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LIME ROCK — This year’s Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park over Labor Day Weekend was of course a celebration of the speed and beauty of vintage cars, which competed in races from Friday through Monday. 

But a highlight of the festival is always  the Sunday Concours d’Elegance and Gathering of the Marques, which fills the mile-and-a-half track with cars of every conceivable make and interest (as long as they’re not of a recent vintage).

This year’s 37th-annual festival, held on Labor Day weekend, began with a car parade on...

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Vintage vehicles ready to rumble at Cruise

Kent’s ninth annual Car Cruise got off to a beautiful start on Saturday, Aug. 3, in the late afternoon.
More than 70 cars had registered, but more were still rumbling onto the road alongside the Kent Green as the show began. 
These shows attract a wide variety of vehicles: classics, hot rods, muscle cars, imports and more. 
This year’s cruise even brought out a full-scale 1981 Hook & Ladder fire truck from Middletown, N.Y. 

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Truly hot laps at IMSA Grand Prix

A Connecticut-based team won this year’s IMSA Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 20, with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook at the wheel of the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. The Grand Prix is one of the biggest draws of the season to the park, and attendance was immense in spite of the heat, which even affected the drivers. 

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A coach sees changing approaches to youth tennis

FALLS VILLAGE — In the highly competitive world of youth tennis, Vanessa Pereira is an eyewitness to the changing landscape of that sport. Pereira, 31, is a youth tennis manager.
Tennis was a major factor in her life from an early age. Her mother, a Brazilian immigrant, worked in the house of Mats Wilander, winner of the 1982 French Open. Pereira grew close with the Wilander family, sparking an interest in the game that never left. 

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A historic ‘Tillie’ golf course in Norfolk

NORFOLK — While most non-golfers don’t know A.W. Tillinghast from A& W Root Beer, for those who swing the sticks in a determined quest for par, “Tillie” is a big name in the golf architecture business. It’s a treat to play one of his courses.
But perhaps even the golfers among us do not know that Tillinghast is credited with one of the area’s most historic and oldest courses, the nine-hole layout at Norfolk Country Club (NCC).

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For two locals, you can’t beat playing ball for a living

The  Northwest Corner’s links to big time baseball are gleefully and doggedly pursuing their dreams this summer.
Willy Yahn of Sharon and Wills Montgomerie of Salisbury are playing in the minor leagues, Yahn in the Baltimore Orioles organization and Montgomerie in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.
Montgomerie, a graduate of the Salisbury School, was selected in the sixth round (190th overall), while Yahn, a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, was chosen in the 25th round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2017 draft.

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Adventure, endurance, fun on the Appalachian Trail

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.

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Eight centuries of tradition in an afternoon

Bagpipes droned and hammers were thrown at the 95th annual Round Hill Highland Games at Lime Rock Park on Sunday, June 30. 
Contestants competed in a variety of events, including caber toss, where the goal is to lift and toss a 20 foot log end-over-end. If the log lands in line with its original position, it is said to be in the 12 o’clock position. Competitors try to have the log land as near to 12 as possible. 

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Spring awards for HVRHS athletes

The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Department had its spring season and senior sports awards ceremony on Monday, June 10. The following student-athletes were honored at the ceremony:
Girls Tennis
Most Improved: Maddie Dekker and Lindsey Clark
Sportsmanship: Ella Matsudaira
No Tyburski Award for outstanding performance by a  freshman.
Most Valuable: Anna Coon, Neve O’Connell and Sayde Paulson
Boys Tennis
Most Improved: Micah Matsudaira

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Very special athletes get a chance to shine

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten Region One School District athletes in special education programs, along with 10 students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Region One faculty and staff, participated in the Special Olympics track and field and swimming events at Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University on June 8 and 9. 
Region One Superintendent Pam Vogel coordinated the events.

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Helping dreams of auto racing roar to life at Lime Rock

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Racing Development (HRD) can make the dream come true of going out at high speed on the race track at Lime Rock Park. 
Jack Scott grew up in Falls Village (and is the son of Tom Scott of the Falls Village Flower Farm and Roberta Scott). He is the owner, director, head mechanic, maintenance and storage manager and more, ably assisted by Administrator and Hospitality Specialist Ashley LaPlante.

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