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Andy Kirkaldy: Injuries take toll, both physically and mentally

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Talk to an athlete and you are almost certainly talking to an injured athlete. Maybe not at the moment, but somewhere along the line he or she will have twisted an ankle, suffered a concussion, broken a bone, torn some cartilage, or suffered the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in a knee.

My own list includes too many ankle sprains to remember, at least one concussion, two broken bones, and surgeries to remove torn meniscus in a knee and scrape a bone spur out of an ankle joint.

Virtually any athlete can tell a similar story.

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Matt Dickerson: Hunting and slowing down

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



This is the time of year when a significant number of Vermonters disappear into the woods for hours on end and just sit. Quietly. Listening. I’m often one of those Vermonters. We are out there, of course, because it is the annual 16-day rifle season for whitetail deer.

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Karl Lindholm: A legend who 'lifted us all up'

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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An All-American in lacrosse in his senior year at Middlebury College in 1966, Fred Beams was selected to play that year in the North-South Senior Lacrosse All-Star game in Baltimore.

He won the opening faceoff, dashed down the field, unleashed his wicked underhand shot, and scored ... three seconds into the game!

Last Saturday, Fred was inducted into the Middlebury College Hall of Fame with six other Middlebury stalwarts. This ceremony was only the fourth such celebration, as the Panther Hall of Fame was founded in 2014.

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Matt Dickerson: Our fishing rivers are under threat

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I recently experienced a good scare. It was the kind of scare you get when you think about something really beautiful being transformed into something horrible, or about life being threatened by death. And it had nothing to do with Halloween.

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Karl Lindholm: Meditations on postseason baseball

Posted on October 25, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Don’t you just love this time of year — baseball’s post-season: the best teams playing for high stakes, win or go home, big noisy crowds, performances for the ages.

Don’t you just hate the post-season — all that hoopla, the regular season devalued, mere excellence tantamount to failure, the endless rounds of playoffs extending the season interminably.

If not a love/hate relationship to the postseason in sports, I have a powerful ambivalence, almost always overcome by the games themselves.

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Matt Dickerson: Two days in autumn

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



Paddling the canoe around Lake Dunmore with my wife has become an annual October outing. If we don’t get our 17-foot Old Towne out at least once while a misty hillside above the Falls of Lana is blurred with red and orange and yellow, autumn feels incomplete.

What isn’t an annual outing is bringing our big black Lab along for the paddle, or being able to go out on the water without a coat or sweater.

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Matt Dickerson: Big trout, warm weather

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



I recently had a chance to fish for a day and a half in one of those small New England streams that holds surprisingly big trout. I was staying with my brother for a couple nights in the newly opened Medawisla Lodge, in a 75,000-acre conservation area run by the Appalachian Mountain Club. It sits in a land of many waters in the space between Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park where the Appalachian Trail ends (or begins) at Mount Katahdin in Maine.

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Karl Lindholm: 'Thank you for your service'

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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A golf story, more or less:

On the way down to the 13th hole, Buzzell poked me and said, “Watch this. Let’s have some fun. Play along.”

We had been dispatched by the Caddy Master to “relieve” a foursome estimated to be about at the 13th in their round, judging from when their group had teed off.

This was the way it worked. At noon, boys who were available relieved those out on the course for a few holes so they could get some lunch at the “zoo,” the employee dining hall.

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Matt Dickerson: On trout and self-sacrifice

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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A little more than 28 years ago I arrived in Addison County, moved into a new home in Bristol, and began my job at Middlebury College. I was relatively newly wed and still adjusting to married life. I’d never held a full-time teaching position, and had never owned a home. Though both of my wife’s parents had been born in Vermont, I had never lived in the state. It was a time of transition and uncertainties.

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Matt Dickerson: Of grasshoppers, black stoneflies and stream etiquette

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



As I started home a few days ago, along a concrete walkway adjacent to some tall grass, I couldn’t help but notice the numerous grasshoppers rising from the edge of the sidewalk. They leapt or fluttered waist-high into the air, covered a dozen feet to a new patch of grass farther from my big tromping feet, and disappeared once more into the tangle of weeds and wildflowers.

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