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Outdoors / Recreation

Emily Koetsier, a caregiver from Woodstock, Vt., brushes bugs off Juss Burrell's face while they hike with other participants and their caregivers on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. Zack's Place in Woodstock, Vt.,  and Spark Community Center in Lebanon, N.H., have teamed up to form an outing club that includes the goal to section hike the Northern Rail Trail from Andover, N.H., to Lebanon, N.H., throughout the summer and early fall. 
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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 …

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 …

Time to Play on a Holiday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Despite the presence of light rain, Sean Plottner, of South Strafford, takes advantage of the Memorial Day holiday as he tees off on the par-3 first hole of Lake Morey Country Club in Fairlee on Monday afternoon.Valley News …

A Good Hike Spoiled? Not at All: Storrs Pond Opens 18-Hole Disc Golf Course

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hanover — Pars and birdies were rare on the first day of league play Thursday, but you know what’s said about a bad day of golf. It’s better than a good day of most anything else, and that’s …

‘A Different Mud Season’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

They’re motivated by mud. Both physical and mental toughness are tested as contestants “muck it up” while going over wooden walls, crawling on their stomachs under barbed wire and trying to negotiate various other daunting obstacles. It’s also …

No Waiting Required

Sunday, May 24, 2015

With one foot on the pedal of his bow-trolling motor, Bob Turgeon eased his boat quietly into a narrow bay of this lake recently. Viewed by any of the many Canada geese that traded back and forth over …

Recreation Briefs: Windsor Comets Heading to Ohio for AAU Nationals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Essex Junction, Vt. — Riding big games from Olivia Rockwood and Hayley Fortin along with solid team shooting from the free-throw line, the Windsor Comets U13 girls basketball team swept through five foes to win its Vermont AAU state championship on May 2-3 at Essex High School. Windsor …

Amen Corner: Where Ball Lies Can Give Clues to Its Destination

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Let’s play a game of Clue. You’re the investigator. You’ve approached the scene. You’re supposed to approach your golf shot systematically and thoroughly, like any good detective. You determine you’re 150 yards from the green, so you pull …

A Dreamer Has Become a Doer: Neville Continues Long-Distances Runs to Inspire

Monday, May 18, 2015

White River Junction — Helene Neville is a two-time cancer survivor, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and bodybuilder. She’s also one heck of a runner. Neville, 54, is in the midst of a northerly route across the United States, having …

Go Run a Lake

Monday, May 18, 2015

Above: Janis Boulbol and her daughter, Sadie, 7, of Stockbridge, Vt., tie timing chips to their shoelaces before the start of the BarnArts Race Around the Lake 5K/10K in Barnard on Sunday. The race, in its second year …

Sunsets, Springtime and Smelt

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Superior, Wis. — A stunningly beautiful sunset has painted the sky above Lake Superior pink and orange as if leaping from the palette of an Impressionist, but that’s not why Jake Mohr and his 9-year-old son Canyon are …

Mystery Moose Takes Up Residence in Colo.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How she ended up in Colorado’s Black Forest is a mystery. But she sure seems intent on staying. For the past four years, a female adult moose has prowled the wooded hills north of Colorado Springs — surviving a major wildfire in 2013 and spurning a chance to …