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Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 19, 2009.

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By Don’s Early Light: Golf Event Benefits Family of Murder Victim

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You could hear the hesitation in Bob LaFlam’s voice. “We don’t like to have to accept help from other people,” he said as he choked up. “It’s very humbling. It doesn’t come easy.” Then I got choked up. Nobody should have to go through what Bob LaFlam and his wife, Ann, have gone through. That kind of pain is almost too difficult to bear. To get a phone call that their daughter, 42-year-old Natalie Perriello, had been murdered by her husband, and they were needed to come pick up the children. In that one instance, their life was turned completely over. But they never questioned; they never complained. “There was no discussion,” Bob said. “We …

Post 22 Rallies to Stay Alive in Junior Legion Tournament

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Manchester — As he prepared to leave Gill Stadium at 11 p.m. Tuesday, coach John Grainger was flagged down by a fan of his Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion baseball team. “Thanks for the heart attack!” shouted the supporter. All Grainger could do was smile and shake his head. The emotions of …

Wheels on the Car Go Upside-Down

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bristol, Conn., driver Joe Krawiec (6) goes for a barrel roll on Saturday night during the USAC DMA Midget heat race at Bear Ridge Speeway in Bradford, Vt. Fellow competitor Anthony Nocella (29) got a front-seat view of Krawiec’s barrel roll and managed to avoid making contact with Krawiec, whose night came to …

High School Students Clean Up the Trails

Friday, July 4, 2014

Norwich —This summer, Upper Valley high school students needn’t travel far to get valuable trail stewardship experience. Starting Monday, 38 teenagers from nine area schools will join Upper Valley Trails Alliance staff for its High School Trail Corps, a series of workdays clearing, building and blazing area trails. …

(Baseball) Diamonds Are Forever

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hartford High and Hartford American Legion baseball coach Jarrod Grassi, right, spreads clay on the infield of a new baseball field being built at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford with Matt Bing, left, and Hunter Grace, center, …

Recreation Briefs: Woodstock Squads Collide at N.H. Curling Tourney

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Conway, n.h. — The Woodstock Curling Club stole the show by putting both of its entries in the final match of the Grand National Curling Club of America championship at Ham Arena this week, with the quartet of …

Amen Corner: There’s No Need to Haggle — Sometimes It’s Good to Waggle

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What the heck is the waggle all about? Back in the day, most of the world’s best golfers had a waggle in their pre-shot routine. Today, you don’t see the young guns waggle as much. Why? First, what …

Wanting Water Everywhere: Runner Uses Yoga to Raise Money for Native Kenya

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hanover — Elite distance runner Sam Chelanga has settled in the Upper Valley in part because the wooded hills remind him of his home village in Kenya. Now he’s hoping friends in his new surroundings can help him …

This Is How We Do It

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hartford Soccer Club’s Sarah Jones, bottom, reclines as coaches Joe Denny, right, and Jeff Acker talk to the team at halftime during their New Hampshire Soccer Conference women’s game against Touchline at Ottauquechee School in Quechee on Monday. …

Bass Supply the Essence of Angling

Sunday, June 29, 2014

By Sam Cook Duluth News Tribune Gordon , Wis. — Mike Jaszczak caught the first largemouth bass of the day. He held it up for us to admire. It was a beauty - mottled in the colors of summer, with the outsized mouth and the deep green stripe …

Healthy Lake, Healthy Walleye

Sunday, June 29, 2014

By Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Fond Du Lac, Wis. — Lake Winnebago is near the top of any credible list of Wisconsin’s best fishing destinations. For many anglers, the big lake’s reputation can be summed up in one word: walleye. The walleye isn’t just a fish …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Post 22 Stays Undefeated

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Milford, n.h. — Tanner Simms’ two-run single in the eighth inning snapped a 1-all deadlock and lifted the Lebanon Post 22 American Legion baseball team to a 3-1 victory over Milford to remain undefeated. Lebanon (5-0 overall, 4-0 league) trailed 1-0 until Cam Broughton doubled and scored on …

Losing and Winning in Brazil

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sometimes a loss isn’t a loss, and sometimes a win isn’t necessarily a win, and sometimes a draw is good, and sometimes not scoring at all is a win. Or at least it’s not a loss. Well, not …