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Jaywalking

Jaywalking: Young gun

Monday, January 19, 2015

Five years ago, Rebecca Rodgers was a 9-year-old getting introduced to the sport of curling by watching it during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This week, she is competing on one of the 10 women’s teams to qualify for the 2015 Junior National Championships in Devil’s Lake, N.D. Like many people, Rodgers first got introduced to curling during the Vancouver Games. I also got my first taste of the sport that year, and wound up going to an open house at the Petersham Curling Club, which led to a feature written on the sport. One reader of those stories was John Rodgers, who had been watching the sport himself during the Olympics that season with … 0

Jaywalking: Barnstorming

Monday, January 12, 2015

It’s amazing where a story can lead you to. Two days before Christmas, I touched on some of the history of Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. The gym opened when the new high school opened up in 1958 and has all sorts of stories to tell from its 57 years of service to the … 0

Jaywalking: Goodbye friend

Monday, January 5, 2015

I never had the chance to work with Mike “Ace” Kelley at the Recorder. His days of newspaper writing ended when I was still in high school, leading up to our new millennium, his career another casualty of the disease that tragically claimed his life on Christmas Day at age 48. Although I knew of his diabetes struggles, that is not what defined … 0

Jaywalking: Novak Awards

Monday, December 9, 2013

Years from now, someone may be looking in the trophy case at Mohawk Trail Regional High School, staring at the Western Mass. Division VI runners-up trophy and wondering why a piece of the state of Massachusetts is missing. Cape Cod to be exact. Turns out, it’s in Turners … 0

Jaywalking: Sheff’s Field

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Just before Joe Sheff left Turners Falls in the fall of 1943 to head across the Atlantic and fight during World War II, he met with George Bush, the senior boy who would captain the high school’s varsity basketball team that winter. Sheff handed Bush a number of … 0

Jaywalking: Kiss of death

Monday, November 25, 2013

A promise is a promise. Former Turners Falls High School running back Ryan Wilder held a fundraiser back in the spring to raise money for a trip he was taking to Australia to play in the “Down Under Games.” That night, a number of prizes were raffled off, … 0

Jaywalking: Back to the future

Monday, November 18, 2013

The year 2009 seems distant to the Frontier Regional School football team. That fall, the Red Hawks went 9-1 in the regular season and advanced to the WMass Division III Super Bowl, where they put up a valiant effort against what had looked to be an unstoppable force … 0

Jaywalking: Homegrown

Monday, November 11, 2013

Clarisse Hutchinson’s cross country career came to an end Saturday with her 43rd-place finish in 23 minutes, 9 seconds at the WMass Division II Cross Country Championships at Northfield Mountain. Her Franklin County Technical School legacy, however, will last much longer. This fall marked the first time that … 0

Jaywalking: Nothing’s perfect

Monday, November 4, 2013

We have finally reached the first-ever Massachusetts Statewide Football Playoffs, ushered in with mixed feelings. I’ve received phone calls, e-mails and talked with people at games and around town about the new playoff system, which includes a Division VI tournament that features McCann Tech, Mohawk, Franklin Tech and … 0

Jaywalking: Pelc's chance

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

When Andy Pelc’s baseball team in the Greenfield Minor League needed a catcher three years ago, he was the only player to raise his hand and take a chance. It proved to be the right decision. On Friday, the 10-year old from Whately will be among 288 players … 0

Jaywalking: In memory

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ask someone that knew Don Maynard what he was like, and you will get the same response nearly every single time. “Don always had a smile on his face,” is what they will tell you. This weekend marks the 19th running of the Don Maynard Memorial Five Miler … 0

Jaywalking: Boomer memory

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Watching George Scott play first base for the Boston Red Sox was for many years a thing of beauty. The man known as “Boomer” was everything a true baseball fan wanted. He could hit for power, leading the American League in home runs in 1975 with 36, and … 0

Jaywalking: Local battler has no quit

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Joe Leonard won his first career mixed-martial-arts match one month ago, but it was far from the first fight he’s won. It won’t be his last, either. The South Deerfield resident has spent the past six years living with Crohn’s Disease, and during that time he’s not only … 0

Turf war

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I’ve spent the past week thinking about a letter published in last Monday’s paper from James C. Adams of Greenfield. He wrote. I can’t help but wonder how much insulation we could buy for the price of an Astro-turf football field. Seriously?! It got me thinking about the … 0

Ring return

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sonya Lamonakis is getting back in the ring for her first boxing match since suffering her first professional loss in April. It’s not exactly the bout the Turners Falls native was hoping to prepare for, however, as she will still have to wait to get her illusive first … 0