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Participants and caregivers from Zack's Place and Spark Community Center, take a leasurly four mile hike on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. 
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A Spark of Brilliance: Groups Team Up for Rail Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Spark! Community Center co-founder Lisa Green prefers flat, easy trails when she goes hiking while her autistic and epileptic son, 23-year-old Patrick, favors more vigorous climbs. It’s mom who’s getting the desired terrain for the first initiative of the Spark/Zack’s Place Outing Club. In a unique collaboration between nonprofit enrichment centers — Zack’s Place is located in Woodstock, Spark in Lebanon — the club is hiking the western-most 40 miles or so of the Northern Rail Trail, New Hampshire’s multi-use recreation pathway covering 48 miles in total between Boscawen and downtown Lebanon. The group was made possible by a grant from energy …

Recreation Briefs: Eastman Seeking World Golf Scramble Competitors

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grantham — Eastman Golf Links wants to send somebody to Las Vegas … at least four somebodies, actually. Eastman will hold a qualifier for the World Golf Scramble on June 14, starting at 8 a.m. The event is open to golfers of all abilities, foursomes that will be seeking an invitation to the WGS finals in the Nevada desert on Aug. 13-15. The …

Amen Corner: Learn Angle of Attack for Greater Distance Off the Tee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

West Lebanon’s Golf & Ski Warehouse has their big manufacturers demo day on Saturday. All the big-boy and big-girl equipment companies and their goodies — delicious. Can’t wait. I want a new driver, and I want more distance. My goal is to find a driver that hits it farther than the one I …

Gobble, Gobble ... and Good Luck!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

In spring, when the focus of most outdoor enthusiasts turns to fishing, hunters are gearing up for one last chance to hit the woods until fall. Spring gobbler season kicks off next month, giving New Hampshire hunters an …

Twin State Hikers Rejoice as Warm Season Nears

Sunday, April 26, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New …

Superior Fishing in Minnesota

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a cool April morning, the brethren of the long-handled fishing net were assembled on the south pier of the Duluth ship canal. George Hamilton, a recent transplant from Los Angeles, was among them, wearing blue ice-fishing gear …

Aim High

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Norwich Recreation lacrosse coach Chris Clapp lines up his first- and second-grade boys team for a scrimmage at the close of their practice at Huntley Meadows in Norwich on Wednesday. Valley News — James M. Patterson …

Ready to Run: After Many Years, Boston Remains Unique for Hartland Resident

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hartland — It was a busy workday for Peg Sullivan at Mt. Ascutney Hospital on April 15, 2013. When she got home, she opened her personal email to find it packed with frantic inquiries from friends and relatives …

Turkey Program Unites Students And Mentors

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dousman, Wis. — Cayden Weiland, 10, of Waukesha, Wis., comes from a hunting family and has expressed a desire to hunt for years. Mandy Eisler, 35, of Delafield, Wis., is a mother and wife who hadn’t considered hunting for dinner until her 11-year-old daughter got the family into …

Python Hunt Planned in Fla.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Come to South Florida. Lie on the beach. Play golf. Kill pythons. The nation’s hunters will again be invited to visit South Florida to take out the Burmese pythons that have staked a claim to the top of …

Robust, Active Baits Attract More Trout

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scent, taste, color, size, position in the water — all contribute to a fish’s attraction to food. But in most cases, if the food isn’t moving, the game fish is moving on. That’s why they call it “live” …

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 …

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 …