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Dom Sclafani and Carissa Winning breeze in Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Carissa Winning tops women

Dom Sclafani wins race

(Harrison ME) “Back so soon?”

That’s what someone asked as Dom Sclafani came over the hill past the Harrison boat landing.

But he was back, and it was “soon.”

Dom finished the Harrison 5K Run by the Lake in 16:26 to win for the second straight year.

The recent graduate from Oxford Hills started fast and never let up.  His margin over Oxford Hills’ junior Noah Currier was over 2 ½ minutes.

I asked Dom afterwards about running a race with no challengers.  “I run for fun.  I keep track of how I’m doing in my head.”

Dom will be attending Wheaton College (Norton MA) in the fall.  “I plan to major in Bio/Chem,” he told me.  “Running had nothing to do with my going there but the cross-country coach at Wheaton wants me to run so I probably will.”

Dom (in orange) wastes little time separating from the rest of the runners

Carissa Winning of Norway (ME) ended up 8th overall and dominated the women’s division.  Carissa came across at the post-office finish two minutes and forty-three seconds ahead of the next woman, Carrie Bush.

Nice night for running.  The 7PM starting time makes plenty of sense temperature wise.

The number of runners was well below what it has been in the past.  Reason?  The race is run on Wednesday’s and this year the 4th was a Wednesday.  Usually the race is the night before Old Home Days starts but the 4th had the Bridgton race going.  It just didn’t work out.

The Bommer family took part – Amelia, Arno, Alyssa

This race is more of a family event anyhow.  Most of the spectators know the runners and there are plenty of smiles to be seen.

I asked Dom where his interest in running came from: “I started running toward the end of 8th grade.  I began to take it seriously during my junior year of cross-country at Oxford Hills.”

Dom’s running certainly has improved.  He ran over a minute faster this year.  He also keeps inching up the list of finishers in the prestigious Bridgton 4 on the 4th taking 8th last week.  “I was about 10-20 seconds out of 7th.  I will keep working and see if I can do better.”

I was impressed with the Back 40 stat service which covered this race.  Generally, with previous Harrison 5K’s the results aren’t posted online until the day after the race.  Tonight the results were already online when I left the awards ceremony.  That’s service!  However, the Back 40’s speediness does pressure me to get my coverage posted since I have no excuse to wait until tomorrow to do it.

Race results

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Noah Currier 2nd

Erik Martin 3rd

Lokesh Kumar Meena 4th

Devyn Hatch 5th

Kyle Spangler 6th

Arno Bommer 7th

Last hill – Ashley Mayhan and Brailey Sands

Lilli Ackers and Kim Spangler

Dom comes over the hill past the town wharf

Back 40

 

 

 

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2017 Harrison Old Home Days Grand Parade

Young participant in the 2017 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Veterans on parade

(Harrison ME) It is the question that separates the first-timers from the veterans: “Is that it?”

The first-timer to the Grand Parade at Harrison’s Old Home Days is never prepared for the length of this parade.

Come a little late and you find that the percentage of the parade missed is surprisingly significant.

This year’s edition lasted fifteen minutes.  That was all of it!

And I enjoyed it.

Eagle overhead

I also enjoyed checking out geese parading, a young man jumping into Long Lake, and catching an eagle overhead while waiting for the parade to start.  What an area!

The parade wasted no time with the minimum of frills.

On a hot Saturday afternoon, with Long Lake rippling nearby, an uncomplicated collection of representations was perfect.

Fire equipment is a staple.  I always like to get a picture of little ones riding up front.

In a non-election year there were no politicians to be found.  Funny how they find time in election years to attend.

No sign of the Kora little cars this year.  I’m starting to think that they come every other year.

Volunteer marching band

I was impressed with the volunteer band.  The sound was good and they looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Camp Wigwam was on hand with a nifty assortment of water guns.  My camera did not get fired at which spared the camp a possible lawsuit…..just kidding.

Averill Davis continued his string of appearances with his Woody.

Brian and his John Deere tractor were back in the parade.

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Parade heads toward downtown Harrison

Girls afloat

Talent on the street

Camp Wigwam counselor

Water in the air

Brian with his John Deere tractor

Averill Davis

Doozy

Volunteer drummer

Volunteer drummer

clarinet player

Stirred up Long Lake

Jumping into Harrison Bay

Geese in parade

 

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Dom Sclafani runs away with 2017 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Dom Sclafani of Harrison captured the 2017 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Notice in the header above that early on Dom was in total command.

(Harrison ME) Fifty yards into Wednesday’s Harrison 5K Run by the Lake Dominic Sclafani had a twenty yard lead.

Then the Oxford Hills graduate really took off!

Dominic would finish the course in an impressive 17:32 leaving the competition far behind.

Gavin Kuns of Bridgton was the first of the 100+ runners chasing second place to arrive.  Gavin arrived over 1 ½ minutes after Dominic reached the Harrison Post Office parking lot.

Two years ago, Dominic finished second in this race as a 15-year-old recording a time of 19:13. The Harrison native has obviously benefitted from spending the last two seasons connected to the Oxford Hills track program.

I could have figured Dominic for an easy night in this race if I had checked further into the results of Tuesday’s prestigious Bridgton 4 on the Fourth.  Dominic was terrific in that event missing a 13th place finish by only two seconds.

Nancy Sullivan was the first female finisher

Nancy Sullivan from Ann Arbor, Michigan timed in at 21:58 to pace the female finishers.

Erik Martin took 3rd this time around after getting 2nd in 2016.

Noah Currier and Arno Bommer were also again among the race’s top ten finishers.  Noah moved up to 5th after being 8th last year.  Arno was 6th which was a place better than 2016.

Jordan Cole, who won this race in 2015 with a time of 18:49, returned to the event and placed 7th.

Eleven-year-old Amelia Bommer dropped thirty seconds from last year’s time and she became the second female to finish the event.

The weather was perfect.  The 7PM start brought on the cooler temperatures.  Running along the lake (Long Lake) added breezes.

Strong effort made, and accomplished, to minimize the effect the race has on Harrison traffic.  Keeping the nearly 200 runners in the breakdown lane eliminated stop-and-waits for those driving through.

Race results

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Gavin Kuns of Bridgton was second.

Erik Martin (3rd)

Battle for 4th

Max Forbes (4th)

Noah Currier (5th) chased by Arno Bommer (6th)

Jordan Cole and Mark Hogan

Tim Moore finished 9th

Colin Gilmore and Bear Brooks

Spencer Smith

Amelia Bommer had a thirty-second improvement in her time over last year

Jillian Davis of Gray (ME) was the 3rd female to finish

Dimitri DiBiase and Mary Humphrey

Encouragement near the finish

Kevin O’Brien

Amy Milo and Leighann Dufresne

Aiden Baker of Harrison

 

 

 

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2016 Harrison Old Home Days Grand Parade

Family enjoys the 2016 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Family enjoys the 2016 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Harrison 7 riders

Harrison 7 riders

(Harrison ME) Looked like rain but it didn’t happen and the Grand Parade for Harrison’s Old Home Days took place on Saturday afternoon.

I delayed my arrival just in case it started raining and learned the hard way that when it’s noon that parade will start.  A parade with hours of action can be arrived at late with no consequence but not a twenty-minute parade.  Point?  I missed a couple of the early paraders.

Last year’s policy of no sirens was again in effect.  Also the absence of signs about the parade on Route 117 was noted.  Some folks learned too late that they were indeed part of a parade of cars crawling through downtown Harrison.

Phyliss Ginzler

Phyliss Ginzler

Jim Hamper

Jim Hamper

Local politicians state rep Phyliss Ginzler and state senator Jim Hamper were on Main Street.

The little Kora cars always put on a nice show.  As a driver ed teacher I cringe at the quick turning and weaving that is part of their routine.  Kora did have an accompanying road service vehicle with them just in case.

hp-A6-Andy-Valley-softballThe 12-under Andy Valley softball used the parade to show their recently won championship banner and to fund raise for the upcoming regionals.

No animals in this year’s parade.

Averill Davis, as expected, gave his Woody a run down Main Street.  How many years has it been?

Camp Wigwam of Waterford was the only camp to appear.  Armed with water guns, they were wisely instructed not to shoot at an oldster with a camera.

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Ruby Slipper float

Ruby Slipper float

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Averill Davis

Averill Davis

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grand marshall

grand marshall

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Camp Wigwam float

Camp Wigwam float

 

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Nick Hoch and Sarah Keener win 2016 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Nick Hoch (Newton MA) wins the 14th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Nick Hoch (Newton MA) wins the 14th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Sarah Keener (Waterford) was the first female finisher.

Sarah Keener (Waterford) was the first female finisher.

(Harrison ME) Nick Hoch was almost 1 ½ minutes faster in 2016 and that was more than enough for a first place finish in Wednesday night’s Harrison 5K Run by the Lake.

This was the 14th year of the race along scenic Long Lake.

Nick, who will be a sophomore at Newton (MA) North, was 5th in 2015 but this time around his 18:26 pace gave the 15-year-old a fifty-two second spread over 2nd place finisher Eric Martin.

The first female to reach the finish at the Harrison Post Office was Sarah Keener.  She was fifteenth overall.

In recent news, Sarah won the 35-39 age group in Bridgton’s big 4 on the Fourth race two days ago.

Eric Martin of Naples was second followed by Gardner Waldner (Waterford), Tim Cushing (Bridgton), and 15-year-old Zach Hoexter of Raymond.

Brian Ladd about to catch Arno Bommer for 6th place

Brian Ladd about to catch Arno Bommer for 6th place

Last year I saw Brian Ladd gain three places in a closing run from the Gateway Marina to get 7th place.  This time he gained one space as he overtook Arno Bommer (Houston) to gain 6th place in the final yards.

Arno got second in his age group (55-59) in the Bridgton race.

Noah Currier was eighth and Dimitri DeBiase ninth.

Sara Bradley (Waterford) took 2nd for the women trailing Sarah Keener by only ten seconds.  Sara was the top female in the 2012 Harrison 5K.

Sahtia Ellison (14-year-old) held on for 3rd female despite a closing rush by 10-year-old Amelia Bommer.  Young Amelia won her age group (10 and under) in Bridgton by nearly four minutes.  Rising star?

No shortage of encouragement as the runners reach The Grange

No shortage of encouragement as the runners reach The Grange

Nice weather for the race.  An afternoon rainstorm cooled things down considerably.

I like the way those in charge of the race (Tammy Anderson – director) limit the traffic intrusiveness of the event.  Certainly don’t want to annoy the locals with no alternative routes available.

Nick Hoch was involved in running this year at D1 Newton North as a freshman.  No doubt the conditioning required and the competition he ran against elevated his running ability.

RACE RESULTS

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Jessica Priola (North Bridgton)

Jessica Priola (North Bridgton)

Amelia Bommer (10-year-old)

Amelia Bommer (10-year-old)

Sahtia Ellison (3rd female) and Amelia Bommer (4th female)

Sahtia Ellison (3rd female) and Amelia Bommer (4th female)

Sara Bradley (2nd female)

Sara Bradley (2nd female)

Joe Brooks (122) and Bear Brooks (120) of Santa Monica CA

Joe Brooks (122) and Bear Brooks (120) of Santa Monica CA

Noah Currier (103) and Dimitri DiBiase (110)

Noah Currier (103) and Dimitri DiBiase (110)

Zach Hoexter (Raymond) 5h

Zach Hoexter (Raymond) 5th

Tim Cushing (Bridgton) 4th

Tim Cushing (Bridgton) 4th

Gardner Waldner (Waterford) 3rd

Gardner Waldner (Waterford) 3rd

Eric Martin (Naples) was 2nd

Eric Martin (Naples) was 2nd

Nick Hoch runs alone past Long Lake Park

Nick Hoch runs alone past Long Lake Park

Kate Flynn (nine-year-old)

Kate Flynn (nine-year-old)

Kim Kasenow (6) and Katherine Smith (73)

Kim Kasenow (6) and Katherine Smith (73)

 

 

 

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2015 Harrison Old Home Days Parade

Military on the move at teh 2015 Harrison Old Home Days Parade

Military on the move at the 2015 Harrison Old Home Days Parade

Young Engine 5 rider

Young Engine 5 rider

(Harrison ME) I have to admit that I used to go for the candy………but now I go to take pictures.

I viewed the 2015 edition of the Old Home Days Parade this afternoon and collected pictures from the event. Temperatures in the 80’s probably limited the number of spectators, at least in the Harrison boat launch area.

If you weren’t there these pictures are what you missed. If you were there, here are my pictures of what you saw.

One thing I made sure I did was to time the length of the parade. Today’s was nineteen minutes. You snooze you lose!

There were four specific things about today’s parade that caught my attention; (1) there was no music, (2) almost no candy, (3) no tractors, and (4) there were no sirens. Plenty of fire trucks, however.

The four missing pieces caught me by surprise because they have always been parts of previous parades.

I guessed that things were different for the 2015 edition of the parade when I noticed that there were no signs on Route 117 alerting drivers that a parade was going to happen. That may have been an oversight.

First place antique auto

First place antique auto

A number of antique cars traveled the parade route. One couple displayed a plaque declaring their vehicle the 2015 antique auto winner.

I caught a couple of youngsters riding in prominent spots in fire engines.

I wonder how many years Averill Davis has had his car in the parade?

Kids with squirt guns and me with my camera. What could go wrong? That’s why camps have counselors! “Let’s use common sense when we see someone with a camera,” directed one Camp Wigwam counselor.

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State rep Phyllis Ginzler

State rep Phyllis Ginzler

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Dale McDaniels

Dale McDaniels

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Averill Davis

Averill Davis

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Jordan Cole and Shannon LeVangie win Harrison 5K by the Lake

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Jordan Cole cruises home to win the 13th annual Harrison 5K over Dom Sclafani

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

Remarkable finish by 13-year-old Shannon LeVangie earned her the top spot for the women.

(Harrison ME) It wasn’t advertised as a kiddie run but the younger folks dominated the 13th annual Harrison Recreation Department 5K by the Lake on Wednesday night in Harrison, Maine.

Teenagers Jordan Cole (17) and Dom Sclafani (15) were the top two finishers.

Two more teenagers, Shannon LeVangie (13) and Jillian Davis (13) claimed the top spots on the women’s side.

Jordan (18:49) and Dom (19:13) separated from the pack quickly and left little doubt that they would be the top two finishers.

Jordan will be a senior at Lisbon High School and has been very successful versus high school competition. He finished 4th in the Maine state meet in June in the 3200 meter race.

Dom will be a junior at Oxford Hills High School.

Erik Martin (19:40) and Arno Bommer (19:44) duked it out along Route 117 with Erik holding the lead.

Arno, from nearby (?) Houston TX, took second last year at 18:51. A time like that in 2015 would have given Jordan Cole plenty to think about. Last year’s winner David Krall ran the race in 18:11.

Arno also was the only returning top ten finisher from 2014. The turnover in participants in the Harrison 5K continues to amaze me.

Teenager Nick Hoch (14) coasted to 5th over Christopher Hayes of Raymond.

The battle for 7th was a close one. Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was a close one. Brian Ladd finished very strong to get the spot.

The battle for 7th was very competitive. Four runners (Michael Mayetes, Zachary Hoexter, Brian Ladd, and David Brooks) were seen jockeying for position near the Gateway Marina and that jockeying continues past the Grange to the Post Office finish. Brian Ladd got the job done for 7th.

From my Long Lake Park vantage point, I was quite sure that Jillian Davis would be the girls’ winner. But that is not the way it turned out. Somewhere between Long Lake Park and the finish, Shannon LeVangie (Hanover, MA) gained ground at a remarkable rate to nip Jillian by two seconds.

Misty Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina finished 3rd in the women’s division.

The weather was pleasant: low 70’s with a little breeze.

Good idea by those in charge of the race to limit the amount of time the runners interfered with traffic. Once the runners got down to the Harrison Boat Launch they were limited to the well-marked breakdown lane (on the Route 117 part) the rest of the race. Only problem? The limited space made it tough for runners trying to pass other runners especially near the end of the race on 117.

Official race stats  – http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/me/Jul8_Harris_set1.shtml

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Jordan Cole (1st)

Jordan Cole (1st)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Dom Sclafani (2nd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Erik Martin (3rd)

Arno Bommer (4th)

Arno Bommer (4th)

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

battle for third between Erik Martin and Arno Bommer

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Misty Brown (3rd woman)

Wesley Martin (9)

Wesley Martin (9)

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Jillian Davis ( #36) gets caught down the stretch

Nicholas Houch (14) from Hiram

Nick Hoch (14) from Needham

the race for fifth

the race for fifth

Joseph Buckley (9)

Joseph Buckley (9)

Denise Chicoing

Denise Chicoing

Alexandra Sykes

Alexandra Sykes

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

Leanne Weston rolls to the finish

battle for 7th in front of Grange

battle for 7th in front of Grange

 

 

 

 

 

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