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Matt Dickerson: Bird watching on a trout stream

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



Over the past few years I’ve been reading and learning a great deal more about the interconnectedness of stream and forest: the intimate interdependencies of terrestrial ecology and aquatic ecology. The dependencies go in both directions. Aquatic life depends on terrestrial life, and vice versa. Or to turn the motto of Las Vegas on its head, what happens on shore doesn’t necessarily stay on shore.

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Karl Lindholm: Spot Poles — great name, great player, great time

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Ever hear of Spottswood Poles?

An arresting name, to be sure — and a terrific baseball player in the first half of the game’s segregated era, although hardly a household name among fans of baseball history. 

Known as the “Black Ty Cobb,” Spot Poles played on black teams in the 19-teens and ’20s, the same years that Cobb played in the white major leagues.

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Matt Dickerson: Glacier National Park Diaries 4 — Grizzly bears, birds and snow

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Editor’s note: Matt Dickerson was an official artist in residence at Glacier National Park in Montana last month. This is the fourth in a series on his experience there.

I arose at 3:40 a.m. on my final full day at Glacier National Park. Twenty minutes later I walked out the door with a thermos of coffee, picnic lunch, daypack and various cameras, heading up to the Continental Divide on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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A Vermont outdoorsman at Glacier National Park

Posted on July 26, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Middlebury College computer science professor — and outdoors and nature writer — Matthew Dickerson spent June 6 through July 1 at Glacier National Park, surrounded by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, as its official Artist in Residence.

Dickerson, a 54-year-old Bristol resident, has been an Addison Independent outdoors columnist for the past 20 years. He wrote four columns for us on his experience in the big sky country of Montana.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Taconic Ramble is a walk in the park – literally

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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At this point in my career I consider a stroll through Buttolph Acres with our two dogs on a leash as a vigorous hike. If we’re ambitious we go for the loop all the way past the courthouse and tennis courts.

The Robert Frost Trail also offers a fine hike. Not only is it essentially flat and not much longer than a mile, but also the poems scattered along the way allow for pauses for “contemplation.”

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Matt Dickerson: Glacier National Park Diaries 3 — Learning about Cutthroat trout

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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My final week at Glacier National Park (GNP) arrives too soon: I still have two presentations to make and several interviews to do.

The first interview will be with United States Geological Survey (USGS) biologist Joe Giersch, who works with rare imperiled stoneflies, such as the small black Meltwater Stonefly that lives in streams just below melting glaciers. Populations can be as dense as 5,000 per square meter. 

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Karl Lindholm: Living in John Bower's House

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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John Bower, generally acknowledged as the greatest American Nordic skier, died on June 6 at age 76. He attended Middlebury College from 1959-63 and coached skiing at Middlebury from 1967-75. When Middlebury decided to honor its athletes with a Hall of Fame, Bower was inducted in the very first class of five alumni in 2013. We reprise today a column about John from 2002 that celebrates his remarkable career in skiing and my serendipitous connection to him. KL

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I live in John Bower’s house.

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Matt Dickerson: Glacier National Park Diaries 2 — Middlebury meets Montana

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Glacier National Park is a big beautiful place. At roughly the size of Rhode Island, it is one of the largest national parks in the United States. The world, by contrast, is small.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Thoughts from the spring title season notebook

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



As photographer Trent Campbell and I drove back from Burlington after two exciting and successful finals on Monday the 12th we wondered if there had ever been as successful a season — as measured just by collective team championships in the scoreboard sports — as this spring for our four local high schools. 

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Matt Dickerson: Glacier National Park Diaries 1 — Reflections on water

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Editor’s note: Matt Dickerson is an official artist in residence at Glacier National Park in Montana this month.

Like most visitors to Glacier National Park, I am awed by the majesty of the mountains: the splendor of towering peaks of bare stone, thrust upward by the collisions of continents, carved by glaciers, and still splotched with last winter’s snow. 

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