Outdoors / Recreation

Dominick Da Cruz (CQ), right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School in White River Junction, Vt. Thursday, March 26, 2015. The tournament is a fund raiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, to raise money for one of the school's academic teams to take a year end camping trip to Silver Lake State Park. At left is Deveon Martin. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, to raise money for one of the school’s academic teams to take a year-end camping trip to Silver Lake State Park. Deveon …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool. A member of the UVRays masters program, based at White …

New Outlet for Youth Football

Monday, March 23, 2015

A new regional youth football program is coming to the Upper Valley. Founded by Grantham resident Dave Daigneault, the Upper Valley Hawks will be the 15th member of the New Hampshire Pop Warmer League beginning this fall. Fielding up to six teams aged 5-14, the Hawks will practice at the Grantham Parks and …

Paintball Pioneer, Ex-New London Resident, Reflects

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forced into bankruptcy by the financial strain of lawsuits, paintball co-founder Bob Gurnsey has been removed from the industry for nearly 20 years. Now 72, the former New London resident has embarked on another business opportunity: selling original …

Claremont Native Set to Take His Rowing International

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Claremont — At a Claremont Middle School football game several years ago, there was an unusual sight on the field — there were two 13-year-old ends on the same team that were well over 6 feet tall and …

Calling to the Wild

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. — The wood had been cut. The antlers had been shed. But they were not dead. Far from it. Reshaped by master craftsmen, these materials — and many others — sprang to life in late …

Carving More Than a Niche

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tom Flemming grew up on a dairy farm in west-central Minnesota, where the great outdoors was just outside his door. “I’d go waterfowl and pheasant hunting with my dad and friends,” Flemming said. “I always liked ducks.” At …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon Loewens Sweeps to CVWBL Championship

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Randolph Center — The Lebanon Loewens squad swept to three wins over two days to claim the A Division title of the Central Vermont Women’s Basketball League championship tournament, getting a victory over Windsor in the final on …

Naturally Curious: Flocks of Winter Visitors; Cedar Waxwings Are Fun to Watch as the Flocks Swoop Down on Fruit Trees

Monday, February 16, 2015

One of the delights of winter in the Northeast is the sudden appearance of cedar waxwings. A sea of gleaming black masks, waxy red feather tips and lemon-yellow bellies flutter down from the sky to settle on the …

Find Your Beach

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dave Donley, of White River Junction, warms up in the sun while Kappy Scoppettone, of Lebanon, swims laps at the Carter Community Building Association’s Dwinell Pool in Lebanon on Sunday. Donley and Scoppettone made the most of the …

Survivor, by a Nose

Monday, February 16, 2015

Icicles form on a competitor’s nose during the Gatineau Loppet freestyle cross country ski race on Sunday in Gatineau, Quebec. The Loppet, Canada’s biggest Nordic skiing event, shortened Sunday’s races because of subzero temperatures. ap/The Canadian Press— Justin …

Hartford Resident Takes Horse Association Reins

Sunday, February 15, 2015

South Woodstock — Tracy Ostler, of Hartford, has been named executive director of the Green Mountain Horse Association. She will join the association full-time on March 16. Ostler, who has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 20 years, continually took on more responsibility at the medical center, GMHA …

Strong on the Mountain

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At first there were only two races, with skiers running the gates at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine and central Vermont’s Killington Mountain Resort. As time marched on and skiers began sharing the slopes with snowboarders, more ski …