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FALLS VILLAGE — The 2018 robotics season kicked off on Saturday, Jan. 6. Teams across the country received the instructions for this year’s competition from FIRST Robotics. 

This year, teams will create robots to take part in a retro-arcade themed game, called FIRST Power Up. Teams have six weeks to build and program a robot, and get ready for regional and then national competitions. — Liv Fallon

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Mahoney tourney aids 21st Century Fund

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FALLS VILLAGE — The rain waited politely until all the tennis had ended and all the gear had been packed up. Hurricane Irene and the light showers that preceded proved not to be an impediment to the Jack Mahoney Memorial Tennis Tournament held Saturday morning, Aug. 27, at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School courts.

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All agree: Soccer camp was a ball!

NORTH CANAAN—The third annual one-week summer soccer boot camp was free to all town residents and served to prepare and excite youngsters for the upcoming fall soccer season.
Starting at 4:30 p.m. daily at Lawrence Field in North Canaan, first- through third-graders practiced for one hour, and fourth- through sixth-graders practiced for the next hour and a half. The week culminated with games on Aug. 19.
North Canaan youth soccer board member and coach Leighann Merrill said the week-long program was a huge success, and “a great way to get a head start for the soccer year.”

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Vintage cars will roar at Lime Rock Park

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Labor Day weekend at Lime Rock Park is the vintage weekend, officially. This year, it’s known as Lime Rock Vintage Festival 29 Presented by Jaguar.
More than 300 classic cars from all over the world will race in 12 groups, from pre-war to the 1950s and 1960s. There will also be open-wheelers from the 1960s and 1970s.
Jags and MGs will also race exclusively (and there will be a parade of MGs in Falls Village and Salisbury on Sept. 1).

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Hometown ballplayers win national tourney

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Two student athletes from the Northwest Corner won a national baseball championship title this summer.
Housatonic Valley Regional High School student Willy Yahn of Sharon and Northwestern Regional High School student Zach Risedorf of Barkhamsted each earned a spot on the U15 Amateur Athletic Union’s Team Connecticut baseball team, based in East Hartford.
The team won the Triple Crown Summer National Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The national tournament consisted of 64 teams from across the United States.

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Trout fishing during the dog days of summer

Tangled Lines

It’s been raining steadily for a couple of days now, but late July and August are traditionally tough months for trout fishermen.
Streams and rivers are low, water temperatures are high, and any sensible trout finds someplace cool and safe to hang out — under a rock or an undercut bank.
An angler could spend eight hours on the water on a sunny August day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., change flies two dozen times, make a couple thousand casts and still catch nothing but an attitude.
There are ways to deal with this.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — There were 42 people for duplicate bridge on Aug. 3 at Good Neighbors on Low Road in Sharon. With 10- and-a-half tables and three boards a round, 33 boards were in play. Because of that large number of deals, we stopped the play before the full cycle was completed. The average score was 84.
The winners: For North South pairs, in first with 112.85 points (67.17 percent) were Jane and David Parshall; in second with 101.94 points (60.68 percent) were Trish Stimpson and George Mason; and in third with 92.35 points (54.97 percent) were Ann Patton and Mary Robertson.

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This one didn’t get away

Tyler Roberts of Sharon caught a bass in a pond near his home on the first cast. Pretty impressive, especially for a 3-year-old.

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Home run winners score big prizes

Van Angel and Brian Mollica each walked away with a five-day cruise to the Bahamas for their first-place efforts in the Home Run Derby held in North Canaan Saturday, July 30, to benefit the Kara Zinke Emergency Fund. Allycia Reel and John Foley each took second place, winning a trip to Las Vegas. The Home Run Derby is a substantial fundraiser for the Emergency Fund, which gives to local families who have faced devastating events.

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Discs go flying around Segalla Field

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NORTH CANAAN — As children most of us remember tossing around Frisbees, plastic discs about the size of a dinner plate.
In 1968, a student at Columbia High School in Maplewood N.J., proposed the student council establish a Frisbee team, turning what had been “play” into a sport with rules.
The idea spread to other high schools as well as to colleges and universities. Players started to call their new game Ultimate Frisbee — but because of a copyright on the word “Frisbee,” the new sport eventually became known simply as Ultimate.

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Slice of Americana: Softball at Community Field

LAKEVILLE — Summers in the Northwest Corner have always drawn crowds from the city. After all, since the late 1800s, there have been summer camps scattered throughout the Berkshire hills for the children of urbanites and there have been second homes here for centuries.

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