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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.

The athletes were: April Bautiste, Nicole Gorat, Robert Hoefer, Elizabeth McDermott, Lily Watkins, Dustin Kayser, Todd Silvernail, David O’Neill, Sasha McCue and...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Casting about online for holiday gifts

For one reason or another, you may not get to your local fly shop when shopping for the fly-fisherman on your Christmas list. 
I therefore offer these online suggestions.
Inexpensive reels
There are two schools of thought on fly reels. One is you need the very best, because you never know when that 12-inch brown trout is going to take you into the backing.
The other school notes that the primary purpose of the reel is to hold the line, so get the least expensive model that does what you want it to do.

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Age and experience win out in alumni-student game

FALLS VILLAGE — Alumni members of the Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams faced members of the current Boys and Girls Basketball teams in a friendly game on Wednesday, Nov. 21. 
The game was a fundraiser for the basketball programs. The alumni team (coached by Steven Dodge, Class of 1994) included Justin Dean ’16, Max Vadakin ’16, Pat Considine ’16, Sam Foley  ’17, Jacob Johnson ’17, Jacob Shpur ’17, Chelsea Kearns ’16 and Amanda Jacquier  ’17. 

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Casting about on a rainy day with a legendary Wulff

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.

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Bridge scores in Sharon

SHARON — There were  four full tables for duplicate bridge on Oct. 31 at St. Bernard’s Church on New Street in Sharon. Using the Howell Movement, with four boards a round, for six rounds, 24 boards were in play. The average score was 36. 
In first with 45 points (62.65 percent) were Marian and Carr Ferguson; in second with 41.5 points (57.64 percent) were John Bevan and Harry Hall; in third with 38.5 points (53.47 percent) were Emily and Billy Saster, and in fourth with 34.5 points (47.92 percent) were Kay and Fred Joseph.

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Run cannonballs into town

FALLS VILLAGE — Tobias Tello, age 14, from Cheshire, Conn., won the Ed McGuire Memorial Cannonball Run on Saturday, Nov. 3, completing the 5 kilometer course in 20 minutes 30 seconds.
Linda Spooner, 44, of Sturbridge,Mass., was the first female finisher (and second overall), arriving at the finish line at 20:49. 
The weather was unsettled Saturday, with periods of rain and wind alternating with actual glimpses of sunlight. 

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Housy v. Lewis Mills in soccer

Housy MountaineerJosie Horosky is seen in action in Falls Village on Oct. 30. The HVRHS boys and girls soccer teams took on Lewis Mills at home. The boys won, 1-0, the girls lost, 0-3.

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Come swim for Special Olympics on Nov. 4

It’s time once again for swimmers to pull on their caps and goggles and swim some laps at The Hotchkiss School’s luxurious Hickson Pool, and raise money for Connecticut’s Special Olympics swim team.
This is the 24th year that Hotchkiss will host the fundraising swim. Members of the Special Olympics team will come out in the morning and join the other swimmers in the pool as they raise money to help pay for the team’s season. 

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Duplicate Bridge scores

SHARON — There were six full tables for duplicate bridge on Oct. 17 at St. Bernard’s Church on New Street. Using the modified Mitchell Movement, with four boards a round, for six rounds, all pairs played 24 boards. The average score was 60. 

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Rain, wind put a damper on first Tour de Forest

NORFOLK — It was a very cold and rainy on Saturday, Oct. 27, and not really a great day to take a bicycle ride.
Weather forecasters were calling for a nor’easter with heavy rain and wind.
Nonetheless, organizers for the first Tour de Forest trail ride in Norfolk were adamant that the event would go forward.

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A vacation that wasn’t what it was s’posed to be but, hey, that’s OK

Every year I take a week’s vacation at the family homestead in Phoenicia, N.Y. I try to time it for the end of September or beginning of October, the better to take advantage of early fall fishing on the Esopus Creek and tributaries.
It’s a happy time, especially since there is no internet at the house, no cable TV, and I have to drive 5 miles to get a cell phone signal.
That means, for instance, that I will not know what Kanye tweeted that week. 
This is a good thing.

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