Outdoors / Recreation

Cathy Merrill, of Newport, N.H., recently won four gold medals in the U.S. Arm Wrestling Nationals and is now raising the funds to compete in the world championships in Malaysia. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Armed and Ready: Newport Arm Wrestler Takes Game Internationally

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Newport — Don’t think taking a risk brings reward? Cathy Merrill begs to differ. The longtime Newport-area resident plans to be in Malaysia in late September for the World Armwrestling Federation championships. She wouldn’t be going if she hadn’t won four different divisions at last month’s U.S. Armwrestling Federation nationals in Las Vegas. Of course, she wouldn’t have made it to Vegas without training. She wouldn’t have trained if she hadn’t found a club. She wouldn’t have found a club if an interest in the sport hadn’t been stoked. And an interest in the sport wouldn’t have been stoked if she hadn’t taken a friend’s …

Local Roundup: Touchline 4 Outlasts CRFC

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Langdon — Noah Kahan scored a hat trick as Touchline 4 rallied past Connecticut River FC 5-3 in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference boys soccer match on Thursday at Fall Mountain Regional High. Down 2-1 early in the second half, Touchline scored three straight goals, two by Kahan and one by Sam Pych. Tim Alibozek also scored for Touchline, and Kahan, Seth Stadheim, …

Simple Is Best When Considering Short Game Plan

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How do you go about selecting what type of short game shot to select? Is it a pitch shot, a chip shot, a bump-and-run or something more? It’s like creating an appetizer menu of food for an Independence Day party and guessing what everyone will enjoy. Knowing which short game shot to play …

Outdoor Notes: New Adventures at Mount Sunapee

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — Mount Sunapee Resort’s Adventure Park is beginning to evolve in new ways. The still-developing Evolution Bike Park on Sunapee’s south peak features a mile-long trail known as the Dirt Serpent, an “S”-shaped route resort staff …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Top Stitch Edges Windsor

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meriden — Lebanon Top Stitch Embroidery fought off a spirited Windsor comeback on Wednesday night on the way to a 3-2 victory in a NHSC boys soccer inter-divisional game at Plainfield School. John Moorehead’s unassisted strike in the 27th minute put Division V Top Stitch (1-1) on the …

Strrrrrr-etch!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Lebanon Post 22’s Scott Smith, center, stretches during his team’s warmup before their senior American Legion baseball home game against Bedford at Lebanon High School on Monday. Bedford won, 14-6.Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Post 22 Drops Home Game

Monday, June 22, 2015

Lebanon — Bedford scored eight unanswered runs in the last four innings to snap a 5-all tie and defeat Lebanon Post 22 14-6 in American Legion baseball action on Monday at Lebanon High. Bedford laid down seven bunts as it used small-ball tactics to defeat Lebanon. Lebanon’s Tanner …

Outside Story: Maple Syrup Isn’t the Tree’s Only Delicacy

Monday, June 22, 2015

Helicopters. Keys. Whirligigs. Samaras. Whatever you call the winged seeds released by maple trees, here’s one more word for them: delicious. Like many New Englanders, I have fond childhood memories of dropping maple “helicopters” from a height and …

A Time to Run, a Time to Play

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Derek McCowan, of Waltham, Mass., plays with his son Hal, 3, in Colburn Park after running in the 12th Annual Skip Matthews Memorial Run in Lebanon on Sunday. McCowan has spent nearly every Father’s Day at “Skip’s Run” …

Local Roundup: Touchline, Lebanon Split Doubleheader

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Norwich — The Touchline and Lebanon New Hampshire Soccer Conference boys teams split a twin bill at Norwich’s Huntley Meadows on Sunday, with Touchline 5 defeating Lebanon Top Stitch Embroidery 3-1 in the opener and Lebanon Central Supply topping Touchline 4 3-1 in the nightcap. In the opener, …

Prime Season for Bogging

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wet and spongy bogs are the little feeder ski hills of hiking. They’re an easy entryway into the world of trekking for young people and forgiving footpaths for those who’ve tallied a lifetime of miles. Teeming with plants …

The Worms’ Turn

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kansas fishing guide Mike Harris unhooks one of about 30 wipers he and a guest caught fishing with worms June 7.Wichita Eagle Photograph …

Volley Across the Border

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Left: With playing partner George Wachtel, of Woodstock, waiting for the return, Whitey Joslin, of Newbury, N.H., serves to their Canadian opposition during the Friendship Cup tennis matches on Saturday at the Quechee Club. The Friendship Cup, which …