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Newport Golf Club's Michael Killam, right, looks over the line of a putt during his quarterfinal New Hampshire Amateur golf match with Derryfield's Matthew Paradis on Friday. Killam isn't sure when he'll be able to compete in the state championship again — he's joining the working world soon.
Valley News — Greg Fennell

Growing Up a Hazard to Golf: Real World Claims Talent From NHGA

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Goffstown, n.h. — Michael Killam didn’t see the question coming. When he comprehended it, he needed a few moments to gain his composure. The blessing of the New Hampshire Golf Association’s state championship format — a weeklong grind that reflects how the USGA runs the United States Amateur — is also its curse. Every year’s field is split down the …

Foot Rest

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Italy’s Michele Scarponi uses an Astana team car for a pre-workout respite on Monday in Lignan-sur-Orb, France. Scarponi was waiting for teammates, including overall Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali, before heading out on a training ride. Monday was the second of two rest days for the Tour, which heads into the Pyranees …

Mascoma River Watershed

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sort of like air, watersheds are both ubiquitous and easy to overlook. Yet, they shape nearly every aspect of life within their boundaries — recreation and tourism, flora and fauna, development and industry. The waterbodies within them are where residents fish, swim, ice skate and boat, and, sometimes, even the source of drinking …

Recreation Notes: Towns Honor Accident Victim

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tragedy afflicted Tunbridge last month when 20-year-old Jen Kinnarney, of South Royalton, died from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident. While both communities mourned, more than 100 friends gathered to help make things a little easier for …

GM: Claremont's Twin State Speedway Progressing With Revival

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Claremont — When Jimmy Zullo agreed to become general manager of Twin State Speedway, he knew there would be huge challenges to the task. After all, the Claremont oval — known for decades as the Claremont Speedway — …

Eight-Legged Engineers

Monday, July 7, 2014

Roughly half of all spiders ambush or use snares and traps to capture prey. The rest spin webs to catch their meals. There are many different types of webs — sheet, funnel, cob, mesh, etc. Several families of …

Bicyclists Are Believing and Achieving

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Brent Bell was tired of hearing people tell him what he couldn’t do. So he decided to show them. At 2 a.m., that Friday morning 37 years ago, the then 13-year-old Lebanon Junior High student sneaked out of …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Legion Still Unbeaten

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lebanon — Andrew Houde was force on the mound and at the plate as Lebanon’s Post 22 American Legion baseball team dismantled Plymouth 11-1 in a mercy-rule shortened seven-inning game on Saturday at Lebanon High. Post 22 improved to 9-0 overall, 8-0 in league play. House allowed one …

High School Students Clean Up the Trails

Friday, July 4, 2014

Norwich —This summer, Upper Valley high school students needn’t travel far to get valuable trail stewardship experience. Starting Monday, 38 teenagers from nine area schools will join Upper Valley Trails Alliance staff for its High School Trail Corps, a series of workdays clearing, building and blazing area trails. …

(Baseball) Diamonds Are Forever

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hartford High and Hartford American Legion baseball coach Jarrod Grassi, right, spreads clay on the infield of a new baseball field being built at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford with Matt Bing, left, and Hunter Grace, center, …

Recreation Briefs: Woodstock Squads Collide at N.H. Curling Tourney

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Conway, n.h. — The Woodstock Curling Club stole the show by putting both of its entries in the final match of the Grand National Curling Club of America championship at Ham Arena this week, with the quartet of …

Amen Corner: There’s No Need to Haggle — Sometimes It’s Good to Waggle

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What the heck is the waggle all about? Back in the day, most of the world’s best golfers had a waggle in their pre-shot routine. Today, you don’t see the young guns waggle as much. Why? First, what …

Wanting Water Everywhere: Runner Uses Yoga to Raise Money for Native Kenya

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hanover — Elite distance runner Sam Chelanga has settled in the Upper Valley in part because the wooded hills remind him of his home village in Kenya. Now he’s hoping friends in his new surroundings can help him …