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Participants and caregivers from Zack's Place and Spark Community Center, take a leasurly four mile hike on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. 
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A Spark of Brilliance: Groups Team Up for Rail Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Spark! Community Center co-founder Lisa Green prefers flat, easy trails when she goes hiking while her autistic and epileptic son, 23-year-old Patrick, favors more vigorous climbs. It’s mom who’s getting the desired terrain for the first initiative of the Spark/Zack’s Place Outing Club. In a unique collaboration between nonprofit enrichment centers — Zack’s Place is located in Woodstock, Spark in Lebanon — the club is hiking the western-most 40 miles or so of the Northern Rail Trail, New Hampshire’s multi-use recreation pathway covering 48 miles in total between Boscawen and downtown Lebanon. The group was made possible by a grant from energy …

Recreation Briefs: Eastman Seeking World Golf Scramble Competitors

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grantham — Eastman Golf Links wants to send somebody to Las Vegas … at least four somebodies, actually. Eastman will hold a qualifier for the World Golf Scramble on June 14, starting at 8 a.m. The event is open to golfers of all abilities, foursomes that will be seeking an invitation to the WGS finals in the Nevada desert on Aug. 13-15. The …

Amen Corner: Learn Angle of Attack for Greater Distance Off the Tee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

West Lebanon’s Golf & Ski Warehouse has their big manufacturers demo day on Saturday. All the big-boy and big-girl equipment companies and their goodies — delicious. Can’t wait. I want a new driver, and I want more distance. My goal is to find a driver that hits it farther than the one I …

Sunsets, Springtime and Smelt

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Superior, Wis. — A stunningly beautiful sunset has painted the sky above Lake Superior pink and orange as if leaping from the palette of an Impressionist, but that’s not why Jake Mohr and his 9-year-old son Canyon are …

Mystery Moose Takes Up Residence in Colo.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How she ended up in Colorado’s Black Forest is a mystery. But she sure seems intent on staying. For the past four years, a female adult moose has prowled the wooded hills north of Colorado Springs — surviving a major wildfire in 2013 and spurning a chance to …

Bicycling to Safety: Windsor Event Gives Children an Education on Wheels

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Windsor — The Windsor Recreation Department wants as many kids as possible to get outside on bicycles this summer — safely. The department Saturday held its annual “Bike Rodeo” event, which for the last decade or so has …

Recreation Briefs: Maxfield Tennis Courts Opening With Pair of Events

Thursday, May 14, 2015

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will debut the tennis courts at its Maxfield Sports Complex with a pair of events in the coming days. The first, on Saturday, will serve as the grand opening for the complex’s courts. From 2-4 p.m., tennis players …

Amen Corner: In Game of Rules, This Trio Is First and Foremost

Thursday, May 14, 2015

There are a lot of unwritten rules in the world. Never be the person with a full shopping cart in the express lane at the supermarket. Always let people off of the elevator before entering. When you’re a …

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 …