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Sarah Jo Damron-Brown, of Groton, Vt., gives Sarah Lackley, 8, of Woodstock, Vt., tips on her figure skating routine during a one-on-one session at the Union Arena Skating Club in Woodstock, Vt., on December 4, 2015. A former competitive figure skater, Damron-Brown is a coach for the club. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to</i></p>

A Second Career On the Ice: Former U.S. Skater Finds New Life as an Instructor

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After myriad issues forced former United States figure skater Sarah Jo Damron-Brown to leave the ice at age 16, for more than a decade she thought she’d never return. Lured back several years ago as an instructor, Damron-Brown, now 29, is hoping to advance the sport in the Upper Valley as much as possible. A Lawrence, Mass., native who vacationed …

Recreation Briefs: Hanover Peewees Lock Down First Place in Tier III

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hanover — A win and a tie in two league games over the weekend enabled the Hanover Peewee Green youth hockey team to clinch first place in the New Hampshire Tier III standings with the state championship tournament looming. The win came on Sunday, a 3-1 decision over the Manchester Flames at Thompson Arena. Griffin Auch sandwiched two goals around one from Cole …

Group Picks Up Work on 2nd Campion Rink

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hanover — Efforts to build a second Campion Rink have resurfaced. The Campion Sports and Recreation Project — a nonprofit formerly known as the Lebanon Community Arena Association and later the Lebanon-Hanover Twin Rink Association — is pursuing the potential development of a second ice rink that would abut the existing James W. Campion III Rink in West Lebanon. It’s the first time …

Back on the Track: Roller Derby Team Looks to Build on Success

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stability and commitment within the Upper Valley Vixens is translating to tangible progress both inside and outside the rink. The Vixens, a grassroots roller derby team entering its fifth season, has been approved to skate this year as …

Ice Fishing Made Easier

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Earlier this week on a Chisago, Minn.,-area lake, we had the portable shack set up and the fish were biting. Not a lot of fish. Some fish. Meanwhile, a gray sky overhead suggested those who suffer from seasonal …

Best ‘Fut’ Forward: Soccer Spinoff Off and Running in Thetford

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Thetford — When the weather turns cold, soccer players in the Upper Valley have the opportunity to get fut-loose. For the second straight winter, Thetford Elementary School is hosting weekly co-ed pickup games of futsal — a tighter, …

Recreation Briefs: Sullivan County Sportsmen to Host Wild Game Dinner

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Claremont — The Sullivan County Sportsmen are gearing up for their annual Wild Game Supper, a fundraiser to be held Feb. 6 at the Claremont Senior Center. The dinner raises money for several SCS initiatives. The group hosts a kids fishing derby each year, stocking a local pond …

The Fight of Their Lives: Parkinson’s Patients Use Boxing to Battle Disease

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lebanon — It’s about halfway through Tony Hanslin’s Boxing With Parkinson’s class at Baan Muay Thai Academy, and the segment for which participant Suzanne Serat has been most looking forward has finally arrived. “Let’s get the gloves on!” …

The Language of Crows

Monday, January 18, 2016

“Caw! Caw!” Every spring we hear it. And my wife says, “that’s My Crow.” It’s apparently the bird’s name. She capitalizes it in her tone. I think she hasn’t bestowed a more formal name because she doesn’t know …

Mixed Early Returns At Twin State Ski Areas

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Across ski country it’s beginning to look — and feel — a lot like winter. Snowmaking is still king while Mother Nature’s in a giving mood of late, dropping some snow across the region. That’s allowed trail counts …

Eagles Returning to Washington State

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Seattle — Bald eagles heading to the North Cascades to feed on salmon in the Skagit River draw visitors to one of Washington state’s most beautiful natural settings with event weekends through January in Rockport, Concrete and Marblemount. …

Rec Briefs: Rhim, Furman Take Second at Cyclocross Nationals

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Asheville, n.c. — With Norwich native and Hanover High School graduate Brendan Rhim playing a noteworthy role, the Furman University cycling team produced a runner-up finish in the overall omnium standings at the USA Cycling Cyclocross national championship …

Floor It: Fun is Priority No. 1 for Floor Hockey League

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lebanon — Now in its sixth season, Upper Valley Floor Hockey continues to provide an attractive platform for exercise and competition at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center. The best part, players say, is that experience isn’t …