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Jed Williamson, 75, is retiring after 40 years as editor of the annual journal Accidents in American Mountaineering. Saturday, October 18, 2014. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward community service and volunteerism. It all started in the early 1960s at the University of New Hampshire, where Williamson, a Pawling, N.Y., native and Villanova University transfer, began traversing Granite State summits. “I wasn’t a football player or anything like that and it was something that a person of my size could do,” Williamson said last week at his River Ridge Road home, high on the wooded …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a horrific training accident stole his dreams and nearly stole his life. Suddenly, snowboarding was no …

Shootout Success

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — With the season just around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is reaching out for volunteer youth basketball coaches. Hartford seeks bench bosses at all levels, from the Start Smart program for ages 3-5 to its youth teams in grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6 and town team. With …

Recreation Briefs: WNHTRS to Honor Denning at Sept. 20 Lost-a-Lot

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — The Lost-a-Lot Trail Race on Sept. 20, the final event of the 10-stop Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, will also double as a memorial to the life of series founder Chad Denning, who died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 39 while hiking on …

Floor Hockey Gets Grown-Up Treatment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — One of the most popular grade-school physical education activities has found an adult-league niche in the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley Floor Hockey began its second season Wednesday at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center …

Well-Regarded Endurance Athlete Chad Denning Dies While Running Appalachian Trail

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New London — It shouldn’t happen to Superman. That was one somber-faced reaction to the news that spread throughout the area’s running and recreational communities on Monday: Chad Denning, a beloved and seemingly invulnerable endurance athlete from New …

Donohue, Rhim Lead the Field at Norwich Road Race

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Norwich — Sara Donohue and Chris Rhim won their respective divisions to highlight participation in the Norwich Labor Day Road Race on Monday morning. Donohue, a past competitor for the U.S. Olympic team in the marathon, outran everyone over the race’s 6.4-mile course, winning in a time of …

Golf Instructor Once Took Hits; Now He Gives Tips

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lebanon — Dave McKinnon’s athletic career may be over, but it’s not preventing the former Lebanon High hockey and golf standout from helping others. The 36-year-old golf professional left a PGA apprenticeship in Florida last winter to return …

Close-Quarters Racing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Allan Hammond (77) and Chris Donnelly (20C) go door to door during Sportsman Modified action at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., on Saturday night. Donnelly finished the division’s feature race in second place behind D.J. Robinson, who …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike …

Run to Daylight

Monday, September 1, 2014

Karter Thyne, 5, left, his brother Kaden, 9, and their grandfather, Dan Towle, execute a passing play while playing football in their driveway in Claremont on Sunday. The boys live next to their grandparents, and they play football …

Lots of Buzz in the Unknown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing — complete with smart-looking vest — than for hiking, …

Woman Wins Battle To Capture the ‘Fish of a Lifetime’

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Sam Cook Duluth News Tribune When a fish hit one of the lines Paul and Charlene Lind were trolling Aug. 14 in the Apostle Islands, Charlene was gracious. She let Paul take that fish. “I said, ‘I’m going to take the next one because the next one …