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Karl Lindholm: Mo, Schill, Panther Pride, the Baines Effect

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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January is Hall of Fame Season.

In the off-season, in the chill of winter, the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) selects the year’s inductees to the hallowed Hall, the Shrine, in Cooperstown — and then there’s a big party in July for their induction.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Taking stock between trips to the woodpile

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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To borrow a template from a beer commercial, I don’t always spend the weekend on the couch watching and/or reading about sports. But when I do it’s 5 degrees outside.

OK, to be fair I did leave the couch to watch Panther women’s hockey and Otter Valley-Mount Abe boys’ hoop, and to make a bunch of trips to the woodpile.

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Matt Dickerson: 2019: National parks and the shutdown

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I’ve been thinking a lot about national parks lately.

One reason is that in a few days I’ll be heading to Acadia National Park for a four-day trip with 12 college students who are taking my class on narrative non-fiction nature writing. I’m a little nervous about the weather we might encounter in January on the coast of Maine, and how that will impact various planned field trips around Mount Desert Island. I’m even more nervous because of the impact on the park (and on our visit) of the current federal government shutdown.

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Karl Lindholm: Blame it on Gene Wise

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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The late Gene Wise. He was my adviser in graduate school.

Gene was an intellectual historian — that doesn’t mean he was a historian who was an intellectual (though he was); no, he studied American intellectual history, the history of ideas and thinkers and so forth.

I was a full-time secondary school English teacher in Cleveland, with all that entails (coaching, for example), and part-time graduate student. Intellectually, Gene and I were not a close match.

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Matt Dickerson: A meditation on waiting

Posted on December 20, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Karl Lindholm: Quinn had a passion for the game

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Editor’s note: Like so many people in Addison County, columnist Karl Lindholm was so very saddened to hear of the death this past weekend of Peter Quinn, a longtime school clinician at Vergennes Union High School, high school coach and talented basketball player. We choose to honor Peter by rerunning this column that Karl wrote in 2013. 

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Matt Dickerson: Eulogy to a nature lover

Posted on November 29, 2018 |
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I don’t write many words about the outdoors or nature that do not, at some point, reflect the life, love and influence of my mother, Clara May Riddle Dickerson.

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Karl Lindholm: John Morton: A lifetime in sports

Posted on November 21, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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“I was training for the Winter Olympics in Alaska when I got my orders for Vietnam.” 

That’s how John Morton began his presentation to my class on the Vietnam War. 

“Even when the plane landed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, I was sure the Army had made a mistake and I would be getting right back on the plane.” 

In general, college boys found ways to avoid serving in Vietnam. That’s not so true of Middlebury College boys.

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Matt Dickerson: Chasing game in mountains

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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With the quickly waning daylight, my chances of bagging any wild quarry that day were rapidly declining. Creeping along the dirt road, I glanced at the pale November sun kissing the top of the snow-dusted ridgeline to my left. I turned and looked to my right, where my shadow stretched across the dry brown grass toward the opposite ridgeline, still bathed in gold.

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Andy Kirkaldy: High school, college and pro championship teams share traits

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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The past few weeks have brought rain, cold and a flurry of championships for teams I care about: Mount Abraham Union High School in Division II field hockey, Middlebury College field hockey and women’s soccer in the NESCAC postseason, and — as some might have heard about —  the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

Another team gave a valiant effort, but lost its D-III final, Vergennes girls’ soccer.

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