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 …

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a …

Shootout Success

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — With the season just around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is reaching out for volunteer youth basketball coaches. Hartford seeks bench bosses at all levels, from the Start Smart program for …

The Audacious, Clever Gray Jay Is Under Stress in Vermont

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have friends who live in the North Woods. Moose graze on their lawn. Loons call from the pond. And the gray jays line up on the deck railing for breakfast. They swoop in when they hear the …

West Fairlee Opens Up the Woods to Hikers

Monday, October 13, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer West Fairlee — Thanks to fall foliage, the back roads of West Fairlee offer splendid visuals this time of year. The town’s conservation commission hopes more people will get into the woods for an even better perspective. Developments abound in Brushwood …

Small Can Bring Big Rewards for Fall Hikers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Applaud small mountains this fall. They offer many sensational platforms to view the season of color. Though many are popular, there are still chances to find some alone time in the wilderness. If Crawford Notch has the slabs on Mount …

LSC U14 Cosmos Bounce Bedford, Remain Unbeaten

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Norwich — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U14 Cosmos boys squad made two first-half goals stick for a 2-1 defeat of the previously top-ranked Bedford Classics to assume the top spot in the standings of their New England Premiership division. Christo Dragnev and Elias Zinman scored before the interval …

‘It’s Our Field of Dreams’: Rugby Gains Following at Vermont Law School

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

South Royalton — Vermont Law School isn’t exactly renowned for its athletic options, yet club rugby is available for anyone willing to try. Welcoming to those with and without experience in the sport — in fact, one doesn’t …

Olympic Footsteps

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Staff Reports White River Junction — The Upper Valley Hockey Association is offering introductory and competitive level programming for kids ages 3 to 15 at the newly renovated Wendell A. Barwood Arena. The early season practice schedule opens …

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 …