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Jason, Jordan, Kelly, Madison, and Jean Fornwalt (L-R) celebrate Jordan's feature win following his fi - nal race of the 2012 season. Jordan posted an incredible 13 wins and six top-fi ve fi nishes en route to winning his fi rst track championship in the Limited Late Model Division. Photo courtesy of Alan Ward

Bradford's Jordan Fornwalt crowned Bear Ridge Speedway's youngest-ever Limited Late Model Track Champion

By Trish Griswold BRADFORD - Fifteen-year-old Jordan Fornwalt is relatively quiet and shy, but his prowess on a ΒΌ-mile oval track speaks volumes about his talent behind the wheel of his #24 Limited Late Model race car. With 13 wins, two second-place trophies, four top-fi ve fi nishes and one DNF (did not fi nish), Jordan, who was recently crowned Bear Ridge Speedway's 2012 Limited Late Model Track Champion, has proven himself as a formidable competitor. "[Jordan] is a fantastic young fellow that has come into racing with a straight head on his shoulders and can do what he wants to do," remarks Bear Ridge Speedway Owner C.V. "Butch" Elms. "He struggled the fi rst few weeks, but after he shook that off and decided to go out and race and they got the car set up and he fi gured out what to do [upon entering and exiting the corners], he went on and did very well." Jordan's nine-year racing career began in 2003 when, at age six, he and his friend, Morgan, raced 50 cc go-karts at Thunder Road International SpeedBowl in Barre, VT. Two years later, Jordan moved up to the 80 cc cadet series at Rocky Ridge Raceway, a .16-mile road course track in Barre, and in 2006, he won the track championship in his division. By 2007, Jordan was racing 80 cc shifter karts alongside his father, Jason, and in 2009, he tried his hand on asphalt in the Kids' Truck Division at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH. In 2011, Jordan began racing at Bear Ridge Speedway where he found his niche in the Limited Late Model Division. On average, he competes against seven other racers, from rookie drivers to seasoned veterans with multiple years of experience on Jordan Fornwalt Cont. on Page 16



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Cathy Thomas: Taking a hit for the team of humanity

By Trish Griswold MONROE - Though roughly 80% of all lumps in the breast are benign, Cathy Thomas, a former Licensed Practical Nurse who worked in the Emergency Department at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre, VT, knew she had breast cancer as soon as she saw the ultrasound of the nodule she discovered in her left breast while showering. "Medicine wasn't a strange thing to me," remarks Cathy. "When I saw the ultrasound and saw the irregular shape and the little feelers going out, I knew it wasn't a good thing. I was very pushy about getting a biopsy." Doctors performed a needle biopsy that afternoon, and within a few days, the 49year-old mother of three was formally diagnosed with stage two triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. This particular type of cancer, Cathy says, is most typical in younger women and is,


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