Outdoors / Recreation

Peg Sullivan takes it easy on one of her last training runs near her home in Hartland, Vt., on April 15, 2015, before the Boston Marathon. Sullivan, who started running long distances in high school, has been running for forty years. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Ready to Run: After Many Years, Boston Remains Unique for Hartland Resident

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hartland — It was a busy workday for Peg Sullivan at Mt. Ascutney Hospital on April 15, 2013. When she got home, she opened her personal email to find it packed with frantic inquiries from friends and relatives asking if she was all right. That was how she heard about the horror on Boylston Street. She let them know she …

Turkey Program Unites Students And Mentors

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dousman, Wis. — Cayden Weiland, 10, of Waukesha, Wis., comes from a hunting family and has expressed a desire to hunt for years. Mandy Eisler, 35, of Delafield, Wis., is a mother and wife who hadn’t considered hunting for dinner until her 11-year-old daughter got the family into archery. One is a traditional path to hunting, the other pretty rare. Both converged recently …

Python Hunt Planned in Fla.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Come to South Florida. Lie on the beach. Play golf. Kill pythons. The nation’s hunters will again be invited to visit South Florida to take out the Burmese pythons that have staked a claim to the top of the Everglades food chain. The Python Challenge, which drew more than 1,500 hunters in 2013, …

A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Crossbows Use Helps Heighten Deer Harvest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows. In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014. But …

Farming Practice Assists Pheasant Conservation

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jeff Prendergast said life is pretty easy for a grown Kansas pheasant. With so many crop fields, food is seldom a problem. Even with reductions in Conservation Reserve Program fields there’s normally enough cover to protect a lot of the birds from predators and the elements. With nearly …

Headed North? Bring Rod and Reel

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lower Manitou Lake, Ontario — “Fish on!” hollered Dave Swenson as his partner’s rod bent in half and line peeled off his reel. “Oh, this is a nice one,” said Tom Szukis, playing the big lake trout tugging …

More Than Horseplay: New-Look GMHA Gallops Into 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

South Woodstock — With springtime coming soon to the Upper Valley, the Green Mountain Horse Association picked a fitting time to welcome its new executive director — and to announce plenty of new events for the 2015 horseback …

Recreation Briefs: A New Feat for Hanover U12s

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Auburn, Maine — Dropping the final to host Casco Bay, the Hanover Wild U12 girls produced the best finish by a Hanover Hockey Association girls team at the USA Hockey New England Regional tournament last weekend, accepting the …

Outdoor Adventures: A Serious Side to Silly Season

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let the goggle tans begin. Sure, it’s time to work on growing alpine freckles, go pond skimming, break out the loud Hawaiian shirts and use rolls of duct tape on those cardboard derby entrees. But there are some …