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Peter Bolduc, of West Lebanon, side arms a disc up a steep fairway on the Storrs Pond disc golf course despite the playing dogs of fellow disc golfers James Beaulieu, left, and Spencer Weatherholt, not pictured, in Hanover, N.H. Thursday, May 21, 2015. Steeply contoured terrain and fairways with obstacles combine to create a challenging course. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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A Good Hike Spoiled? Not at All: Storrs Pond Opens 18-Hole Disc Golf Course

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hanover — Pars and birdies were rare on the first day of league play Thursday, but you know what’s said about a bad day of golf. It’s better than a good day of most anything else, and that’s not the only terminology applicable to both traditional golf and disc golf. Tees, fairways, approach shots, hazards — they’re all part of …

‘A Different Mud Season’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants “muck it up” while going over wooden walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate various other daunting obstacles. It’s also a chance for inspiration and support. The fourth annual Mountain Mucker 2015 at Mount Sunapee, …

No Waiting Required

Sunday, May 24, 2015

With one foot on the pedal of his bow-trolling motor, Bob Turgeon eased his boat quietly into a narrow bay of this lake recently. Viewed by any of the many Canada geese that traded back and forth over the lake, the waterway Turgeon traveled probably resembled a long finger, with its water shallow …

Always a Touch of Winter on Washington

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Looking up, the snow lingers on its high reaches. But eventually the snow melts and succumbs to spring’s moods: bubbly babbling, ghoulish gurgling and ominous oozing. The snow is a draw on Mount Washington, always. Ubiquitous in winter, …

Dangerous Time of Year For Boaters

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Welcome to May, the most dangerous month of the year for Washington’s recreational boaters. The hunger to get outdoors - possibly in a new sport, with new equipment and in marginal weather - helps drive people to state …

The Good Fight: Hard Training Pays Off for Lebanon Muay Thai Fighter

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lebanon — When her first World Kickboxing Association fight was canceled in March because of a late withdrawal by her opponent, Lebanon Muay Thai fighter Maria Kritikos was understandably disappointed. She had to wait another month before releasing …

Ball Position, Weight Shift Play Roles in Good Shots

Thursday, May 7, 2015

“Where should the ball be?” I get asked all of the time. Should it be in the middle of my stance? How about toward the back foot? Should it be different for each iron? Up a little bit …

Mt. Washington Auto Road Climb Seeking Cyclists

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pinkham Notch, n.h. — Normally a quick sell-out, the late arrival of spring has created a limited number of openings for cyclists to join in August’s Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. The 43rd edition of the 7.6-mile bicycling race is scheduled for Aug. 15. The field is …

Swing Time

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hartland’s Kerridwyn Wildur takes a swing at a pitch as Hartford catcher Casie Leonard awaits its arrival during the teams’ grades 3-4 softball game on Tuesday at Hartland Elementary School. Hartford won the matchup, 14-0. Gloria Towne photograph …

Marathon Smooch Draws a Polite Kiss-Off

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Boston — A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man’s wife. Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to …

Independent on the Water

Sunday, May 3, 2015

They came together as a team for the start of the rockfish season a year ago, more for the camaraderie and their long-standing love affair with fishing than for the competition itself and the opportunity to cash in …

Minnesota Man Knows N. Pike

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Walker, Minn. — Dallas Hudson might be the most interesting man in Minnesota. Maybe the world. I was thinking about this the other day as I watched Hudson and a researcher-in-common, Bruce Carlson, measure northern pike they caught in a trap net on a small private lake surrounded …

Fishing Helps Put Veteran on the Road Back From War

Sunday, May 3, 2015

When Joe Bragg caught a live well full of big crappies recently, it represented one more step on his road to recovery. Just two months ago, the Army veteran couldn’t imagine such moments would ever be enjoyed again. “I was totally stressed out,” said Bragg, 36, who served …