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 …

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 …

Saturday, May 2, 2015

What: Hanover Conservancy Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk When: May 10, 1-3 p.m. Where: Top of Moose Mountain Lodge Road, Hanover. Why: “Citizen Scientist” trip led by botanist Alice Schori to create inventory of wildflowers, mosses and other plants on 33-acre Mill Pond Town Forest. More info: View all …

Saving the Moose: Hanover Conservancy Raising Money to Preserve Trail

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hanover — One goal of the Hanover Conservancy’s “2020 Vision” initiative is to protect the entire seven-mile ridgeline of Moose Mountain. Thanks to a new pair of pending conservation easements, the organization is closer to doing just that. …

Up, Up and Away

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The UVAL Blizzard’s Sydnie Lester drives for a layup as teammates Brianna Withington, left, and Madisun LaCasse watch during the team’s April 25 Mack Attack Tourney game in Arlington, Vt. The trio, part of the Blizzard’s grades 5-6 …

Recreation Briefs: UV Vixens Hosting Three-Team Roller Derby Opener

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Woodstock — The Upper Valley Vixens will open their 2015 roller derby schedule with a three-team Mayhem Tournament on Saturday at Union Arena. The Vixens will welcome the Borderline Riot and the Connecticut-based Shoreline BellaDonnas to town for the event. The teams will play each other in a …

Amen Corner: Now That Spring’s Here, Get Your Grip Up to Snuff

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

While it’s still early in the season and the temperatures are cold, let’s review the grip. Any grip change is tough to deal with. It’s like knowing it’s still really cold out but also knowing it’s spring, so …