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March 2017

Holdout Game & Fish Club Ends Ban on Women

My article about the last remaining game & fish club in Vermont to ban women members has gone live on 


Mendon Fish & Game Club members voted this month to drop their 70-year ban on female members.

The group was the last of the roughly 50 members of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs to bar women from its rolls.

Read the story here.

Rutland Man Drowns Trying to Save Dog

A Rutland, Vermont, man died April 8 when he fell through the ice on Leffert's Pond off Wildcat Road in Chittenden.

Vermont State Police said William R. Graf, 93, went onto the ice to rescue his Jack Russell terrier a little before 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he fell through the ice about 50 yards from shore.

A witness told police the dog had run onto the frozen surface of the pond and became stuck. Graf went onto the ice to save his dog.

Detective David Pfindel, of the VSP, said witnessed said Graf was laying flat on the ice to try to distribute his weight, but still fell through. He was unable to get out of the water.

Police said the dog also died.

New F&W Board Member Appointed

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Brian Wiles of Forest Dale to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board.

Wiles will be the Rutland County representative on the board, replacing Justin Lindholm of Rutland, whose term expired at the end of February.

Wiles will serve a six-year term on the 14 member board.