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Three cheers for women making sports history in the Upper Valley

Callie Brownson, left, and Wendy Wannop. (Courtesy photographs)

Rounds of applause are in order for Callie Brownson, of Dartmouth football, who is launching a new and unprecedented phase in her career, and Wendy Wannop, of Woodstock field hockey, who has led her team through a milestone number of wins!

Brownson was recently named as Dartmouth football’s offensive quality control coach, making her the first known full-time female football coach at the D-I level. Wow!

Check out this video that Dartmouth football produced, showing head coach Buddy Teevens discussing Brownson’s path to joining the team and the players’ reaction to finding out she had been offered a job.

And Wannop, the longtime field hockey coach at Woodstock Union High School, celebrated her 200th career win last Wednesday.

The Woodstock Union High School field hockey team celebrates coach Wendy Wannop’s 200th victory, a 3-2 overtime defeat of Windsor at MacLeay-Royce Field in Windsor, Vt., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Courtesy photograph)

Cheers to Callie and Wendy, and good luck on the rest of your seasons.

Video: Puppies and Pooches on Parade in Woodstock

Riley the Doxie. Photo courtesy Friends of the Norman Williams Public Library.

Forget the Well-Dressed Sports Heads. Look at these well-dressed doggos!

Some friends and I attended the Puppies and Pooches on Parade fundraiser for the Friends of the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock on Saturday, and I took a bit of video from a dog’s-eye-view. Find a list of winners from the various categories — such as Most Precious Petite, Mightiest Mid-Size, and so on — at the Valley News website.


The places to be on this beautiful Friday in the Upper Valley

Shop all day and party all night (or, at least, until about 10 p.m.):

Just me walkin’ around WRJ with a pile of clothes from the tent sale. nbd.

Zack’s Place fundraiser aims to have 500 golf balls fall from a helicopter over Woodstock

Wow! This is gonna be quite a sight on Sept. 28, the date of the Zack’s Place golf tournament at Woodstock Country Club. And you have a chance to win up to $5,000, to boot.

According to an email from the Woodstock nonprofit, families and friends of the Zack’s Place community are selling numbered tickets in advance of the tournament, with each number also written on a golf ball. The idea is that a helicopter “comes flying over the Woodstock Country Club and drops all the balls (hopefully 500),” with the closest ball to a pin winning up to $5,000, the second $2,500 and 10 additional balls winning $100.

Also, winning money is super fun and all that, but check out what you’re contributing to: All of the proceeds are going to help build a safer wheelchair-accessible entrance to Zack’s Place, a community center for people with special needs. Any extra money will be used to replace the roof on the Zack’s Place building, according to the email.

Zack’s Place is trying to sell 500 tickets, and they are $50 each. Click here to buy a golf ball online.

Zack’s Place Golf Ball Drop flyer.

I have had the pleasure of being part of coverage of the organization a few times over the years, including at their 2016 Turkey Trot (registration for 2019 is open, btw) and 2017 prom.

Calling all puppies and pooches who wanna prance in a Woodstock parade

A fine example of high fashion in a petite package from last summer’s Puppies & Pooches on Parade on the Woodstock Green. Philip W. Scott Photo.

From a news release distributed by the Friends of the Norman William Public Library:

Do you have a hunch that your dog might be the most precious petite, the mightiest mid-size, or the gentlest giant? Are you convinced that your canine is the most charming and possibly the most fashionable member of your family? If the answer is “yes,” then you should register NOW for the 4th Annual Puppies & Pooches on Parade fundraising dog show!


Puppies & Pooches on Parade, the fanciful and fabulous fundraiser put on each summer by the Friends of the Norman William Public Library (NWPL), will begin promptly at 10:30 am on Saturday, Aug. 25, with a parade of pooches and their people around the Woodstock Green. Following the parade, handlers will help canine contestants to strut their stuff in a ring show, hoping to convince a team of esteemed judges that their pup is top dog in one or more of six categories (Most Precious Petite, Mightiest Mid-Size, Gentle Giant, Ms. Fashionista, Mr. Beau Geste, Ms./Mr. Congeniality and Best in Show). The Best in Show will be determined by public acclaim from the winners of each category.

Registration is $15 per dog, and is open until Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. To register, contact Peggy Fraser at freaserusa@att.net or 802-457-7078.