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Matt Dickerson: And then it struck

Posted on May 16, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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It had been a long day, and indeed a long couple weeks. Too much time had gone by since last I had stood beside a river and listened to its voice, looked for its creatures. Which is to say, too much time since I’d been fishing. I was feeling the need. Though less than an hour remained until sunset, I threw a couple rods in the car and drove down to Frog Hollow below the falls in Middlebury.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Right call on high schools — finally

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
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In early March of 2015, fed up with watching the Vermont Principals’ Association force smaller Division I high schools like Middlebury Union to play against much larger Chittenden County powerhouses in the so-called “core sports,” I did some homework for a column.  

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Matt Dickerson: Of cliff swallows and javelinas

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
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It was hard to keep my eyes on the road as our car roller-coastered through the Texas Hill Country. Thanks to the winter rainy season, wildflowers in myriad hues of blue, yellow, white and red blanketed the ground. Though we had missed the season for the state’s famous bluebonnets, the Indian blankets were in full bloom. Also known as “firewheel,” their deep red petals tipped in yellow were accented by an occasional stem of blue sage popping up in their midst.

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Karl Lindholm: My first-world problem

Posted on April 25, 2019 |
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"Dad, that’s the definition of a First World problem,” my daughter Annie said, declining to listen further to my lament.

I admit my dilemma is not a matter of global concern in our troubled world. But it is an immediate and personal conundrum requiring serious cogitation and mindfulness before I make a decision, and I feel the need to make a decision pretty soon.

I must decide whether or not to play golf this summer, or really any summer that I have left.

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Matt Dickerson: Opening weekend on the water

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
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By Monday afternoon, I was beginning to hear reports of flooding around Vermont. Heavy rain moving in on Sunday, combined with plenty of snow still melting on the higher elevations of the Green Mountains, had the rivers raging. The White River was over its banks on Route 107. Otter Creek rose a yard over its flood stage in Rutland. The Winooski had also crested official flood stage in Essex Junction.

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Karl Lindholm: Beautiful weather, no bells and whistles

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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It’s my favorite baseball experience:

That is, watching the Middlebury College team play another worthy small college team on a beautiful warm sunlit day in the month of March.

Obviously, we’re not talking about baseball in New England. As we all know, there are two good reasons not to live in this part of the country — one is November and the other is March, two nasty bleak long cold months.

It’s important to get away in March, if at all possible, to more congenial climes, if only for a brief interlude.

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Matt Dickerson: Eagles, elk and an empty nest

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Last week began with the end of my cross-country ski season. It ended with the beginning of my fishing season.

It wasn’t the opening of Vermont’s general trout season. That doesn’t come for another week. And it wasn’t my first fishing of 2019. I’d headed across the bridge to New York a few weeks earlier to chase some steelhead in a Lake Champlain tributary. But it was spring break, and that led to my first real fishing trip of 2019.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Gronk leaves on his own terms, as he should

Posted on March 28, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Ah, Gronk, we’ll miss you.

It wasn’t a surprise New England Patriots sure-fire Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski hung it up.

After all, he’s had four arm surgeries, three back surgeries, and one procedure each on a knee and an ankle.

Enough is enough. Anyone who has followed Gronk knows Gronk wants to have fun.

Gronk loves to play football. But also to dance. And go on party cruises. And forget to wear shirts.

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Matt Dickerson: When spring starts

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
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Karl Lindholm: To go — or not to go?

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
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What do you think Alex Cora should do? What would you do in his position?

Cora is the manager of the Red Sox, the World Champion Red Sox, the on-the-field leader of the team. His performance in this role last year was impeccable, perfect, as the Red Sox won 119 games, the most ever in their long history.

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