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Diane Harty at her home in North Walpole, N.H. on Sept. 23, 2015. Harty runs in marathons while her husband, Maurice, competes in half marathons. She has competed in events in every state and all seven continents. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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60 for 50: N.H. Grandmother Runs 60 Marathons in 50 States ... and Antarctica

Sunday, October 4, 2015

North Walpole, n.h. — Diane Harty is a 60-year-old grandmother who has run more than 60 marathons. So when she says the last six miles of a 26.2-mile run are the ones of concern, she’s speaking from experience. Not that her husband, Maurice “Moe” Harty, believes her. “For her maybe, but not for the rest of us,” Maurice said recently. …

A Northern Treasure

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A motion sensor turns on the lights in a curved tunnel with a wooden boardwalk surface. Delicious deep dark ledgy and mossy rock cuts provide shade from the sun. Stately manicured acres are the forefront to a horizon rippling with hills. See the swampy side of a popular kidney-shaped pond loaded with camps …

For Rainbows, Use Rainbow

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn is the time to catch big rainbow trout. As the water cools, bows move into the shallow water to forage and spawn. Fish that were deep and elusive in the summer are easier to catch, especially from shore. According to NH Fish and Game, lakes will produce bigger trout than streams and rivers. Lakes provide a broader habitat which means more food …

Recreation Briefs: Sears, Gish Set Standards at Sharon Sprouty 5K/10K

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sharon — Sharon residents led their respective fields across the finish line to win the Sharon Sprouty on Sunday. Ben Sears, 31, dictated the pace in the five-kilometer race, winning in 19 minutes, 12.306 seconds. Current Sharon Academy cross country runner Sami Husain, 15, of Hartland, took second …

The Outside Story: Cattails Are ‘Nature’s Supermarket’

Monday, September 14, 2015

This past winter I spent three months exploring East Africa, traveling through 10 countries and covering over 8,077 miles. I was continuously impressed with how much local guides knew about their surroundings, in particular the human uses of …

A Hidden Gem in Northern N.H.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

If there is a mountain top that exudes lingering, it is Shelburne Moriah on the edge of the Wild River Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest. East of Gorham, near the border between New Hampshire and Maine, …

Boundary Waters and Back: Lasting Impressions From Minnesota’s Border Country

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Grand Marias, Minn. — Sometime between the first portage and several miles and hours later at our campsite perch on the sturdy shoulders of a granite rim, a thought came and then took full form: I hadn’t escaped the real world, as the cliché goes. Rather, there was …

Let the Water Flow South

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Here’s the biggest news that came out of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting in Fort Lauderdale last week: The Everglades and Everglades National Park are in huge trouble. When the freshwater Everglades have too much …

Former Dartmouth Hockey Star Retires

Friday, September 11, 2015

Calgary, Alberta — After 14 years in a Canadian national team jersey that netted three Olympic gold medals and three IIHF world championships, former Dartmouth College forward Gillian Apps on Thursday announced her retirement from international women’s ice hockey. Hockey Canada released the news of Apps’ decision along …

Women on Wheels: Female Cyclists Hit the Road With New Club

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hanover — Whether for competitive training or purely leisure, female cyclists in the Upper Valley now have an outlet all their own. Founded last year, the Upper Valley Women’s Cycling Club was created in part to develop a …

Former New England Champ Comes Full Circle in Quechee

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Quechee — Golfers on the PGA Tour have someone to rake the sand traps, check the yardage, help read the greens, give the pep talk. On a steamy Tuesday on the Quechee Club’s Highland course, James Driscoll did …

New England Open Notes: Plenty of Changes at Quechee Club

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Quechee — Steve Rogers has been the Quechee Club’s head golf professional long enough to remember the New England Open from its last stretch at the club. He’d like this week’s return to kick off another lengthy visit. The event that took up the club’s Highland and Lakeland …

Meet the Upper Valley’s Leader of the Trails

Sunday, September 6, 2015

West Lebanon — Former Hanover High and Richmond Middle School science teacher Ron Bailey has been retired from the Dresden School District for more than 25 years, yet the octogenarian’s career in trail work and stewardship continues to …