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Sarah Jo Damron-Brown, of Groton, Vt., gives Sarah Lackley, 8, of Woodstock, Vt., tips on her figure skating routine during a one-on-one session at the Union Arena Skating Club in Woodstock, Vt., on December 4, 2015. A former competitive figure skater, Damron-Brown is a coach for the club. (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>

A Second Career On the Ice: Former U.S. Skater Finds New Life as an Instructor

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After myriad issues forced former United States figure skater Sarah Jo Damron-Brown to leave the ice at age 16, for more than a decade she thought she’d never return. Lured back several years ago as an instructor, Damron-Brown, now 29, is hoping to advance the sport in the Upper Valley as much as possible. A Lawrence, Mass., native who vacationed …

Recreation Briefs: Hanover Peewees Lock Down First Place in Tier III

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hanover — A win and a tie in two league games over the weekend enabled the Hanover Peewee Green youth hockey team to clinch first place in the New Hampshire Tier III standings with the state championship tournament looming. The win came on Sunday, a 3-1 decision over the Manchester Flames at Thompson Arena. Griffin Auch sandwiched two goals around one from Cole …

Group Picks Up Work on 2nd Campion Rink

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hanover — Efforts to build a second Campion Rink have resurfaced. The Campion Sports and Recreation Project — a nonprofit formerly known as the Lebanon Community Arena Association and later the Lebanon-Hanover Twin Rink Association — is pursuing the potential development of a second ice rink that would abut the existing James W. Campion III Rink in West Lebanon. It’s the first time …

Lake Morey Skate Postponed to Jan. 31

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Staff Reports Fairlee — The slow-to-start winter has led the Upper Valley Trails Alliance to put its Lake Morey Skate-a-thon fundraiser on hold for two weeks. Originally scheduled for Sunday, the event has been postponed to Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day revolves around skating on …

The Ups and Downs of Life

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I wanted to run in the woods in Oak Hill one day last week, but it had poured the day before. The rain had been nonstop, driving. With the busyness and stress of the holidays, I longed for the peace and quiet of the woods, so I set …

Loving Youth, Loving the Ice

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Into a new year and enduring a winter without much snow or ice, I’ve begun dreaming of childhood days that were filled with sledding and ice skating. Like New England, growing up in Canada’s winter meant bundling up …

Florida Gears Up for Another Everglades Python Hunt

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — More than 400 people have registered so far for Florida’s second Python Challenge, hoping to win prizes and fleeting fame in the fight against the Burmese pythons that have infested the Everglades. The snake-catching festival, which runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 14, attempts …

Alpine Essay Contest Seeks Submissions

Sunday, January 10, 2016

East Corinth — The Waterman Fund, which works to strengthen human stewardship of the Northeast’s open summits, exposed ridgelines and alpine areas, is accepting submissions for its annual essay contest. In honor of the centennials of Acadia National Park and the National Park System, the essays should explore …

IMHO: Uphill Battle for Storrs Hill

Friday, January 8, 2016

On Dec. 28, as the season’s first winter storm bore down on the Upper Valley, the Storrs Hill Ski Area posted the following on its Facebook page: “It’s time to do a snow dance!” It worked, to a …

Save Dewey’s Mill Pond Meeting Set for Wednesday

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Quechee — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold an informational meeting to discuss and explain the state of Dewey’s Mill Pond on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Ottauquechee School. The goal of the meeting is …

Outside Story: What Colors Can Deer See?

Monday, January 4, 2016

If you’re a hunter who’s ever ordered something from a sporting goods company, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve been inundated with catalogues over the past four months. God help you if you save your seed catalogues, …

January’s Grand for Skiing

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Looking to recharge your body and mind this new year? Head outside this winter. Try something new. Rise out of your comfort zone. Do the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. Sure, there are lots of recreational skier series, but …

Uneven Playing Field

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Deer baiting continued to be an issue in Minnesota’s firearms deer season this fall, according to Department of Natural Resources enforcement officials. As of last Thursday, 140 baiting citations had been issued to hunters in addition to 42 warnings, DNR officials said. Over the past five years, Minnesota …