The third time’s the charm.
Of course, so were the first two.
For the third year in a row, Old Dominion was named Vocal Group of the Year, at the Academy of Country Music awards ceremony in Nashville. Lead guitarist for the Nashville-based band is 1997 Staples High School graduate Brad Tursi.
Perhaps the ACM can take a page from international soccer. After a team wins its 3rd World Cup, the trophy is retired.
Why the analogy? In 1996, Tursi led his Staples team to the state final.
His current career is plenty rewarding too. Congratulations, Old Dominion.
Now go out and make it 4 in a row! (Hat tip: Jeff Lea)
Still got pumpkins?
The Westport Farmers’ Market will collect them today, as they open the winter season at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Road South, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Last week at the 2nd annual Pumpkin Composting Collection with Action Waste Solutions, the WFM collected more than 2,000 pounds of pumpkins.
That’s 2,000 pounds of food not added to the waste stream. Some pumpkins went to vendors and Bridgeport Rescue Mission to be cooked and eaten; some went to farm animals.
Whatever could not feed people or animals will be composted.
For weeks, it was uncertain whether there would be a high school fall sports season in Connecticut.
There was — though shortened, and without any FCIAC (league) or state tournaments.
The FCIAC was divided into 3 groups. Staples competed in the Central Division, against only 5 opponents: Norwalk, Brien McMahon, Wilton, Danbury and Ridgefield. Teams played home-and-away, back-to-back contests. Those same 6 schools then played a season-ending mini-tournament.
On Tuesday the girls’ volleyball team captured the divisional crown with a 3-0 win over Ridgefield.
The field hockey team fell to Ridgefield 2-1, in the Central final. In the regular season, the Wreckers won twice against the Tigers.
The girls soccer team was set to play for a Central Division trophy of its own this afternoon. They were to face archrival — you guessed it — Ridgefield. Earlier this year, the squads tied twice. The move to all remote learning for Staples through tomorrow has postponed the title match.
And finally … happy 75th birthday to Neil Young!