Community Sports

Emily Koetsier, a caregiver from Woodstock, Vt., brushes bugs off Juss Burrell's face while they hike with other participants and their caregivers on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. Zack's Place in Woodstock, Vt.,  and Spark Community Center in Lebanon, N.H., have teamed up to form an outing club that includes the goal to section hike the Northern Rail Trail from Andover, N.H., to Lebanon, N.H., throughout the summer and early fall. 
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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 …

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 …