Pickup field hockey: League is roaring success for Newport Rec Department

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Denise Robert (right) tries to defend against Brittany Royer's charge during pickup field hockey play at Prouty Beach in Newport on Monday evening.  Adrianna Fournier (background) moves in to support Ms. Robert.  The pickup field hockey league, organized by Jessica Booth of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, plays every Monday night at 5:30 p.m.  Photos by Richard Creaser

Denise Robert (right) tries to defend against Brittany Royer’s charge during pickup field hockey play at Prouty Beach in Newport on Monday evening. Adrianna Fournier (background) moves in to support Ms. Robert. The pickup field hockey league, organized by Jessica Booth of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, plays every Monday night at 5:30 p.m. Photos by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014

by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — Field hockey has long been a passion for Jessica Booth of Irasburg. Hoping to find some women who were equally enamored of the sport, Ms. Booth, as a member of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, decided to put out feelers via the rec department’s Facebook page to gauge interest in forming an adult league.

“I was expecting maybe five or six women,” Ms. Booth said of the inaugural field hockey game on June 23. “There were more than 24 women who came out. I was thrilled at the response.”

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After IROC: White strives to continue outdoor events

Phil White at his winter “office” in his garage.  Mr. White has just started a corporation called Kingdom Games.  Photo by Tena Starr

Phil White at his winter “office” in his garage. Mr. White has just started a corporation called Kingdom Games. Photo by Tena Starr

by Tena Starr

NEWPORT — Phil White, lawyer, former county prosecutor, and the man who tried so valiantly to save IROC, has taken on a new venture.

Mr. White has started a for-profit company called Kingdom Games to organize and promote outdoor activities such as biking, swimming and running in the Northeast Kingdom.  Next year, Kingdom Games will offer about 15 events designed for both amateur and professional athletes.   Some of those will be the popular events that IROC hosted, such as the Dandelion Run and the Kingdom Swim.  Others will be new.

“When IROC closed there was a real risk that the summer events would end,” Mr. White said in a recent interview at his modest home on Lake Memphremagog.  He said he couldn’t let them end this past summer, since so many people had already registered.  It would have left a bad taste about the Kingdom if the year’s events had been abruptly canceled, he said.

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