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Daphnee Tuzlak kayaks down the Wells River for the Wells River Rumble in Wells River Vt., on April 19, 2014. 
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Above: Daphnee Tuzlak kayaks down the Wells River during Saturday’s Wells River Rumble, part of Ledyard RiverFest 2014, in Wells River, Vt. While high water levels temporarily put off RiverFest’s Mascoma Slalom on Sunday (until May 3, according to RiverFest’s Facebook page), about two dozen paddlers were able to negotiate their way down the Wells River in a timed competition. …

Lebanon’s Reed Makes U.S. Squash Jr. National Team

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Philadelphia — Lebanon High junior Max Reed has been named a member of the U.S. Squash junior national team as a result of his play at last weekend’s national team playoffs at Episcopal Academy. Reed needed to make the finals of the tournament to make the national squad. He did just that in the 14-player junior men’s playoffs, beating James Watson, of Darien, …

Good Shots Impossible if You Don’t Get a Grip

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Trying to grip the golf club the same way every time is tough to do. It reminds me of my hair. I’m losing some, and I don’t use a brush, so for me it’s impossible to look the same every day. Establishing a fundamentally sound grip with your lead hand (left hand for …

From Sick to Superb: Lebanon’s Andrea Walkonen Among Top Women at Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boston — Even before the bombs exploded in Copley Square last April, Lebanon’s Andrea Walkonen couldn’t let herself imagine running the Boston Marathon a year later, let alone reaching the finish line 25th among the world’s fastest women …

Still Searching for the Magic: Twin State Speedway Trying Revival With New Management

Monday, April 21, 2014

Claremont — Can motorsports racing be successful once again in Claremont? On Thrasher Road is a one-third paved asphalt track that flourished for decades and then failed as the Claremont Speedway. More recently, the facility was renamed as …

Tell-Tale Sign Of New Season: ‘The Gobble’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dallas — One of the neatest sounds of spring is the reverberating “gobble, gobble, gobble” call of a male turkey. Wild turkeys occasionally make the gobbling call outside of breeding season. For the most part, gobbling is a spring serenade. To reveal their location to any breeding hens …

Hope Springs on Wisconsin River

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Along the Brule River, Wis. — We could have come back to the Brule just for the bald eagles. Or the deer. Or the Canada geese. Or the ducks. Or the steelhead. Or the two otters. Or the sleepy bear. Any of those would have been enough. The …

A Joy to be Back on the Mighty Mississippi

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring had been planned by ticking off the days until sap ran. Somewhere in the middle of this, or around it, rivers would break free of ice, or warm up, and fishing dates were on the calendar. This …

Upper Valley Marathon Runners Defiant, Determined in Return to Boston

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rain or shine, cold or heat, wind or calm, Tim Downes expects to spend a little more time than usual on Monday morning looking around the Hopkinton, Mass., green at tens of thousands of fellow runners, maybe greeting …

Marathon Memory: A Reporter Reflects

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Forgive me for starting this story — my story — in my head, three miles into a 10-mile run on a frosty Good Friday morning. I need the endorphins for this one, the way some writers need nicotine …

A Timeless Passion: Age Means Nothing to These Hanover Marathoners

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hanover — Mike Gonnerman blames The Washington Post. His wife, Betsy, blames herself. Living and working in the nation’s capital at the time, Mike Gonnerman read an author’s account in the Post of running in the Marine Corps …

Hartford Rec Hosting Martin Richard Benefit Run

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wilder — With the Boston Marathon right around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, teaming with the Friends of Hartford Track, will host the Hartford Strong for Boston 5K road race on April 27. The event is a benefit for Team MR8, the Martin Richard Charitable …

A Little Light Warmup Goes a Long Way

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Peter Harris Special to the Valley News All right, finally, some of us have been able to hit some golf balls! How do you get yourself ready for the season? This past weekend, I witnessed a golf-hungry …