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SHARON — By exactly 8 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 12, coffee had long ago been brewed, breakfast eaten and leisurely routines left behind as 62 competitors lined up on the sand at the Sharon town beach on Mudge Pond. After taking a year off due to low sign-ups, the Sharon Sprint Triathlon returned with roaring enthusiasm and perfect weather (another boon to the Sharon Parks and Recreation Commission, whose Arts & Crafts Fair last weekend just narrowly escaped the predicted storms). 

With an early-morning crowd of spectators and with sunlight glinting off Mudge Pond’s...

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And this, gentlemen, is how it’s done

KENT — Famed fly-fisherman Aaron Jasper (who normally lives and fishes in New Jersey) came to the Northwest Corner to teach a one-day clinic through Housatonic River Outfitters in Cornwall Bridge. After visiting several spots during the day on Saturday, May 6, the fishermen ended up at Kent Falls — where Jasper almost immediately nabbed a wild brook trout (“You can tell it’s wild by looking at its fins,” he said).
He caught the brookie using a nymph rod with a 10-foot 4 weight and a stone fly.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Sharon Classic: It never rained

SHARON — Richard Grudzwick, 21, from New Milford, Conn., was the first-place winner in the 32nd annual Sharon Classic Road Race on Saturday, May 6, with a time of 27:04.30.  His time did not break the record set in 2015 by Amos Sang of Chicopee, Mass.; he finished the 5-mile course in 24:38.
The first female finisher was Annmarie Tuxbury, 23, from New Hartford, Conn., who crossed the finish line with a time of 30:15.27. The record for a female runner was set by  Askale Merachi of Ethiopia in 2013, with a time of 28:28.

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Flying high

Colby Harrington, left, and Dale Palmer, right, competed in the Housatonic Valley Regional High School-Lewis Mills track meet April 26. Lewis Mills won both the boys and girls events. 

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Infield flyer

Housatonic Valley Regional High School varsity baseball beat Litchfield High School, 3-2, in a home game on Saturday, April 22. Jacob Shpur  leapt to snag a ball batted down the third-base line.

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Car dealer donates to Northwest YMCA

NORTH CANAAN — The Northwest YMCA (which has a branch in North Canaan) received a $70,400 donation from Center Subaru in Torrington at an event on Thursday, March 30.
According to company marketing director Kim Bourke, funds for the donation were raised from a sales campaign that was held from November to January.
As part of a national campaign, the Subaru corporation donated $250 from every new car sale to a local charity; Center Subaru matched the donation.
In total, Center Subaru and the corporation raised $70,400 for the Northwest YMCA.

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Fishing season is here, don’t get caught unprepared

Official “Opening Day” of fishing in Connecticut was Saturday, April 8.
It was cold.
It was windy.
It was spitting.
And most of the rivers were high.
In other words, a washout.

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Too cold even for the worms on first day of fishing

Sarah Upton’s 3-pound, 3-ounce, 21-inch brown trout was the top fish in the children’s fishing derby at the Salisbury town Grove on Saturday, April 8, the first day of fishing in Connecticut.
D.J. Duntz (in the 11-12-year-old category) caught a 2-pound, 2-ounce, 17-1/2-inch golden trout.
It was a subdued opening day of trout season, with snow and sleet the night before, occasional drizzle throughout the morning, and a nice stiff breeze that originated somewhere near the Arctic Circle and picked up steam in Chicago.

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Triumphs for robotics team

The Who’sCTEKS (FIRST Robotics Team 716 from Housatonic Valley Regional High School) took part in a New England district competition in Bedford, N.H., over the weekend of March 25 and 26.  
After playing in 12 qualifying matches, they were drafted into an alliance by the third-ranked team and ended up winning their quarterfinal and semifinal matches before losing in the finals.  

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Tough times for trout, but so far they survive

Between the end of February and the second Saturday in April (April 8, this year) anglers crazy enough to head out for some trout fishing are restricted to the state’s Trout Management Areas (such as the designated sections of the West Branch of the Farmington River and of the Housatonic River) or Class I Wild Trout Management Areas, such as Wachocastinook Brook (aka Riga Brook) in Salisbury.
(You might also try certain anonymous streams, not listed by the state, that may or may not have trout, depending on whether they actually do, in fact, exist. Literally.)

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Girls basketball, ice hockey fight hard to finish season

Last week saw the winter season for Housatonic Valley Regional High School sports come to an end. 
Girls basketball started the week off with a historic win against No. 26 Weaver at home on Tuesday, March 7. Chloe Dakers led the team in points with 16 (three 3-point baskets) followed by Emily Geyselaers (14 points and two 3-point baskets), Olivia Forstmann (12 points), and Amanda Jacquier (10 points and one 3-point basket). 

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