Robert Litchfield

Horses make big impression on ‘littles’

Newfane stable offers free lesson to kids participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's premiere donor- and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization, is galloping to connect more kids with the equestrian activities it offers at Winchester Stables on River Road, saying those who've tried it overwhelmingly love it.

According to Rob Szpila, third-year director of BBBS in Brattleboro, partner organization and fellow nonprofit Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center has been extending his charges free hourlong riding lessons every Saturday afternoon since the beginning of November.

Four new children are allowed to ride each month, receiving instruction on how to safely and confidently ride and maintain a horse.

“The response has been unanimously positive,” Szpila said. “These kids feel so lucky to have this opportunity.”...

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LGUHS students ready for another year of Project Feed the Thousands

The National Honor Society and the CLEA Committee are hosting the annual Project Feed the Thousands food drive at Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School. Every year during the holidays, designated food shelves around southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire - including the Townshend Food Shelf -

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Gas returns to Jamaica

Cota & Cota buys Kearley Fuel, opens 24-hour pumps

You can buy gasoline in Jamaica again. Mo's Market in East Jamaica, which was destroyed by fire in August, stopped selling gas last year and left the village without a gas station. However, Cota & Cota, a heating oil and propane gas dealer based in Bellows Falls, bought Kearley...

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Nystrom takes over as L&G boys’ basketball coach

After spending two seasons as an assistant to head coach Phil Davis, Andy Nystrom will be taking the reins of Leland & Gray's boys' basketball program this season. Nystrom, who lives in Newfane, owns the Wardsboro Store and Snow Mountain Market, and is also a postal carrier in Wardsboro. He played basketball for Leland & Gray in the 1990s along side two 1,000-point scorers, Kevin Cobb and Matt Moore. After college, he returned to Leland & Gray to assist head...

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Rebel boys lose in OT to Stowe

Dramatic finishes are a given when the Leland & Gray Rebels and the Stowe Raiders meet up in the boys' soccer playoffs. In 2009, the Rebels and Raiders met in the Division III semifinals where the Rebels lost by one missed penalty kick. In 2010, the Rebels beat the Raiders in overtime in the semifinals, 2-1, and went on to win the state championship. On Friday, these two teams met again, this time in the quarterfinals, and No. 7 Stowe...

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Rebel girls upset BF, but get walloped by Peoples

Rivalry games are always dangerous, and they are especially dangerous in the playoffs. But coming off a game with three red cards and fight, the officiating crew made sure that last Wednesday's Division III girls' soccer playdown between Leland & Gray and Bellows Falls didn't get out of hand. Referee Bud Laudenslager lined both teams up at midfield before the match and gave them a pre-game lecture on sportsmanship. “Don't say anything you wouldn't say to your grandmother at the...

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Rebels top Wildcats in playoff tune-up

Sophomore Corey Nystrom scored two goals and Jake Sherman added another as the Leland & Gray Rebels defeated Twin Valley, 3-1, Oct. 16 in a win that avenged a bitter overtime loss to the Wildcats earlier in the season. Sherman got the Rebels started with an unassisted score five minutes into the game on a beautiful hooking shot from about 20 yards out. Later in the half, senior captain Billy Nupp dropped a corner kick right in front of the...

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Goddard lifts Rebels over Wildcats in OT, 2-1

Senior captain Ashley Goddard scored the game-winner in the second overtime as Leland & Gray defeated Twin Valley, 2-1, on Thursday in a typically dramatic soccer match between two bitter soccer rivals. The win put the 5-5-1 Rebels over the .500 mark for the first time this season, and moved them up to No. 6 in the Division III girls' soccer rankings. The Wildcats fell to 4-5-2. The Rebels knew the importance of this game. Before kickoff, Goddard said that...

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