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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.

When I got there, I saw what was probably 200 bright red fish in the 12-inch range, practically on top of each other...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Hundred Days

State ultimate championship Saturday

LAKEVILLE — On Saturday, May 13, more than 400 athletes on 29 teams representing 25 Connecticut schools will meet on the fields at The Hotchkiss School to determine who will be the state champions in their sport. The sport is called ultimate. (Just “ultimate”; “Frisbee” is a trademark.)
Tournament director and Hotchkiss coach David Thompson said one of the best features of ultimate is its inclusiveness.

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HVRHS falls to Litchfield in tennis, 3-2, at home

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School boys tennis team (6-4)  was defeated by Litchfield (10-1) with a score of 3-2 in a home match on Thursday, May 4.
In singles, number 1 Jack Scarpa (H) was defeated by Charlie Shanks (L) 6-0, 6-0; number 2 singles Miles Chapman (L) defeated James Jimenez (H) 6-2, 6-2; and number 3 German Sharabok (H) was defeated by Ryan Garden (L) 6-2, 6-4.

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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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