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Entering the timeless story of the season

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I am a writer. Although I have written numerous essays for magazines and have now published eight books of nonfiction, with a ninth on the way, I especially love to write stories. I started writing stories 30 years ago when I was in high school. I haven’t really stopped since.

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Fall brought success in many ways

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



When the echo of the final whistle faded this past fall, only one local high school team won its last game or race — the Middlebury Union field hockey squad that derailed the South Burlington express in the Division I final.

Of course, winning a championship by definition equals success. The victors jump for joy and hug and smile and talk about chemistry and game-winning goals and hard work paying off.

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Early birds get big fish (but no worms)

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I admit it felt crazy getting up at midnight to drive through the night in order to be fishing at dawn on the Salmon River, a tributary of Lake Ontario in western New York. But the opportunity to catch Great Lakes steelhead will do that to a person. And besides, if it was crazy, I was not alone in my craziness.

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Players, coaches, teams, Murph: Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



Here’s a Thanksgiving sports story for you:

The last football game in a season is an emotional time for any team. For seniors, playing their last game, the emotional stakes are high. It was especially so for the Middlebury College team two weekends ago.

Middlebury came into the game with three wins and four losses, so was hoping to get to .500 with a win. Tufts University, their opponent, was winless, 0-7; a victory against the Panthers on Senior Day in Boston before the home folks would salvage their season.

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It's still about the pitching, not the cash

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I guess the moral of the story is $537 million just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

That figure is the approximate sum of the collective payrolls of the New York Yankees (a Derek Jeter bloop hit short of $203 million), Philadelphia Phillies (within the Phanatic’s footprint of $173 million) and Boston Red Sox (a Pesky Pole homer shy of $162 million).

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Too many eyes, too many weeks

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Everywhere I go in Vermont I see turkeys. There was a time, not too many decades ago, that turkeys could not be found in the state. Hunting and loss of habitat had pushed them out. But the turkey reintroduction program begun in 1969 was wildly successful, and for the past few years they have been about as ubiquitous as squirrels.

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Sports, schools, communities: Character revealed

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



John Castle uses a sports analogy to explain the beginning of school this year for him and the schools and communities he serves:

“When I was captain of the football team at Middlebury College in my senior year, I was injured in the second game, and missed the next three games.

“I was devastated and set my mind to ‘recovery’ so I could continue to play. I wanted to come back as quickly as I possibly could. Often you don’t appreciate something ’til it’s lost.

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Landscapes: There's no place like home

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was biking to work last week, moving at a leisurely pace as I came around a crest of a hill on a favorite bend of one of my favorite local roads. I slowed to a crawl to admire the view, and was struck again by the beauty we have in Addison County.

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Elgin, Artis, Bill, Doctor J: Hoop royalty

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



“Don’t look now, Pete. Dr. J.”

Sure enough, there he was, Julius Erving, not 10 feet from us, chatting amiably with friends, dignified, impeccable, with his closely shorn grey hair now turning white, no evidence of the flamboyant trademark Afro of his playing days.

This was a big deal. Dr. J!

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Excuses by the pounds: Alaska, Vol. II

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



There was a time when the promise of air travel was exciting to me. Those days are long gone; any remnant of enthusiasm came to an end 10 years ago this September. Still, despite the hassles of modern day flight, business trips to the right places do occasionally offer an excuse to do some fishing.

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