Wednesday July 3, 2013

TOWNSHEND -- Round up your family and friends of all ages and sign up now for Grace Cottage Hospital’s eighth annual Tour de Grace bicycle rally on Saturday, July 13.

The 17.7-mile, mostly downhill Tour de Grace helps raise money for patient care at Grace Cottage Hospital and is a fun, scenic, rural ride. Riders begin at the Stratton Resort Base Lodge parking lot anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. and finish at Grace Cottage on Route 35 in Townshend (busses will also be available to transport riders and bikes up to Stratton for registration, departing Grace Cottage Hospital between 8-9 a.m. only).

The route is well marked, maps are available at the starting point, and busses transport riders and bikes back to Stratton. Riders under 12-years-old must ride with an adult, and helmets are required for all riders. Mountain/hybrid bikes are highly recommended.

Volunteers will be stationed along the route to provide free beverages, snacks, and some musical entertainment. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 riders who sign up at www.gracecottage.org or by phone at 802-365-9109. The entry fee is $25 until July 10 and $30 on the day of the event.

Grace Cottage Hospital is a 19-bed hospital in Townshend, offering 24-hour emergency care and a rural health clinic, plus a wide variety of ancillary services including physical rehabilitation, lab, and a full-service retail pharmacy. Known for its compassionate healthcare, it consistently receives high satisfaction marks and grateful testimonials from patients and their families.

Tour de Grace is sponsored by Stratton (Intrawest), Solstice at Stratton, D&K’s Jamaica Grocery, Equipe Sport, Howard Printing, the Stratton Village Square Shops, and the Three Mountain Inn.

Visit www.gracecottage.org events for a route description and registration and pledge forms. These forms will also be available the morning of the race at the Stratton Base Lodge parking lot.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery, get some exercise, and help support Grace Cottage Hospital. For more information, call 802-365-9109.

Brattleboro Decathlon

BRATTLEBORO -- The third annual Brattleboro Decathlon will be held this weekend to determine the best athlete in the Brattleboro area. It is a two-day event held on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, June 7 starting at 3:30 p.m. at BUHS.

The events include the 100 meter dash, 300 meter low hurdles, 400 meter dash, 1-mile run, vertical jump, long jump, frisbee toss, driver toss, vortex football throw, and the keg toss.

Athletes of all levels and abilities will be participating and are encouraged to register. It is free to participate, however donations are appreciated. If you have any questions or are interested in registering you can do so by contacting brattleborodecathlon@yahoo.com.

Figure Skating

BRATTLEBORO -- Two local residents and Brattleboro Figure Skating Club members who also skate and compete with Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Team Greenfield recently competed at the 2013 ISI District 1 Championships over the weekend in Natick, Mass.

It was a four-day competition in which Rose Dumaine, 13, from Jacksonville competed in four events, bringing home one gold, one silver medal and two bronze medals competing in Light Entertainment Spotlight, Solo Compulsory Moves, Artistic Freestyle and Freestyle 3.

Amelia Opsahl, 10, from Chesterfield, N.H.competed in four events and received two silver medals and one gold medal, competing in Rhythmic Hoop, Light Entertainment Spotlight, Solo Compulsory Moves and Freestyle 4.

Both girls will be competing at the end of July, representing Brattleboro Figure Skating Club (USFS) and ISI Team Greenfield at the 2013 State Games of America in Hershey, Pa.

Monadnock Speedway

WINCHESTER, N.H. -- On Saturday at Monadnock Speedway, Vernon’s Pat Houle won the Lightning Stocks race. Houle is now 11th in the division’s point standings.

Area favorite Dana Shepard, of Putney, placed eighth in Saturday’s Super Stocks heat. He is currently ninth in the standings with 254 points.

The Firecracker 100 is scheduled for July 6 at 5 p.m. The admission fee is $25 for adults and $5 for students, with the features being the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the large fireworks display.