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Samantha Small, a Hartford High School graduate new to the program, guides both grades 5-6 and grades 3-4 girls during the first day of Hartford Parks and Recreation youth field hockey practice on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Watson Park in White River Junction. From left, Ava Albrecht, Madison Willey and Sonia Mohn keep an eye on Small's instruction.
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Sticking to It

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department started its fall youth field hockey program on Tuesday with its first workout of the season at Watson Park in White River Junction. Above: Samantha Small, a Hartford High School graduate new to the program, guides both grades 5-6 and grades 3-4 girls during the first day of Hartford Parks and Recreation youth field …

Recreation Briefs: Tour de Taste Mixing Cycling With Food, Scenery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will turn cycling into a culinary opportunity on Sept. 13 during its annual Tour de Taste progressive dinner and cycling outing. The day allows bike riders a chance to see the scenery around Fairlee with stops for food provided by a variety of Upper Valley restaurants. Cyclists can go at their own pace over routes covering …

Hikers Pack Up, Clean Out Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in the 1960s, the “leave no trace” principle encourages visitors of the outdoors to take out everything they bring into the wilderness. A few Appalachian Trail thru hikers did even better this year — leaving the national scenic trail even more pristine than when …

‘I’m Too Young To Be This Old’: Sports a Major Part of These 80-Plus Athletes’ Lives

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Newport — Being active long after the first Social Security check arrives is not such a novelty anymore. Still, there are a couple of gentlemen who defy the notion that a day will come when you’ll have to …

Bowling Green Won’t Go Down

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

South Williamsport, Pa. — Eli Burwash scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning then earned the save pitching as Bowling Green, Ky., avoided elimination Monday at the Little League World Series by beating Taylors, S.C., 4-3. Bowling Green will play today night against Bonita, …

A Boost at Boot Camp: Piermont Woman Helps Others Get Fit

Monday, August 24, 2015

West Fairlee — Looking back on the six years or so since committing herself to a healthier lifestyle, Brandi Bissonnette wishes she’d had more group support to help guide her along. Now 100 pounds lighter and a certified …

Back in the Saddle: Strafford Man Returns to the Rodeo

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Strafford — There’s a bumper sticker that Rhett Emerson remembers seeing about rodeo: “It’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life.” The Strafford resident said that mantra couldn’t be more accurate. Emerson, 42, has returned to …

New Python Hunt Planned For Everglades

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Burmese pythons infesting the Everglades may want to keep out of sight early next year. Amateur snake hunters from around the world will be invited to go after them in the Florida’s second Python Challenge, scheduled for Jan. 16 to Feb. 14. The Florida Fish and Wildlife …

USSA Helping Make Outdoor Dreams a Reality

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pittsville, Wis. — The western Wisconsin burg of Pittsville doesn’t show up on many maps. But one weekend a year the population in this section of Jackson County swells a hundred fold. They come from all corners of …

‘Tristin Never Held Back’: Lebanon Race Honors Someone Who Touched Many

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lebanon — A few weeks before the tragic accident that killed Tristin Roy, her brother, Tyler Carter, joined her for a run in the Upper Valley. Now, dozens of her friends and family do the same annually in …

Bowling Green Remains Alive

Sunday, August 23, 2015

South Williamsport, Pa. — Devin Obee hit a three-run home run to help Bowling Green, Ky., beat Portland, Ore., 7-5 on Saturday in an elimination game in the Little League World Series. Obee homered in a four-run fifth inning that gave Kentucky a 7-0 lead. “I was just …

Recreation Briefs: UVRF Brings Home Medals From Masters Nationals

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Camden, n.j. — Teams and rowers affiliated with the Hanover-based Upper Valley Rowing Foundation came home with six gold medals and seven silvers at last weekend’s USA Rowing Masters National Championship on the Cooper River. Seven of the …

Amen Corner: There’s an Upside to Trying Day’s Backswing

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Watching Jason Day win the PGA Championship, his first major, last weekend was like watching pure symphony in motion. As exciting as he and Jordan Spieth were exchanging birdies and competing for the year’s last major championship, my …