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NORTH CANAAN — Lloyd Weema had a choice of competing on Saturday, May 11, in  disc golf tournaments in either San Francisco, Calif., or North Canaan, Conn. The Florida resident chose the latter, a challenging course known for its rugged, natural topography. It was also the first PDGA-sanctioned (Professional Disc Golf Association ) singles tournament to be held at the site, one of three Greenways in North Canaan.

“I’ve never played in Connecticut,” he said on Saturday.  “It was a little muddy from all the rain, and there were a lot of trees....

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A vacation that wasn’t what it was s’posed to be but, hey, that’s OK

Every year I take a week’s vacation at the family homestead in Phoenicia, N.Y. I try to time it for the end of September or beginning of October, the better to take advantage of early fall fishing on the Esopus Creek and tributaries.
It’s a happy time, especially since there is no internet at the house, no cable TV, and I have to drive 5 miles to get a cell phone signal.
That means, for instance, that I will not know what Kanye tweeted that week. 
This is a good thing.

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So much to love at the 42nd Pumpkin Run

KENT — There weren’t only cold hands (and noses) at the 42nd annual Pumpkin Run in Kent on Sunday, Oct. 28. There were also warm hearts, as evidenced by the fact that one young runner proposed marriage to another young runner during the post-race awards ceremony. For more details on that, turn to Page A18.
As for everyone else: brrrrr. No one seemed to bunch together for warmth, although there were enough warm bodies there, with 574 runners registered for the adult race and 484 crossing the finish line. 

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Postponements due to rain

Mother Nature has officially joined the Mountaineer Athletic Program with all of the weather-related postponements. 
Volleyball has been the only team to be able consistently to play their scheduled games. Though the team has worked hard and rallied many good points, both JV and Varsity lost the last three matches (Oct. 2 versus Lewis Mills; Oct. 9 versus Monument Mountain and Oct. 10 versus Dover). 

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YMCA at Geer reveals plans to expand

NORTH CANAAN — The YMCA at Geer Village is looking to expand significantly. At a breakfast held in the meeting room at Geer on Friday, Sept. 28, YMCA officials and board members spoke to about 50 community leaders about what the YMCA already offers and what it can do to solve ongoing challenges in Northwest Corner towns.

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Extreme sports on the river

The unusually high water levels in the Houstonic River have tempted paddlers to try their skill. Over the weekend both a kayaker and a river boarder were out near Bull’s Bridge in Kent. Visitors are reminded that the water is extremely dangerous at this height and speed and only very experienced paddlers should  venture out.
 

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Bridge scores in Sharon

SHARON — On Oct. 3, there were 13 pairs for duplicate bridge at the St. Bernard Church on New Street in Sharon. 
Using a Howell movement for 14 pairs, many pairs had a three-board sit out. With three boards a round, and eight rounds, 24 boards were in play. The average score was 60. 

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Cycle through GMF to raise money for a bike trail

NORFOLK  — The first ever Tour de Forest fundraising bicycle outing is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27.
Rather than a race this is a bike tour with stops along the way that will include historical facts and information about the Great Mountain Forest, a beautiful working forest that encompasses more than 6,000 acres of contiguous forestland that is used as a renewable resource, a habitat for wildlife and a classroom for training and education. 

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Rain spoiled some events

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Mountaineers’ week opened with the JV squad of the MCW United Football team losing to the co-op team of Vinal/Goodwin/Whitney 38-0 on Sept. 24. 
Once again, Mother Nature stepped in and played a huge role in this week’s athletic events.  The boys and girls soccer games against Gilbert and the cross-country meet against Litchfield and Terryville scheduled for Sept. 25 were postponed due to rain.  

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Watch out for them little blue lines

Sometimes you’ll hear fishermen speak cryptically about “little blue lines.”
They are referring to the little brook trout streams that show up on maps as, you guessed it, little blue lines.
That’s if they show up at all.
I fish three little blue line streams in northwest Connecticut on a regular basis. One of them is listed in the Connecticut state angler’s guide. One of them is on private property and you need to ask permission. And one is so secret that I hesitate to even mention it.

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Exquisite enticements at Orvis Game Fair

MILLBROOK — Orvis Sandanona presented it’s 12th Game Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Sept.15 and 16. After 12 years of fairs, it’s hard to imagine that they could get better — but they do, and one always leaves thinking it was the best one yet. 

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