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Jaywalking: A forgotten Greenfield race

I’m not really sure how most people celebrate Columbus Day. Unlike many other holidays when people have specific plans, such as cookouts (Memorial Day and the Fourth of July) or family gatherings (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter), Columbus Day is one of those holidays that just comes and goes and no one really cares. It probably holds little fanfare because most people, including reporters, don’t get the day off from work, their only reminder an empty mailbox. But 80 years ago, Columbus Day was a big deal 0

Keeping Score: Overseas Blogger

Good morning! Jamin Hemenway’s “Pigskin Pursuit” college football blog is coming to you this year from France. The Deerfield native works in Paris for Danone, aka Danon. “Specifically, I work on global marketing for the Activia brand,” he wrote in a recent email. Coming into this season, Hemenway had been to 105 college football venues in 36 states over the past six years. Now, he said, “I’ve been hitting a few of France’s Ligue1 soccer games. The sport’s not the same but the atmosphere is 0

On The Trail: Report from the Northwoods

As our own archery deer season approaches (Oct. 19), hints of what to expect from a northern border state. Bowhunters’ take thus far, after the first New Hampshire Fish & Game polling of checking stations, shows a 10 percent decline from last year. The explanation from Granite State deer biologists is that deer are tough to pattern during this, the early season due to an abundance of wild food in the woods, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who patrols local wild lands. 0

Jaywalking: Devils touch down in Greenfield

Although this is Boston Bruins country, there were a lot of New Jersey Devils’ fans in the area Monday. The National Hockey League team held a nearly 90-minute practice session at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield Monday evening in front of over 400 local hockey fans. The Devils spent the weekend in Brattleboro, Vt., on a preseason team-building mission. “We were doing stuff like climbing trees,” Devils player and former Boston College forward Stephen Gionta said in the lobby prior to practice. Teammate Mike Cammalleri mentioned 0

KeepingScore: Sports pourri

Good morning! The UMass football team hosts Florida International University this afternoon at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The Panthers are 2-2, including a 15-14 upset win in their season opener against the University of Central Florida. The Minutemen, who are 1-2 versus the spread this season, are 3-point favorites. FIU’s campus is in Homestead, gateway to the beautiful Florida Keys. However, the Panthers are most likely remembered for an ugly benches-clearing brawl during their nationally-televised game against the Miami Hurricanes in 2006 that led to the 1

On The Trail: Squirrel pie

It’s October and the surreal blood moon has passed, signaling fall’s hunts and harvests. But first, fishing, a harvest of sorts, and specifically trout fishing, which should improve dramatically on selected local waters this week and next. Why, you ask? Oh, that’s easy. The annual fall-stocking program is underway. So, no, those state trucks you’ve spotted lugging splashy silver tanks with their small rear motors purring aren’t out on joyrides or returning from the garage or transporting trout from one hatchery to another. They’re freshening 0

Jaywalking: When Lions roared at Veterans Memorial Field

It’s been sixty years since Lions roared at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield on Sunday afternoons in the fall. For seven years — from 1949 to 1955 — Greenfield had its very own semi-pro football team sponsored by the Greenfield Lions Club, thus the name. I knew a little about the team prior to working on this story because my grandmother, Anna Butynski, had a brother named Stan Chula (known to me and nearly every other person as Stud) who played on the team. But 0

Keeping Score: Properly motivated

Good morning! Success is equal parts skill and hustle. “The difference between champ and chump is u,” local gridiron coach Jim Smith liked to say. At Turners Falls High School, Craig Bodenstein had the skill but not always the hustle. “I had a gift to run. It came without working very hard, and it drove my father crazy.” Years ago while Dave Bodenstein was coaching track and football at Mohawk, he entered himself and 10-year-old Craig in a 5K road race. “It was my first 1

On The Trail: Spurred down Memory Lane

The fall equinox has passed, oaks are raining acorns, which can be heard knocking and banging through the branches even on still days, and the tall, dignified pignut hickory I pass daily is balding fast, its round, green-husked nuts spread liberally underneath. Apparently there’s critter trouble in my old stomping grounds around South Deerfield’s Bloody Brook Monument. Well, at least according to an email that arrived quite unexpectedly last week, a blast from the past in my inbox. What a surprise. The message came from 0

Jaywalking: A bike-challenge of our own

Just over a month ago, this space touched upon a local couple who competed in a week-long bike trip across the state of Iowa called the RAGBRAI. What I didn’t know at that time was that our state has an event very much like it, run by a local man. Last week, I went to Sunderland to meet the 126 riders who were participating in their first day of the third annual Berkshires to Boston Bike Ride. The event is now in its third year 0