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Jed Williamson, 75, is retiring after 40 years as editor of the annual journal Accidents in American Mountaineering. Saturday, October 18, 2014. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward community service and volunteerism. It all started in the early 1960s at the University of New Hampshire, where Williamson, a Pawling, N.Y., native and Villanova University transfer, began traversing Granite State summits. “I wasn’t a football player or anything like that and it was something that a person of my size could do,” Williamson said last week at his River Ridge Road home, high on the wooded …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a horrific training accident stole his dreams and nearly stole his life. Suddenly, snowboarding was no …

Shootout Success

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — With the season just around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is reaching out for volunteer youth basketball coaches. Hartford seeks bench bosses at all levels, from the Start Smart program for ages 3-5 to its youth teams in grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6 and town team. With …

West Fairlee Opens Up the Woods to Hikers

Monday, October 13, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer West Fairlee — Thanks to fall foliage, the back roads of West Fairlee offer splendid visuals this time of year. The town’s conservation commission hopes more people will get into the woods for an even better perspective. Developments abound in Brushwood …

Small Can Bring Big Rewards for Fall Hikers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Applaud small mountains this fall. They offer many sensational platforms to view the season of color. Though many are popular, there are still chances to find some alone time in the wilderness. If Crawford Notch has the slabs on Mount …

LSC U14 Cosmos Bounce Bedford, Remain Unbeaten

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Norwich — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U14 Cosmos boys squad made two first-half goals stick for a 2-1 defeat of the previously top-ranked Bedford Classics to assume the top spot in the standings of their New England Premiership division. Christo Dragnev and Elias Zinman scored before the interval …

‘It’s Our Field of Dreams’: Rugby Gains Following at Vermont Law School

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

South Royalton — Vermont Law School isn’t exactly renowned for its athletic options, yet club rugby is available for anyone willing to try. Welcoming to those with and without experience in the sport — in fact, one doesn’t …

Olympic Footsteps

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Staff Reports White River Junction — The Upper Valley Hockey Association is offering introductory and competitive level programming for kids ages 3 to 15 at the newly renovated Wendell A. Barwood Arena. The early season practice schedule opens …

Raising the Flag of Football

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Poody Walsh Valley News Correspondent Claremont — Nothing has changed. Nate Duford is still throwing long touchdown passes to his twin brother, Josh. Only now, instead of teaming up to put points on the board for Stevens …

Special Olympians Ride Horseback

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hope Dufty, 9, of Norwich, raises her blue ribbon for the obstacle course event during the equestrian competition of the Special Olympics Upper Vally Regional Fall Games at the Dartmouth Riding Center in Hanover on Sunday.Valley News — …

A Journey Curtained by Fog

Sunday, September 28, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They are craggy backwoods cliffs of granite towering hundreds of feet above the pine-needled grounds. To reach them, we scrambled steeply through a hodgepodge of crumbled boulders and trees swept …

New England Ski Areas Unite, Offer Discounts

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lyme — Dartmouth Skiway this week announced a partnership with five other independent ski areas called the “Freedom Pass,” which allows skiers to purchase discount season passes for all six locations. Dartmouth Skiway Marketing Coordinator Ben Craig said that the pass was an effort on the part of …

Vermont 50: Just the Facts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What: 21st Vermont 50 Mountain Bike and Ultra Run. When: Sunday, first waves at 6 a.m. (mountain bike) and 6:30 (ultra run). Where: Start/finish line at Ascutney Mountain Resort, Brownsville. Course runs through parts of Brownsville, West Windsor and Hartland. Why: Benefit for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. …