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Outdoors / Recreation

Youth Hockey Season Warming Up With Gear Sale

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

West Lebanon — The Hanover Hockey Association will hold its annual used skate and equipment sale on Sunday at Campion Rink. The swap begins at 9 a.m. and coincides with the opening of the skating season at Campion. Used gear can be dropped off at the rink at any time this week or after 7:30 a.m. the morning of the sale. Participants are asked to pay for purchases with cash …

North Haverhill Horseshoe Player Earns Top Honor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

North Haverhill — At her home nestled high above Dartmouth College Highway, Dale Gregory’s backyard features a pair of regulation horseshoe pits for easy practicing and playing. This summer, Gregory secured a high place within the pantheon of top horseshoe players in New Hampshire. Gregory, 57, was inducted last month into the New …

Traipsing Impishly Along in Pinkham Notch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News There’s an imp in Pinkham Notch. At least that’s what it appears to be. High on the west spur of North Carter, is a cliff from where the northern Presidential range stands in its glory. Called the Imp Profile, the ledgy viewpoint at around 3,165 …

Squash Players Go Worldwide

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lebanon — Max Reed negotiated the Lebanon-to-Namibia airplane route last month. He doesn’t recommend it, unless it’s for purposes such as his. Reed, a senior at Lebanon High School, spent about 45 hours of travel time to get …

Recreation Briefs: WNHTRS to Honor Denning at Sept. 20 Lost-a-Lot

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — The Lost-a-Lot Trail Race on Sept. 20, the final event of the 10-stop Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, will also double as a memorial to the life of series founder Chad Denning, who died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 39 while hiking on …

Floor Hockey Gets Grown-Up Treatment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — One of the most popular grade-school physical education activities has found an adult-league niche in the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley Floor Hockey began its second season Wednesday at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center …

Well-Regarded Endurance Athlete Chad Denning Dies While Running Appalachian Trail

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New London — It shouldn’t happen to Superman. That was one somber-faced reaction to the news that spread throughout the area’s running and recreational communities on Monday: Chad Denning, a beloved and seemingly invulnerable endurance athlete from New …

Donohue, Rhim Lead the Field at Norwich Road Race

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Norwich — Sara Donohue and Chris Rhim won their respective divisions to highlight participation in the Norwich Labor Day Road Race on Monday morning. Donohue, a past competitor for the U.S. Olympic team in the marathon, outran everyone over the race’s 6.4-mile course, winning in a time of …

Golf Instructor Once Took Hits; Now He Gives Tips

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lebanon — Dave McKinnon’s athletic career may be over, but it’s not preventing the former Lebanon High hockey and golf standout from helping others. The 36-year-old golf professional left a PGA apprenticeship in Florida last winter to return …

Close-Quarters Racing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Allan Hammond (77) and Chris Donnelly (20C) go door to door during Sportsman Modified action at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., on Saturday night. Donnelly finished the division’s feature race in second place behind D.J. Robinson, who …

Naturally Curious: Sept. 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Antlion — the very name conjures up visions of an improbable combination of two distinctly different creatures. In fact, the name is derived from the ferocious, leonine nature of a predaceous larva that consumes ants. A member of …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike …

Lots of Buzz in the Unknown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing — complete with smart-looking vest — than for hiking, …