57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26 kicks off the championship season for the Thunder Road Late Models. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will also be on hand for 150 laps in their first of two visits in 2019.

Weekly racing will once again open with a special Friday night event on June 7. Capitol City Auto Mart Night includes the opener of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers along with the annual Kids Rides. Rounds two and three of the Triple Crown will be Thursday, July 11 on Consolidated Communications Night and Thursday, August 8 on Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night.

The Thursday night racing season begins June 13 with Casella Waste Management Night and the New England Antique Racers. The summer will feature many events familiar to Thunder Road fans, including the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Thursday, July 4; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 18; the Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 25; and the Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 4. Thursday racing concludes with Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 23 featuring the annual Run-What-U-Brung spectator races.

After Championship Night, attention turns to Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend. The season finale returns to a two-day racing format in 2019. Saturday, September 28 is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day along with the 150-lap PASS Super Late Model event that was held on Friday in 2018. The Thunder Road racing season wraps up on Sunday, September 29 with the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will return to Thunder Road in 2019 with a 10-event schedule. These dates will be available at https://www.thunderroadvt.com/schedule/.

Thunder Road has also released the Late Models along with license application forms, team registration forms, and season pass order forms. These forms are all available at www.thunderroadvt.com and at the Thunder Road offices in Waterbury. The rules for the Flying Tigers, Street Stocks, and Road Warriors are expected to be finalized by the end of November.

For more information on the 2019 racing season, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2019 Thunder Road Schedule of Events


-- Sat Apr 27 9:00am Downtown Barre Car Show & Practice Session

1 Sun Apr 28 1:30pm 21st Community Bank N.A. 150 – ACT Late Model Tour

2 Sun May 6 1:30pm 57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 – PASS 150

3 Fri Jun 7 7:00pm Capital City Auto Mart Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #1 and Kid’s Rides

4 Thu Jun 13 7:00pm Casella Waste Management Night – New England Antique Racers

5 Thu Jun 20 7:00pm North Country Federal Credit Union – Scout Night

6 Thu Jun 27 7:00pm Community College of Vermont Night – Vermont Brewer’s Cup

7 Thu Jul 4 7:00pm Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular/Fireworks

8 Thu Jul 11 7:00pm Consolidated Communications Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #2

9 Thu Jul 18 6:30pm 40th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

10 Thu Jul 25 7:00pm Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

11 Thu Aug 1 7:00pm WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets

12 Sun Aug 4 6:00pm 35th Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special

13 Thu Aug 8 7:00pm Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #3

14 Thu Aug 15 7:00pm Vermont Tire & Service Night

15 Thu Aug 22 7:00pm Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night – Run What-U-Brung

16 Sun Sep 1 1:00pm 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Late Model Tour

17 Sat Sep 14 4:00pm Championship Night – all track champions crowned

plus Rumble at the Quarry 125 for tour-type Modifieds

& Rumble in the Quarry 35 for U.S. Legend Cars – details TBA

18 Sat Sep 28 1:00pm Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day & PASS 150

19 Sun Sep 29 1:00pm 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank

Schedule subject to change

ACT Releases 10-Race Schedule for 2019 Season

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced the 2019 schedule for the ACT Late Model Tour. The 10-race series with be held at six tracks throughout the northeastern United States and the Canadian province of Quebec.

ACT will be part of the season-opener for three different race tracks, helping all them bring on the new year with a bang. Other highlights include a number of big-money races and the return of one of ACT’s most historic events.

The 28th ACT Late Model Tour season begins at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, April 14. The 150-lap event is the first on the Oxford racing calendar and will be a doubleheader with the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models. ACT then heads to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, April 28 to open the Vermont racing season with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150. Both events will include an optional practice day the Saturday before the event.

A third track gets the season-opening treatment when ACT travels to N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Spring Green 119 on Saturday, May 11. The 44th running of the Spring Green marks its comeback after a one-year absence.

The month of June will be the busiest one for ACT with the three races on tap. The trio of events includes two tracks returning to the ACT schedule and one that will play an expanded role in 2019.

For the first event in June, ACT goes north of the border to Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 1. The Chaudiere 150 will be the second point-counting ACT Late Model Tour event ever held at the ¼-mile oval and first since 2015.

The middle leg of the month is a 75-lapper at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, June 15, which is the first of two events scheduled at the track. It also marks the official halfway point of the season. The final event in June is the Star 150 at Epping, NH’s Star Speedway on Saturday, June 29. It is the first visit by ACT to Star since 2013.

After taking the month of July off, ACT will be back in a big way on Saturday, August 3 with the $10,000-to-win Midsummer 250 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The event made its debut this past September as part of the track’s 25th anniversary celebration. It has now been moved to early August and added to the ACT schedule. Later in the month, ACT will return to Oxford Plains Speedway with a 150-lap event on Saturday, August 24 as part of Oxford 250 Weekend.

The final two events of the season have become ACT staples in recent years. The Tour makes its second visit to Thunder Road on Sunday, September 1 for the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200. ACT will once again crown its champion in the World Series 75 at Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 12 as part of the World Series of Speedway racing.

In addition to 10 point-counting races, there will also be two non-point events sanctioned by ACT: the Bacon Bowl 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, August 17 and the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. The Bacon Bowl will pay $10,000 CAD to win while the Milk Bowl winner will receive a minimum of $10,000 USD.

“We’re very happy with the schedule we were able to put together,” ACT co-owner Cris Michaud said. “We think 10 point-counting races is about right at this time, and we’ve given teams some options if they want to do more than that. There are also three $10,000-to-win events we’re sanctioning, which rewards teams for the time and effort they put into supporting us. We’re looking forward to getting the season underway next April.”

ACT rules, license applications, and team registration forms for the 2019 season are also now available at www.acttour.com. For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2019 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule of Events


1 Sun Apr 14 Oxford Plains 150 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME

2 Sun Apr 28 Community Bank N.A. 150 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

3 Sat May 11 Spring Green 119 White Mtn. Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH

4 Sat Jun 1 Chaudiere 150 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC

5 Sat Jun 15 Thompson 75 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT

6 Sat Jun 29 Star 150 Star Speedway Epping, NH

7 Sat Aug 3 Midsummer 250 White Mtn Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH

*** Sat Aug 17 Bacon Bowl 200 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC

8 Sat Aug 24 Oxford Plains 150 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME

9 Sun Sep 1 Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

*** Sat/Sun Sep 28/29 57th Vermont Milk Bowl Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

10 Sat Oct 12 World Series 75 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT

Schedule subject to change


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