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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 …

‘Tristin Never Held Back’: Lebanon Race Honors Someone Who Touched Many

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lebanon — A few weeks before the tragic accident that killed Tristin Roy, her brother, Tyler Carter, joined her for a run in the Upper Valley. Now, dozens of her friends and family do the same annually in …

Recreation Briefs: UVRF Brings Home Medals From Masters Nationals

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Camden, n.j. — Teams and rowers affiliated with the Hanover-based Upper Valley Rowing Foundation came home with six gold medals and seven silvers at last weekend’s USA Rowing Masters National Championship on the Cooper River. Seven of the …

Amen Corner: There’s an Upside to Trying Day’s Backswing

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Watching Jason Day win the PGA Championship, his first major, last weekend was like watching pure symphony in motion. As exciting as he and Jordan Spieth were exchanging birdies and competing for the year’s last major championship, my …

Hartford Grad Packs a Punch For Charity

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Former three-sport Hartford High athlete Allison Kemon has always been willing to give new activities a try. Her latest athletic pursuit could make a real difference in the lives of others. Kemon, 27, will make her amateur boxing …

Norwich Woman Provides for Appalachian Trail Hikers

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Norwich — For even the fittest, best-prepared hiker, trekking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail is no small feat. Injuries, financial strain and existential crises can wear a person down, and only about a quarter of those who attempt a …

The Sun Sets on the 24 Hours of Great Glen

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The sheriff leaned against the railing outside the festival tent, a cowboy hat on his head, neck wrapped in a bandana and a chest-high silver star shimmering slightly under the Sunday morning clouds. “This is bittersweet for sure,” …

Centenarians Show Age Is No Obstacle To Paddling Canoe

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Milwaukee, Wis. — Milwaukee’s Richard Franz has blown out candles on enough birthday cakes. His wardrobe also has plenty of neck ties. When he turned 100 earlier this month, he asked for something not found on most gift lists: A canoe trip down the Milwaukee River. Franz knew …

Climbing to the Top

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lou Bregou, 33, of Hanover, crosses the finish line at the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday in Pinkham Notch, N.H. Bregou was the first New Hampshire finisher in the race. Eneas Freyre, 39, of Norwalk, …

Recreation Briefs: Hartford Rec Crowns Ed Kehoe Tournament Champs

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department welcomed 17 teams in three divisions for Saturday’s Kehoe Strong Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament at the Maxfield Complex. The grades 7-12 tourney drew enough competition to crown girls and boys champions. The Blackhawks, out of Keene, N.H., won the …

Amen Corner: Keep Your Head Down When You Swing … But Only to a Point

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I ran a trail race last weekend, and I finished first! I kept my head down and ran and ran and ran. With my head down, I didn’t see a directional arrow and unknowingly took a wrong turn, …