Outdoors / Recreation

Movie Highlights Ski Adventurers

Friday, November 28, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer He had to travel across the planet, but pro snowboarder Seth Wescott found the perfect remedy for his ailing left knee. The 38-year-old Maine resident and two-time Olympic snowboard gold medalist broke his tibial plateau and tore his ACL in April 2013 while filming a segment for the Warren Miller ski film Ticket to Ride, ruining his chance to go for three straight Olympic golds in Russia last winter. That didn’t stop Wescott from staying active. While still recovering, he joined fellow pro boarder Rob Kingwill last February to Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, famous for steady snowfall …

Riley Memorial Karate Club Promotes Seven Youths

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartland — Seven young members of the Riley Memorial Karate Club earned promotions in martial arts after testing under the guidance of sensei Peter Carini on Nov. 10. Taylor Isenor, Zachary Kostas and Christopher Kostas all received the rank of yellow belt. Jack Morin, Matty Hennig and Noah Abernethy were promoted to blue belt. Laura Mae Erskine capped off the testing by earning …

Blazing New Trails: Additions to Claremont Park Slated for Spring

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Claremont — Work is expected to begin next spring on construction of nearly three miles of new trails on a variety of terrain in Moody Park. The upgrade is based on recommendations from a trail building and maintenance company hired by the Parks and Recreation Department. The proposal from Sinuosity, of Morrisville, Vt., …

Hall, Novello Lead Big Field at CHaD Half Marathon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hanover — Upper Valley runners led their respective genders across the finish line for victories in Sunday’s CHaD Hero Half Marathon through Hanover and Norwich. Hanover’s Alex Hall represented the Upper Valley Running Club in taking the overall …

Naturally Curious: Ecosystem Engineers

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wetlands are crucial — roughly 85 percent of all native North American wildlife relies on them — and throughout most of North America wetlands are highly correlated with beavers. Before the European settlement of North America, beavers numbered …

Heroes, Just for One Day: Claremont Family Gets in Step for Hospital

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hanover — It was a time for heroes, super heroes and football heroes. Heroes of all genders, shapes and sizes. But one hero stood out above the rest at Sunday’s ninth CHaD Hero Half Marathon. One hero, wheeled …

Fall Delights on a Mountain Bike

Sunday, October 26, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It was an odd sight to behold on a North Country bridge. On the sturdy span by the mighty Androscoggin River in the gritty town of Gorham, N.H., a Skittles-colored line of mountain bikers rode slowly and single file while …

Vermont Hoop Referee Certification Classes Offered

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — The Vermont IAABO Board 105 will be running its high school basketball referee certification classes in the Upper Valley area, starting on Oct. 27. Classes will run on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. at Hartford High School. Classes will run through Nov. …

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a …

Shootout Success

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — With the season just around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is reaching out for volunteer youth basketball coaches. Hartford seeks bench bosses at all levels, from the Start Smart program for …

The Audacious, Clever Gray Jay Is Under Stress in Vermont

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have friends who live in the North Woods. Moose graze on their lawn. Loons call from the pond. And the gray jays line up on the deck railing for breakfast. They swoop in when they hear the …

West Fairlee Opens Up the Woods to Hikers

Monday, October 13, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer West Fairlee — Thanks to fall foliage, the back roads of West Fairlee offer splendid visuals this time of year. The town’s conservation commission hopes more people will get into the woods for an even better perspective. Developments abound in Brushwood …