BRATTLEBORO -- Anyone interested in a local group bike ride that supports a local organization need look no further.

The 5th Annual Going the Distance Ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, set for June 28, allows cyclists to choose a route of 40, 60 or 100 miles that starts and end at the Marlboro College Graduate Center.

The 100-mile route from Brattleboro to the Northampton, Mass., area and back is a scenic ride along the Connecticut River, on quiet, well-paved roads. The shorter routes utilize some of the route and rest stops of the Century Ride. Cue sheets and maps will be available and all routes will be well-marked. Rest stops with food and drink will be at 20-mile intervals. Both of the longer routes have a catered lunch mid-way, with a chance to swim. There will also be an end-of-ride picnic on the patio of the Graduate School.

The ride is a fundraising effort and riders are asked to set a goal for themselves of raising $500 or more for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, though is a goal -- not a commitment. Donations can be made by check and each rider will also have a personal fundraising page on First Giving for on line donations. There will be T-shirts for all riders and prizes for the top fundraisers. All funds raised by riders will stay in the local community and go directly to support the Boys & Girls Club’s programs for local youth.

Go to https://www.firstgiving.com/bgcbrattleboro/GTD2014 for more information or to Register or contact Beth at 802-254-5990, ext. 109, or at: bgcbdirector@gmail.com.

Kids reel in fish
in annual derby

SAXTONS RIVER -- The weather cooperated to provide a great day for fishing at the recent annual Saxtons River Recreation Fishing Derby.

The winners were as follows -- First fish caught: (4- to 6- year-olds) Brooke Parker, (7- to 10- year-olds) Kayli Aldrich, (11- to 14- year-olds) Emily Wunderle; First child to catch five fish: (4- to 6- year-olds) Madison Duby, (7- to 10-year-olds) Gabriella Beayon, (11- to 14- year-olds) Kassidy Wyman; Biggest fish: (7 to 10 years) Mason Walker (11 1Ž4 inches), (4 to 6 years) Joseph Kingman (11 inches), (11 to 14 years) Kassidy Wyman (10 1Ž2 inches); and the derby participation prize went to Connor Perry.

J & H Sporting Goods of Bellows Falls provided gift cards for the winners, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Bennington hatchery stocked the pond.

Six of 12 current U.S. Ski Team athletes are from SMS

STRATTON -- Stratton Mountain School alumni and athletes Patrick "Paddy" Caldwell (SMS ‘12) and Ben Saxton (SMS ‘14 PG) have been named to the Cross Country U.S. Ski Team D-Team for the 2014-15 season. They are the only two athletes named to the D-Team this year. Of the 12 current members of the entire Cross Country U.S. Ski Team, six of them are SMS alumni or current SMS T2 Team members.

"We are so proud of Paddy and Ben," said Sverre Caldwell, SMS Nordic Program Director. "I’m so happy to see that their hard work and results are paying off for them."

"This is a great honor for Paddy and Ben," said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. "They have both proven that they can compete against the world’s best and make great results. We’re so proud that they will join the ranks of the four other SMS U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes."

Caldwell, of Peru, has just finished his freshman year at Dartmouth University, and was a key member of their Cross Country Ski Team, skiing his way to fifth place in the men’s 20km race at NCAA Skiing Championships in March, and making All American. He was named to the All-East First Team at the 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association’s (EISA) End of Season awards ceremony and was named Nordic "Rookie of the Year." At the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah, in January, he finished first for juniors in the 10-kilometer mass, and had two, top-15 finishes at FIS Junior World Championships in Italy this past season, including 10th place in the Skiathlon 10-kilometer. Caldwell had several top-3 finishes in FIS races last season, and finished third in the 10-km Super Tour in Craftsbury in February.

Caldwell skis for Dartmouth with cousins Isabel (SMS ‘10) and Austin (SMS ‘10), and joins cousin Sophie Caldwell (SMS ‘08) on the U.S. Ski Team.

Saxton, of Lakeville, Minn., came to SMS as a postgraduate after leading his high school team to two Nordic championships. He skied at the 2013 Junior World Championships and the 2014 U23 World Championships. Saxton took second in the freestyle sprint at the 2014 U.S. National Championships, and he took second in the classic sprint in the 2014 Super Tour Finals. He finished top-10 in the Alpen Cup sprint in Slovenia in March. Saxton started at Dartmouth College this spring.

axton and Caldwell head to their first U.S. Ski Team camp in Park City, Utah, in June.

In other SMS news, the school’s students and staff generated more than $20,000 to support the SMS Annual Fund.

Each participant received pledges for the number of runs they completed during the Spring-a-Thon, the school’s community-wide fundraising event , which took place after the mountain was closed.

"This is a great event that brings together the entire SMS community of students, teachers and staff, all with a common goal of raising money to support SMS and its programs," said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. "We had a beautiful day, and the teams really rose to the challenge to make this event successful."