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Nature and fishing come alive in local author's new book

Posted on August 19, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — The latest book by Bristol resident and Addison Independent outdoor columnist Matthew Dickerson hit the shelves last week.

Dickerson describes “Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia,” co-authored by David L. O’Hara, as a mosaic combining nature writing, fly-fishing narrative, memoir and philosophical and spiritual inquiry.

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Marshall Hastings: Coaches leave a big impression on kids

Posted on May 14, 2014 |
By Marshall Hastings



It was the spring of my seventh-grade year. It was my first year in the public school system, and as baseball season came around, it was the first time I wouldn’t be coached by my father.

I had heard about the middle school baseball coach, but never laid eyes on him. All I knew was that he ran camps for kids and I knew players that attended them, he had coached for a while, and his name was Mike Ringey. I couldn’t for the life of me tell him apart from a teacher at Middlebury Union Middle School.

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Matt Dickerson: Fishing high and dry for Gila

Posted on April 23, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Strange attire for the outdoors

Posted on January 8, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was pondering recently the strange phenomenon of what creatures find attractive, and why.

Take trout and salmon. I have an upcoming opportunity for some Pacific steelhead fishing over a three-day weekend after a work-related trip to Oregon. My brother is coming from San Francisco to meet me, and we are splurging to hire a guide for the first day. The guide will provide flies while we are with him.

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Sports column by Andy Kirkaldy: No matter what's next, Red Sox have done plenty

Posted on October 10, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I will readily admit to being grumpy when Jose Lobaton’s home run sailed over the fence in Tampa Bay’s miserable excuse for a baseball park on Monday night.

It would have been great to see the Boston Red Sox sweep the Rays and get plenty of rest before the American League Championship Series, or ALCS (an abbreviation that sounds uncomfortably like a disease).

But it wasn’t meant to be, and I just clicked off the TV before Lobaton lumbered all the way around the bases, and I went to bed.

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Sports column by Andy Kirkaldy: Ultimately, gray matter makes the difference

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



So, what is the most important part of the body for an athlete?

The torso, for core strength?

The hands, so vital in virtually every sport except soccer?

The legs, critical for mobility, balance and speed?

Well, no, the answer is pretty obvious: the brain.

Sure, without generous helpings of strength, hand-to-eye coordination, quickness, agility, balance or some combination of a majority of those traits, an athlete will not excel.

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Sports Column by Andy Kirkaldy: Local words of wisdom apply on the world stage

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Typically, it’s reassuring when people who know more than you agree with your point of view.

On June 8 I was covering the Vergennes-U-32 quarterfinal softball game when someone with a more than casual interest showed up, Otter Valley coach Pattie Candon. Candon’s Otters had a potential semifinal matchup with the winner of that Saturday game, and was scouting.

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Sports Column: Trout and ghosts at the upper dam

Posted on June 6, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Thoughts upon watching '42'

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



I knew I had a problem when my friend Ben, from California, e-mailed me after watching “42,” the Jackie Robinson story, and being profoundly moved. He said, “Tell me again why you’re not looking forward to seeing this movie.”

True, I have expressed ambivalence. I sometimes tire of the exclusivity of the focus on Jackie Robinson. The more I have learned about the African-American experience in baseball, the more rich stories and worthy figures I have become aware of.

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