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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

Keeping Score: Safe holiday

Good morning! Two tennis players were toweling off on the clay court next to my house a week ago Friday when I looked at them and yelled, “Happy New Year!” It was little more than a senior moment and not altogether wrong considering the Fourth of July marks the beginning our country’s history. It’s an all-inclusive observance at the peak of summer when the corn is ripe, broccoli and beans are growing and the tomatoes are on the vine. It was also an ideal occasion 0

On The Trail: Rainy-day fishing

I guess it was the two galvanized tubs hanging among cobwebs high along the carriage-shed’s north wall that stirred uplifting memories on a gray, still Tuesday morning — air heavy, storm brewing — on my way out back to the kennel. The smaller, round tub is familiar to one at my previous South Deerfield home and that of my great-grandfather, Willis Chapman Sanderson, who was discovered unconscious in the road from Whately and carted to the Greenfield hospital. There, he died a few days later 0

Jaywalking: Manny’s maker drifting off into the sunset

If you’ve been to a Manny’s home baseball game this season and felt like something was missing, well, join the crowd. There is definitely something different at Veterans Memorial Field on the nights that Manny’s is playing host to another Tri-County League team. Ubiquitous Terry Ruggles has not been making his typical passing-the-hat rounds through the crowd this season, asking folks to drop their $1 donation into his Manny’s lid. The sight of Ruggles walking around during the middle innings collecting his unspoken “admission” has 0

Keeping Score: Boston smug

Good morning, and happy birthday America! Last November at the Manchester (N.H.) City Marathon, Jason Ayr had a Rosie Ruiz moment. The 27-year-old Westfield native had broken free from the pack at the 20-mile mark and was within two miles of winning the $1,500 first prize. More important his running team, the Western Mass. Distance Project, would win the New England Grand Prix team championship sanctioned by USA Track & Field-New England. A UMass graduate, Ayr ran for Minutemen coach Ken O’Brien and prior to 0

On The Trail: Shad, salmon and cougars

Although a few stragglers may yet appear here and there in different watersheds, it’s July and the 2015 Connecticut River anadromous-fish-migration season is, for all intents and purposes, over as usual. A rule of thumb is that once the river temperature stabilizes around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, American shad stop running and start spawning, Atlantic salmon have found or are zeroing in on streams where they’ll reside till fall spawning, and all the rest of the migratory fish, such as herring and lamprey eels, follow similar, 1

Jaywalking: Busy B’s

Last Friday was shaping up as a splendid way to greet the weekend. I began working on the farm at 7 a.m., picking squash and cucumbers among other chores. That afternoon I was alone, weeding by hand around some of our later cucumber plants when my phone rang. It was my father, who was out of sight but only about 100 yards away, suckering tomatoes. We were both aware that the Boston Bruins were looking to make some moves that day in anticipation of that 0

Keeping Score: Local scholar

Good morning! Growing up in Greenfield, Kevin Hassett loved canoeing on Barton Cove, hiking along Sachem’s Head and watching the Fourth of July fireworks at Beacon Field. “There are so many wonderful things about Greenfield, it’s hard to pick a favorite,” said Hassett, who walks the trails behind Highland Pond with his father whenever he’s home. If he ever does come home for good, he would be a terrific mayor. Hassett is the Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington 0