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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

Summer job

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Good morning! Greenfield’s Russ Hudson was in Adams Donut Shop a few weeks ago with news that his son Joe is a strength and conditioning coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. On Friday, young Mr. Hudson will put his new Jeep Patriot on a train bound from Clearwater … 0

Loyalty rewards

Friday, May 17, 2013

Good morning! If you miss the wedding don’t go to the funeral. It’s a common refrain among railbirds who know that opportunity usually strikes but once. The rare exception occurs when a horse melds ability, fitness and opportunity into a perfect storm of racing magic. A horse like … 0

Two for the money

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Good morning! A father who involves his children in sports expects little more in return than a vicarious thrill or two, but for Bob Weiss the payback has been enormous. The 72-year-old Weiss grew up in Deerfield and slapped the puck around Highland Pond with rink rats Nook … 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