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Thoughts on the summer sports scene

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



In the heat of July, sustained focus and long, reasoned arguments can be difficult to maintain, especially for the easily distracted.

Wait, was that the hummingbird at the fuchsia again?

Oh, right, anyway, it’s time for a sports snippets column.

• As of late last week, the last two baseball games I saw played were an American Legion Addison County team game and a Vermont Lake Monsters vs. Lowell Spinners contest in Burlington.

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Boys, men, golf and war

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Now that no one is publishing books, I have decided to write them. My timing is impeccable, as usual.

My golf book is pretty much done. Now I have to figure out what to do with it.

It’s about the Poland Spring Caddy Camp and the eight summers I spent there from age 13 to 20, a formative time indeed.

Caddy Camp — cute name but not a cute place. We drew a firm distinction between our camp and the fun camps, which surrounded us in central Maine. Ours was a residential work camp, 10 weeks from mid-June to late August (but we had some fun too).

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Brook trout in the Delaware Water Gap

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



Almost since the day I met Greg Boglioli at Vermont Field Sports more than a decade ago, he has been telling me I need to go fishing in New Jersey. Not just any sort of fishing, but brook trout fishing.

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Past year was not just wins and losses

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



The local high school sports year began the same way it always does in August, with students sweating on steamy fields.

On Saturday, it ended the way athletes, parents and fans dream about: Vergennes pitcher Devin Hayes struck out the final Missisquoi batter in the Division II final and raised his arms in triumph. The stands erupted in cheers, and his teammates raced to the mound and buried him in a mound of blue and gray uniforms.

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The holy water of fly fishing

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was late Wednesday afternoon, May 23. I was wading knee-deep in a small New England river. All afternoon, caddis flies had been coming off the water in steady numbers. Though not breathtaking, it was certainly a decent hatch by any standards. I had already caught three nice brook trout, all wild and more than 14 inches. I had also lost three more, one of which was 20 inches or more and fought me for several minutes in a deep pool cut by whitewater.

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Local athlete, national champ: Kate Livesay

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Katy Perine was a surprise.

When her parents, Carolyn and Ken, went to Porter Hospital for the birth of their third child, they discovered only then that Carolyn would indeed deliver their third — and fourth. Their doctor and friend, Chip Malcolm, examined an X-ray and said, “Looks like two!”

Kathryn was born 15 minutes after her sister, Kristi. That was July 19, 1980.

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The early bird got the...

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



I usually set up in the woods on opening day of turkey season, at the intersection of trails along the base of a ridge. But this year I put my camo tent next to some honeysuckle beneath a lone cedar at the edge of my small meadow. Most of my trees had leaves by the start of May. And it always seems to me that once the leaves are full, and the range of vision in the woods has dropped dramatically, turkeys get a lot quieter.

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Got something to say? Say who you are

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Maybe I feel so strongly about this because all the words I write, and all the decisions I make in writing those words on these pages, right or wrong, come with my name attached.

And I don’t pretend I am always right. I’ve misspelled names, misunderstood rules and laws, forgotten to put scores of games in stories (usually my editors catch that error for me, thankfully), and simply phrased things poorly. All those mistakes are highly public, and published corrections often follow.

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Trout 2012, one month in

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



We are now one month into the 2012 open season for trout. I confess a little trepidation as the season began, wondering what would be the impact of Tropical Storm Irene on our local waters. And what would be the impact of our dry winter?

The second of these questions is working itself out nicely. The season started with the lowest, warmest water, and some of the best mayfly hatches I’ve ever seen in the first three weeks of the season.

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