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Basking In The Glory

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Newport — Cathy Merrill recently was approached at a Claremont supermarket by a shopper who asked, “Aren’t you the arm-wrestling lady? Can I have your autograph?” Indeed she was the arm-wrestling lady, and the shopper now has her signature to prove it. Such is life these days for the Newport woman who six years ago went to the Cornish Fair and had to be begged by a friend to enter …

Coming Home: Business of Bicycling Brings Etna Native Back to His Roots

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hanover — As the global director of product marketing for Cannondale Bicycles, Murray Washburn’s job routinely takes him around the world for media events and product launches. It’s a part of the occupation he enjoys, yet Washburn is most content when back home in Etna. Washburn, a father of two young children at …

The Head Game: Moves to Limit Heading in Soccer Raises Questions

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sam Strohbehn looked out of sorts. The junior striker was helped off the field in the Hanover High soccer team’s semifinal playoff game against Londonderry last month after colliding with a Londonderry player in the air, fighting for the ball. With members of both teams’ medical training staff, and officials from the New …

Smarts Provides a Fine Reminder of Life Here

Sunday, November 1, 2015

I drove by the office, and instead of heading for my desk, I headed for the trails and went for a hike. I work for the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, so I’m not really sure it’s playing hooky. The hard rain of the early morning had passed, and …

Bear Hunt Not So Bad

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Contrary to what you’ve seen, heard and read about Florida’s first bear hunt in more than 20 years, the state’s black bear population is not going to be wiped out. Only a maximum of 320 bears from a total population of more than 3,000 will be allowed to …

‘We’re Not Going to Give Up’: Junior High Keeping Windsor Field Hockey Viable

Monday, October 26, 2015

Windsor — It was the biggest crowd coaches Riley White and Rebekka Dimick had seen all year. Nearly 60 people gathered on Thursday afternoon behind Windsor High School, totally engaged in a 1-1 draw between their undefeated Windsor …

Pint-Sized Pep Squad Powers Canes

Sunday, October 25, 2015

White River Junction — Since the 1980s, the only people jumping and shouting on the sideline at Hartford High School home football games have been the players, coaches and fans. That all changed this year when the town’s …

Life Changes Over the Years; Athletic Goals Remain Constant

Sunday, October 25, 2015

I’ve been active my whole life. Even as my circumstances have changed, my desire to stay active has remained the same. As a young athlete attending Dartmouth College, it was easy to stay healthy and fit. At the beautiful, bucolic campus, surrounded by trails on which to run, …

Old World Grasses, New World Issues

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Rancher Bill Edwards is fighting an enemy that threatens to overrun his Flint Hills pastures, robbing his cattle of nutritious grasses and leaving the meadowlarks, box turtles, bobwhite quail and other wildlife in the same native prairies without …

Be Sure to Be Resolute

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nathaniel T.P. Davis must have been as hardened as the granite surrounding him. The son-in-law of Abel and Hannah Crawford, members of the pioneering family that brought trails, hotels and visitors to the rugged northern New Hampshire notch that bears his in-law’s name, had an itch to construct …

Recreation Briefs: Whaleback Core Team Pizza Party/Signup Saturday

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Enfield — The Whaleback Core Team will hold its annual pizza party and signup session on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at the Enfield ski area. The party is a good way for youths between the ages of 5 and 17 learn more about the Core Team, which focuses …

West Lebanon Skate Park Trades Wood for Concrete

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

West Lebanon — The ramps are starting to get revamped at Riverside Park Pavilion and Skate Park. Meeting demand from skaters at the popular Glen Road facility, two new concrete features were built this week in the first …

Mr. Maestro

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Isaac Ager, a 10-year-old Lebanon resident, dribbles upfield for the city’s fifth- and sixth-grade boys soccer team on Thursday against Mascoma. Lebanon lost, 1-0, at the Shaker Athletic Fields in Enfield. Valley News — Tris Wykes …