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In this April 20, 2015 photo provided by Paige Tatge, her mother, Barbara Tatge, left, kisses an unknown spectator in Wellesley, Mass., as she ran in the Boston Marathon. It's a tradition for male runners to kiss the women attending Wellesley College as they line the marathon route. Barbara made good on a dare by her daughter, Paige, that she kiss a man as she ran along the route. Now they would like to know who she actually kissed. (Paige Tatge via AP)

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 kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners. After the April 20 race, her daughter took to social media to try to find the man, who clearly left an impression on her mom. Tatge says The Wellesley Townsman, a Boston-area news outlet, passed on a letter addressed to her Sunday after …

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 at big-money tournaments such as the May 1-3 “Championship on the Chesapeake.” Yet there is …

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 only by four landowners, one of whom is Hudson. I first wrote about Hudson a …

Outdoor Pro Has Camera, Will Travel

Friday, April 10, 2015

White River Junction — As the manager of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discover School in West Lebanon, Scott Ellis spends much of his professional life outdoors. Yet the 35-year-old White River Junction resident will likely never view what he …

Swing Time

Thursday, April 9, 2015

With fields not yet dry for outdoor play, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department moved its opening grades 3-4 youth softball workout indoors to White River Junction’s Wendell A. Barwood Arena on Tuesday evening. Above: Assistant coach Justin …

Mismatch

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Christopher Pellegrino, 15, of Bethel, scores through a snow-marked goal guarded by Marina Hedgepeth, 9, of Norwich, during a game of pick-up soccer at Huntley Meadows in Norwich. Hedgepeth’s siblings, Ailia, 9, center, Ian, 11, and Kyle, 15, …

Trio of Martial Artists Earns Black Belts in Newport

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Newport — Three area youths earned black belt rankings upon completion of an examination of their knowledge of karate during a Rising Sun Martial Arts test on Saturday. Tim Cunningham, 16, of New London, advanced from fourth-degree junior black belt to the rank of third-degree adult black belt …

Hanover Grads Take On 4,000-Footers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

For part of a Middlebury College course called “Writing the Journey,” Christian Johansen is exploring the link between the rush of extreme sports participation and the heightened awareness of the athletes. As part of that research, he rushed …

Fore Thought

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Michael Follensbee, of Hartland, hits golf balls with his high school friend, Zach Temple, at Temple’s home in North Hartland last Tuesday. The former Hartford High golf teammates — Follensbee is a Cornell freshman, Temple a Castleton State …

In Wash., Babies Got Boots

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tacoma, Wash. — The leaders are distracted less than half a mile into a morning hike at Point Defiance. Again. First it was a puddle, next it was an interesting rock, then a pile of damp sand. Now, …

Let’s Go (Paddle) Fishing

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Even though Andy Belobraydic III had never been paddlefish snagging before, he knew monsters lurked below the murky surface of Missouri reservoirs. “I had seen pictures and had watched videos of some of the huge paddlefish people catch,” …

On First Patrol: Mount Sunapee Pioneer, WWII Vet Reflects

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cornish Flat — Whether serving in the military or on the ski slopes, Arnold Wilkie obviously had a knack for firsts. Wilkie, 91, was a plankowner — or original member — of the Brunswick (Maine) Naval Air Station …

Sled Hockey Gives Everyone a Chance to Hit the Ice

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

West Lebanon — Afflicted by various ailments, many of the players on the Ice Vets sled hockey team utilize some form of service or guidance to help excel in their day-to-day lives. Yet when it comes time to …