Community Sports

Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin personnel build a bridge as part of a new multi-use trail on Mount Ascutney last summer. The organization has put in about 700 volunteer hours per year designing, building and maintaining trails since 2006, according to co-founder Jim Lyall. (courtesy photograph)

Once-Abandoned Ascutney Basin Now Has Miles of Trails

Thursday, April 16, 2015

West Windsor — The closing of Mount Ascutney Resort five years ago left an economic and recreational void in the village of Brownsville. Thanks to the Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) and its partnership with the town of West Windsor, the area has once again become a destination. The western base of Ascutney now features approximately 34 miles …

Recreation Briefs: Lady Mountaineers Undefeated in AAU Tournament

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Lady Mountaineers, a U13 girls AAU basketball squad consisting of sixth- and seventh-grade players from Newport, Sunapee and Claremont, ran the table with four victories in as many games to win its division of the Vipers Spring Breakout Tournament last weekend. Coached by Greg Pickering, the Lady Mountaineers opened …

Fencing — and Finding — Friends

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Norwich — As the Selectboard settled in for a meeting in the basement of Tracy Hall, a different sort of bout was underway upstairs, where members of the Upper Valley Fencing Club warmed up with a gleeful game of floor hockey. More and more people trickled in, until almost 20 fencers were ramming …

Sharon Rec All in Family: Potter, Relatives Settling Into New Youth Sports Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sharon — Brenda Potter is determined to make youth sports in Sharon much more functional. She’ll get plenty of help from her own family. Potter, 50, is the president of the newly appointed Sharon Recreation Committee, approved by voice vote at Town Meeting on March 4. She’ll be …

New Outlet for Youth Football

Monday, March 23, 2015

A new regional youth football program is coming to the Upper Valley. Founded by Grantham resident Dave Daigneault, the Upper Valley Hawks will be the 15th member of the New Hampshire Pop Warmer League beginning this fall. Fielding …

Crossbows Use Helps Heighten Deer Harvest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows. In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014. But …

Farming Practice Assists Pheasant Conservation

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jeff Prendergast said life is pretty easy for a grown Kansas pheasant. With so many crop fields, food is seldom a problem. Even with reductions in Conservation Reserve Program fields there’s normally enough cover to protect a lot of the birds from predators and the elements. With nearly …

Headed North? Bring Rod and Reel

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lower Manitou Lake, Ontario — “Fish on!” hollered Dave Swenson as his partner’s rod bent in half and line peeled off his reel. “Oh, this is a nice one,” said Tom Szukis, playing the big lake trout tugging …

More Than Horseplay: New-Look GMHA Gallops Into 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

South Woodstock — With springtime coming soon to the Upper Valley, the Green Mountain Horse Association picked a fitting time to welcome its new executive director — and to announce plenty of new events for the 2015 horseback …

Recreation Briefs: A New Feat for Hanover U12s

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Auburn, Maine — Dropping the final to host Casco Bay, the Hanover Wild U12 girls produced the best finish by a Hanover Hockey Association girls team at the USA Hockey New England Regional tournament last weekend, accepting the …

Outdoor Adventures: A Serious Side to Silly Season

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let the goggle tans begin. Sure, it’s time to work on growing alpine freckles, go pond skimming, break out the loud Hawaiian shirts and use rolls of duct tape on those cardboard derby entrees. But there are some …

Best Ice Fishing Still Lies Ahead

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The ice fishing season got off to a slow start ,but when the cold weather finally hit, the action was great. Thick ice allowed anglers to use their trucks and snowmobiles to get them to their most productive spots. Lakes and ponds were producing good catches, at least …

Shed Deer Antlers a Buried Treasure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Caledonia, Wis. — The woods and fields of Wisconsin’s northern Racine County were traced with wildlife highways. We first followed parallel game trails through a block of woods. With at least a foot of snow on the landscape for the last month, the animals were in no mood …