Outdoors / Recreation

Two Chances to Run Off the Thanksgiving Calories

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Runners and walkers will have two chances to burn off the calories before and after sitting down to a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner next Thursday. The Hanover Recreation Department will host its 22nd Turkey Trot 10K road race on Sunday at 1 p.m. The 6.2-mile race will meander throughout the town on a route that will begin and end on the Hanover green. The cost to run is $15, with …

Robust Ottauquechee Section Keeps Green Mountain Club Busy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wilder — With a membership base more than 300 strong, the Ottauquechee section of the Green Mountain Club is the GMC’s third-largest of 14 regional chapters. It also may be its most active. Responsible for the maintenance of the Appalachian Trail from U.S. Route 4 in Killington, Vt., to the Connecticut River at …

GMA’s Gavell Races to Eight Wins at UVAC Meet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

White River Junction — Fourteen-year-old Catherine Gavell won eight events and set a pair of personal bests to highlight Green Mountain Aquatics’ performances at last weekend’s November Classic swim meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. Normally strong in the 50 and 100 freestyles, Gavell set her PRs in the 200 backstroke and …

Bradford, Vt., Names Its First Rec Director

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Numerous organizations in Bradford, Vt., have expressed a desire to implement more programs related to nature and the outdoors. The town may have found the right person to work in those activities. Bonna Wieler recently became the town’s …

On the Stick: Dartmouth Freshman Carves Niche With Lacrosse Company

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hanover — Stick-to-it-tiveness resonates as a phrase differently with Cortland Begor than it might with someone else. The combination of his love of lacrosse and his affinity for woodworking led Begor to start his own company, TimberStix Lacrosse, …

Climbing Those Favorite Peaks Over and Over Again

Sunday, November 9, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News The drab drape was quickly closing by Mount Chocorua’s rocky summit cone. The cloud and mist had its way above treeline, masking most of the landscape and cloaking the burnt …

Recreation Briefs: Dream Result for Nightmare With TVFFL Playoff Spot

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Claremont — The Twin Valley Nightmare won the B Division championship of the Twin Valley Flag Football League on Sunday with a 30-14 win over the Springfield Moose at River Valley Community College. Quarterback Adam Ruggles ran for …

Maine Voters Dealing With Bear Issues

Sunday, November 2, 2014

On Nov. 4, the residents of Maine will vote on whether to outlaw two controversial bear hunting techniques that are legal in New Hampshire — baiting and hounding. Baiting is exactly what the name implies — hunters use food like jelly doughnuts, granola bars or lobster bodies to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …