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Richard Candy, left, and Christina Jones, both of Claremont, N.H., enjoy a meandering bike ride along the cool, quiet Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail in Claremont, N.H.,  on July 27, 2015. 
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A Meandering Ride

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Biking is a sweet way to catch a breeze, and on a muggy summer day the Sugar River Rail Trail holds a special appeal — mostly shaded, it offers welcome respite from the sun. The 9-mile trail stretches from Newport to Claremont, hugging the river along the way. There are a number of access points along trail, and on a …

How Insects Dine

Monday, August 3, 2015

Insects and flowering plants (angiosperms) are so evidently made for each other that scientists have long assumed it was the emergence of plants with flowers 125 million years ago that led to the sudden expansion and diversification of insects. But recent research has determined that insects began to flourish and diversify 120 million …

Sandwich Range Loaded With Goods

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sometimes the biggest isn’t the best. Take Sandwich Mountain. At 3,980 feet, it’s the highest peak on an all-day, nine-mile loop near Waterville Valley, N.H., that also includes 2,940-foot Noon Peak and 3,440-foot Jennings Peak all in the Sandwich Range Wilderness of White Mountain National Forest. The mountain — also known as Sandwich …

Enfield’s Sealey Rides to a Senior Games Crown

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Enfield — One of Richard Sealey’s most vivid early-childhood memories is one of speeding through the English countryside, on a second seat affixed to the crossbar of the bicycle driven by his father, Leonard. Now 70, Sealey likes …

MacDonalds Take Another TKI Title

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hanover — Peering over a cliff at dust raised by the distant Union Pacific Railroad posse they couldn’t shake, a disbelieving Butch Cassidy asks the Sundance Kid in their eponymous Western, “Who are those guys?” When Nick and Shane MacDonald galloped out to a huge early lead and …

Frog Legs Tonight? Catch ‘em First

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jefferson County, Kan. — Josh Hackathorn and Kyle Markham, avid hunters for all things with a season, have weathered many elements and challenges. For pheasants, they’ve battled through Conservation Reserve Program grasses so high and thick they wouldn’t …

Kayakers Invade Pennsylvania for Fishing Tournament

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Last spring Noah Heck was about to launch his kayak at North Park Lake. I was right behind him with my son, nervously putting mine in the water for the first time. A new member of Kayak Anglers …

Ozarks Ready For Dry Weather

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This is the story that won’t go away. Ever since early May, the Ozarks have been under water. Heavy rains keep dumping on southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, swelling reservoirs, rivers and trout parks, and leading to headaches for fishermen, boaters and campers. The statistics are mind-boggling. Since …

Exeter’s Win Puts Post 22 On the Brink

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nashua, n.h. — Ten days ago, Lebanon Post 22 was strongly stating its case as New Hampshire’s best senior American Legion baseball team. Today, the same squad confronts the possible end of its season during its second state …

Keane Win Still Special For Parker

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hanover — On a day when a wave of Upper Valley golfers swept into the 40th Tommy Keane Invitational semifinals, arguably the finest golfer to come out of an area high school reflected on what the event has meant to him. Rich Parker teed it up in the …

Hartford Legion Left In the Dark, Will Continue Today

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Castleton, Vt. — Day three of the Vermont American Legion Baseball Championship featured a dandy of a game in which Rutland Post 31 staged a last-ditch rally to upend Brattleboro, a four-hour middle game that saw Colchester survive and send Franklin County home and a game suspended because …

Gaining Steam: Hartford Rides Big First Inning to Another Tourney Win

Friday, July 24, 2015

Castleton, Vt. — Riding a first-inning wave that resembled a figurative tsunami, the Hartford American Legion baseball team walloped the Colchester Cannons, 16-9, Friday during Vermont state tournament play at Castleton University. The visitors scored 11 times with …

Keane Family Tree Has Many Branches

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hanover — It’s challenging enough for those with the last name Keane to keep it all straight. Good luck to everyone else playing in the Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament who tries to sort out the family tree sprouting from the namesake of the celebrated Hanover Country Club …