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Berkshire Boxing Club welcomes everyone into the ring

The lobby of the Berkshire Boxing Club is buzzing. Just before class, while we’re lacing up our shoes and wrapping our knuckles and wrists with 180-centimeter strips of cotton, the crew is talking about the recent heavyweight upset at Madison Square Garden. Andy Ruiz Jr., a relatively unknown heavyweight with short arms and a love [...]read moreBerkshire Boxing Club welcomes everyone into the ring

The People You’ll Meet – Through Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

The longest “hiking only” footpath in the world traverses through some of Litchfield County’s loveliest and most rugged terrain. The Appalachian Trail (AT) cuts 56 miles through the northwest corner, giving hikers a tour of Sharon, Kent, Cornwall, Falls Village, and Salisbury. It’s easy to access the trail locally. There is a trailhead on River [...]read moreThe People You’ll Meet – Through Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Reporter’s Notebook – Memories of the ’69 Miracle Mets

In a professional writing career that spans six decades and encompasses three daily newspapers and one weekly, three books, and freelance articles for more than 50 publications, it’s still easy for me to zero in on the highlight—the New York Mets’ improbable four games-to-one victory over the favored Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series. [...]read moreReporter’s Notebook – Memories of the ’69 Miracle Mets

Fore! Playing it up with Rob Labritz – low-scoring Club Pro at the PGA Championship

Rob Labritz is a champion! It’s the mix of humility, steely confidence, and—simply stated—the best golf game in this region that make him so. Labritz is 48, lives in Pound Ridge with his wife and two kids, and is coming on two decades as the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford. In [...]read moreFore! Playing it up with Rob Labritz – low-scoring Club Pro at the PGA Championship

Over the Plate — Tyler Kepner takes a swing at the history of pitching

Big K

When Tyler Kepner got a call from four-time Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, he was at his son Mack’s baseball game. He had no choice—he had to take the call. “I didn’t even have my recorder with me, so I was scribbling notes on the hood of my car,” he [...]read moreOver the Plate — Tyler Kepner takes a swing at the history of pitching

Rowing her way to the Olympics

Copenhaver

Two pivotal things must happen over the next year for elite rower Michaela Copenhaver of New Milford to realize her dream of competing in the Olympics in lightweight double sculls. Picture two women in a sliver of a boat, four oars, a burst of heart-pumping speed and, hopefully, the endurance to cover 2,000 meters faster [...]read moreRowing her way to the Olympics

CT Performance Center – turning young golfers into pros

Golf Performance Center teaching

It’s not unusual for aspiring golfers to wander into the Golf Performance Center on Route 7 expecting to hit a bucket of balls after work. And why wouldn’t they? From the road, the facility looks exactly like a beautifully manicured driving range. But step inside, and it doesn’t take long to realize this is not [...]read moreCT Performance Center – turning young golfers into pros

Running stories to inspire you

Tamara Kalin running

Tamara and Steve Kalin have been married for almost seven years and have been training and racing together for most of them. Tamara, a former gymnast, took up running because, she says, “It was an efficient way to stay in shape.” Both are fairly competitive, which pushes them to try new races. Together they’ve run [...]read moreRunning stories to inspire you

Why Table Tennis (Ping Pong) is a growing sport

Table Tennis - Ping Pong

Dyllian Gonzalez, 63, learned to play table tennis in her native Puerto Rico and played at a high level in national events until taking a break. Now she’s a regular at Fairfield Table Tennis Club, where she is known for not backing down to anyone when she gets onto a table. “This is one game [...]read moreWhy Table Tennis (Ping Pong) is a growing sport

A Curling We Will Go – Trying an Olympic Sport

Curling

As I watched my daughter, Laurie, hurl a 42-pound stone down the ice and her teammates run after it sweeping brooms, I found myself intrigued by a sport I knew nothing about—curling. When Laurie had first called and asked if I would like to watch her play, I thought, “where in the world could someone [...]read moreA Curling We Will Go – Trying an Olympic Sport

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