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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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Karl Lindholm: Rainy day game; sunny days ahead for Panther baseball

Posted on June 8, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



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2017 NESCAC Baseball Champions — Middlebury College!

It had such a nice ring.

When I left the baseball field at Colby College on Saturday, May 14, I was confident the Panthers had won the NESCAC baseball title. That afternoon, Middlebury had defeated Tufts 5-1, after knocking off Bates the day before to be the only undefeated team in the double elimination NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) tournament.

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Matt Dickerson: Mosquitos and brook trout

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



The good news is that the brook trout were feeding. Hatching insects thickened the air above the water. Rising fish hammered aquatic insects as they emerged from the bottom of the stream, or later as they hovered low over the water, or later still as they fell back down on the surface to lay their eggs.

The bad news is that most of the insects were mosquitos, and some were black flies. 

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Andy Kirkaldy: At the Independent, all sports are appreciated

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Last week I hung out for a while at the Middlebury College track. Middlebury Union High School was hosting Vergennes and three other teams at the only local high school track and field meet of the spring, and the weather was finally cooperating — mostly sunny and around 80 degrees with a pleasant breeze.

About the first thing that happened was Tiger senior Josh Girard popping a long jump. Turned out it was his personal best, and he broke 19 feet for the first time.

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Matt Dickerson: Early trout and pike

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



It’s Tuesday evening and I’m sitting in a dining room of the Swift House watching Kevin Ramirez tie pike flies while he and Brian Cadoret talk about strategies for fishing those flies. The flies are huge. They are both longer and more colorful than many of the trout that were stocked in local rivers early this month.

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Karl Lindholm: A festival of athletics

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Karl Lindholm



Our sports are formalized rituals of natural impulses, however much we complicate them. They are ur-games — original, primal.

There is no sport more compatible with our primitive roots than track and field. As kids, we are all track stars: “Bet I can beatcha to that tree. Ready, set, GO!”

In the Olympics, the track and field events are simply called “athletics.”

Is there a better story than Pheidippides, 2,500 years ago, running from Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians? Voila, the marathon.

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Matt Dickerson: Delight, wonder and outdoor writing

Posted on April 26, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a reading and lecture by poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil. I was intrigued by the title of the talk: “The Importance of Writing the Outdoors with Wonder.” I especially appreciated the notion of “wonder” — but I’ll come back to that.

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