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Diane Harty at her home in North Walpole, N.H. on Sept. 23, 2015. Harty runs in marathons while her husband, Maurice, competes in half marathons. She has competed in events in every state and all seven continents. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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60 for 50: N.H. Grandmother Runs 60 Marathons in 50 States ... and Antarctica

Sunday, October 4, 2015

North Walpole, n.h. — Diane Harty is a 60-year-old grandmother who has run more than 60 marathons. So when she says the last six miles of a 26.2-mile run are the ones of concern, she’s speaking from experience. Not that her husband, Maurice “Moe” Harty, believes her. “For her maybe, but not for the rest of us,” Maurice said recently. …

A Northern Treasure

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A motion sensor turns on the lights in a curved tunnel with a wooden boardwalk surface. Delicious deep dark ledgy and mossy rock cuts provide shade from the sun. Stately manicured acres are the forefront to a horizon rippling with hills. See the swampy side of a popular kidney-shaped pond loaded with camps …

For Rainbows, Use Rainbow

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn is the time to catch big rainbow trout. As the water cools, bows move into the shallow water to forage and spawn. Fish that were deep and elusive in the summer are easier to catch, especially from shore. According to NH Fish and Game, lakes will produce bigger trout than streams and rivers. Lakes provide a broader habitat which means more food …

Sunday, September 6, 2015

When Kristen Bardorf decided to fish for bass, she headed for the dam at the north end of Mascoma Lake. During the summer, bass can be found there foraging in the current that runs over the spillway into the river. Bardorf usually fishes for panfish, but since landing …

Fluke and Snappers On Rise in New York

Sunday, September 6, 2015

New York — Fluke, snappers and black sea bass continue to be the focus for most New York-area anglers, and results of late have been mixed. As a general rule, catches to the east have seen more and bigger fish on all fronts, with Montauk and Orient points …

Hunting Shakeup in Florida

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — The future of two of Florida’s largest mammals came in for an intense debate Wednesday as the state wildlife commission approved a controversial new panther policy and set quotas for Florida’s first bear hunt …

Recreation Briefs: Tour de Taste Mixing Cycling With Food, Scenery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will turn cycling into a culinary opportunity on Sept. 13 during its annual Tour de Taste progressive dinner and cycling outing. The day allows bike riders a chance to see the scenery around Fairlee with stops for food provided by a …

Hikers Pack Up, Clean Out Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in the 1960s, the “leave no trace” principle encourages visitors of the outdoors to take out everything they bring into the wilderness. A few Appalachian Trail thru hikers did …

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological …

The Trail That Keeps on Giving

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh — under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges — it didn’t …

More to Duck Season Than Mallards

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wichita, Kan. — Sometimes I fear duck seasons are about to end in Kansas. If some had their way, and the seasons got moved several weeks later, we’d just call it mallard season. First, later seasons have their …

Whaleback Adds Mountain Biking to Lineup

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Enfield — Etna ski racer and mountain biker Charlie Harrison has a strong family history at Whaleback Mountain. Over the last two summers, he’s played a major role in forming that legacy’s next major contribution. Harrison — grandson …

Hanover’s Hansen Earns Bid to Jr. Swim Nationals

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Richmond, Va. — Hanover High School junior Kristian Hansen will miss a few days of workouts with the Marauders swimming team in early December. Given his reason, it shouldn’t be much of an issue. A member of the …