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A man with a message: 'play ball'

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



 

Charlie is the Messenger — and the message is “Play Ball! Have Fun!”

He loves baseball, knows the game, wants to see it played right, enjoys teaching kids the skills required to play the game. He’s effective at explaining the game’s complicated strategy and structure.

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Otter Creek Classic returns

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



Cold, high water. Slow fishing. That’s my prediction for the opening day of the 2011 trout fishing season.

OK, I admit it. It’s my prediction every year for opening day. I’m not going out on a limb. Still, the last couple years may have left anglers somewhat spoiled. On opening day of 2010, there was much less runoff from snow melt than is typical for early April, and thus much better opening day conditions than usual.

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Thoughts as many seasons blend together

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



We all have personal markers for the arrival of spring.

Mine include seeing Middlebury College baseball and softball scores show up from Florida or Arizona against schools I’ve never heard of, (McHenry County?), trash-talking at our annual fantasy baseball draft, (it did not go unremarked-upon that our defending champ bought non-Cy Young candidates Doug Fister, Vin Mazzaro and David Pauley), and second-guessing winter high school all-star teams (no Carl Leduc on the boys’ Lake Division stars, and no Tiger skaters on the Free Pressteams?)

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Amateur wildlife photographer goes extra mile

Posted on March 24, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

“It was all the dog’s fault,” explains E.J. “Eli” Elithorpe, from the living room of his Bristol home attached to his chainsaw business, White Rock Sport. He got a new Akita accustomed to long walks on a leash. As they’d walk, Eli would hear interesting birdcalls and wonder what the birds were. He began carrying his binoculars.

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Erin go Bragh slide, Kelly, slide

Posted on March 17, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



 

St. Patrick’s Day: I like it when my day to write this column falls on a holiday.

My first wife was born on St. Patrick’s Day, which made it easy for me to remember her birthday (editor’s note: no ex-wife wisecracks). My second wife’s birthday is Valentine’s Day, which I can also remember, but can’t get dinner reservations.

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Walking in a March winter adventureland

Posted on March 10, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



The famous “2011 March Blizzard” left me stranded away from home. Although my foolish attempt to go to work on Monday succeeded, and I arrived in time to teach two of my three morning classes, I was unable to get back home at the end of the day. I spent Monday night in town on a friend’s sofa. Tuesday I was back at work with a scheduled lunch meeting, and an exam to give, but no car.

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Panther men setting new gold standard

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

It’s not that the Middlebury College men’s basketball team has never been competitive, or never had good players. A few coaches in the history of the program have left with winning records, although only one who can say that, former college athletic director Tom Lawson, coached more than 28 games.

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Skiing proves to be a good second choice

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Rhymes with 'Block:' a real student-athlete

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By Karl Lindholm



His name rhymes with “block” — and that’s what he does.

Andrew Locke is the stalwart 6’10” senior center for the Middlebury College basketball team, which is enjoying great success again this year. The Panthers have won 21 games against a single loss, and have earned a ranking in the top five NCAA Division III teams in the country.

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How's the skiing on the other side of the fence?

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Matt Dickerson



An old and faded sign near the lodge listed the East Mountain trail as intermediate in difficulty. But for the past 20 minutes or so, every sign we passed had the more ominous “Most Difficult” designation. Given the rookie status of half our party, there were a few murmurings of concern. But we pressed on.

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