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Since the endless rain has turned the fall 2018 fly-fishing season into a soggy mess, I thought the best way to wrap things up would be to go to the Phoenicia, N.Y., library to hear Joan Wulff speak.

Wulff, widow of the innovative angler Lee Wulff, is a legendary figure in the sport. Clocking in at about 5 feet flat, she can outcast most men. 

She set a distance record in 1951, casting a fly 161 feet. Most modern fly lines are 90 to 100 feet long, incidentally.

Super-long casts don’t come up that often in the course of a regular angler’s career. I...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Adult Soap Box Derby returns to Sharon July 23

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SHARON — The Sharon Fire Department will host its third annual adult soap box derby, on Saturday, July 23, at Veteran’s Field, Sharon Station Road. Registration is open from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
All drivers are required to attend a meeting that will begin at 10:30 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m.
The derby is only open to drivers 21 and over. It’s a do-it-yourself competition. Entrants must build the cars themselves, and can not use kits. Complete rules can be downloaded at www.sharonfiredept.org/files.html.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — On July 6 there were nine-and-a-half tables for duplicate bridge at Good Neighbors on Low Road in Sharon. We decided to play three boards a round and then, when the clock showed us it was time to go, just cut off the game. As a result we played only nine rounds and not 10. At that, we played 27 boards.The average was 108. There was a three-board sit out for the East West pairs.

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Blue and Gold basketball at Housy

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FALLS VILLAGE — As part of the Blue and Gold summer sports program, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) hosted a basketball camp for students who will enter grades five to nine in the fall. The week-long camp ended on July 8. Eight students participated, from Cornwall, Sharon, New York City and Sheffield, Mass.
This year’s girls and boys basketball camps are finished for the summer and football camp ends July 15. A boys wrestling camp runs from July 25 to 29, coached by Tom Medonis.

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Lakeville native drafted by MLB

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LAKEVILLE — The Tampa Bay Rays picked Lakeville native Brooks Belter in the Major League Baseball draft, on June 7, for their Hudson Valley Renegades farm team, part of the New York-Penn League. The 6-foot 2-inch 205-pound right-handed pitcher was chosen in the 25th round and was number 780 in the draft. Belter is the son of Jim and Mindy Belter. Last month, he graduated from Occidental College in Southern California with a major in economics. “I was surprised to be picked on the second day of the draft,” he said in a phone interview with The Lakeville Journal.

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Swimming lessons at the Grove

LAKEVILLE — The town Grove offers a variety of swimming lessons to children of different ages.
Some classes include a mommy and me class, a parent and tot class, a 4-year-old class and a 5-year-old class.
Classes run from Monday to Friday with start times between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Harlem Valley Rail Ride rolls into Millerton

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MILLERTON — Cyclists who have been watching the televised coverage of the Tour de France this week are no doubt itching to hit the area hills themselves, suited up and surrounded by a large pack of other enthusiasts.

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Mahoney tennis tournament Aug. 27

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FALLS VILLAGE — A tennis tournament to honor the memory of the late Jack Mahoney, who died May 14, 2011, will be held Aug. 27 (rain date is Aug. 28) in Falls Village.
The tournament will be played on the courts at Housatonic Valley Regional High School that were built with his encouragement and that are named for him and longtime colleague and tennis buddy Roland Chinatti.
Mahoney was for many years a teacher and then principal at Housatonic; Chinatti was the athletic director.

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Big fish stories from secret agents

Tangled Lines
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The other day I was talking to a fishing pal, the redoubtable Linus J.

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Track sales will benefit Make-A-Wish

LIME ROCK — Lime Rock Park is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation this weekend at the American le Mans Notheast Grand Prix, Friday and Saaturday, July 8 and 9.
The track will donate percentages of its revenue while Make-A-Wish volunteers will sell branded merchandise, souvenir programs and “hot lap” ticket. Lime Rock will also assist Make-A-Wish in organizing fundraising efforts directed at teams, drivers, vendors and driving clubs.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — There were three tables for duplicate bridge at Good Neighbors (1 Low Road) on June 29. It was a beautiful day. We played the Howell Movement. All six pairs played 25 boards. The average score was 25.
In first with 30.5 points (61 percent) were Vivian Sullivan and Terri Pastre; in second with 26.5 points (53 percent) were Norma Bartholomew and Tom Burke, and in third with 25 points (50 percent) were Jim Palmer and Harry Hall.

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