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It’s that time of year again, when fragrant hikers with long hair and large backpacks make their way through the Northwest Corner towns that have sections of the Appalachian Trail (AT). 

Of the 2,200 total miles of the trail (which begins in Georgia and ends in Maine), there are 51 miles in Connecticut, in the towns of Falls Village, Salisbury, Sherman (in the south, at the New York border), Sharon and Kent.

Much of the trail, of course, runs through forest, but there are several spots at which the hikers emerge, sometimes to walk on paved road until the trail...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Hotchkiss Swimathon sends athletes to Special Olympics

SALISBURY — The 24th annual Hotchkiss Swimathon, held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the school’s pool, was the second most successful to date.
Organizer Keith Moon reported this week that 207 swimmers raised $12,000 for the Northwest Connecticut Special Olympics swim team and Special Olympics Connecticut.
“This is the third time the swimathon has raised at least $10,000 and it is our second-highest donation to Special Olympics ever,” Moon said.

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Staring up into the iCloud

SALISURY — Tech expert Michael Jay helped a group navigate their Apple devices and services in a lively talk at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 17.
He was asked why the iCloud doesn’t have an icon. 
The answer: Because iCloud is not an application, per se.
The iCloud is a physical place. Actually, it is seven places; facilities called server farms, where the information of the kajillions of Apple customers is stored.
To use the iCloud, the Apple user needs an Apple ID.

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Casting about online for holiday gifts

For one reason or another, you may not get to your local fly shop when shopping for the fly-fisherman on your Christmas list. 
I therefore offer these online suggestions.
Inexpensive reels
There are two schools of thought on fly reels. One is you need the very best, because you never know when that 12-inch brown trout is going to take you into the backing.
The other school notes that the primary purpose of the reel is to hold the line, so get the least expensive model that does what you want it to do.

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Age and experience win out in alumni-student game

FALLS VILLAGE — Alumni members of the Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams faced members of the current Boys and Girls Basketball teams in a friendly game on Wednesday, Nov. 21. 
The game was a fundraiser for the basketball programs. The alumni team (coached by Steven Dodge, Class of 1994) included Justin Dean ’16, Max Vadakin ’16, Pat Considine ’16, Sam Foley  ’17, Jacob Johnson ’17, Jacob Shpur ’17, Chelsea Kearns ’16 and Amanda Jacquier  ’17. 

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Casting about on a rainy day with a legendary Wulff

Since the endless rain has turned the fall 2018 fly-fishing season into a soggy mess, I thought the best way to wrap things up would be to go to the Phoenicia, N.Y., library to hear Joan Wulff speak.
Wulff, widow of the innovative angler Lee Wulff, is a legendary figure in the sport. Clocking in at about 5 feet flat, she can outcast most men. 
She set a distance record in 1951, casting a fly 161 feet. Most modern fly lines are 90 to 100 feet long, incidentally.

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Bridge scores in Sharon

SHARON — There were  four full tables for duplicate bridge on Oct. 31 at St. Bernard’s Church on New Street in Sharon. Using the Howell Movement, with four boards a round, for six rounds, 24 boards were in play. The average score was 36. 
In first with 45 points (62.65 percent) were Marian and Carr Ferguson; in second with 41.5 points (57.64 percent) were John Bevan and Harry Hall; in third with 38.5 points (53.47 percent) were Emily and Billy Saster, and in fourth with 34.5 points (47.92 percent) were Kay and Fred Joseph.

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Run cannonballs into town

FALLS VILLAGE — Tobias Tello, age 14, from Cheshire, Conn., won the Ed McGuire Memorial Cannonball Run on Saturday, Nov. 3, completing the 5 kilometer course in 20 minutes 30 seconds.
Linda Spooner, 44, of Sturbridge,Mass., was the first female finisher (and second overall), arriving at the finish line at 20:49. 
The weather was unsettled Saturday, with periods of rain and wind alternating with actual glimpses of sunlight. 

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Housy v. Lewis Mills in soccer

Housy MountaineerJosie Horosky is seen in action in Falls Village on Oct. 30. The HVRHS boys and girls soccer teams took on Lewis Mills at home. The boys won, 1-0, the girls lost, 0-3.

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Come swim for Special Olympics on Nov. 4

It’s time once again for swimmers to pull on their caps and goggles and swim some laps at The Hotchkiss School’s luxurious Hickson Pool, and raise money for Connecticut’s Special Olympics swim team.
This is the 24th year that Hotchkiss will host the fundraising swim. Members of the Special Olympics team will come out in the morning and join the other swimmers in the pool as they raise money to help pay for the team’s season. 

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Duplicate Bridge scores

SHARON — There were six full tables for duplicate bridge on Oct. 17 at St. Bernard’s Church on New Street. Using the modified Mitchell Movement, with four boards a round, for six rounds, all pairs played 24 boards. The average score was 60. 

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