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Matt Dickerson: Acadia National Park 3: The Gorham Loop

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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We pulled off the famous Loop Road to park at the trailhead to hike the Gorham Mountain Loop trail. Or, rather, we tried to park. Unfortunately, Memorial Day weekend had turned Acadia National Park into Acadia National Park-ing Lot. Not only did we find every lot full, but the right lane of the one-way, two-lane Loop Road had also been turned into additional parking, and for more than a mile in each direction every foot of pavement was taken by a car.

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Karl Lindholm: A calm place in a world of flux – Bill McKibben and the Red Sox

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Who’s that tall slender fellow in the Red Sox hat?

Why, it’s Bill McKibben of Ripton, the environmental activist and writer, back home after five weeks in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Pacific Islands, Canada and California, fighting coal mines and working for fossil fuel divestment.

Bill McKibben, baseball fan.

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Matt Dickerson: Acadia part 2: Of salters, alewives and estuaries

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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We parked the Outback at a little dirt pull-off by a highway bridge. Based on several different guides and personal recommendations, this tidal marsh was high on my list of paddling destinations during my three-week residency at Acadia National Park, and the bridge at the outlet of the marsh where it flowed out into a harbor was the recommended put-in. My wife and I arrived about three hours before high tide in hopes of riding the incoming tide all the way upriver to the very start of the marsh — the estuary where several cold water streams flowed into the brackish saltwater.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Teams warming up with approach of postseason

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Spring has finally arrived, and many of the local high school teams are making up for earlier games lost to rain, snow and soaked fields with packed schedules. Middlebury girls’ lacrosse, for example, had eight games stuffed in between May 10 and 25, while their Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls’ lax peers had 10 games crammed in between May 8 and 24.

Well, that’s one way to tune up for the playoffs, which will begin next week after the athletes catch their breath over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Matt Dickerson: Acadia National Park from a lightweight canoe

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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“We should have done this 10 years ago.”

That was the day’s refrain. The third of four times my wife, Deborah, or I repeated it was the third or fourth times we lifted our new ultralight Wenonah kevlar canoe off of or onto the roof of our car, with barely more effort than it takes to lift a mug of coffee to our lips.

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Karl Lindholm: Many pitchers could, and can, also wield bats

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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By the way, who decreed that pitchers can’t hit?

From little League through high school, the most athletic player is often the pitcher — and the best hitter, batting cleanup.

Yet at the professional level, and even in college baseball, pitchers are relegated to specialist duty, never carrying a bat to the plate and taking their licks. Pitchers sit while a designated player hits in their turn.

In the Major Leagues, the National League is the outlier, still allowing pitchers to hit for themselves (most often ineptly).

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Matt Dickerson: Fishing for No. 31 in 401

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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There’s an old saying I just made up. It goes like this: “Don’t count your stories before they hatch.”

I began incubating this story a couple weeks ago. I imagined how it would unfold, and how I might tell it. I even wrote a few paragraphs in my head. It had a pleasant and even slightly surprising beginning, and I definitely liked the imagined ending.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Not-so-trivial questions about local sports

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It’s time for a pop quiz just to make sure all the sports fans out there (both of you?) have been paying attention. Pull out the No. 2 pencils and put away the smart phones.

Question 1: The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team won Division II championships in 2011 and 1996. What did the title games have in common?

Question 2: Derek Bartlett coached the 2011 Tiger ice hockey championship team. Who was the 1996 coach?

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Karl Lindholm: San Antonio and all that hoopla!

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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It was a giant basketball party, a fiesta de hoop: just so much hoopla in San Antonio the weekend before last — March Madness, the Final Four:

And we were there.

This was the second trip to the Final Four for the four of us, a reprise of an Atlanta adventure in 2013 when we witnessed Louisville defeat Michigan in the national championship game in a cavernous football stadium, the Georgia Dome, along with 70,000 of our closest friends.

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Matt Dickerson: Short sleeves, spring snow and sweetness

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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