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Matt Dickerson: Paddling on fall's quiet lake waters

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



There are many things I look forward to every fall. Apples. Apple pie. Apple cider. Cider donuts from Happy Valley Orchard. Also autumn vegetables. Fall foliage. Chilly mornings. Warm afternoons that follow chilly mornings. Cool evenings. Spawning brown trout, brook trout and landlocked salmon.

And very high on that list: fall afternoons paddling our canoe around the local lakes.

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Karl Lindholm: Thoughts on golf and presidents

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Karl Lindholm



Word is that our basketball-playing President Obama has fallen in love with golf.

He tries to get out on the golf course once a week. He says that playing golf makes him feel “almost normal; ... it’s the only time I’m outside.”

His critics find this diversion unseemly, charging that he is fiddling while Rome burns. The Tea Party site Obamagolfcounter.com tracks how many rounds he has played while in office. At last view, it registered 192.

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Matt Dickerson: For the love of fishing knowledge

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



When I moved to Addison County 25 years ago, two of my priorities were finding good local fishing and finding a good local fishing-and-outdoor store. The latter of these proved easier. Vermont Field Sports was already a well-established fixture in Middlebury in the fall of 1989. Dick Phillips opened the store in 1982 with 700 square feet of space in the Red School House building on Route 7 South.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Catch the news about the Yankee captain retiring?

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Hey, has anybody else heard that Derek Jeter is retiring?

No, really, it’s true.

Captain Clutch, the Man With the Calm Eyes (I think Tim McCarver trademarked that phrase), the man New Yorkers voted the city’s Greatest Athlete Ever in a 2011 Quinnipiac University poll (in a tie with Babe Ruth), and the man the readers of the New York Post in a 2011 poll decided was the Greatest Yankee Ever will hang up his cleats.  

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Matt Dickerson: Seeing the world from a bicycle

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



It is easy to think that tools and implements — from screwdrivers to spatulas, plows to pliers, or automobiles to arc welders — are passive things, whose use is determined by the user. There is some truth in this, of course. But it’s also true that we are shaped by our tools. There is wisdom in the old saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Karl Lindholm: Turkey Stearnes & the Detroit Stars

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Karl Linholm



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Cheated and mistreated, but never defeated — they had will and skill, hustle and muscle, fire and desire, intestinal fortitude and the right attitude.

That’s how Larry Lester describes the players of baseball’s Negro leagues.

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Matt Dickerson: Car camping has its own charms

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Andy Kirkaldy: This big league expert was no Nostradamus

Posted on August 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Back in March I predicted in print the American League pennant races. It turns out the smartest thing I wrote was this:

“Well, to start with, the standard disclaimer: Who knows?”

This, not so smart: “2014? Well, the Sox look good.”

I expected Boston to compete with the Yankees for a Wild Card playoff berth. To be fair, the Yankees remain in the Wild Card race despite losing four-fifths of their projected starting rotation.

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Matt Dickerson: August angling in Middlebury Gorge

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was the middle of the afternoon on a hot August day. Hot August days are not known for good fishing in Vermont, especially for trout. And mid-afternoon might be the worst possible time to fish on a hot summer day. But I hadn’t been fishing in weeks. A major house project combined with a new position at work had sucked up nearly every minute of free time throughout the month of July. My rods had been sitting idle in my office collecting dust and cobweb. I needed to fish. Even if I didn’t catch anything, I needed to fish.

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Karl Lindholm: A tribute to a Yankee star at the end of the line

Posted on July 30, 2014 |
By Karl Lindholm



Here’s to my favorite Yankee — 40 years old and nearly at the end of the line.

What a fabulous career, over 20 years playing at the highest level of pro baseball, always performing with great skill and consistency, both as a hitter (over 3,000 hits, a lifetime batting average over .300) and in the field (winning Gold Gloves for defensive excellence). He is likely a first ballot Hall of Famer a few years hence.

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