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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.
Gloria Towne photograph

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 …

Hartford Grad Packs a Punch For Charity

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Former three-sport Hartford High athlete Allison Kemon has always been willing to give new activities a try. Her latest athletic pursuit could make a real difference in the lives of others. Kemon, 27, will make her amateur boxing …

Sadness to Solace: Liberty Honors Banned Youth Hoops Team

Monday, August 17, 2015

New York — Kymora Johnson just wanted to play basketball. The 10-year-old girl was thrown into the spotlight earlier this month when her youth team from Virginia was disqualified from a basketball tournament because she played in it. Johnson’s the lone girl on the boys’ team, the Charlottesville …

Norwich Woman Provides for Appalachian Trail Hikers

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Norwich — For even the fittest, best-prepared hiker, trekking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail is no small feat. Injuries, financial strain and existential crises can wear a person down, and only about a quarter of those who attempt a …

The Sun Sets on the 24 Hours of Great Glen

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The sheriff leaned against the railing outside the festival tent, a cowboy hat on his head, neck wrapped in a bandana and a chest-high silver star shimmering slightly under the Sunday morning clouds. “This is bittersweet for sure,” …

Centenarians Show Age Is No Obstacle To Paddling Canoe

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee’s Richard Franz has blown out candles on enough birthday cakes. His wardrobe also has plenty of neck ties. When he turned 100 earlier this month, he asked for something not found on most gift lists: A canoe trip down the Milwaukee River. Franz knew …

A Total Pro: West Fairlee Youngster Has a Ball With the Lake Monsters

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Burlington — Zander Clark eats, sleeps and breathes sports. Believe it. He owns a T-shirt that says as much. The eating and breathing become apparent with the 8-year-old’s schedule. He pitched and played second base on a recreational …

Climbing to the Top

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lou Bregou, 33, of Hanover, crosses the finish line at the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday in Pinkham Notch, N.H. Bregou was the first New Hampshire finisher in the race. Eneas Freyre, 39, of Norwalk, …

Recreation Briefs: Hartford Rec Crowns Ed Kehoe Tournament Champs

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department welcomed 17 teams in three divisions for Saturday’s Kehoe Strong Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament at the Maxfield Complex. The grades 7-12 tourney drew enough competition to crown girls and boys champions. The Blackhawks, out of Keene, N.H., won the …

Amen Corner: Keep Your Head Down When You Swing … But Only to a Point

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I ran a trail race last weekend, and I finished first! I kept my head down and ran and ran and ran. With my head down, I didn’t see a directional arrow and unknowingly took a wrong turn, …

White River Junction Resident Golfs His Way to Special Olympics Medal

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

White River Junction — With his blue United States golf shirt and the wild, red-white-and-blue shorts, Hunter Hall presents the picture of patriotism. Craig Serpa is more than glad to help him stay that way. Hall returned last …