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Acouple weeks ago I trickled over to the ancestral homestead in Phoenicia, N.Y., for a couple of days.

The river there is the mighty Esopus, a river built along the same general lines as the Housatonic, but a little smaller and a lot cooler.

That’s because for the 11 miles between the Shandaken tunnel (known locally as The Portal) and the Ashokan reservoir, the Esopus is a tailwater, and thus resembles not the Housatonic but the Farmington.

A tailwater is a river that is fed by cool water releases from a dam. Or, in this case, from another reservoir to the...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Sharon Bridge scores announced

SHARON — There were five full tables for duplicate bridge at Good Neighbors on Low Road in Sharon on Dec. 21.Five boards a round were played, or 25 boards in total. The average score was 50.
For North South pairs, in first with 62 points (62 percent) were Trish Stimpson and Harry Hall; in second with 53.5 points (53.5 percent) were Catherine Brazelton and John Bevan, and in third with 52 points (52 percent) were Marguerite McGrath and her son, Brian.

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Ski jumping, scary? Not to these youngsters!

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SALISBURY — The Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) sponsored a two-day ski jump camp for boys and girls on Dec. 29 and 30 at the SWSA jumps at Satre Hill — although on the smaller of the jumps.
SWSA Director Jack Phelps said that 30 young people from ages 5 to 13 attended the camp, which ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
Campers learned the two essentials of ski jumping: safety and control.
Lunch was served each day and all participants were given a T-shirt. Tuition for the two-day camp was $40 per skier.

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From ice to fire — loss of curling club ‘so devastating’

Fire heavily damaged the Norfolk Curling Club on Dec. 18. Two men have been charged.

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Soccer players named All-state athletes

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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) seniors Myles Clohessy and R. J. Thompson, both from Cornwall, were named Class S Boys Soccer All-state players.
HVRHS co-head soccer coach Hoot Belter said, “They are both classy young men who have worked hard with all their friends to be above-average soccer players. They are two of many guys who embraced the team concept, took their individual skills and made a successful season as far as win-loss record.”

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Sharon bridge scores Dec. 14

SHARON— There were five full tables for duplicate bridge at Good Neighbors on Dec. 14. Five boards a round were played, with no sit-out, no skip and no bye table. Each pair played 25 boards.
For North South pairs, in first with 67 points (67 percent) were Carol Magowan and Harry Hall; in second with 53 points (53 percent) were Trish Stimpson and Norma Bartholomew; and in third with 52 points (52 percent) were Ruth Adams and Ken Clark.

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HVRHS names student athlete of the week

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FALLS VILLAGE — Sophomore Katie Heacox is the Housatonic Valley Regional High School student athlete of the week. The Salisbury resident participates in soccer, basketball and track and field.
“I love each sport in its season,” she said. “I like being active and becoming good friends with my teammates.”
Housatonic Athletic Director Dan Carroll said she’s also strong academically and noted that, “Katie puts the ‘student’ in ‘student athlete.’”

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Junior dog handlers are looking for ‘Best in Show’

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LAKEVILLE — Amelia Smith, 11, and Eliza Lindsay, 10, have their eyes on a prize. This Saturday, Dec. 17, they will be in Orlando, Fla., competing in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. They are both junior dog handlers and along with their terriers they will be parading around the ring trying to impress the judges with their grasp of the art of showing dogs.
To hear the girls speak on the subject, it seems they are well on their way.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — There were six full tables for duplicate bridge on Dec. 7 at Good Neighbors, 1 Low Road. Five boards a round were played, so with a skip all pairs played 25 boards. The average score was 50.
For North South pairs, in first with 62.63 points (62.63 percent) were Catherine Brazelton and Harry Hall; in second with 56.5 points (56.5 percent) were Trish Stimpson and George Mason, and in third with 54.38 points (54.38 percent) were Emily and Billy Saster.

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Hotchkiss field hockey, boys soccer teams capture New England crowns

LAKEVILLE — The Hotchkiss School field hockey and boys soccer teams brought home the glory on Sunday, Nov. 20, winning the Class A New England championships in their sports.
For head coach Robin Chandler, assistant coaches John Virden and Amanda Bohnsack and the field hockey team, the 2-1 victory over arch rival Greenwich Academy also signaled a history-making 10 consecutive New England titles for Hotchkiss field hockey teams.

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Curling, an international ice sport, played in Norfolk

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NORFOLK — Most people who have lived in the Northwest Corner for long enough know that curling is one of the highlights of the local winter sports season.
But most people don’t have a very solid idea of how to curl, or of what curling is.
According to the United States Curling Association, this Olympic ice sport began in 16th-century Scotland. It was originally played outdoors on frozen lochs and marshes and, in essentials at least, it hasn’t changed all that much through the years.

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