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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...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Winter free skate and skate lessons

KENT/SALISBURY — Indoor ice skating is being offered again by the Kent and Salisbury recreation commissions. 
Salisbury Recreation will offer public ice skating at The Hotchkiss School Dwyer Rink on the following Saturdays from 11 a.m. to12:30 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. The dates are Dec. 22 and 29 and Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9 and 16.
All participants must wear skates on the ice. Skate rental is not available. Skate sharpening is available; the cost is $5.  

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Bridge scores from Sharon: The Howell Movement

LAKEVILLE — There were five and a half tables for duplicate bridge on Dec. 6 at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville following a perfectly delicious lunch. Using the Howell Movement, we played three boards a round for eight rounds, a total of 24 boards. We all had a three-board sit-out. The average score was 48. 

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Wrestlers go to the mat at Marvelwood

KENT — The Marvelwood School in Kent hosted nine schools at the Skiff Mountain Scuffle wrestling tournament on Saturday, Dec. 8.  
Wrestlers from Canterbury School, Chase Collegiate, Forman School, The Hotchkiss School, Marvelwood, New York Military Academy, Storm King School, Suffield Academy and The Woodhall School competed against one another in an individually bracketed tournament by weight class.
Hotchkiss won the tournament with a total of 181 points. They had eight finalists and 10 place winners.

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Weekly bridge scores in Sharon: the Howell Movement

SHARON — There were only five pairs for duplicate bridge on Nov. 28 at St. Bernard Church. It was a very snowy day. With only 20 boards in play, it was a short day. We used the Howell Movement, with four–boards a round. All pairs had a four board sit-out. The average score was 8. 
In first with 11.5 points (71.88 percent) were Gail and Alan Gamble; in second with10.5 points (65.63 percent) were Betsy Clark and Warren White, and in third with 8 points (50 percent) were Carol Schultz and Patricia Boyle.
— Harry Hall

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Athletes honored at ceremony for fall season at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2018 Housatonic Valley Regional High School Fall Sports Awards ceremony was held Thursday, Nov. 29, and certificates and varsity letters were given to team members. 
Boys soccer
Most Valuable: Matthew Lopes and Caleb Shpur
Most Improved: Luke Mollica
Sportsmanship: Zach Ongley
Tyburski (outstanding freshman): Pablo Gonzalez
JV Most Improved: Joey Brennan
Stevenson Award (JV Sportsmanship): Zim McAuliffe
 Girls soccer

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Family Fitness Factory: gym opens in Millerton

MILLERTON — Maria Tamburrino and Chad Breyette have opened the Family Fitness Factory at the Thompson Plaza in the space formerly occupied by North East Fitness and Wellness.
The renovated facility has “something for everyone” from adults to seniors to teenagers, according to gym spokesman Chris Mayville. Exercise equipment includes Nautilus, cardio, treadmills and stationary bikes. On-site massage therapy is also available.

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Hotchkiss Swimathon sends athletes to Special Olympics

SALISBURY — The 24th annual Hotchkiss Swimathon, held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the school’s pool, was the second most successful to date.
Organizer Keith Moon reported this week that 207 swimmers raised $12,000 for the Northwest Connecticut Special Olympics swim team and Special Olympics Connecticut.
“This is the third time the swimathon has raised at least $10,000 and it is our second-highest donation to Special Olympics ever,” Moon said.

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Staring up into the iCloud

SALISURY — Tech expert Michael Jay helped a group navigate their Apple devices and services in a lively talk at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 17.
He was asked why the iCloud doesn’t have an icon. 
The answer: Because iCloud is not an application, per se.
The iCloud is a physical place. Actually, it is seven places; facilities called server farms, where the information of the kajillions of Apple customers is stored.
To use the iCloud, the Apple user needs an Apple ID.

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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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