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Diane Harty at her home in North Walpole, N.H. on Sept. 23, 2015. Harty runs in marathons while her husband, Maurice, competes in half marathons. She has competed in events in every state and all seven continents. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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60 for 50: N.H. Grandmother Runs 60 Marathons in 50 States ... and Antarctica

Sunday, October 4, 2015

North Walpole, n.h. — Diane Harty is a 60-year-old grandmother who has run more than 60 marathons. So when she says the last six miles of a 26.2-mile run are the ones of concern, she’s speaking from experience. Not that her husband, Maurice “Moe” Harty, believes her. “For her maybe, but not for the rest of us,” Maurice said recently. …

A Northern Treasure

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A motion sensor turns on the lights in a curved tunnel with a wooden boardwalk surface. Delicious deep dark ledgy and mossy rock cuts provide shade from the sun. Stately manicured acres are the forefront to a horizon rippling with hills. See the swampy side of a popular kidney-shaped pond loaded with camps …

For Rainbows, Use Rainbow

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn is the time to catch big rainbow trout. As the water cools, bows move into the shallow water to forage and spawn. Fish that were deep and elusive in the summer are easier to catch, especially from shore. According to NH Fish and Game, lakes will produce bigger trout than streams and rivers. Lakes provide a broader habitat which means more food …

Fall Turkey Hunting Has Some Unexpected Benefits

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Branson, Mo. — The fall season doesn’t raise the heartbeat of most turkey hunters. They dream of warm spring days when lovesick toms gobble loudly, respond to hunters’ calls and put on a show as they strut in. The fall season, when most hunters are pursuing flocks of …

Lightning U11s Earn Second Win

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Epping, n.h. — The Lightning Soccer Club U11 Shooters scored their second win of the season and moved to third place in the New England Premiership’s Championship North division with a 1-0 shutout of Seacoast United Select over the weekend. Alec Smail starred on both sides of the …

Recreation Briefs: Vixens Closing Derby Year With Doubleheader

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Woodstock — The Upper Valley Vixens roller derby club will host a doubleheader on Saturday at Union Arena to cap the 2015 season. The bouts begin at 4:30 p.m. when the Mean Mountain Boys meet the Connecticut Death Quads. The Vixens take over against a special guest at …

Illness Doesn’t Slow Down Grantham Triathlete

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Lebanon — Triathlete Gary Snow had ridden his way to third place overall during the cycling portion of the 2012 Ironman Lake Placid when he realized something inside his body wasn’t right. Deep abdominal pain had begun to …

Life Here: A Raccoon Is a Fine Pet, Until It Isn’t

Sunday, September 27, 2015

There have been numerous depredations on my chickens through the years. Dogs, raccoons and foxes have reduced the population so often that I now keep my nine Banties in their pen, which has been enlarged and roofed over with wire fencing, and do not let them range about …

Yoga Finds a New Dimension Outdoors

Sunday, September 27, 2015

It’s just after 10 a.m. on a sunny Saturday in Woodstock, and the dew hasn’t yet dried from the grass at the base of Mount Peg. As Amanda Anderson’s hiking yoga class settles into its warmup, participants can …

A Great Migration

Saturday, September 26, 2015

If you hold in your palm two quarters and a dime you are approximating the weight of the blackpoll warbler, a bird of the northern boreal forest that, on its autumn migration, flies non-stop from northeastern North America …

Recreation Briefs: Friends of Veterans Hosting Charity Hockey Game

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

West Lebanon — Hockey teams representing the Vermont National Guard and its New Hampshire counterpart, the Granite State Minutemen, will face off in a charity hockey game at Campion Rink on Saturday. The contest is a fundraiser for the White River Junction-based Friends of Veterans organization. FOV is …

2 N.H. Loons Poisoned by Lead Fishing Tackle

Sunday, September 20, 2015

New London — A loon found on Little Lake Sunapee was the victim of lead poisoning and euthanized. The loon was picked up from the lake on Aug. 6, and brought to Weare Animal Hospital for treatment where an X-ray showed a metal object in the loon’s gizzard, …

A Run for a Cause: Woman Goes 46 Miles for Servicemen

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lebanon — Since a birthday epiphany 5 ½ years ago, fitness and running have become a large part of Amy Mitchell-Hartson’s identity. Now she’s working to help wounded soldiers re-establish theirs. Mitchell-Hartson, 36, on Friday ran 46 miles …