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Capturing biggie smalls in the river: some tips

Ahh, summer. The water temperature in the Housatonic rises to about 80 degrees, the flow is reduced to a trickle, the trout go into the Witness Protection Program and smallmouth bass is the name of the game.
I’ve been targeting Housatonic smallmouth bass for about six years now, which means I am an advanced rookie.
That means that I don’t know much, but at least I have a good idea of what I don’t know.

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Record turnout at Lime Rock Park’s racing weekend

LIME ROCK — It was one of the major race weekends of the year at Lime Rock Park, with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) bringing both the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship here for the Northeast Grand Prix from July 19 to 21. 
These two championships race all over the country and boast some of the best drivers in the world. They are endurance races, which means that drivers were in the car for upward of two hours, working in teams of two.

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Racer finds rest, relaxation in Sharon

LIME ROCK — Lee Carpentier’s journey to becoming a professional race car driver is even curvier than the courses he navigates in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. 
Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Carpentier worked as a car mechanic until his early 20s and never really considered racing.
“We didn’t grow up in a racing community; it just randomly happened for me.”  

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Honoring the life of talented John Fitch

LIME ROCK — When John Fitch crossed life’s finish line at the age of 95 on Oct. 31, 2012, three years after his beloved wife, Elizabeth, passed, we lost a widely loved hero. 
Someone who simply refused to be just one thing, Fitch had a career that could easily describe the lifelong efforts of 10 men. Inventor, designer, World War II Army pilot, race car driver, promoter, entrepreneur, auto safety pioneer … that just starts the list of all that John Fitch was. 

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Boat Parade goes swimmingly

WINSTED — Winsted boaters got to show off their boats during the Highland Lake Watershed Association’s annual parade on Saturday, July 14. 
Boaters made a full circle around the lake and waved at homeowners along the route. 
Some of the parade participants dressed up in costumes. One boat had Santa and his elves; another boat’s passengers were decked out as a witches’ coven. 

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Pickleball invades the Curling Club

NORFOLK — Traditionally during the spring and summer months, the ice rink at the Norfolk Curling Club is unused.
But this year, starting in May,  the club’s iceless rink came alive with the excitement of a sport new to Norfolk: pickleball.
Curling club member Terry Olson, who started the club’s pickleball league, describes the game as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping pong. 
The pickleball court is 44 feet long and 20 feet wide, the size of a badminton court.

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How to make a euro nymph leader

Many of you have written to say, “Hey, how do you make a leader for Euro nymphing?”
Actually it was one of you.
As requested, I will keep the writer’s name out of it, even though it was Hiram Snodgrass of West Tibia, Vt. According to the Essex County Argus-Democrat & Home Shopper, Snodgrass is embroiled in a land-use dispute centered on his attempt to build what he calls a “micro-casino” in a cow pasture, but he is finding the time to keep up with angling innovations.

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Duplicate bridge results in Sharon

SHARON — There were five full tables for duplicate bridge on June 6, D-Day, at St. Bernard’s Church on New Street in Sharon. 
Playing 25 boards, the average score was 50. 
For North South pairs, in first with 59.38 points (59.38 percent) were Lily Beck and Harry Hall; in second with 53.13 points (53.13 percent) were Marian and Carr Ferguson, and in third with 46.63 points (48.63 percent) were Fred Kahn and Billy Saster. 

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Haggis, kilts, caber tossing and more at Highland Games

LIME ROCK — The 94th Round Hill Highland Games was held on Sunday, June 24, in the “highlands of Connecticut” at Lime Rock Park for the third year in a row.
The rain held until after the event was over, allowing for a sizable crowd to enjoy the day’s festivities. Because the event continues to grow and be a success, the Round Hill organization has confirmed it will hold the event at Lime Rock Park in 2019 on Sunday, June 23.

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Despite snow, strong season for track

FALLS VILLAGE — This year’s Housatonic Valley Regional High School Track and Field team had a delayed start because of the weather. 
“We didn’t get onto the track until 10 days into the season because of the snow,” Head Coach Gary Davis said. 
This season he was assisted by Tyler Burdick and Alan Lovejoy. 
Davis said that the team had some great individual performances this season and also had some promising freshmen.
The boys’ team was 1-8 this season. 

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