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Keeping Score: The Darke side

Every four years a soccer ball crosses over the horizon and we become enthralled with a sport that’s worshiped every place but North America. Thrilling as the U.S. team’s game against Belgium was on Tuesday, it was a loss and it sent the Damn Yankees home with an all-time record of 8-18-6 in World Cup competition. Despite all the hullabaloo that the U.S. is on the cusp of becoming a legitimate contender on the world stage, the team’s 15th-place finish wasn’t as good as 2002

Jaywalking: Name game

Lunchtime on the farm has taken on a new look recently. Typically, my father and I congregate around noon for about a half-hour break to eat a sandwich and some fresh vegetables while watching the noontime newscast. But since the start of the World Cup about three weeks ago, we have also spent the break watching some of the games that begin at noon. I’ve got to give my father credit. All you hear from many people over the age of 50 is soccer disdain.

Keeping Score: After the gold rush

Good morning! Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court to allow an anti-casino referendum on November’s ballot promises to liven up the debate about the pros and cons of slot machines and table games in the Commonwealth. A poll published by the Boston Globe reported that voters would keep the casino bill intact, 52 to 41 percent, but a lot can happen between now and Nov. 4. The first hour after the polls close will indeed be gut wrenching for casino executives, construction workers, and

On The Trail: Slowdown

The summer solstice has passed, gentle summer breezes are intermittently dislodging small white mock orange flower petals and dropping them to the ground by the bulkhead, the Connecticut River temperature had passed 70 degrees, and the American shad run is, for all intents and purposes, over. Although it has been many years since I’ve been down to the water’s edge to witness the annual phenomenon, I am quite familiar with the drill. By now, the female shad have established lairs, where small schools slowly circle

Jaywalking: Helping hands

You’ve probably heard by now or even seen the photos in Saturday’s Recorder, but somehow you know that PGA professional Jason Dufner was hitting balls at Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston Friday. The golfer, currently listed at No. 19 in the world golf rankings, was in the area over the weekend to host a number of events for the Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Chase Your Dreams Now initiative. The event, billed as the Dream Weekend, was organized by executive director

Keeping Score: And all his horses

Good morning! All hail the Kings, winners of two Stanley Cups in three years, patched up and sent back onto the ice by trainer Chris Kingsley, the kid who grew up on Elm Street in Greenfield and hung out with his buddies at Jimmy’s Market, now JC’s on the corner of Conway and Willow streets. An exercise physiology major in college, Kingsley leapfrogged from Cushing Academy to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs to becoming the Kings’ head trainer in 2006. The New Jersey Devils’ training job

On the trail: Shell, stone

The loud, sudden, crunching, crashing halt to a power mower’s roar — a sound you’d hate to hear when mowing your lawn — and a maiden voyage to the top of a familiar Pioneer Valley landmark are on the front burner of discussion this week. First, the grinding, earth-rattling sound I heard while walking the dogs Monday morning, having just turned the corner onto the short second leg of my daily Sunken Meadow ramble. It sounded bad, like the wide gray mower attached to a

Jaywalking: Catching cousins

Brody Markol and Morgan Ozdarski graduated from Turners Falls High School earlier this month. The cousins have grown up together, spending a lot of time with each other, especially around their grandmother’s house, located across the street from Morgan’s. When Brody was about 8, he put on the tools of ignorance during a Newt Guilbault League game and he liked it so much that he decided to make a career of it. A few years later, Ozdarski was playing for a team that needed a

Keeping Score: Trophy time

Good morning! At this writing the L.A. Kings were battling the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings’ trainer Chris Kingsley is a GHS grad who learned to skate on Highland Pond and at the Collins-Moylan Arena. Maybe he’ll bring the Stanley Cup to Greenfield, and maybe Robert “Shel” Evans will bring the Belmont Stakes trophy to Deerfield. Evans owns Tonalist, the winner of last week’s third leg of the Triple Crown. He’s also an Eaglebrook graduate and a

On the trail: Mystery solved

I guess you can teach old dogs new tricks. I again learned that lesson the hard way. The latest caper began with a lazy, unfortunate fact-checking mistake in a cutline I wrote three weeks ago. Or perhaps it wasn’t laziness at all, but rather just an innocent, misguided assumption about an old, far-too-familiar topic. The problem is that above the misidentification was a gruesome photo for all to see in living, gory color, the type of shot that pulls you in. As a result, I