Outdoors / Recreation

Silencers Bring Loud Complaints

Sunday, December 14, 2014

By Stephen Hudak Orlando Sentinel Hunters had reason to celebrate last month when Florida lifted its ban on silencers, but Chuck O’Neal saw cause for alarm. “If a bullet travels farther than the sound of the shot, it creates a zone of significant danger,” said O’Neal, who lives in Longwood, Fla., next to a woodlands frequented by hunters. When a hunter shot a squirrel dead in his backyard two years …

New Owners Race to Put Speedway Back on Track

Friday, December 12, 2014

Claremont — Start your engines: The Twin State Speedway will boast a full slate of racing — and new ownership — when it opens next season. Early this week, Claremont Speedway LLC bought the landmark racetrack for $518,000 from Dennis Fleury, whose father opened it in the 1940s. The purchase includes 64 acres, …

An Olympian Task: Lebanon Marathoner Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For a runner who prefers to keep her expectations moderate, Lebanon resident Laura Hagley sure knows how to progress like someone with all-star ambitions. Hagley, 30, on Sunday qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a personal-best time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 55 seconds at the California International Marathon in …

Norwich’s Rhim Wins College Cyclocross Championship

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Clemson, s.c. — Hanover High school graduate Brendan Rhim is now a national collegiate cycling champion. Rhim added a new item to his competitive resume on Saturday when he won the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference championship as part …

Hoping for a Whale of a Winter: Whaleback Improvements Taking Hold, Work Still to Be Completed

Monday, December 8, 2014

Enfield — It’s still officially the offseason at Whaleback Mountain, yet the facility is far from quiet as the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation prepares for opening day. Volunteer construction workers have been tightening up the base lodge, …

The Outside Story: How Toads Survive the Winter

Monday, December 8, 2014

I manage a lodge in the Groton forest on behalf of Vermont State Parks. One warm fall day, while standing outside the lodge, I noticed movement inside one of the window wells around the basement. Realizing that something …

Downhill Ski Deals for the Season

Sunday, December 7, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News No season pass? Don’t go for multi-ticket discounts? Not working in the industry or volunteering? Is Luddite your middle name? No problem. If you’re a show and go skier or …

Free Spirit: After Olympics, Hanover’s Krass Looks to Carve Her Niche

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It may eventually become a financial means to an end, but Julia Krass would like for freeskiing to remain fun just a little while longer. A home-schooled high school senior who played a key role on Hanover High’s …

Recreation Briefs: Williams, Zaring Conquer Snow at Turkey Trot 5K

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Woodstock — Former Hanover High School cross country runner Noah Williams came home for the holidays and left with the victory in Thursday’s Zack’s Place Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K. Williams, 19, of Norwich, outpaced a field of 540 runners with a victorious time of 16 minutes, 53.0 seconds. …

A Mountain of Land in Thetford: 208-Acre Conservation Area Donated to UVLT

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thetford — Upper Valley Land Trust Stewardship Director Jason Berard was hopeful a giant white ash tree on Ely Mountain might be the largest of its species in Vermont. Orange County forester David Paganelli joined UVLT staff and …

Movie Highlights Ski Adventurers

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer He had to travel across the planet, but pro snowboarder Seth Wescott found the perfect remedy for his ailing left knee. The 38-year-old Maine resident and two-time Olympic snowboard gold medalist …

Riley Memorial Karate Club Promotes Seven Youths

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartland — Seven young members of the Riley Memorial Karate Club earned promotions in martial arts after testing under the guidance of sensei Peter Carini on Nov. 10. Taylor Isenor, Zachary Kostas and Christopher Kostas all received the rank of yellow belt. Jack Morin, Matty Hennig and Noah …

Blazing New Trails: Additions to Claremont Park Slated for Spring

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — Work is expected to begin next spring on construction of nearly three miles of new trails on a variety of terrain in Moody Park. The upgrade is based on recommendations from a trail building and maintenance …