Outdoors / Recreation

Etna's Fritz Bedford was back to his record-breaking ways in the pool last weekend.
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Recreation Briefs: Etna’s Bedford Adds More Masters Swim Records

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — Etna’s Fritz Bedford added two more records — one national, one world — during a six-win visit to the New England Masteers Short Course Meters Championship last weekend at Boston University. A member of the UVRays masters team out of White River Junction’s Upper Valley Aquatic Center, Bedford did all of his record-busting in the men’s 50-54 age division. His national mark came in the 50-meter butterfly, a time of 26.04 seconds that broke a 7-year-old mark. Bedford earned a world mark in the leadoff backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay, beating his own world mark with a time of 27.28 that …

A Drive Toward Fitness: Lebanon Bus Drivers Take a Trip to the Gym

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lebanon — School bus driving might not seem like a very physically active vocation, but it has been for the last 10 months in Lebanon. Twice per week, the city’s school bus drivers gather at CCBA’s Witherell Recreation Center for an hour of exercise instructed by CCBA fitness director Larry Ruffing. Utilizing multipurpose …

Silencers Bring Loud Complaints

Sunday, December 14, 2014

By Stephen Hudak Orlando Sentinel Hunters had reason to celebrate last month when Florida lifted its ban on silencers, but Chuck O’Neal saw cause for alarm. “If a bullet travels farther than the sound of the shot, it creates a zone of significant danger,” said O’Neal, who lives in Longwood, Fla., next to a woodlands frequented by hunters. When a hunter shot a …

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 …

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 …

Butcher Your Own Deer? He’ll Show You How

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Dennis Anderson (Minneapolis) Star Tribune Kerry Swendsen is evangelistic in his message to deer hunters: You can butcher your own deer. And save money in the process. And be assured the venison you and your family eat came from the deer you shot. Swendsen, who has decades …

Early Taste of the Season

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It is a tradition that is carved out before the turkey hits the table, and most skiers and riders have yet to schuss down paths of man-made mountain gold. On …

Two Chances to Run Off the Thanksgiving Calories

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Runners and walkers will have two chances to burn off the calories before and after sitting down to a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner next Thursday. The Hanover Recreation Department will host its 22nd Turkey Trot 10K road race on Sunday at 1 p.m. The 6.2-mile race will meander …

Robust Ottauquechee Section Keeps Green Mountain Club Busy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wilder — With a membership base more than 300 strong, the Ottauquechee section of the Green Mountain Club is the GMC’s third-largest of 14 regional chapters. It also may be its most active. Responsible for the maintenance of …

GMA’s Gavell Races to Eight Wins at UVAC Meet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

White River Junction — Fourteen-year-old Catherine Gavell won eight events and set a pair of personal bests to highlight Green Mountain Aquatics’ performances at last weekend’s November Classic swim meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. Normally strong …

Bradford, Vt., Names Its First Rec Director

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Numerous organizations in Bradford, Vt., have expressed a desire to implement more programs related to nature and the outdoors. The town may have found the right person to work in those activities. Bonna Wieler recently became the town’s …

On the Stick: Dartmouth Freshman Carves Niche With Lacrosse Company

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hanover — Stick-to-it-tiveness resonates as a phrase differently with Cortland Begor than it might with someone else. The combination of his love of lacrosse and his affinity for woodworking led Begor to start his own company, TimberStix Lacrosse, …

Climbing Those Favorite Peaks Over and Over Again

Sunday, November 9, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News The drab drape was quickly closing by Mount Chocorua’s rocky summit cone. The cloud and mist had its way above treeline, masking most of the landscape and cloaking the burnt …