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With his muzzle loader in hand and snowshoes on his boots, Stan Spencer practices in an open field at his home in Weathersfield, Vt., on Jan. 19, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged in locales throughout the Northeast — there aren’t any in the Upper Valley yet — primitive biathlons attract 19th-century period enthusiasts and …

Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, to raise money for one of the school’s academic teams to take a year-end camping …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool. A member of the UVRays masters program, based at White …

Buffalo Hunt Gives Idaho Man Glimpse of History

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Like many hunters, Rick Irvin of Eagle, Idaho had a dream hunt, but unlike many others, he got to fulfill his earlier this month. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to shoot a wild buffalo …

One Cool Feeling

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ice fishing is most comfortably undertaken by people who are prepared to meet their maker at a moment’s notice. However unlikely, the possibility of entombing oneself beneath lake or river ice always exists, and is a disquieting footnote …

Preserving Florida’s Rivers

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The five-foot alligator posed agreeably as tourists shot photos of it lounging in the canal that runs parallel to Turner River Road, north of U.S. 41 in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gator’s hangout that Friday afternoon may have been no accident: It was floating at the …

Fan Club

Friday, February 6, 2015

Quinn Horton, 3, of Piermont, N.H., runs across the court to congratulate her uncle and Woodsville High School’s girls basketball assistant coach Steve Colby at the conclusion of Woodsville’s game against Lisbon on Wednesday in Woodsville. Woodsville won, …

They’re California Dreamin’: White River Residents Head West for National Tennis Tourney

Thursday, February 5, 2015

White River Junction — Kathy Schellong and Laurie Selby have a trip to California planned for next month. And when they get there, they’re intent on making a racket. Longtime doubles tennis partners, Schellong and Selby are part …

A Leg Up on the Goalie

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kaye Lindsay, 10, of Hanover, shoots against 11-year-old Ben Plottner, of South Strafford, on Saturday at Thompson Arena. Lindsay, a member of the Hanover Youth Hockey Association’s house squirts team, and Plottner, who competes for the Woodstock Junior …

A Lift From Lifting

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Lebanon Elks Club’s Tom Toner, left, presents a check to Jill Veehy, executive director of the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon, from funds generated by a weightlifting and throwing competition staged at the club last summer. …

Canaan Group Hosting Winter Golf

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Canaan — As if to provide proof that it’s always golf season somewhere, the Friends of Canaan Village are all set to host their annual David O. Cushman Memorial winter golf tournament on Sunday. The tournament is open to everyone and will begin at noon on Williams Field, …

Recreation Briefs: Four Area Nordic Masters Crowned National Champs

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Craftsbury, Vt. — Four masters-level Nordic skiers from the Upper Valley, three hailing from the Ford Sayre Ski Council program, earned national titles last week at the two-day U.S. Masters National Championships at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. The championship consisted of a 10-kilometer skate race on Thursday followed …

A Spark of Education: Lebanon Community Center Teaches Health, Fitness

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lebanon — Occupying a corner of the former Lebanon Junior High building, the Spark Community Center is a new place of learning. Among the facility’s educational programs is a health and fitness class, led by Executive Director Brett …