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SHARON — By exactly 8 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 12, coffee had long ago been brewed, breakfast eaten and leisurely routines left behind as 62 competitors lined up on the sand at the Sharon town beach on Mudge Pond. After taking a year off due to low sign-ups, the Sharon Sprint Triathlon returned with roaring enthusiasm and perfect weather (another boon to the Sharon Parks and Recreation Commission, whose Arts & Crafts Fair last weekend just narrowly escaped the predicted storms). 

With an early-morning crowd of spectators and with sunlight glinting off Mudge Pond’s...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Adventures with mops, nymphs and my pal Thos

I am pleased to report that my attorney, Thomas Gallucio of Reston, Va., successfully caught and released several fish during a recent visit.
Thos has been my most disappointing student over the decades. But he’s a stubborn fellow, and I couldn’t help noticing that he has somehow ironed out the fatal kinks in his fly-casting.
He developed new ones instead.
The first triumph was a giant, man-eating perch. Playing this leviathan into the canoe was an epic struggle of at least 30 seconds. Man vs. wild animal. Who will prevail?

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Fred Sanford is long gone, but his pickup truck was here

FALLS VILLAGE — Cars were backed up from Main Street to Route 7 in Falls Village at 8:30 a.m., as their owners waited to register their vehicles in the Falls Village Car and Motorcycle Show, hosted by Jacobs Garage, on Sunday, July 9.
The official tally of registered vehicles was 323. Judy Jacobs said there were at least 50 vehicles that did not register.
Cars and pickups lined Main Street as far as the Lee H. Kellogg School, up Prospect Street and at both ends of Railroad Street.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — There were six full tables for duplicate bridge on June 28 at St. Bernard’s Church in Sharon. Using the modern Mitchell movement, all pairs played four boards a round against all the opposing pairs, with tables one and five relaying the boards back and forth between them.  There was a bye table.  The average score was 60. 

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FV car & motorcycle show July 9

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Car & Motorcycle Show returns Sunday, July 9, with special guests: cast members and the original truck from the 1970s television show “Sanford and Son.” 
Former Falls Village resident and actor Howard Platt, who played police officer Hoppy on the show, made arrangements for the truck to make a special appearance at the show.  
This is the eighth year for the show, which features a variety of types of vehicles, live music and food and other vendors. 

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Truly Tangled: A beginner learns to cast

By Michael Duca
You know the guy. He decides he’s going to learn how to fly-fish. He spends a weekend at the Orvis School in Millbrook, is dazzled by the embedded complexity of the sport — the equipment, the methods, the etiquette. Taking full advantage of the special discount extended to the newly anointed “graduates,” he buys a lot of high-end gear at the conveniently located in-house store. And never goes fishing again. 
I am that guy.

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Hurling and piping at Roundhill

SALISBURY — The hills around Lime Rock Park were alive with the sounds of grunting and thumping and bagpiping as the Roundhill Games (now in their 93rd year) returned to the race track on Sunday, June 25. 
There were musical groups, performances of traditional dancing, tents full of walking sticks, clan gear and little wooden swords for young warriors. 

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Food, games and cricket match benefit Salisbury Ambulance

SALISBURY — It didn’t take much imagination to turn the scene unfolding in Lakeville on Saturday, June 24, into an idyllic early summer afternoon in England: Two cricket teams squaring off, while spectators milled about, adults enjoying banter and refreshments and children scurrying around playing their own games at Community Field.
“The only thing that is missing is tea and cucumber sandwiches,” said Matt Boyce of Falls Village.

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Heave away

The Northwest Corner paid homage to its roots in the United Kingdom with a weekend full of Olde Country events. To see  coverage of the June 24 cricket match and the June 25 Roundhill Scottish games, both held in Salisbury, visit Hurling and piping at Roundhill.

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Spring sports awards at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Department had their spring season and senior sports awards ceremony on June 5.
The following student-athletes were honored.
Girls Tennis
Sportsmanship: Autumn Freudenberg
Tyburski: Jenna Luz
Sportsmanship: Katherine Starr
Most Valuable: Katherine McGuire 
Softball
Most Improved: Maddie Dekker and Anna Coon
Most Improved: Madelynn Olownia and Lauren Murtagh

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Cricket: It’s not that hard to figure out

Diagrams by Bruce T. Paddock

It’s just before 9 on a Saturday morning, and I’m walking up Sharon Road wearing a white shirt, white pants, white socks, and white sneakers. All I’m missing is an ice cream truck.