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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 became the 11th different driver to record a win in the division this summer.
Alan Ward photograph

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 became the 11th different driver to record a win in the division this summer. Michael Danforth (Sportsman Coupes), Jason Giguere (Late Models) …

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 the insect family Myrmeleontidae, the antlion matures into an adult winged insect that closely resembles …

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 speed record holder now has a new mark to crow about, having climbed all 48 …

Florida May Allow Hunters to Use Silencers While Hunting

Sunday, August 24, 2014

By David Fleshler Sun Sentinel Hunters of deer, turkey and other animals in Florida may soon be able to operate with lethal stealth under a state proposal to allow them to use silencers. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider a proposal at its Sept. 10 …

Want to Relax While Fishing? Try Wading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

By Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Waukesha, Wis. — Rivers are natural corridors for transportation. Often they are used to move things. And sometimes it’s people. When summer settles across Wisconsin, one of my favorite activities is wade fishing for smallmouth bass on streams and rivers. It …

Essex Jct. Golfer A Repeat Champ

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Orleans, Vt. — Madison Corley, of Essex Junction, Vt., fired a blistering 1-under-par round of 71 to secure her second straight Vermont State Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship on Thursday. Corley led from wire-to-wire, with all three rounds in the 70s for a three-day total of 225. Chloe …

Recreation Briefs: Hanover’s Knights Wins NHWGA Senior Golf Crown

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Greenland, n.h. — Hanover Country Club’s Betsy Knights shot a 4-over-par 76 to win the Senior division of the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Senior/Legend Championship at Breakfast Hill Golf Club on Tuesday. The championship was split into …

Amen Corner: Proper Technique for Executing Chip Shots Is a Total Set-Up

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What does the term “set-up” mean in golf? Your set-up in golf is how your position your body and the ball before you actually start swinging the golf club for the type of shot you’re trying to pull …

Mission on the Mountains: Enfield Man to Bike the Hills for Prominent Charity

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lebanon — Matthew Steinberg says he has a soft spot for children. He sure has a lengthy, arduous way of demonstrating it. Steinberg, 40, will soon embark on a 470-mile uphill bicycling journey that will send him over …

Essex Jct. Golfer Leads Women’s Am

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orleans, Vt. — Madison Corley, of Essex Junction, Vt., has a two-stroke lead after two rounds in the VSWGA State Amateur Championship at Orleans Country Club. Madison fired a round of 78 to go with Tuesday’s 76 for a 154 total. Tiffany Maurycy, of Williston, carded a 76, …

Here Come Crossbows

Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thwack! The sound of a projectile striking a target isn’t unusual at an archery club. But this one was notable for its type and location. It was a bolt fired from …

Hiking the ‘Other’ Sugarloaf

Sunday, August 17, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valey News We hiked Sugarloaf Mountain the other day. Not North Sugarloaf nor Middle Sugarloaf, both glorious platforms above the Zealand Valley. But the other, other, other New Hampshire Sugarloaf — the remote North Country one east of Groveton in Stratford that …

UVRays Strike Gold at FINA World Masters Finals

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Montreal — UVRays swimmers Fritz Bedford, Kim Lloyd and Trent Toensing combined to win eight gold medals as part of an eight-athlete Upper Valley contingent at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championship, which wrapped up on Sunday at …