Outdoors / Recreation

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 move as a pair of mountain bikers moved slowly along the wide, wet path. But there must have been some wildlife wand …

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 place. Hunters in about a dozen southeast Kansas counties needed the extra few weeks they’ve …

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 of previous owners Jim and Martha Griffiths and nephew of Tim and Sally Herbert, also …

Lebanon Referee Embraces Special Olympics World Games

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lebanon — Jeremy Colter has gone far enough in basketball officiating that his father, Blake, now plans vacations around it. Not that trying to oversee a Special Olympics World Games basketball contest always qualifies as relaxing. It’s just …

Lion’s Death Leaves Bunch Of Questions

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A lion was shot, and allegedly poached, in Zimbabwe by Minnesotan Walter Palmer. That’s about all I completely understand about the incident that’s created a social media frenzy. I’d like to know more. I want to know what actually happened. First the lion famous in Zimbabwe was shot …

Florida’s Lobster Season Results in a Real Fish Tale

Sunday, August 9, 2015

John Strunk, it was the most exciting lobster miniseason ever. He dived the two-day miniseason, which started at 12:01 a.m. July 29 and concluded at midnight July 30, for the first time with the crew of Jim “Chiefy” …

Running Is All in This Family: Carons Race Western N.H. Trail Running Series as Clan

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hanover — Of the five Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series races in which Christine Caron has participated, Saturday’s Stoaked Trail Run was by far the most challenging — and not only because of the Storrs Pond Recreation …

Figuring Things Out: Warrior Hike Helping Veterans Through Trips on the Appalachian Trail

Saturday, August 8, 2015

White River Junction — Back in 2012, U.S. Marine combat veteran Sean Gobin mimicked Earl Shaffer’s 1948 Appalachian Trail through-hike, using the long-distance national scenic trail as a therapeutic means to “walk off the war.” Since then, Gobin …

Local Roundup: Valley Golfers Win Tourneys

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Rumford, r.i. — Former Lebanon High School golfer Pat Pelletier held off a charge from Michael Welch to record the most significant victory of his young professional career on Thursday, recording a one-stroke Rhode Island Open win at the Agawam Hunt Club. Pelletier maintained the slim edge he …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon All-Stars Go Perfect, Claim Logan Tourney

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lebanon — The Lebanon Youth Baseball Association’s Cal Ripken U10 baseball team rode a late grand slam from Ben Howland for a 13-2 win over Kearsarge Valley on Monday to win the inaugural Howard Logan Memorial Tournament at …

Amen Corner: Uneven Lies Become Fair Game With a Few Tweaks

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Uneven lies are the norm here in the Upper Valley. Uphill, downhill, sidehill, there always seems to be a hill messing with your mojo and causing a rogue shot. Let’s focus on the sidehill lie first, where the …

Smiles for Moody Park: Claremont Landmark’s Makeover Gets a Thumbs-Up

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Claremont — When a timber harvest in winter 2014 removed large swaths of evergreens from Moody Park, some users of one of Claremont’s most popular natural areas grumbled about the extensive visual impact and loss of trails. City …

Local Roundup: Lebanon High Graduate Takes N.H. Amateur Title

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dover, n.h. — Lebanon High School graduate Lisanne Schmidt held off a charge from recent Bishop Guertin High graduate Chelsea Sedlar on Wednesday to win her first New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association amateur championship at Cochecho Country Club. Schmidt shot a final-round 76 to maintain the two-shot lead …