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Sports Column: Before screens: Life in the good old days

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Karl Lindholm



Our young athletes learn more about sports, themselves, and life from playing pond hockey, pick-up basketball or soccer than they ever could from being on an organized team with refs, coaches, uniforms and whistles.

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Matt Dickerson: This place really does have some fine fishing

Posted on February 10, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



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By late morning the air temperature had climbed to about 42 degrees Fahrenheit. It was downright balmy by the standards of early February steelhead fishing. Cocooned beneath my waders in multiple layers of fleece I was actually too warm. I would have gladly traded some of that warmth for a fish or two. But the first four hours of fishing hadn’t produced even a nibble.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Forecast mixed for Boston pro sports teams

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



The untimely, but given the circumstances, to be honest, not unexpected end of the New England Patriots’ season a couple weeks back makes this a good time to look at the four major-sports Massachusetts pro teams.

So, yes, you New York fans can move along, or stick around and do some threat assessment of the competition — or offer some snark, if you prefer.

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Matt Dickerson: A medititation on snow

Posted on January 27, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Kids love to play. It’s natural. Put a kid next to a puddle, with or without mud boots, and you have an entertainment system that rivals the most expensive video game console. A pile of fresh snow on the ground is even better. It can make kids of us all. It can also make photographers of us all.

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Karl Lindholm: Professor Basketball and his friends

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Karl Lindholm



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On Feb. 1, he will be back where he belongs … behind the slim lectern in the converted classroom in Kenyon Lounge at the hockey arena at Middlebury College.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: A fly rod in the hand

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have often thought of tools and technologies as neutral. They are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. What matters is how we use them. So I thought, and so I argued.

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Bald eagles: They save everything but their hair

Posted on January 6, 2016 |
By David Lindholm



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Editor’s note: David Lindholm is filling in this week for his father, Karl, who is on a brief sabbatical, returning soon. David, a 2005 graduate of Middlebury College, is, at present, in graduate school at the University of Massachusetts in Sports Management. He worked for seven years in Major League Soccer, most recently as director of media relations for the Colorado Rapids. He played goalie on the Panther soccer team; his father notes that David wasn’t bald then.

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Matt Dickerson: My biggest wish for the new year

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



It seems that we live in a time of extremes.

Looking out our window this morning at several inches of fresh snow, I had my first hope of some cross-country skiing. Then I got to the breakfast table and looked out the big window. The precipitation had changed to an ugly mix of sleet and rain.

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Matt Dickerson: Entering the story

Posted on December 16, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



I like fishing. I like telling stories. I’ve enjoyed doing both for as long as I can remember. Some say that fishing and telling stories are two sides of the same coin. Fish + Stories = Fish Stories.

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Matt Dickerson: Nostalgia (and wild animal photos)

Posted on December 2, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



For the past several weeks I’ve been getting a large number of texts and social media messages from my good friend David O’Hara. Dave is a former Vermont resident now living in the flatlands of southeastern South Dakota, and feeling nostalgic for the cold trout streams and not-so-flat lands of Vermont. It is always good to hear from Dave. He is one of my closest friends, and the co-author with me of three books, most recently “Downstream,” a collection of essays on fly-fishing, ecology, philosophy and Appalachia.

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