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 …

Recreation Briefs: Dream Result for Nightmare With TVFFL Playoff Spot

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Claremont — The Twin Valley Nightmare won the B Division championship of the Twin Valley Flag Football League on Sunday with a 30-14 win over the Springfield Moose at River Valley Community College. Quarterback Adam Ruggles ran for …

Maine Voters Dealing With Bear Issues

Sunday, November 2, 2014

On Nov. 4, the residents of Maine will vote on whether to outlaw two controversial bear hunting techniques that are legal in New Hampshire — baiting and hounding. Baiting is exactly what the name implies — hunters use food like jelly doughnuts, granola bars or lobster bodies to …

Hall, Novello Lead Big Field at CHaD Half Marathon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hanover — Upper Valley runners led their respective genders across the finish line for victories in Sunday’s CHaD Hero Half Marathon through Hanover and Norwich. Hanover’s Alex Hall represented the Upper Valley Running Club in taking the overall …

Naturally Curious: Ecosystem Engineers

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wetlands are crucial — roughly 85 percent of all native North American wildlife relies on them — and throughout most of North America wetlands are highly correlated with beavers. Before the European settlement of North America, beavers numbered …

Heroes, Just for One Day: Claremont Family Gets in Step for Hospital

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hanover — It was a time for heroes, super heroes and football heroes. Heroes of all genders, shapes and sizes. But one hero stood out above the rest at Sunday’s ninth CHaD Hero Half Marathon. One hero, wheeled …

Fall Delights on a Mountain Bike

Sunday, October 26, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News It was an odd sight to behold on a North Country bridge. On the sturdy span by the mighty Androscoggin River in the gritty town of Gorham, N.H., a Skittles-colored line of mountain bikers rode slowly and single file while …

Vermont Hoop Referee Certification Classes Offered

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — The Vermont IAABO Board 105 will be running its high school basketball referee certification classes in the Upper Valley area, starting on Oct. 27. Classes will run on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. at Hartford High School. Classes will run through Nov. …

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a …

Shootout Success

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — With the season just around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is reaching out for volunteer youth basketball coaches. Hartford seeks bench bosses at all levels, from the Start Smart program for …