Champion, at last

Conval senior celebrates long Special Olympics career

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published April 19, 2010
PETERBOROUGH — The story of Rafael T. Meyers’ high school athletic career never appeared on the front of a local sports section or made the prep roundup on the nightly news.

It can’t be found displayed on the shelves of a trophy case or on a school record board.

But those closest to the Conval Regional High School senior — his teachers Mary Maughan and Julie Murphy; his parents, Thomas H. and Mary E. Meyers — know that the dozens of gold, silver and bronze medals from four years of Special Olympics competitions that hang on the walls of his room signify more than athletic ability.

To them, the medals are a sign of his courage, determination and perseverance.

To Meyers — who can often be seen proudly sporting a Conval letterman’s jacket earned through his Special Olympics career and Jeff Gordon baseball hat tucked over his curly black hair — sports are a way to make friends and spend time doing something he loves — whether it’s cheering on his teammates from the sidelines or flying down a snow-covered slalom course, he said. Continue reading

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There’s no place like home

Keene man nears end of tour in Iraq

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published April 02, 2010
After spending five months in a desert landscape, his plane touched down in Hartford, Conn., in a snowstorm.

For nearly half a year, Staff Sgt. Joseph T. Phinney of Keene had only seen his wife and three daughters during regular Skype calls on grainy video streaming to his computer monitor.

But as he walked through the airport gate to begin his two-week leave from Iraq early last month, his wife Anna stood waiting for him. Continue reading