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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 …

Fencing — and Finding — Friends

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Norwich — As the Selectboard settled in for a meeting in the basement of Tracy Hall, a different sort of bout was underway upstairs, where members of the Upper Valley Fencing Club warmed up with a gleeful game …

Wait! You Forgot Your Phone!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The way Harry Hutchison remembers it began with a phone call several years ago from a guest skiing in Austria. Hutchison is guest services manager at Sugarbush Resort and like many with a similar job title, he’s heard …

In S.D., a Need to Curtail Geese

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yankton, s.d. — Our group of 10 Wisconsinites took a break, stretching legs and talking amid a mosaic of South Dakota corn. The late March day had warmed to 50 degrees and signs were all around that winter was rapidly changing to spring. Green sprigs of grass pushed …

Swimming to Save Victim of Water Crisis in Calif.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concluding that the situation had become more dire, the Interior Department declared the smelt endangered, meaning it faced extinction, in an order that took effect five years ago last Tuesday: April 7, 2010. The Endangered Species Act signed …

Outdoor Pro Has Camera, Will Travel

Friday, April 10, 2015

White River Junction — As the manager of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discover School in West Lebanon, Scott Ellis spends much of his professional life outdoors. Yet the 35-year-old White River Junction resident will likely never view what he …

Swing Time

Thursday, April 9, 2015

With fields not yet dry for outdoor play, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department moved its opening grades 3-4 youth softball workout indoors to White River Junction’s Wendell A. Barwood Arena on Tuesday evening. Above: Assistant coach Justin …


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Christopher Pellegrino, 15, of Bethel, scores through a snow-marked goal guarded by Marina Hedgepeth, 9, of Norwich, during a game of pick-up soccer at Huntley Meadows in Norwich. Hedgepeth’s siblings, Ailia, 9, center, Ian, 11, and Kyle, 15, …

Trio of Martial Artists Earns Black Belts in Newport

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Newport — Three area youths earned black belt rankings upon completion of an examination of their knowledge of karate during a Rising Sun Martial Arts test on Saturday. Tim Cunningham, 16, of New London, advanced from fourth-degree junior black belt to the rank of third-degree adult black belt …

Hanover Grads Take On 4,000-Footers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

For part of a Middlebury College course called “Writing the Journey,” Christian Johansen is exploring the link between the rush of extreme sports participation and the heightened awareness of the athletes. As part of that research, he rushed …

Fore Thought

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Michael Follensbee, of Hartland, hits golf balls with his high school friend, Zach Temple, at Temple’s home in North Hartland last Tuesday. The former Hartford High golf teammates — Follensbee is a Cornell freshman, Temple a Castleton State …