Special Olympics Vermont Partners with Vermont Principals’ Association to Engage Youth in Unified Sports

Special Olympics Vermont and the Vermont Principals’ Association have formalized their partnership to develop inclusive youth sports opportunities for all high school students across the state. Together, these organizations will leverage their expertise and resources to expand Unified Sports offerings and establish a model for building inclusive school communities.

Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. The Unified Sports program brings the power of the Special Olympics movement into schools. Using sports as the catalyst for change, students with and without intellectual disabilities compete together on the same teams, breaking down barriers, fostering tolerance, and building friendships.

“Unified Sports have had a tremendously positive impact on the culture of respect and the acceptance of differences in our school community,” says Dan Marlow, Athletic Director at BFA St. Albans. “I am proud of how BFA has embraced this concept and would encourage all schools to be part of this win-win situation!”

The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) exists to coordinate the collective interests and needs of school leaders, with a goal of improving the educational opportunities for the youth of Vermont. Working with Special Olympics Vermont, the VPA is promoting the inclusion of equitable interscholastic opportunities for all students in Vermont high schools. Unified Sports offerings will be included in all VPA publications in a manner consistent with the information for all other VPA high school sports.

“Since Special Olympics was established in 1968, we’ve learned that the quickest path to understanding and acceptance is by connecting people with our athletes,” says Lisa DeNatale, President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. “Our new partnership with the VPA is an enormous step in that direction, both symbolically, and practically, and I’m so proud of the work being done to bring Unified Sports to all Vermont high school students. .”

The VPA has formed a Unified Sports Committee comprised of seven Athletic Directors from Vermont Schools, Bob Johnson, the Associate Executive Director of the VPA, and Lisa DeNatale. Bob Johnson reported that “the VPA is truly looking forward to our partnership with Special Olympics Vermont, and to the integration of Unified Sports programs within VPA member schools,”

Coined “the Unified Generation,” by President and Mrs. Obama at a White House celebration of Special Olympics in July, the VPA and Special Olympics Vermont are proud to support a generation in which young people with and without intellectual disabilities create a future of respect and inclusion throughout their communities.

George Commo winner of Inaugural Warner Fusselle Award For Radio Excellence

Vermont Lake Monsters radio broadcaster George Commo has been named the winner of the inaugural Warner Fusselle Award for Radio Excellence, given to the best New York-Penn League broadcaster as determined on overall production quality, knowledge/preparedness and presentation of the game by a league committee, the Short Season Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics has recently announced.

A native of Burlington, Commo has won numerous broadcast awards over his historical career. He is a member of both the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame as well as the Vermont Principal’s Association Hall of Fame. Commo is a ten-time winner of the National Sportscasters Association Vermont Sportscaster of the Year Award.

Commo has been involved with the Vermont Lake Monsters since the team’s inception in 1994 (then Vermont Expos) and has been the primary play-by-play announcer for 15 of the franchise's 22 years, including each of the last three seasons on 960 AM "The Zone".

“This is a great honor for George and the Lake Monsters are very proud to have him call our games,” said Lake Monsters General Manager Joe Doud. “George’s experience and expertise in the press box is unparalleled in the state, and we couldn’t think of someone more deserving to be the first winner of the Warner Fusselle Award.”

Warner Fusselle, famous for his Southern accent, was a long-time announcer for several Minor League Baseball teams, most recently the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York Penn League from 2001 until his death in 2012. He also could be heard on the 'This Week in Baseball' and ESPN's 'Baseball Magazine' television shows.

"It is a tremedous honor to be selected for the Warner Fusselle Award, as there are many talented broadcasters in the New York-Penn League," said Commo. "I have greatly enjoyed working with the Lake Monsters. I knew Warner well during this time with Brooklyn, so it is humbling to be honored in his memory."

The Warner Fusselle Award for Radio Excellence will be presented to the Vermont Lake Monsters in Nashville, Tennessee this December at the Baseball Winter Meetings.


 Record Moose Taken by Fairfax Woman Bowhunter

Pre-season scouting in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom paid off on the second morning of the state’s archery moose hunt for Tammy Miller of Fairfax, Vermont.

Using a compound bow, Miller took a 931 lb. bull moose with an antler spread of 53 ¾ inches on October 2 while hunting in Norton with her husband, Eric. Miller’s huge bull topped the 919 lb. previous archery record moose taken last year by Kevin Rice.

“Five weekends of hard scouting enabled us to be hunting in an area with good moose trails and scrapes,” said Miller. “After being in the area for a few minutes Friday morning, we heard the bull raking branches not far away, but it seemed to be moving away. Eric raked some nearby branches with a moose scapula and called by mouth to imitate another bull moose. Fifteen minutes later the bull appeared about 15 yards away, presenting a nice shot.”

“It was the hunting experience of a lifetime,” she added.

Vermont’s archery moose season began October 1 and ends October 7. The regular moose season is October 17-22.

“A total of 225 regular firearms moose season permits and 40 archery moose season permits were issued for Vermont’s 2015 regulated moose hunt in order to sustain Vermont’s moose population in balance with available habitat,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose biologist. “Congratulations to Tammy Miller for a well-planned hunt and taking a new archery record Vermont moose.”


Vermont’s Big Game Reporting Stations for 2015

Hunters who take a bear, deer, turkey, or moose during the Vermont hunting seasons must bring the animal within 48 hours to the nearest game warden or to the nearest Vermont Fish & Wildlife reporting station. Below is a list of wardens and reporting stations for 2015. The list also appears on Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).



State Wardens

Josh Hungerford, Middlebury – 989-7484

Spc. Dale Whitlock, Middlebury – 388-4875


Deputy Wardens

Eugene Stearns, Addison – 759-2944


Reporting Stations

Bridport Town Clerk, Bridport – 758-2483

Buxton's Country Store, Orwell – 948-2112

C & S Hunting Supplies, Middlebury – 388-8401

Green Mountain Trails End LLC, Bristol – 453-4679

Jerusalem Corners Country Store, Bristol – 453-4056

Lake Hortonia Country Store, Hubberton – 273-3445

Lincoln General Store, Lincoln – 453-2981

Panton General Store, Panton – 475-2431

Rack N Reel, New Haven – 453-2000

Vermont Field Sports, Middlebury – 388-3572

Village Green Market, New Haven – 453-2163

West Addison General Store, Addison – 759-2071



State Wardens

Sgt. Travis Buttle, Shaftsbury – 442-4383

Greg Eckhardt, Landgrove – 824-5785

Lt. Paul Gaudreau, West Rupert – 394-2973

Richard Watkin, Wilmington – 368-7302

Cody Jackman, Dorset – 867-7012


Deputy Wardens

Wynn Metcalfe, Shaftsbury – 447-7877

Brendan Reilly, 518-682-7085


Reporting Stations

Bennington Fish Culture Station, Bennington – 447-2844

Gun Supply of Vermont, Bondville – 375-5183

H N Williams Store, Dorset – 867-5353

JJ Hapgood, Peru – 824-4800

Lost Target Shooting Supplies, Bennington – 442-8953

Manchester Town Clerk, Manchester Center – 362-1315

Marty's Sports & Gunsmithing, Inc., Bennington – 442-8826

Sherman's Store, West Rupert – 394-7820

Stamford Town Clerk, Stamford – 694-1361

Tifft's Trading Post, Woodford – 753-7941



State Wardens

Dennis Amsden, Danville – 751-7695

Lt. David Gregory, Lyndon Center – 626-4390

Spc. Russell Shopland, East Hardwick – 472-3040


Deputy Wardens

Marc Luneau, East Hardwick – 563-2352


Reporting Stations

Alley's Market, South Ryegate – 584-4416

Paul's Whistle Stop, McIndoes Falls – 633-4189

Rick's Gun Shop, East Burke – 626-1014

Riteway Sports, Inc., Hardwick – 472-5916

The Village Sport Shop, Lyndonville – 626-8448

Upper Valley Grill, Groton – 584-3101

Wheelock Village Store, Wheelock – 626-8030

West Barnet Quick Stop, West Barnet – 633-2624



State Wardens

Robert Currier, Colchester – 497-2136

Dana Joyal, Charlotte- 425-4506


Reporting Stations

Dattilio's Guns & Tackle, South Burlington – 862-5516

Dockside Outdoor Supply, Colchester – 891-9249

Hinesburg General Store, Hinesburg – 482-2820

Jericho General Store, Jericho – 899-4661

Lakeshore Ace Hardware, Colchester – 863-4910



State Wardens

Sgt. Trevor Szymanowski, North Concord – 695-1314

Randy Hazard, Bloomfield – 962-3492


Reporting Stations

Barnie's Market, Concord – 695-8133

Holmes Gulf Station, Canaan – 266-8900

Lunenburg Variety, Lunenburg – 892-1147

Northern Wildlife, Island Pond – 723-6290



State Wardens

Lt. Curtis Smiley, Fairfax – 849-2156

Dustin Snyder, Fairfax – 849-9980

Matthew Thiel, Highgate – 868-6257

Sgt. Carl Wedin, St. Albans – 868-9110


Reporting Stations

Back Country Sports, St. Albans – 782-8270

Byam’s Quick Stop, Franklin – 933-4100

Fletcher General Store, Cambridge – 849-6292

Franklin General Store, Franklin – 285-2033

Georgia Market, Georgia – 527-1100

M&R Guns & Ammo, Highgate Center – 868-4288

Pauline's Quick Stop, Sheldon Springs – 933-4810

4C’s, Ste. Marie's, Inc., Swanton – 868-3538

TJs Country Store, Inc., Montgomery – 326-4104

West Enosburg Country Store, LLC, Enosburg Falls – 933-5001

Wetherby's Quick Stop, Inc., Richford – 848-3550



Deputy Wardens

Benjamin Rooks, Grand Isle – 578-0580


Reporting Stations

A&B Beverage, Inc., Grand Isle – 372-4531

Isle LaMotte Town Clerk, Isle LaMotte – 928-3434



State Wardens

Ethan Coffey, Morrisville – 888-2964


Deputy Wardens

Ronald Audet, Morrisville – 279-7875


Reporting Stations

Cambridge Village Market, Cambridge – 644-2272

Elmore Store, Lake Elmore – 888-2296

Fly Rod Shop, Stowe – 253-7346

Ingalls Market & Deli, Eden Mills – 635-2692

The Old Fishing Hole, Morrisville – 888-6210

Wolcott Store, Inc., Wolcott – 888-3792



State Wardens

Sgt. Keith Gallant, East Braintree – 728-9215

Mark Schichtle, Wells River – 757-2121

Jeffrey Whipple, Vershire – 685-7813


Reporting Stations

Coburn's General Store, Inc., South Strafford – 765-4421

East Corinth General Store, East Corinth – 439-5525

Farm 'N Country Hardware, Williamstown – 433-1158

Fifields Auto Repair, West Fairlee- 333-3022

Flanders Market, Chelsea – 685-3085

Floyd's General Store, Randolph Center – 728-5333

Middle Branch Market & Deli, East Randolph – 728-5750

Mid State Sports, Randolph – 728-3100

Newbury Village Store, Newbury – 866-5681

North Tunbridge General Store, Chelsea – 889-3312

Robert’s Country Store, Williamstown – 883-2220

Snowsville General Store, Braintree – 728-5252

Thetford Center Village Store, Thetford – 785-4655

Wing's Market, Fairlee – 333-9568



State Wardens

Jason Dukette, Derby – 334-2904

Jenna Reed, Newport Center – 334-1215

Mike Scott, Barton – 525-5501


Reporting Stations

Bob's Quick Stop, Irasburg – 754-2104

C. Village Store, Craftsbury – 586-2554

Currier's Market, Glover – 525-8822

Degre Auction Service, LLC, Westfield – 744-2427

E.M. Brown & Son, Inc., Barton – 525-3422

Evansville Trading Post, Brownington – 754-6305

Green Mountain Sporting Goods, Irasburg – 754-6165

Lanoue's General Store, Orleans – 754-6365

Mister O's Sporting Goods, Newport – 334-5525

Smith's Grocery, Greensboro Bend – 533-2631

The Lucier Store, Newport Center – 334-8056

Wright's Enterprises, Newport – 334-6115



State Wardens

Lt. Justin Stedman, Wells – 325-9333

Wesley Butler, West Rutland – 797-8172

Timothy Carey, Mt Holly – 259-9533

Robert Sterling, Fair Haven – 265-4602


Deputy Wardens

Reilly, Brendan, Wells – 518-682-7085


Reporting Stations

Belmont General Store, Belmont – 259-2292

Benson Village Store, Benson – 537-2041

Corey’s RV Supplies, Wallingford – 446-1049

Engine Joe's Guns & Bows, Hydeville – 265-8155

G & L General Store, Inc., Benson – 537-4041

Grant's Village Store, Middletown Springs – 235-2251

J A B Restaurant (Bruno’s), West Rutland – 802-342-0330

Junction Store & Deli, Brandon – 247-3794

Keith's Country Store, Inc., Pittsford – 483-6489

Kelley, Betsy A, Poultney – 287-5800

Mart's Sporting Goods, Poultney – 287-9022

Otter Creek Campground, Danby – 293-5041

Swiss Farm Market, Pittsfield – 746-9939

Tinmouth Town Clerk, Tinmouth – 446-2498

Wooden Barrel Country Store, Chittenden – 775-5355



State Wardens

Chad Barrett, Waterbury Center – 244-1680

Paul Brown, Northfield – 485-4432

Sean Fowler, Plainfield – 454-9919


Reporting Stations

Harry’s Hardware, Cabot – 563-2291

Kenyon's Hardware & Farm Supply, Northfield – 485-9676

Marshfield Village Store, Marshfield – 426-4321

Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield – 485-7184

Parro's Gun Shop & Police Supplies, Inc., Waterbury – 244-8401

R&L Archery, Barre – 479-9151

Roxbury Country Store, Inc., Roxbury – 485-8857

Maplefields, Plainfield – 454-7111

Village Grocery, Waitsfield – 496-4477



State Wardens

David Taddei, Townshend – 221-4066

Kelly Price, Brattleboro – 251-2171


Reporting Stations

C&S Beverage and Dairy, Wilmington – 464-8062

D&R General Store, Cambridgeport – 869-2372

Exit 4 Sunoco Station, Putney – 387-2234

Guilford Country Store, Guilford – 490-2233

Grandma’s Garden and Country Store, Vernon – 802-380-0920

Mike & Tammy’s Main Street Market/Deli – 824-8100

Route 5 Shell LLC, Bellows Falls – 463-0701

Wardsboro Country Store, Wardsboro – 896-6411



State Wardens

Jason Gravelle, Hartland – 484-7435

Stephen Majeski, Brownsville – 457-1488


Deputy Wardens

Roni Johnson, Royalton – 763-8451

Kevin McAllister, Windsor – 674-5410


Reporting Stations

Ascutney Farm Stand, Ascutney – 952-9557

Barrows Trading Post, Quechee – 295-1050

Bridgewater Corners Country Store, Bridgewater Corners – 672-6241

Chester Hardware, Chester – 875-2693

Chester Town Clerk, Chester – 875-2173

Joe's Taxidermy, Reading – 484-7221

Locust Creek Outfitters, Bethel – 234-5884

Singleton's Store, Proctorsville – 226-7666

Singleton’s Store, Quechee – 698-8675

Springfield Professional Firefighters, Springfield – 885-4546

Steve's Bait Shop, North Hartland – 296-7331

Teago General Store, South Pomfret – 457-1626

The Hardware at Rochester, Rochester – 767-4200

Tracy's Midway Station, Sharon – 763-8177

Tyson Village Store, Ludlow – 228-2284


Smith Named Assistant Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach

 The Johnson State College athletic department has hired Miles Smith Jr. '09 as the assistant athletic director and head men's basketball coach effective August 10th. Smith replaces Tommy Verdell who served as head coach for two years before leaving to be the assistant director of athletics and compliance officer at Bates College.

 Athletic Director, Jamey Ventura is looking forward to welcoming Smith to the department. Ventura said, "Miles will be a strong addition to our staff. As a dedicated alumni and proven head coach, Miles will serve as an important touch point for student-athletes, alumni and community members alike."

 Prior to taking the helm at Johnson, Smith was the first ever head men's basketball coach and admissions recruiter at the newly co-ed Wilson College in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Smith spent one year at The College of New Jersey. As an assistant coach, he was responsible for player development, scouting, game day preparation and management, and recruiting of potential athletes for the Lions.

 Smith also spent three seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Mercer County Community College, where he was involved in all aspects of the program, including player development and recruitment, and providing academic support for student-athletes. In 2010, he helped coach the Vikings to the Region 19 Championship and an appearance in the NJACC National Tournament.

 Coach Smith is a 2009 graduate of Johnson State College, earning a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology/ Sociology. Smith was a starter throughout his collegiate career, and was named team captain and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during his senior year at Johnson State. Prior to Johnson State, Smith also attended Mercer County Community College where he graduated with an associated degree in Liberal Arts in 2005.

 "I am grateful to be a part of the bright future that Johnson State College Athletics is building. Johnson State is certainly a place that that no other institution in the world can match. It is an honor to come back to Johnson State and lead the men's basketball program. I truly am excited about the opportunity to work with the student-athletes in helping them grow as individuals and achieve their goals."

 Smith played in all 51 games during his two seasons with Johnson State and started in all 26 games as a senior point guard and lead the Badgers to the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. A tenacious and suffocating defender, Smith averaged 3.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while blocking 30 shots and collecting 29 steals in his career. Smith poured in a career-best 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a 74-71 loss at home to Massachusetts College on December 8, 2007.



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