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Mountaineer Week in Review

The 2017 Housatonic Valley Regional High School Fall Sports Awards ceremony was held Tuesday, Nov. 28. 
Certificates and varsity letters were given to team members. Two new JV awards were given out: Most Improved and the Stevenson Award. The Stevenson Award is given to a member of a JV team who embodies the traits and sportsmanship of long-time coach Marge Stevenson Hicks. Mrs. Stevenson Hicks passed away in January. 
Boys soccer
Most Valuable: Johan Diaz and Calvin O’Connor
Most Improved: Nick Winburn

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Football Takedown

This week, HVRHS football coach Doug Richardson and Lakeville Journal Senior Reporter Patrick L. Sullivan share their predictions for the upcoming game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. 
Doug’s Pick

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Collins earns Silver Life Master title in bridge

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MILLERTON — Richard Collins of Lakeville is known to most of his friends as Dick and is known to the former nurses and other Sharon Hospital staff he worked with during his medical career more formally as Dr. Collins. 
The retired doctor now has a new title to add to his list. This year, he earned the rank of Silver Life Master in bridge. 
Collins plays with the Millerton Bridge Club at the North East Millerton Library Annex. The group meets every Friday at 12:45 p.m. and welcomes players from throughout the Tri-state area.

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Score!

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What microscopes add: Evoking astonishment: teaching science

Part 1 of 2

Not so many years ago, as part of our writing program, I was advising PhD students at Columbia about essays for National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships. These are generous fellowships, and hard to get, so the applications have to be carefully prepared. The NSF people had specific questions for applicants and one of them was, “What event, when you were young, helped to ignite your interest in science?” Five students remembered the baking powder plus vinegar-driven volcano in fourth grade.

Football Takedown

This week, HVRHS football coach Doug Richardson and Lakeville Journal Senior Reporter Patrick L. Sullivan share their predictions for the upcoming game between Carolina and New Orleans. 
Doug’s Pick

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Fitness as a way to live a better life

Alex Stamatiou rides motorcycles, sails boats and races cars. But what she is most passionate about is fitness.
A first-generation American of Greek descent, Stamatiou is originally from the Boston area. She came to northwest Connecticut to live closer to the racetrack at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, where she was involved in the auto racing industry. In addition to being a driver and managing professional race teams, she owned her own race data and media company.  

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A rare but sad sight: salmon spawning in Salisbury

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.

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Football Takedown

This week, HVRHS football coach Doug Richardson and Lakeville Journal Senior Reporter Patrick L. Sullivan share their predictions for the game on Sunday, Nov. 26, Green Bay at Pittsburgh. 
Doug’s Pick
It’s all about the quarterbacks — or lack thereof.
Without Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay is the Cleveland Browns of the NFL: simply awful. Last week’s thrashing by the Ravens has dropped them to less than .500 in the NFC North, and the chances of them climbing out of that hole are slim to none.

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Mummies the word at Turkey Olympics

Zyaja Huggan and Jill Diamond, above, sophomores at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, painstakingly encased classmate Madison McNealy in toilet paper during the Mummy Wrap competition during the Turkey Olympics on Friday, Nov. 17. The Class of 2018 won the overall competition. Teams from the four grades and the faculty competed in silly games such as the Mummy Wrap and the Human Knot.

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