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The Lebanon High junior varsity boys soccer team rolled through five opponents to win Saturday's Pembroke Harvest tournament at Pembroke Academy.
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Hall, Novello Lead Big Field at CHaD Half Marathon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hanover — Upper Valley runners led their respective genders across the finish line for victories in Sunday’s CHaD Hero Half Marathon through Hanover and Norwich. Hanover’s Alex Hall represented the Upper Valley Running Club in taking the overall win. The 27-year-old covered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 24.5 seconds and beat the rest of the field by …

Naturally Curious: Ecosystem Engineers

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wetlands are crucial — roughly 85 percent of all native North American wildlife relies on them — and throughout most of North America wetlands are highly correlated with beavers. Before the European settlement of North America, beavers numbered between 60 million and 400 million. The estimated number of beaver ponds ranged from a …

Heroes, Just for One Day: Claremont Family Gets in Step for Hospital

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hanover — It was a time for heroes, super heroes and football heroes. Heroes of all genders, shapes and sizes. But one hero stood out above the rest at Sunday’s ninth CHaD Hero Half Marathon. One hero, wheeled in his personal chariot, swaddled against the gray fall morning with a multicolored cape draped …

Fall Delights on a Mountain Bike

Sunday, October 26, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It was an odd sight to behold on a North Country bridge. On the sturdy span by the mighty Androscoggin River in the gritty town of Gorham, N.H., a Skittles-colored line of mountain bikers rode slowly and single file while …

Vermont Hoop Referee Certification Classes Offered

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — The Vermont IAABO Board 105 will be running its high school basketball referee certification classes in the Upper Valley area, starting on Oct. 27. Classes will run on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. at Hartford High School. Classes will run through Nov. …

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a …

Shootout Success

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — With the season just around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is reaching out for volunteer youth basketball coaches. Hartford seeks bench bosses at all levels, from the Start Smart program for …

The Audacious, Clever Gray Jay Is Under Stress in Vermont

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have friends who live in the North Woods. Moose graze on their lawn. Loons call from the pond. And the gray jays line up on the deck railing for breakfast. They swoop in when they hear the …

West Fairlee Opens Up the Woods to Hikers

Monday, October 13, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer West Fairlee — Thanks to fall foliage, the back roads of West Fairlee offer splendid visuals this time of year. The town’s conservation commission hopes more people will get into the woods for an even better perspective. Developments abound in Brushwood …

Small Can Bring Big Rewards for Fall Hikers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Applaud small mountains this fall. They offer many sensational platforms to view the season of color. Though many are popular, there are still chances to find some alone time in the wilderness. If Crawford Notch has the slabs on Mount …

LSC U14 Cosmos Bounce Bedford, Remain Unbeaten

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Norwich — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U14 Cosmos boys squad made two first-half goals stick for a 2-1 defeat of the previously top-ranked Bedford Classics to assume the top spot in the standings of their New England Premiership division. Christo Dragnev and Elias Zinman scored before the interval …

‘It’s Our Field of Dreams’: Rugby Gains Following at Vermont Law School

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

South Royalton — Vermont Law School isn’t exactly renowned for its athletic options, yet club rugby is available for anyone willing to try. Welcoming to those with and without experience in the sport — in fact, one doesn’t …