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CORNWALL — Bob Ensign said he couldn’t have had a better opening weekend for his new business, even  if he “had paid for it.”

His Covered Bridge Electric Bike Rental shop in West Cornwall had its grand opening over Labor Day weekend, and customers headed out on excursions along River Road, a rural dirt road that runs along the Housatonic River, heading to parts north.

After successfully launching several businesses, the Sharon resident was looking for another career, a new start he said, and established it in the confines of the former Wandering...

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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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Rare moments of glory on the Housatonic River

The other morning I was out on the Housatonic River (flowing at about 850 cubic feet per second) bright and early at 7 a.m. on the dot. Since it takes me about two hours to wake up these days, I find this incredibly impressive.
I went to the Elms on the River Road side, so the sun, if it came out at all, would be behind me. (This is worth remembering. I have seen anglers doing some serious squinting at 9 a.m. from the Route 7 side, with the sun blasting in right at them. River Road a.m., Route 7 p.m.)

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Golf team ends a solid season

FALLS VILLAGE — Led by freshman Zim McAuliffe’s one over par 37 at Norfolk Country Club on May 20, the Housatonic Valley Regional High School golf team solidified a spot in the state tournament with its lowest score of the season. 
Zach Ongley followed with a 43, Holden Marks with a 49 and Marcus Winburn with a 53. The next day Zach and Zim each shot 41 to lock in a top four team spot at the Berkshire League tournament. 

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Celebrating lumberjack skills in new team sport

WARREN — Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield held and hosted the first Timberlympics on Tuesday, May 21.  
Wamogo (which serves students in Warren, Morris and Goshen) is the first high school in Connecticut to form a timber team. The first season began in 2010 with four team members. This season’s team consists of 58 members. The coaches are Shannon Strong, Chris Brittain, Phil Demetri and Ann Sherwood.

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All that rain was at least good for the paddlers

CORNWALL — Conditions were ripe for exceptional paddling for the annual Covered Bridge Slalom on the Housatonic River on Sunday, May 19. The race was sponsored by the Housatonic Area Canoe and Kayak Squad (known as HACKS).  
“The river was at a great level, fast and ‘pushy’ and therefore exciting to watch,” reported organizer Jenifer Clarke of Clarke Outdoors in Cornwall.

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Wrestling champs

Joshua Schwartz (160 pounds, at left in photo) of Salisbury and Angelo Folino (126 pounds) of New Hartford won the Class S State Championship held at Windham High on Feb. 15-16. They are both senior captains at Northwestern High School.

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Trans Am is back, at Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — Lime Rock Park’s Memorial Day Classic weekend brought back Trans Am racing with the same excitement and enthusiasm that marked the series in its glory days of 1966 to 1972. 
Back then it was Fords and Chevys, Mercury Cougars and even AMC Javelins (remember those?). 
The cars were driven by some of America’s greatest: Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones and the 1967 Trans Am winner, Peter Revson. Paul Newman too was a successful Trans Am competitor. 

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Disc golf: a way to protect open space

NORTH CANAAN — Lloyd Weema had a choice of competing on Saturday, May 11, in  disc golf tournaments in either San Francisco, Calif., or North Canaan, Conn. The Florida resident chose the latter, a challenging course known for its rugged, natural topography. It was also the first PDGA-sanctioned (Professional Disc Golf Association ) singles tournament to be held at the site, one of three Greenways in North Canaan.

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Adventure race hits the ground running

NORTH CANAAN — There was no shortage of energy in North Canaan on Saturday, May 11, as teams of two raced to destinations in three states to complete predetermined tasks as part of an Adventure Race that began and ended at the Colonial Theatre.
Taking first place in the race (and also in community spirit) and receiving the $1,000 prize were Skip and Caroline Kosciusko, who gave their winnings to the second and third place finishers: Sam and Grace Lancto and Team Macaire, respectively.

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