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Keeping Score
Mike Stebbins is stirring things up at Monadnock in his No. 66. Mini-Stock Honda CRX.
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Keeping Score: Road rage

Friday, July 25, 2014

Good morning! There’s nothing like an old fashioned rhubarb to liven up the dog days of summer at Monadnock Speedway, where Mini-Stock driver Mike Stebbins’ six wins in two months had his fellow competitors conspiring to snatch the checkered flag from him before the light could turn green. Stebbins drives a Honda CRX with a four-cylinder Honda engine that’s superior … 0

Keeping Score: A Manny moment

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good morning! In Arizona this summer Greenfield’s Joe Hudson got something the Red Sox would love to include in their rewards program: a big bear hug from Manny Ramirez. The 42-year-old slugger is currently a player-coach with the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, having come full circle from when he was Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year in … 0

Keeping Score: The Darke side

Monday, July 21, 2014

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. … 0

Dog tales

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Good morning! A recent article about the Iditarod by Ben McGrath in the April 22 issue of the New Yorker Magazine rekindled memories of long-past autumn afternoons when Deerfield veterinarian Charlie Belford trained his sled dog team in Old Deerfield’s north meadows. Belford, who died in 2005, lived … 0

Long-distance friends

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Good morning! Two nights before the Boston Marathon, Greenfield native Joe Martino was Bill Rodgers’ guest at the Mayor’s Reception at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. “It was such a festive night, incredible how things can change so quickly,” said Martino, referring to the Patriot’s Day bombing. Rodgers and … 0

Orb’s the one

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Good morning! The Bluegrass State doesn’t have much to cheer about, nary a pro sports franchise or NASCAR race, only a mere two minutes of fame each year on the first Saturday in May. The first Kentucky Derby was run in 1875 when a chestnut colt named Aristides … 0

Tops in his field

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Good morning! Mike Russo grew up in Deerfield under the shadow of Mount Pocumtuck in a section of town that came to be called Russoville, where the townies would convene to play pickup games with all the other Russos, including Mark, Rick, Vic and Steve. After Mike graduated … 0

Close to home

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Good morning ... Until last Patriot’s Day, there was a sense of detachment; that the evil was far enough away not to worry for family and friends. But this time I had people calling me, asking me if I was all right. This time the death and chaos … 0

On a mission

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Good morning! Fans will soon be streaming into Fenway Park wearing pink hats, staring at their iPhones and singing Sweet Caroline. It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when the women and children were advised to stay home, when a blue-gray cloud of tobacco smoke hung … 0

Difference makers

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good morning! The drive north was an easy 60 mph cruise through Winchester and onto Route 9 in Keene, eastward past small ponds and streams surrounded by forests still knee-deep in snow, past the Hillsborough homestead of our 14th president, Franklin Pierce, and on through Henniker where Red … 0


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Good morning! The disadvantage of youth is we don’t know that we don’t know. Sometime around the seventh grade, our class visited Springfield Symphony Hall to watch a concert pianist named Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr., Van Cliburn for short. During the concert I became restless. Piano concertos weren’t … 0

Change of venue

Friday, March 22, 2013

Good morning! Shelburne native Skip Smith has been hauling his television camera all over Florida and Puerto Rico televising various sporting events that include the World Baseball Classic, Grapefruit League, NHL and college hoops. In San Juan for the WBC, Smith’s crew had to change hotels. “We went … 0


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Good morning! During the UMass hockey game against Boston University at the Mullins Center three Fridays ago, Jay Frost and I were seated near a small but vocal group of red-clad BU students whose chants included, “Rough ‘em up! Rough ‘em up! BC sucks!” And again: “Rough ‘em … 0

Whaling daze

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Good morning! Dusted off the bookshelf during the last snowstorm and pulled out a Whalers media guide from the days when the NHL played in Hartford and the team’s theme song, the “Brass Bonanza,” was banned by general manager Brian Burke because, he said, “there were players who … 0

Hardball odyssey

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Good morning! The long stretch of interstate highway between Tampa and Naples is a straight and boring haul past billboards, construction cranes and strip malls. I was bound for Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, the winter home of the Minnesota Twins since 1991, one of the few remaining … 0