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SALISBURY — The Salisbury Winter Sports Association’s annual Jumpfest weekend set attendance records, even with one full day of jumping canceled due to rain.

According to Willie Hallihan, the paid attendance on Friday night, Feb. 9, for target jumping and the Human Dogsled Race, was more than 300 people.

And on Saturday, with the air temperature around 40 degrees and a looming threat of rain, the event set what Hallihan believes is “a modern-day attendance record,” with a paid attendance of just under 1,400.

But the crowd estimate was of...

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Collins earns Silver Life Master title in bridge

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MILLERTON — Richard Collins of Lakeville is known to most of his friends as Dick and is known to the former nurses and other Sharon Hospital staff he worked with during his medical career more formally as Dr. Collins. 
The retired doctor now has a new title to add to his list. This year, he earned the rank of Silver Life Master in bridge. 
Collins plays with the Millerton Bridge Club at the North East Millerton Library Annex. The group meets every Friday at 12:45 p.m. and welcomes players from throughout the Tri-state area.

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What microscopes add: Evoking astonishment: teaching science

Part 1 of 2

Not so many years ago, as part of our writing program, I was advising PhD students at Columbia about essays for National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships. These are generous fellowships, and hard to get, so the applications have to be carefully prepared. The NSF people had specific questions for applicants and one of them was, “What event, when you were young, helped to ignite your interest in science?” Five students remembered the baking powder plus vinegar-driven volcano in fourth grade.

Football Takedown

This week, HVRHS football coach Doug Richardson and Lakeville Journal Senior Reporter Patrick L. Sullivan share their predictions for the upcoming game between Carolina and New Orleans. 
Doug’s Pick

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Fitness as a way to live a better life

Alex Stamatiou rides motorcycles, sails boats and races cars. But what she is most passionate about is fitness.
A first-generation American of Greek descent, Stamatiou is originally from the Boston area. She came to northwest Connecticut to live closer to the racetrack at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, where she was involved in the auto racing industry. In addition to being a driver and managing professional race teams, she owned her own race data and media company.  

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A rare but sad sight: salmon spawning in Salisbury

I got an email on Halloween inviting me not to a costume party but to behold the strange and rare sight of sockeye salmon trying to spawn in a tiny little brook that runs through Ed and Betty Tyburski’s property on East Twin Lake in Salisbury.
The Tyburskis have owned the house for more than 50 years and they’ve never seen anything like it.
The brook is seasonal. When it rains, it runs.
And it rained buckets a couple days earlier.

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Football Takedown

This week, HVRHS football coach Doug Richardson and Lakeville Journal Senior Reporter Patrick L. Sullivan share their predictions for the game on Sunday, Nov. 26, Green Bay at Pittsburgh. 
Doug’s Pick
It’s all about the quarterbacks — or lack thereof.
Without Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay is the Cleveland Browns of the NFL: simply awful. Last week’s thrashing by the Ravens has dropped them to less than .500 in the NFC North, and the chances of them climbing out of that hole are slim to none.

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Mummies the word at Turkey Olympics

Zyaja Huggan and Jill Diamond, above, sophomores at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, painstakingly encased classmate Madison McNealy in toilet paper during the Mummy Wrap competition during the Turkey Olympics on Friday, Nov. 17. The Class of 2018 won the overall competition. Teams from the four grades and the faculty competed in silly games such as the Mummy Wrap and the Human Knot.

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Eleven saves for Shpur

FALLS VILLAGE — The boys soccer team, ranked no. 19, traveled on Nov. 6 to face no. 14 East Windsor in the first round of the Class S State Tournament. Antonio Santiago-Nicolas scored on a pass from Lucas Calhoun during the first half. East Windsor tied it with a goal during the second half. The game remained tied after two 10-minute overtimes but ultimately ended in a loss after penalty kicks. Caleb Shpur had 11 saves during this post-season game.

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A special swim for Special Olympics team

LAKEVILLE — The Northwest Connecticut Special Olympics swim team made its annual visit to The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on Sunday, Nov. 5, for the 23rd swim-a-thon fundraiser there. 
Hotchkiss teacher and swim coach Keith Moon organized the event, as he has done for more than two decades. 
“We had a record-setting day with 235 swimmers, which handily broke last year’s previous record of 217,” Moon said.

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