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On The Trail: Harbingers of fall

Maybe I’m getting old and that’s why time flies as it does, but it’s hard to believe that summer has already faded to its stretch run. Signs abound in the fields, the woods, the ornamental bushes gracing tidy country lawns. The first hint for me that fall was near were my two Rose of Sharon bushes sporting purple flowers, which, by the way, my dog, Chubby, eats daily. He actually goes to the bush along my western perimeter, securely envelops a blossom between his jaws, 0

Jaywalking: Give it a Tri

Luke Martin knew he was getting no younger. In fact, athletic competition served as a constant reminder of that. So what did he do about it? Well ... put his body through a grueling series of physical activities Sunday. No, it wasn’t some crazy midlife crisis. The 33-year-old Greenfield native competed in the 32nd Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area. It was the first time the Greenfield High School eighth-grade history teacher took part in the endurance test, which began 0

Keeping Score: Fleeting pleasure

Good morning! A slice of cherry pie and coffee was the capper at Timoleon’s in Keene recently. I was browsing the local sports section and noticed the Swamp Bats were in town against the Vermont Mountaineers at Alumni Field. With nothing else to do on a splendid summer evening, I drove across town to the neighborly ballpark where pine needles were floating into the grandstand on a gentle westerly breeze that was taking the sweat off an 82-degree evening. The New England Collegiate Baseball League 0

On The Trail: Roadside rambler

Two phone calls, a month apart, reporting separate sightings of a New England phantom, added perspective gleaned from a morning trip to my old stomping grounds, and here I sit, molding it into an outdoors tale for the sports page. So let’s begin with the apparition, otherwise known as mountain lion or catamount or panther or puma or, heaven forbid, Eastern cougar — an agile, secretive and potentially dangerous beast that once roamed these parts as a top-of-the-food-chain North American predator, which has now, for 0

For Seymour, NASCAR firefighting fits his routine

Norm Seymour nearly found himself in victory lane Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. No, he was not one of the 43 stock-car drivers competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 301, which took place that afternoon. The Millers Falls resident was working as a pit-road firefighter during NASCAR’s first of two annual stops at New England’s big-time oval. On Sunday, Seymour was stationed in Kevin Harvick’s pit box, and Harvick nearly won the race before “settling” for third. If 0

Keeping Score: That’s the ticket

Good morning! South Deerfield’s Bob Ouellette had four box seats to see the Yankees play the Red Sox at Fenway Park two weeks ago but nearly wound up watching from a Boston barstool. A diehard Yankees fan named John Sullivan had given him the tickets as a get well gesture to Ron Husted. Their friend and UMass co-worker wasn’t up for the trip, however, and so Ouellette took his daughter Alyssa, Ron’s son Dylan, and Dylan’s two friends Evan Bourque and Nick Muzyka. “We took 0

On The Trail: Wild apples, bees and stuff

Good news for deer hunters: From what I’ve encountered, there’s a bumper crop of wild apples. I guess it all starts for me in the front yard, where, just off the road at the driveway outflow, stands an old, tired, scabby, partially hollow apple tree I cannot identify. In nearly 20 years of observation, this mystery apple tree, which may soon be identified if I take a sample apple to Tom Clark at Clarkdale Orchards, has had many sparse years, some with almost no apples 0

Keeping Score: The long run

Good morning! Some businessmen frame their first dollar, but Bill Faucher wants to frame his first millionth. The 75-year-old New Hampshire resident owns an off-track betting parlor two miles east of the Hinsdale Walmart. His deal with the state requires him to take the profits and build a harness track within three years. Whether the state really needs a harness track is open for debate. The last sulky race contested in the Granite State occurred on August 30, 2009, when a 13-1 long-shot named Major 0

On The Trail: Cream-caddis delights

I see this as a dredging chore. That is, write in detail about a skill I honed years ago, have not used in many years but am confident I could master quickly if I decided on a whim to dig out stored equipment and head to my old lower-Deerfield River flyfishing haunts. And even if I mis-remember, make a little mistake, or some young whippersnapper opines he does it differently, well, so be it. Maybe we just fish the same hatches for the same trout 0

Jaywalking: Northfield Summer Series has become a community event

The Northfield Farmers Market was winding down around 6 Thursday night in front of the former Northfield Coffee and Books, but behind the building things were just heating up. Every Thursday summer evening, the Northfield Summer Road Race Series goes off at 6:30 from the parking lot behind Northfield Coffee and Books. The series is now in its fourth year and just like those who participate in the weekly races, it is showing no signs of slowing down. Bob Emberley started the weekly running series 0