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Keeping Score

Keeping Score: Summer travels

Friday, August 15, 2014

Good morning! My annual sojourn to Saratoga Race Course resulted in a whopping $5 profit. I put the pen away this trip and enjoyed sitting with friends under a television carousel near the Big Red Spring where brave hearts with strong stomachs drink mineral water that tastes like stale pickle juice. I had taken the scenic route through Brattleboro on Route 9, stopping at Dutton’s Farm for apples and pastry … 0

Keeping Score: Bottom’s up

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Good morning! The long slog up Crittenden Hill is the closest that today’s Bridge of Flowers runners will come to what a local quartet accomplished on June 21 when they completed the 54th annual Mt. Washington Road Race. Leverett’s Ethan Nedeau, 41, was the fastest to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast, covering the 7.6-mile climb in one hour, 19 … 0

Keeping Score: Fade to Green

Friday, August 1, 2014

Good morning! Former Deerfield Academy teacher, administrator, coach and Mr. Everything Bob Merriam passed away last week at age 90. Merriam was interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deerfield, a pastoral burial ground that holds the remains of many of the school’s iconic figures, including legendary headmaster Frank L. Boyden. The eulogy was delivered by Peter Ives, the retired senior pastor of the … 0

Honoring the bull

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Good morning! During that muddled time between college and finding a job, Conway’s Brad Scudder worked as a substitute teacher. Bored with the three R’s, one morning he broke out a deck of cards and taught his students how to play poker, for cash to better learn the … 0

Scenes from The Spa

Saturday, August 17, 2013

(First of two parts) Good morning! Race-goers beware, if the horses don’t get you, the hotel tab will. $399 at the Saratoga Hilton plus the 11.5 percent tax and $10 to park is $460.87. Bringing the Yorkie? Tack on another $50. I stayed 25 miles north, next to … 0

Saratoga misses

Saturday, August 24, 2013

(Second of two parts) Good morning! It was 10 minutes before the fourth race at Saratoga on Aug. 9. Six fillies — maidens all — had been called from paddock to post. They entered onto the track single file, their jockeys tugging reins leftward toward the railbirds standing … 0

Hone dem bones

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Good morning! Something you might be wondering about next month’s Bone Frog Challenge: What’s a bone frog? To answer that is recently retired Navy SEAL Brian Carney of South Deerfield. “It’s the skeleton of a frog. The majority of Navy SEALS have it tattooed somewhere on their bodies. … 0

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Battle of the East

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Good morning! The skyline appeared over a hill on Route 2 in Belmont, the city a distant sprawl of skyscrapers, smokestacks and industrial storage tanks. It disappeared just as quickly, a tease, a promise of what lay past the apparition of Sammy White’s bowling alley and crew teams … 0

Track of dreams

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Good morning! Dreams die hard: Montreal wants another baseball team, Hartford wants another hockey team, and Hinsdale wants another harness track. Maybe not everybody in Hinsdale, but Bill Faucher does, and Faucher’s not the sort to be taken lightly. He’s part businessman, part politician and all horseman, a … 0

Uphill climb

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Good morning! Mike Townsley was the quickest of five Franklin County residents who ran, jogged and walked to the finish line of the Mount Washington Road Race on June 15. The 7.6-mile course is an ascent from spring to winter; from 60-degree temps and light breezes into a … 0

Numbers guy

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Good morning! Wade Boggs is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, “One of baseball’s toughest outs” reads his plaque in Cooperstown. Yet despite being the only player in the 20th century to have at least 200 hits in seven consecutive seasons, the Red Sox are reluctant to put his uniform number … 0

Unexpected delays

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Good morning! A traffic jam is never a good way to start a 1,500-mile road trip, but Interstate 91 southbound was backed up two miles around the bend in Holyoke and I opted for the long way out of the Northeast. It was a Friday afternoon, the time … 0

By land or air

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Good morning! Early last February I purchased a new Subaru Legacy that gets roughly twice the gas mileage as my trade-in, a Toyota 4Runner. In four months I’ve put over 18,000 miles on the odometer. See the world today in my Subaru. Three times I’ve been to Florida, … 0

Bayer pain relief

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Good morning! For the first time in years, having his shoulder iced won’t be part of Jeremiah Bayer’s routine this summer. “Any pitcher that tells you he doesn’t have some sort of arm issue is lying,” said Bayer, who retired from pro baseball this spring after four seasons … 0