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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 …

Riverfest Hits Choppy Water

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Once again, weather conditions are wreaking havoc on the Ledyard Canoe Club’s Riverfest plans. For the second straight year, the paddlers club of Dartmouth College has canceled its triathlon intended to help kick off a weekend of festivities culminating in Sunday’s popular Mascoma River Slalom in Lebanon. Instead …

Lebanon Woman, 65, Discovers Weight Lifting at the Right Time

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lebanon — Science tells us that gravity causes small objects to be captured by larger ones, caught to orbit. But that only scratches the surface of how Lebanon’s Jane Higgins has benefited from a chance encounter with Carl …

Fly-Fishing in Utah: Big Bites, Big Fun

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The sage stood still as the cry echoed by the bend in the Provo River. “Fish on,” I screamed. Ken and Jen Mihal swiftly sprung into action as I quickly forgot nearly everything the husband and wife guides …

Researchers Use New Methods to Track Sharks

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baltimore — When a shark tagged off the Eastern Shore as part of a marine-life tracking project took off on an unprecedented monthlong journey, researchers quite literally watched its every move. Thanks to cutting-edge satellite tags, scientists at the Guy Harvey Research Institute plotted and analyzed the Mid-Atlantic …

Grantham Swimmer Bound for National-Caliber Meet

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grantham — Like so many youths, Grantham’s Shaun Kronenwetter is heading away for a spring break. He just isn’t going to spend it resting on a beach or racing around Walt Disney World. The Lebanon Middle School seventh-grader …

Swingin’ the Clubs in a Winter Wonderland

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Season’s greetings! No, not the holiday greeting kind, but the start of the golf season! We should be able to hit golf balls by now, if not for the several inches of snow that is hanging around too …

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fern Day, 8, left, and Gwennie Ambrose, 8, spar during a karate class taught by Cynthia Zimmick at the Windsor Recreation Center on Tuesday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Some Lures That Really Catch Fish

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Boise, Idaho — Ron and Pam Murray’s living room in Meridian, Idaho, looks like a steelhead angler’s candy store. Spread across tables and kitchen counters are chartreuse, red and black bucktail jigs. Packages of neon pink, yellow and green steelhead bobbers are tucked in boxes ready for shipment. …

Snowshoes, Steelhead on the Brule

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Along the Brule River, Wis. — The thermometer fell to 14 degrees in the valley here Saturday morning, but Derek Leslie didn’t mind. Leslie got his spot near Co-op Hole around midnight to make sure he had a …

Angler Pleads Guilty, Loses Potential World-Record Fish

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rob Scott, the Minnesota angler who caught a potential tip-up world-record lake trout in February, pleaded guilty on Friday in Canada’s Fort Frances Provincial Offences Court to keeping one lake trout over his limit. Scott, 65, won’t get to keep the fish. He paid a $400 fine plus …