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Howzat? Cricket returns to Salisbury June 23

SALISBURY — A new tradition in the stately New England town of Salisbury is the annual late-June cricket match on Community Field (behind what was and will be the PATCO service station) in the village of Lakeville. 
Most Americans know that cricket is a game that originated in England and is now played (with feverish devotion) in all the current and past nations of what used to be known as the United Kingdom. 
What most Americans don’t know is how to play (or even watch) this famously arcane sport.

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In which we stock the stream

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Dancing and kickball to support new walking track

SHARON — Sharon Parks and Recreation hosted a day of outdoor fun that included kickball, a chicken barbecue and live music at Veterans’ Field on Saturday, June 2. 
The day began with a kickball tournament, which ran from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Although the forecast for the day predicted a possibility of lightning, the competitors were greeted by partly cloudy skies and not a drop of rain during the tournament.

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Small fry at NCES take a plunge in the river

NORTH CANAAN — On Thursday, May 31, the Blackberry River received about 100 brown trout fry, courtesy of North Canaan Elementary School second-graders.
Teacher Denise Sorrell said that with the help of the Northwest Connecticut Rod and Gun Club, the students enjoyed the “Trout in the Classroom” program and watched the brown trout grow in a tank.

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Crushing fitness in a cozy setting at Elite Fitness in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE — The members of the new Elite Fitness in Lakeville don’t necessarily want you to know about the good thing they’ve got going. 
The new gym, on Main Street in Lakeville, is intimate and cozy. Everyone is polite. Everyone shares. No one chats intrusively.
But of course owner Bill Burke would like to have some members (it is a business, after all, even if it feels a little like a private club). 

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Racing, food and fun at Lime Rock Park Memorial Day

LIME ROCK – Although the season opener at Lime Rock Park was threatened by rain, the weather remained optimal for most of the activities throughout the weekend. 

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Hiking, history and more June 2-3

Connecticut Trails Day this year will be Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, with more than 240 walks, hikes, birding outings and history talks across the state — including a handful in the Northwest Corner.
Each outing is classified by level of difficulty, ranging from easy and moderate to challenging. All the events planned for the Northwest Corner are easy and moderate this year.

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Driving HRD with Jack Scott

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School graduate Jack Scott loves being around cars — really fast cars.
Although for the Falls Village native driving around the track is just a hobby, Scott has made a nice business for himself as the owner of Housatonic Racing Development LLC, where he is also the crew chief for the HRD Competition Team.

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How to excite a lugubrious trout

On Sunday morning, May 6, the Housatonic River, as measured by the United States Geological Service gauge at Falls Village, was humming away at a hearty 1,410 cubic feet per second.
In highly technical terms, this is a lot of water, moving at a good clip. It makes life difficult for the wading angler.
And, of course, it’s raining. Again.
The focus of my early-season fishing has been small streams that harbor brook trout. Two of them cannot be named in this space. (I found them, and so can you.)

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Young anglers catch fish at 58th annual derby

WINSTED — The Winsted Elks Lodge No. 844 held its 58th annual fishing derby on Sunday, May 20, at Tatro’s Pond.
The event was open to children 12 and under.
Event co-organizer Julie Machowski said that 67 children took part this year and that 62 fish were caught.
Brian Machowski, the other event co-organizer, said that 170 trout were stocked in the pond the night before the event — including two that were 26 inches long.

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