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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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Karl Lindholm: Celebrating my reverse bucket list

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I was able to check off one of the items on my Sports Bucket List this summer:

I played golf on the Poland Spring Golf Course in Maine with my close childhood friend Johnny Mauro, whom I hadn’t seen in years — and with Gary and Bill who I last saw in high school long ago.

“That’s it?” I can hear you saying to yourself. “Golf in Maine with old buddies? What’s so special about that?”

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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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