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The House captain Mike Pepe skates away from a Barrett's Bruisers defender during action in the Sharon Outdoor Hockey Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Sharon. The House won the tourney title with a 7-4 victory over the Bruisers.
Sarah Gagliardone photograph

Outdoor Ice Kings

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Left: The House captain Mike Pepe, center, curls away from a Barrett’s Bruisers skater during action on Sunday at the Sharon Outdoor Hockey Tournament in Sharon. The House took the title with a 7-4 win over the Bruisers. Above: The House’s Caleb Callaway, Derek Callaway, Steve Lawson, Mike Pepe, Ryan Pepe and Ty Gagliardone, from left, pose with the championship …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre’s Taylor Races to Skinner Cup Victory

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre Ski Council skiers set the stage for their upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state qualifiers by skiing to fop finishes on Sunday at the Bob Skinner Cup giant slalom at Mount Sunapee. Lainie Taylor led the Ford Sayre girls by winning the U14 division by more than …

White River Access May Increase in Royalton, Bethel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Residents of Royalton and Bethel might soon have better public access to the White River and one of its tributaries. Both towns are working with the nonprofit White River Partnership to convert properties along the White River and Gilead Brook into public parks and river access points. Three parks in Bethel totaling 10.1 …

Lyme’s Caldwell Wins Eastern Cup Nordic Opener

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ripton, Vt. — Lyme native, Ford Sayre Ski Council alumnus and Dartmouth College competitor Paddy Caldwell produced a dominant performance to with the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle to open the Eastern Cup cross country ski schedule at Middlebury College’s …

Winter Sports & Winter Gifts

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Whether you’re still in the shopping mood or waiting to spend some holiday cash, there are all sorts of gifts for skiers and riders. Last month’s visit to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo, provided a glimpse of glorious goodies. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

New Owners Race to Put Speedway Back on Track

Friday, December 12, 2014

Claremont — Start your engines: The Twin State Speedway will boast a full slate of racing — and new ownership — when it opens next season. Early this week, Claremont Speedway LLC bought the landmark racetrack for $518,000 …

An Olympian Task: Lebanon Marathoner Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For a runner who prefers to keep her expectations moderate, Lebanon resident Laura Hagley sure knows how to progress like someone with all-star ambitions. Hagley, 30, on Sunday qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a …

Norwich’s Rhim Wins College Cyclocross Championship

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Clemson, s.c. — Hanover High school graduate Brendan Rhim is now a national collegiate cycling champion. Rhim added a new item to his competitive resume on Saturday when he won the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference championship as part …

Hoping for a Whale of a Winter: Whaleback Improvements Taking Hold, Work Still to Be Completed

Monday, December 8, 2014

Enfield — It’s still officially the offseason at Whaleback Mountain, yet the facility is far from quiet as the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation prepares for opening day. Volunteer construction workers have been tightening up the base lodge, …

The Outside Story: How Toads Survive the Winter

Monday, December 8, 2014

I manage a lodge in the Groton forest on behalf of Vermont State Parks. One warm fall day, while standing outside the lodge, I noticed movement inside one of the window wells around the basement. Realizing that something …