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Samantha Small, a Hartford High School graduate new to the program, guides both grades 5-6 and grades 3-4 girls during the first day of Hartford Parks and Recreation youth field hockey practice on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Watson Park in White River Junction. From left, Ava Albrecht, Madison Willey and Sonia Mohn keep an eye on Small's instruction.
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Sticking to It

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department started its fall youth field hockey program on Tuesday with its first workout of the season at Watson Park in White River Junction. Above: Samantha Small, a Hartford High School graduate new to the program, guides both grades 5-6 and grades 3-4 girls during the first day of Hartford Parks and Recreation youth field …

Recreation Briefs: Tour de Taste Mixing Cycling With Food, Scenery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will turn cycling into a culinary opportunity on Sept. 13 during its annual Tour de Taste progressive dinner and cycling outing. The day allows bike riders a chance to see the scenery around Fairlee with stops for food provided by a variety of Upper Valley restaurants. Cyclists can go at their own pace over routes covering …

Hikers Pack Up, Clean Out Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in the 1960s, the “leave no trace” principle encourages visitors of the outdoors to take out everything they bring into the wilderness. A few Appalachian Trail thru hikers did even better this year — leaving the national scenic trail even more pristine than when …

Lebanon Referee Embraces Special Olympics World Games

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lebanon — Jeremy Colter has gone far enough in basketball officiating that his father, Blake, now plans vacations around it. Not that trying to oversee a Special Olympics World Games basketball contest always qualifies as relaxing. It’s just …

Lion’s Death Leaves Bunch Of Questions

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A lion was shot, and allegedly poached, in Zimbabwe by Minnesotan Walter Palmer. That’s about all I completely understand about the incident that’s created a social media frenzy. I’d like to know more. I want to know what actually happened. First the lion famous in Zimbabwe was shot …

Florida’s Lobster Season Results in a Real Fish Tale

Sunday, August 9, 2015

John Strunk, it was the most exciting lobster miniseason ever. He dived the two-day miniseason, which started at 12:01 a.m. July 29 and concluded at midnight July 30, for the first time with the crew of Jim “Chiefy” …

Running Is All in This Family: Carons Race Western N.H. Trail Running Series as Clan

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hanover — Of the five Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series races in which Christine Caron has participated, Saturday’s Stoaked Trail Run was by far the most challenging — and not only because of the Storrs Pond Recreation …

Figuring Things Out: Warrior Hike Helping Veterans Through Trips on the Appalachian Trail

Saturday, August 8, 2015

White River Junction — Back in 2012, U.S. Marine combat veteran Sean Gobin mimicked Earl Shaffer’s 1948 Appalachian Trail through-hike, using the long-distance national scenic trail as a therapeutic means to “walk off the war.” Since then, Gobin …

Local Roundup: Valley Golfers Win Tourneys

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Rumford, r.i. — Former Lebanon High School golfer Pat Pelletier held off a charge from Michael Welch to record the most significant victory of his young professional career on Thursday, recording a one-stroke Rhode Island Open win at the Agawam Hunt Club. Pelletier maintained the slim edge he …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon All-Stars Go Perfect, Claim Logan Tourney

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lebanon — The Lebanon Youth Baseball Association’s Cal Ripken U10 baseball team rode a late grand slam from Ben Howland for a 13-2 win over Kearsarge Valley on Monday to win the inaugural Howard Logan Memorial Tournament at …

Amen Corner: Uneven Lies Become Fair Game With a Few Tweaks

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Uneven lies are the norm here in the Upper Valley. Uphill, downhill, sidehill, there always seems to be a hill messing with your mojo and causing a rogue shot. Let’s focus on the sidehill lie first, where the …

Smiles for Moody Park: Claremont Landmark’s Makeover Gets a Thumbs-Up

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Claremont — When a timber harvest in winter 2014 removed large swaths of evergreens from Moody Park, some users of one of Claremont’s most popular natural areas grumbled about the extensive visual impact and loss of trails. City …

Local Roundup: Lebanon High Graduate Takes N.H. Amateur Title

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dover, n.h. — Lebanon High School graduate Lisanne Schmidt held off a charge from recent Bishop Guertin High graduate Chelsea Sedlar on Wednesday to win her first New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association amateur championship at Cochecho Country Club. Schmidt shot a final-round 76 to maintain the two-shot lead …