Outdoors / Recreation

With his muzzle loader in hand and snowshoes on his boots, Stan Spencer practices in an open field at his home in Weathersfield, Vt., on Jan. 19, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged in locales throughout the Northeast — there aren’t any in the Upper Valley yet — primitive biathlons attract 19th-century period enthusiasts and …

Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, to raise money for one of the school’s academic teams to take a year-end camping …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool. A member of the UVRays masters program, based at White …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre’s Glueck Seventh at Nordic Jr. Nationals

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Soda Springs, Calif. — Ford Sayre’s Adam Glueck kicked off his visit to the U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals on Tuesday with an All-American finish in the opening sprint. Glueck earned the notice in the boys U16 division. …

More Recreation Briefs: WTU Banquet March 28

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lebanon — Whitetails Unlimited will hold its New Hampshire Deer Camp social hour and banquet on March 28 at the Lebanon Elks Club begnning at 5 p.m. The event features raffles, auctions and door prizes featuring a wide array of firearms, outfitter packages, hunting equipment, artwork and collectibles. …

Time to Get Out

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bobby Antonacci, of Quechee, serves the ball while playing platform or paddle tennis with Dan Hall, of Quechee, at the Quechee Club on Wednesday. Antonacci and Hall said Wednesday’s warm sunshine was a rare treat for paddle tennis …

Devoted to the Day

Sunday, March 8, 2015

For Rick Montgomery and his 15-year-old son, Zack, this was good fishing weather. Seriously? In the cold? With snow sweeping across Shawnee Mission Lake in Shawnee, Kan.? With the suburban lake mostly covered with ice? Yup. When the …

They’ve Gone Critter Hunting for a Cause

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tonganoxie, Kan. — They came from across eastern Kansas and western Missouri, 99 two-person teams for the competition. Team names such as “Tree Rat Assassins” and “Squirrelnado” left no doubt the gathering of hunters were hoping to bag a few squirrels and have some fun. “I guess the …

Hanover Peewee Elite Wins States, Going to Regionals

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wolfeboro, n.h. — The Hanover Hockey Association’s Peewee Elite squad swept a best-two-of-three series from Nashua Pro Ambitions to earn a Granite State League Tier I state championship and earn an invitation to USA Hockey’s New England regional …

Getting Ahead on the Slopes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

With vacation weeks soon fading, spring skiing and value season are on the horizon. It’s a time when ski areas begin to unveil next year’s season pass deals often with enticing incentives like using it this March and …

Enjoying the Silence of Winter

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Columbia, Kan. — Bill Bryan climbed to a snow-covered overlook at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and paused to take in the sounds of winter hiking. Make that, the lack of sounds. This scene was totally free of audio. Only the sound of hiking boats crunching in the …

Deer Debate in Minn.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Minnesota’s Great Deer Debate of 2014-2015 could gain further traction at the Capitol if, as some hunters hope, the Legislature directs its auditor to review in detail the Department of Natural Resources’ whitetail management plan. Were that to …

In Brief: Kearney Ears Fourth Victory of Season

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tazawako, Japan — On a snowy day in Japan, Norwich’s Hannah Kearney claimed her fourth World Cup win of the 2015 season early Saturday, besting Japan’s Junko Hoshino and Canada’s Audrey Robichaud. Jeremy Cota earned his first men’s World Cup podium of the season, finishing second behind Canada’s …