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DJ Martinez, of Westminster, Vt., tries to avoid getting his flag pulled during the game between the Hawks and the Outlaws as part of the Twin Valley Adult Sports League at River Valley Community College in Claremont, N.H., on Sept. 28, 2014. (Valley News- Ariana van den Akker)

Raising the Flag of Football

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Poody Walsh Valley News Correspondent Claremont — Nothing has changed. Nate Duford is still throwing long touchdown passes to his twin brother, Josh. Only now, instead of teaming up to put points on the board for Stevens High School, the duo are putting on a show for “The Show” Sunday mornings in the Twin Valley Flag Football League. While …

Modern Families Learn Primitive Skills

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Corinth — Nowadays, when people spend more time in the glare of a computer screen than the glow of a campfire, and everything from work boots to applesauce is just a mouse click away, humans’ reliance on the Earth can seem more quaint fable than hard fact. But in this age of convenience, …

Helping Wildlife Adapt Is Topic Of Climate Change Workshop

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wilmot, N.H. — A free workshop about helping wildlife adapt to climate change is set for Nov. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road. The event is sponsored by Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust’s outreach committee. It will be led by New Hampshire Fish and Game biologist Emily Preston. To register, call Nancy Smith, of Ausbon …

Squash Players Go Worldwide

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lebanon — Max Reed negotiated the Lebanon-to-Namibia airplane route last month. He doesn’t recommend it, unless it’s for purposes such as his. Reed, a senior at Lebanon High School, spent about 45 hours of travel time to get …

Recreation Briefs: WNHTRS to Honor Denning at Sept. 20 Lost-a-Lot

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — The Lost-a-Lot Trail Race on Sept. 20, the final event of the 10-stop Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, will also double as a memorial to the life of series founder Chad Denning, who died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 39 while hiking on …

Floor Hockey Gets Grown-Up Treatment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — One of the most popular grade-school physical education activities has found an adult-league niche in the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley Floor Hockey began its second season Wednesday at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center …

Well-Regarded Endurance Athlete Chad Denning Dies While Running Appalachian Trail

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New London — It shouldn’t happen to Superman. That was one somber-faced reaction to the news that spread throughout the area’s running and recreational communities on Monday: Chad Denning, a beloved and seemingly invulnerable endurance athlete from New …

Donohue, Rhim Lead the Field at Norwich Road Race

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Norwich — Sara Donohue and Chris Rhim won their respective divisions to highlight participation in the Norwich Labor Day Road Race on Monday morning. Donohue, a past competitor for the U.S. Olympic team in the marathon, outran everyone over the race’s 6.4-mile course, winning in a time of …

Golf Instructor Once Took Hits; Now He Gives Tips

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lebanon — Dave McKinnon’s athletic career may be over, but it’s not preventing the former Lebanon High hockey and golf standout from helping others. The 36-year-old golf professional left a PGA apprenticeship in Florida last winter to return …

Close-Quarters Racing

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Allan Hammond (77) and Chris Donnelly (20C) go door to door during Sportsman Modified action at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., on Saturday night. Donnelly finished the division’s feature race in second place behind D.J. Robinson, who …

Naturally Curious: Sept. 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Antlion — the very name conjures up visions of an improbable combination of two distinctly different creatures. In fact, the name is derived from the ferocious, leonine nature of a predaceous larva that consumes ants. A member of …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike …

Lots of Buzz in the Unknown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing — complete with smart-looking vest — than for hiking, …