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Bruce Hathorn, of White River Junction, Vt., rides his fat tire bike along the icy trails off Old Pine Tree Cemetery Road in Lebanon, N.H. on Jan. 21, 2015. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Fat of the Land: Wide-Tire Biking Makes an Inroad in the Winter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lebanon — Spending long winters away from trails is quickly becoming less mandatory for mountain bike enthusiasts. Snow-covered ground is turning much more accessible thanks to “fat bikes,” mountain bikes with giant tires made especially for traversing wintry surfaces. Up to five inches thick and loaded with treads, fat-bike tires allow riders to utilize trails otherwise off-limits for most cyclists …

Once-Mighty Orioles Take Battle of the Birds

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Claremont — Stevens High has played only five boys basketball games this winter, but during that span it’s been hard to figure out what is going on with the Cardinals, who fell 75-69 to Conant on Tuesday night at Carr Gym. After a dismal performance against Hopkinton in game two, the Cards played heavily-favored Newport tough, and followed that by putting a spanking …

Newport Outpaces Stevens

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Newport — Two freshmen led the scoring for the Newport High girls basketball team on Monday night as the Tigers had no trouble with Stevens, winning 50-20 in an NHIAA Division III game at Wheeler Gym. Ninth-graders Alexis Hurd (13 points) and Nikki Stiffler (12) did the big work to lead the Tigers …

Notes From the Garden: Planting Shrubs for Fall Color

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Some years ago, in a moment of enlightenment, the New Hampshire Legislature outlawed the propagation, transport and sale of three popular landscape plants: burning bush, barberry and Norway maple. All three had been proven to be invasive, seeding into the woods and crowding out native plants. Both Massachusetts …

Local Roundup: Hanover Girls Soccer Remains Unbeaten

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Plymouth, n.h. — It took about 20 minutes for the Hanover High girls soccer team to get warmed up Monday, but once the Marauders shook off the cobwebs from their bus ride to Plymouth, they exploded for a …

Bow Twists Stevens

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Claremont — When Stevens coach Paul Silva first got a look at his 2014 schedule, he thought at the time that it might not be a good to play Bow in the second game of the season. He was right. The defending NHIAA Division III champions came into …

Local Roundup: Yellowjackets Hit Accelerator, Bust Rutland

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Windsor — In order to take down an unbeaten team from a higher division, it doesn’t hurt to take a two-goal lead in the first 17 minutes of action. That’s just what the Windsor field hockey team did …

Stevens Boys Soccer Team Rallies Around a Special Fan

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Claremont — This is the story of a special kid, a special community and a special night. It’s a sports story that has nothing to do with scores or saves. Instead it’s all about love and compassion. Nick …

Stevens Soccer Suffers First Defeat

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Claremont — There was no fairy godmother on this day. Recently, the Stevens High boys soccer team has shown a little magic, coming from two goals down to beat Conant and from three goals back to tie Kearsarge. But there were no magic wand to wave on Tuesday …

Local Roundup: South Royalton Outlasts Chelsea in Score-Fest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chelsea — The South Royalton boys went to a soccer match on Wednesday, and a shooting gallery broke out. Sam Berk piled up five goals and Keanan Thompson made the game-winning strike the topper of a four-goal afternoon …

Stevens Field Hockey Earns Another Shutout

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Claremont — Patty Deschaine would like to make a habit of running 100 yards after each game. The Stevens High field hockey coach told her players any time they shut out an opponent, she would run the length of the field. So after Wednesday’s 4-0 shutout of Conant, …

Stevens Takes the Sixth: Cards Continue Their Progress On the Course

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Claremont — If Claremont Country Club has a signature hole, it’s No. 6. From an elevated tee, the 138 yards to the green look like a just well-placed 8 or 9 iron away. However, looming in the vision …

Local Roundup: Hanover Volleys to Victory

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Weare, n.h. — Riding a 20-point run of serve from junior Zoe McElwain during the second set, the Hanover High volleyball team opened its season with an emphatic 3-0 sweep of John Stark on Monday evening. The Marauders (1-0) prevailed by scores of 25-13, 25-5 and 25-20, and …