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Richard Candy, left, and Christina Jones, both of Claremont, N.H., enjoy a meandering bike ride along the cool, quiet Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail in Claremont, N.H.,  on July 27, 2015. 
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A Meandering Ride

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Biking is a sweet way to catch a breeze, and on a muggy summer day the Sugar River Rail Trail holds a special appeal — mostly shaded, it offers welcome respite from the sun. The 9-mile trail stretches from Newport to Claremont, hugging the river along the way. There are a number of access points along trail, and on a …

Sandwich Range Loaded With Goods

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sometimes the biggest isn’t the best. Take Sandwich Mountain. At 3,980 feet, it’s the highest peak on an all-day, nine-mile loop near Waterville Valley, N.H., that also includes 2,940-foot Noon Peak and 3,440-foot Jennings Peak all in the Sandwich Range Wilderness of White Mountain National Forest. The mountain — also known as Sandwich …

‘I Love This River’

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rivers are more difficult to fish than lakes or ponds. Changing water depth and stiff currents can quickly scatter the fish to new locations. Last month’s hot spot suddenly becomes dead water. Winter ice flow also alters habitat by scouring the riverbed, moving cover or eliminating bottom features that previously held fish. I have never been too keen on river fishing, so it …

Keeping Ball Low Isn’t a Knockdown, Drag-Out Affair

Thursday, July 16, 2015

By Peter Harris Special to the Valley News The British Open at St Andrews this week is the year’s third major championship and promises to deliver windy conditions that make the 261-year-old course the longest short course in …

For H.S. Trail Corps, Elbow Grease Goes a Long Way

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lebanon — In anticipation of its 100th anniversary next year and to encourage the use of natural areas, the National Park Service has introduced a campaign called “Find Your Park.” Thanks in part to an NPS grant, for …

Back in the Saddle Again

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chris Towne, atop Mordecai, gets some instruction on horseback riding from Molly Barbour last week at the Camp Good News in Charlestown, N.H.Gloria Towne photograph …

Grantham’s Russell Goes Low, Returns to Vt. Amateur Title Hunt

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Swanton, Vt. — Fools rush in. And so did a group of guys who want to win the Vermont Amateur. While the field Tuesday littered the scoreboard with numbers one wishes could vanish from the handicap card, Wednesday …

Hartland Loses Rec Leader: Ray Sapp Performed Many Tasks for Town

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Upper Valley recreation community this week is mourning the death of Ray Sapp, Hartland’s recreation director and Hartland Elementary School’s athletic director. Sapp, 53, died Saturday evening after suffering a massive stroke, according to information provided by …

Local Roundup: Tarczewski Named to Pan Am Team

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Colorado Springs, Colo. — Arizona senior center Kaleb Tarczewski was one of 12 players named to the U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team on Sunday. The Claremont native will train with the team in Chicago this week before heading across the border to Toronto in search of an …

Still Anyone’s Game After First Round of Vt. Amateur

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Swanton, Vt. — Playing Champlain Country Club on Tuesday must have felt like trying to pull free of fly paper. The better portion of 92 players got a tough-love education. The ones who best survived incessant obstacles like …

It’s Hanover’s Day At N.H. Amateur

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bretton Woods, n.h. — The first round of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship will have a distinctly Hanover feel today. Five Upper Valley golfers made it through two days of stroke play at the par-72 Mount Washington Resort to qualify for one of …

Vermont Amateur History Could Be Russell’s by Week’s End

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Swanton, Vt. — Two is a significant number when it comes to this week’s Vermont Amateur, and not just as in birdie on a par-3. That’s the number of times Grantham’s Evan Russell has won the men’s state …

Cancer, Meet Crunch: Pair Builds Demo Derby Car to Raise Funds, Eyebrows

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Orford — If you’re close enough to read the writing on the back of this car, you might think twice about trying to knock it into the next county. But maybe not. We’re talking about a demolition derby, …