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by Carl Underwood

I would like to first thank the New England Orienteering Club for their generous grant that helped cover some of my traveling expenses to the Junior World Orienteering Championships this past summer in Denmark.

My adventure started towards the end of June when my father and I drove to Westover Air Reserve Base to catch a flight to Germany and then to Aalborg. We are able to fly with the military, to many locations around the world, because my father is retired from the Army. Even though it can be convenient, this time our plans were changed, making it a little more difficult. Rather than flying to Germany, we ended up flying to Rota, Spain. Fortunately my father planned for this and booked for me, in advance, a Ryan Air flight going from Sevilla to Århus, Denmark the next day. After I got to Århus I took a bus to the train station and then got on a train heading to Aalborg.

by Peter Amram

Historical note:

Grigory Potemkin, an 18th-century marshal in the Russian Army, aspired to the confidence of the Empress, Catherine. To demonstrate his diligence on Russia’s behalf, Potemkin ordered facades of fake prosperous villages erected along routes that Catherine traveled. Catherine proved a gullible czarina: much impressed, she granted Potemkin influence in her court.

Thus, a “Potemkin village” is an illusionary facade: like the back-lot set for a movie.

Marshal Potemkin died in 1791; the first true orienteering meet was not until 1919.

And yet .....

Samantha Saeger and Ross Smith Win the 2010 U.S. Classic Championships

NEOC members Samantha Saeger and Ross Smith (yes, CSU is his primary club, but Ross is also a NEOC member) handily bested their fields at the two-day U.S. Classic Championships.  The races were held by the Empire Orienteering Club at Lake Moreau, NY on October 16 & 17.  Complete results are on the meet website.

Congratulations, Sam & Ross!

NEOC was founded in 1972 to promote the sport of orienteering and develop suitable maps. Today, NEOC has over 400 members, organizes up to 40 events per year, and has produced nearly 40 specialized, five-color orienteering maps in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut.

NEOC's Mission

  • To provide individuals, groups and families with an organized outdoor activity that is mentally and physically challenging on a variety of levels.
  • To meet the needs of a broad spectrum of society in an environment that is educational, supportive and social.
  • To increase the awareness of orienteering among the general public, advocate land conservation, and promote orienteering as a sport for all.

"New England Orienteering Club" is a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (This can be verified at the IRS Web site.) Donations to the New England Orienteering Club are tax-deductible under section 170 of the Code.

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