Outdoors / Recreation

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological visitors — or better yet, encourage their presence — you’ll be less likely to share your garden with ravenous bugs or bottles …

The Trail That Keeps on Giving

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh — under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges — it didn’t move as a pair of mountain bikers moved slowly along the wide, wet path. But …

More to Duck Season Than Mallards

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wichita, Kan. — Sometimes I fear duck seasons are about to end in Kansas. If some had their way, and the seasons got moved several weeks later, we’d just call it mallard season. First, later seasons have their place. Hunters in about a dozen southeast Kansas counties needed the extra few weeks they’ve …

Whaleback Adds Mountain Biking to Lineup

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Enfield — Etna ski racer and mountain biker Charlie Harrison has a strong family history at Whaleback Mountain. Over the last two summers, he’s played a major role in forming that legacy’s next major contribution. Harrison — grandson …

Hanover’s Hansen Earns Bid to Jr. Swim Nationals

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Richmond, Va. — Hanover High School junior Kristian Hansen will miss a few days of workouts with the Marauders swimming team in early December. Given his reason, it shouldn’t be much of an issue. A member of the …

A Final Swing Thought for the Winter Doldrums

Thursday, August 27, 2015

OK, time for the last column of the season. Have no fear, though; winter is a long way away, and there are still a lot of golf balls to hit for the rest of the season. However, you’ll …

The Paws? That Refreshes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department closed its summer schedule at the Lebanon Municipal Pool on Sunday with a dogs-only event, Paws in the Pool. Above: Chloe, a yellow Labrador retriever, enjoys a dip while fetching a Frisbee. …

Medal-Mania: Upper Valley Rowing Foundation Racks Up National Honors

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hanover — Masters rowing may ostensibly be a hobby, yet it’s something members of the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation take quite seriously. Earlier this month, the club culminated the summer season with some seriously strong results. About 30 …

‘I’m Too Young To Be This Old’: Sports a Major Part of These 80-Plus Athletes’ Lives

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Newport — Being active long after the first Social Security check arrives is not such a novelty anymore. Still, there are a couple of gentlemen who defy the notion that a day will come when you’ll have to …

A Boost at Boot Camp: Piermont Woman Helps Others Get Fit

Monday, August 24, 2015

West Fairlee — Looking back on the six years or so since committing herself to a healthier lifestyle, Brandi Bissonnette wishes she’d had more group support to help guide her along. Now 100 pounds lighter and a certified …

Back in the Saddle: Strafford Man Returns to the Rodeo

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Strafford — There’s a bumper sticker that Rhett Emerson remembers seeing about rodeo: “It’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life.” The Strafford resident said that mantra couldn’t be more accurate. Emerson, 42, has returned to …

New Python Hunt Planned For Everglades

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Burmese pythons infesting the Everglades may want to keep out of sight early next year. Amateur snake hunters from around the world will be invited to go after them in the Florida’s second Python Challenge, scheduled for Jan. 16 to Feb. 14. The Florida Fish and Wildlife …

USSA Helping Make Outdoor Dreams a Reality

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pittsville, Wis. — The western Wisconsin burg of Pittsville doesn’t show up on many maps. But one weekend a year the population in this section of Jackson County swells a hundred fold. They come from all corners of …