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Basking In The Glory

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Newport — Cathy Merrill recently was approached at a Claremont supermarket by a shopper who asked, “Aren’t you the arm-wrestling lady? Can I have your autograph?” Indeed she was the arm-wrestling lady, and the shopper now has her signature to prove it. Such is life these days for the Newport woman who six years ago went to the Cornish Fair and had to be begged by a friend to enter …

Coming Home: Business of Bicycling Brings Etna Native Back to His Roots

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hanover — As the global director of product marketing for Cannondale Bicycles, Murray Washburn’s job routinely takes him around the world for media events and product launches. It’s a part of the occupation he enjoys, yet Washburn is most content when back home in Etna. Washburn, a father of two young children at …

The Head Game: Moves to Limit Heading in Soccer Raises Questions

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sam Strohbehn looked out of sorts. The junior striker was helped off the field in the Hanover High soccer team’s semifinal playoff game against Londonderry last month after colliding with a Londonderry player in the air, fighting for the ball. With members of both teams’ medical training staff, and officials from the New …

Lift Service: A Passenger’s Inverted View of the World in a Wife-Carrying Competition

Monday, October 19, 2015

It was a cool fall morning, but I looked ready for a summer jog along the beach, barefoot in Spandex shorts and a T-shirt. A little intimidated by the large crowd gathered around me, I focused on the …

Nola’s Best Friend

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hanover’s Amy Keeler kisses her dog Targhee, wearing a cape that reads “Nola’s Super Dog,” at the finish line of the 10th CHaD Hero half marathon on Sunday, in Hanover. Keeler and her husband, Gunnar Pope, ran in …

Young or Old, These Are Can’t-Miss Days for Eager Hunters

Sunday, October 18, 2015

On any October day, the hunters steal away. It is far too short, this month of withering ferns and pungent popple leaves, and they will not let it slip away from them. The small-town sophomore gets off the bus, hustles to the house. The dog follows him from …

Fall Has Finally Arrived

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Melvern Reservoir, Kan. — Last Tuesday morning had plenty of signs that fall had arrived. Sumac leaves were neon red on the prairies, and willow leaves were yellowing at the water’s edge. Above the lake, thousands of migrating gulls swirled while scattered flocks of ducks and geese flew …

Capes And a Cause

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hanover — Ask organizers and participants his or her favorite part of CHaD Hero race day, and the answers are virtually and unequivocally similar. It’s the atmosphere. The smiles. The implicit sense of community and caring. It’s been happening for 10 years now. What began as a modest …

On the Level

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Adriana Caraeni, a 10-year-old Lebanon resident, successfully tests for her third-level brown belt at Okinawan Karate Academy in Lebanon last Thursday. Caraeni is in her sixth year of study at the academy, run by Enfield resident and Springfield, …

Recreation Briefs: Hanover Cyclocross Returns to Storrs Pond Saturday

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hanover — Pavement, dirt, even sand awaits as the New England cycling community hits the trails of the Storrs Pond Recreation Area on Saturday for the annual Hanover Cyclocross Race. Last year’s event drew more than 180 competitors …

Skiing Could Return to Old Mt. Ascutney Resort

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Brownsville — The former Mount Ascutney Resort will likely become part of the West Windsor Town Forest this December — which could mean a return to organized skiing on its trails as soon as this winter. A purchase …

Where Did the Kids Go? Youth Football Out in Hanover, for Now

Monday, October 12, 2015

For the first time in 20 years, football season is coming and going without youth programs in Hanover. The town’s junior high team drew only four players to preseason practices, and its grades 4-5 and 5-6 grade teams had just nine total at the start. Late recruiting efforts …

What Keeps Me Rambling

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Now that we’ve moved into colorful foliage, shorter days and frosty mornings of fall, I find myself thinking back to the dog days of summer when I, along with my Upper Valley Trails Alliance colleagues, spent five weeks leading more than 50 high school students on trail crews …