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From Georgia to Maine. Or, from Maine to Georgia

SALISBURY — The Appalachian Trail follows a 2,181-mile chain of mountains that stretches from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia to the northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine. 
Every year, hikers by the thousands attempt to walk the entire trail, living out of their backpacks for typically around six months. 

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How to keep hydrated in summer’s heat

As a high school senior who is a hoping to play college football, a large part of my summer this year has revolved around attending showcases and camps to be evaluated by college scouts. 
During these camps the field temperature often reaches 95 degrees and sometimes reaches triple digits. Exercising in this extreme heat makes it crucial to know how to stay properly hydrated. Here are a few tips to staying hydrated that I’ve found work for me.

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Watch the game of kings at Mashomack

PINE PLAINS — Polo competitions continue through the summer at the Mashomack Polo Club fields in Pine Plains, with matches and tournaments scheduled through the weekend of Sept. 21-23, when the club will host the Smithfield/Shekomeko Open.
Spectators are invited to come and watch what is known as “the sport of kings.” Athletes are also invited to learn to play, either as part of the weekly coaching league, in private lessons or in clinics with master coaches.

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Capturing biggie smalls in the river: some tips

Ahh, summer. The water temperature in the Housatonic rises to about 80 degrees, the flow is reduced to a trickle, the trout go into the Witness Protection Program and smallmouth bass is the name of the game.
I’ve been targeting Housatonic smallmouth bass for about six years now, which means I am an advanced rookie.
That means that I don’t know much, but at least I have a good idea of what I don’t know.

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Record turnout at Lime Rock Park’s racing weekend

LIME ROCK — It was one of the major race weekends of the year at Lime Rock Park, with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) bringing both the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship here for the Northeast Grand Prix from July 19 to 21. 
These two championships race all over the country and boast some of the best drivers in the world. They are endurance races, which means that drivers were in the car for upward of two hours, working in teams of two.

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Racer finds rest, relaxation in Sharon

LIME ROCK — Lee Carpentier’s journey to becoming a professional race car driver is even curvier than the courses he navigates in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. 
Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Carpentier worked as a car mechanic until his early 20s and never really considered racing.
“We didn’t grow up in a racing community; it just randomly happened for me.”  

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Honoring the life of talented John Fitch

LIME ROCK — When John Fitch crossed life’s finish line at the age of 95 on Oct. 31, 2012, three years after his beloved wife, Elizabeth, passed, we lost a widely loved hero. 
Someone who simply refused to be just one thing, Fitch had a career that could easily describe the lifelong efforts of 10 men. Inventor, designer, World War II Army pilot, race car driver, promoter, entrepreneur, auto safety pioneer … that just starts the list of all that John Fitch was. 

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Boat Parade goes swimmingly

WINSTED — Winsted boaters got to show off their boats during the Highland Lake Watershed Association’s annual parade on Saturday, July 14. 
Boaters made a full circle around the lake and waved at homeowners along the route. 
Some of the parade participants dressed up in costumes. One boat had Santa and his elves; another boat’s passengers were decked out as a witches’ coven. 

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Pickleball invades the Curling Club

NORFOLK — Traditionally during the spring and summer months, the ice rink at the Norfolk Curling Club is unused.
But this year, starting in May,  the club’s iceless rink came alive with the excitement of a sport new to Norfolk: pickleball.
Curling club member Terry Olson, who started the club’s pickleball league, describes the game as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping pong. 
The pickleball court is 44 feet long and 20 feet wide, the size of a badminton court.

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How to make a euro nymph leader

Many of you have written to say, “Hey, how do you make a leader for Euro nymphing?”
Actually it was one of you.
As requested, I will keep the writer’s name out of it, even though it was Hiram Snodgrass of West Tibia, Vt. According to the Essex County Argus-Democrat & Home Shopper, Snodgrass is embroiled in a land-use dispute centered on his attempt to build what he calls a “micro-casino” in a cow pasture, but he is finding the time to keep up with angling innovations.

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