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Games often memorable, or even more

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



My family’s Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics viewing experience officially ended on Monday night with a week’s worth of DVR’d “Colbert Reports” devoted to the events.

We learned that Jeret “Speedy” Peterson not only can throw down on the mountain, but he can hold his own with Stephen Colbert. A nervous, giggling Lindsey Vonn, not so much. But that was OK; a lot of polished politicians can’t deal with the off-the-wall Colbert.

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Sports column: Thinking of the outside

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



We were at the top of the ridge. We’d been going steadily uphill for nearly an hour, winding our way up the slope heading north and east. Finally, we cut through a familiar pass between two hilltops, and were ready to start our descent.

Cross-country ski conditions weren’t great on the ascent, but they were okay: better than we’d expected. At the bottom of the mountain, where we live, the open meadows and farm fields were largely barren of snow. What little was left after the meltdown in January had gradually disappeared until only the woods still held white ground cover.

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Letter served as welcome reminder

Posted on February 11, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



The handwritten letter arrived here from Vergennes right around Christmas, and essentially I have treated it like a gift.

And not because it was flattering. Signed “Grandma Bushee,” the handwritten document on a small, yellow lined sheet rightly took me to task for misspelling her grandchildren’s last name, and possibly for confusing their first names.

“Will you please spell my two grandsons’ names right?” wrote Ms. Bushee “I have not seen their names spelled correctly yet. I’m proud of them, as I was (of) their father and uncle in the ’70s.”

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Five ways to enjoy Vermont this year

Posted on February 4, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



Today’s column is brought to you by the number 5. Here are 5 things to do outdoors in 2010, and 5 ways you can do them.

ONE: Hike one of Vermont’s 4,000-foot peaks. There are five of them.

In increasing order of height, and starting closest to home, Mt. Abraham is 4,006 feet in elevation at the summit. It is not only the lowest 4,000-footer, but also the shortest to climb, with the Lincoln Gap trailhead starting already at 2,424 feet, leaving a vertical climb of 1,600 feet (counting the ups and downs) over 5.2 miles.

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Former AD has 'big' role

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Karl Lindholm



Down at one end of the gym at Middlebury College, assistant basketball coach Russ Reilly is drilling the Panther big men, Andrew Locke, 6’10”, and Ryan Sharry, 6’8”, and their teammates Jamal Davis 6’6”, Peter Lynch, 6’6”, and Bill Greven, 6’5”, working on moves around the hoop, jump shots, and baseline drives.

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On enjoying what's at hand

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



This decade began with snow as nice as anything Addison County has enjoyed in the past few years. (I’m speaking, of course, to those like me who enjoy the white stuff.) We had such deep, light, fluffy covering that it was difficult for my wife and I not just to walk out into the woods every morning on our snowshoes, no matter how much work was beckoning to us.

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Decide the champion on fields, please

Posted on January 14, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



With all due respect to my colleagues in sports writing, I’m not sure I trust our collective wisdom.

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New fishing gadgets arrive in new decade

Posted on January 7, 2010 |
By Matt Dickerson



One of my favorite NPR shows is “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.” Hosted by Peter Sagal, it airs locally on VPR Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon. One segment on this quiz show challenges contestants to distinguish between the real and the phony: actual news stories vs. made-up “news.” products on the market vs. imagined products, etc.

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Tiger Woods' fall from grace: a lost hero

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Karl Lindholm



I have a neighbor, an avid golfer, who a couple of years ago had the opportunity to play Augusta National Golf Club, and was absolutely thrilled. He would play on the course where the Masters Golf Tournament is held each April, the Valhalla, or Eden, of golf courses, sacred ground, where the immortal gods of golf have trod and reside.

I didn’t dare to tell him that you couldn’t pay me to set foot on Augusta National.

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A Season for what?

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Matt Dickerson



In my previous column I made light of the human propensity to whine — a trait at least as common among outdoor enthusiasts as in the general population. And November and December are especially good months for complaining. For one thing, it is the season for steelhead fishing and duck hunting. Of all hunting and fishing sports, these may be the two that inflict the most suffering, and thus also engender the greatest level of stoic pride among participants.

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