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Bears are coming down to the Housatonic River, as spotted by column author Patrick L. Sullivan two weeks ago. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

On the question of ‘stockie bashing’

It is a sad but undeniable truth that many if not most of our trout streams in the Northeastern U.S. require stocking of trout. 

That means trucks from state hatcheries occasionally appear and put large numbers of hatchery-raised trout in the rivers.


Stretching their limbs up to the near-autumn sky, participants of all levels found a way to connect with their bodies and with the resident horses at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue at the Yoga with the Horses program on Sunday, Sept. 6. Photo submitted

Yoga with horses

DOVER PLAINS — With help from their equine friends, some area residents learned new techniques for connecting with their hearts, bodies and minds during the Yoga with the Horses program held at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue on Sunday, Sept. 6. 

Two beloved area races go virtual

SHARON, Conn. — The year of COVID-19 has seen communities scramble to host events while adhering to state guidelines and restrictions, such as the Sharon Sprint Triathlon, which was held in August. The newest modified town traditions are the Sharon Classic Road Race and the Kent Pumpkin Run, both of which have gone virtual for 2020.

Maybe it’s time

Those who know me know that I can be a bit stubborn about changing my mind — at least in important matters, like wives, children and the designated hitter. I have been a sworn enemy of that last thing for a good 50 years, but I may be on the edge of being converted.


Shooting instructor Paula Moore, left,  joined Orvis Sandanona in June, when the Millbrook shooting grounds re-opened amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here she is watching the form of student Felicia Mohr while she practiced her shooting. Photo by Judith O’Hara Balfe

Meet Paula Moore, Orvis Sandanona’s newest shooting instructor

MILLBROOK — Paula Moore had a satisfying career showing horses, something that she loved to do. But accompanying her husband to a sporting clays shooting program one day eventually changed her life, and her career, which is why she is now the newest shooting instructor at Orvis Sandanona shooting grounds in Millbrook.

He put it in the bleachers

Perhaps you’ve heard about the dust up following Fernando Tatis Jr.’s grand slam in the eighth inning with a seven run lead. He missed the “take” sign on a 3 and 0 count, the pitcher grooved one, and Tatis hit it out.

Some people, including both managers, called, “Foul! He violated one of the unwritten rules!”


Photo by Kaitlin Lyle
From left, Laylynn, Kaylee and Leina Thorne rested atop the train at the recently reopened Millerton playground with Jazmine Miller and Devin Johnson, though non wore masks.

A place to play reopens in time for summer

MILLERTON — Between the sound of children’s laughter and the sight of families coming out to enjoy a sunny day at the park, the playground at Eddie Collins Memorial Field, located at 5991 Route 22, recently opened after being closed these last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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