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Community Sports

 Breanne Torrey, of Jackson, N.H., cross country skies at Jackson Cross Country earlier this winter. Torrey, 32, is executive director of the non-profit Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.?Bill Lee photo

She’s on the Right Tracks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service including working as a ranger and firefighter — and a bachelor of science degree in national parks, outdoor recreation and tourism management from the University …

‘Wonderland’ Was Never This Much Fun

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Germantown, Wis. — Quinn Loucks of Fox Point, Wis. pitched his tent last Saturday afternoon in snow-covered woods. It was his first winter camping experience. “I have no idea what to expect,” Loucks said. Probably better that way. Not only does winter camping defy the norm, this event — the 18th annual Quesnell …

The Crappies are Biting in Kan.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cherryvale, Kan. — Normally the sound of breaking ice is the last sound a terrified winter fisherman hears before a miserably cold — and sometimes fatal — crash through a lake’s frozen surface. Not so for Jim Clay. “This isn’t going to be a problem,” Clay said as the bow of his boat crushed a path through a half-inch of ice that coated …

Recreation Briefs: Williams, Zaring Conquer Snow at Turkey Trot 5K

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Woodstock — Former Hanover High School cross country runner Noah Williams came home for the holidays and left with the victory in Thursday’s Zack’s Place Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K. Williams, 19, of Norwich, outpaced a field of 540 runners with a victorious time of 16 minutes, 53.0 seconds. …

A Mountain of Land in Thetford: 208-Acre Conservation Area Donated to UVLT

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thetford — Upper Valley Land Trust Stewardship Director Jason Berard was hopeful a giant white ash tree on Ely Mountain might be the largest of its species in Vermont. Orange County forester David Paganelli joined UVLT staff and …

Movie Highlights Ski Adventurers

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer He had to travel across the planet, but pro snowboarder Seth Wescott found the perfect remedy for his ailing left knee. The 38-year-old Maine resident and two-time Olympic snowboard gold medalist …

Riley Memorial Karate Club Promotes Seven Youths

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartland — Seven young members of the Riley Memorial Karate Club earned promotions in martial arts after testing under the guidance of sensei Peter Carini on Nov. 10. Taylor Isenor, Zachary Kostas and Christopher Kostas all received the rank of yellow belt. Jack Morin, Matty Hennig and Noah …

Blazing New Trails: Additions to Claremont Park Slated for Spring

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — Work is expected to begin next spring on construction of nearly three miles of new trails on a variety of terrain in Moody Park. The upgrade is based on recommendations from a trail building and maintenance …

Butcher Your Own Deer? He’ll Show You How

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Dennis Anderson (Minneapolis) Star Tribune Kerry Swendsen is evangelistic in his message to deer hunters: You can butcher your own deer. And save money in the process. And be assured the venison you and your family eat came from the deer you shot. Swendsen, who has decades …

Early Taste of the Season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It is a tradition that is carved out before the turkey hits the table, and most skiers and riders have yet to schuss down paths of man-made mountain gold. On …

Two Chances to Run Off the Thanksgiving Calories

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Runners and walkers will have two chances to burn off the calories before and after sitting down to a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner next Thursday. The Hanover Recreation Department will host its 22nd Turkey Trot 10K road race on Sunday at 1 p.m. The 6.2-mile race will meander …

Robust Ottauquechee Section Keeps Green Mountain Club Busy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wilder — With a membership base more than 300 strong, the Ottauquechee section of the Green Mountain Club is the GMC’s third-largest of 14 regional chapters. It also may be its most active. Responsible for the maintenance of …

GMA’s Gavell Races to Eight Wins at UVAC Meet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

White River Junction — Fourteen-year-old Catherine Gavell won eight events and set a pair of personal bests to highlight Green Mountain Aquatics’ performances at last weekend’s November Classic swim meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. Normally strong …