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Hartford Rec Hosting Martin Richard Benefit Run

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wilder — With the Boston Marathon right around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, teaming with the Friends of Hartford Track, will host the Hartford Strong for Boston 5K road race on April 27. The event is a benefit for Team MR8, the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation. The charity grew from the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. The …

A Little Light Warmup Goes a Long Way

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Peter Harris Special to the Valley News All right, finally, some of us have been able to hit some golf balls! How do you get yourself ready for the season? This past weekend, I witnessed a golf-hungry customer buy a large bucket of balls for the range, holding only a driver. I …

Riverfest Hits Choppy Water

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Once again, weather conditions are wreaking havoc on the Ledyard Canoe Club’s Riverfest plans. For the second straight year, the paddlers club of Dartmouth College has canceled its triathlon intended to help kick off a weekend of festivities culminating in Sunday’s popular Mascoma River Slalom in Lebanon. Instead of the traditional first-leg discipline of swimming, the triathlon was to include a canoeing segment …

Klassical Gas: CCBA Hoop Tourney Continues to Thrive

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The longer the Karp’s Klassic basketball tournament goes on, the larger it gets. Celebrating its 35th edition this month at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center, the tourney run by Lebanon hoops maven Paul Karp is at …

Resolve To Run: Former Plainfield Resident Joining Marathon Charity

Monday, March 10, 2014

One of Rachel Mathewson’s New Year’s resolutions was to perform actions outside of her perceived comfort zone. As it turns out, the first major initiative carries tremendous meaning. Mathewson, 35, was one of 72 runners chosen for Team MR8, a charity squad running next month’s Boston Marathon in …

Rock Starters

Monday, March 10, 2014

Giving Up a Trophy Catch

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Minneapolis — A Minnesota man told natural resources officers the truth, so his 52-pound catch was confiscated. When Rob Scott hand-lined a 4-pound lake trout through the ice on Lac la Croix the morning of Feb. 8, and kept the fish, he couldn’t know his world was about …

Shoot the Chute on Whistler’s Bobsled

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Whistler, British Columbia — “The fastest sliding track in the world.” The guides made this pronouncement over and over during our bobsled orientation, in case we had missed it in between reading the three-page liability waiver and getting a crash course in what to do if we crash. …

Trail Cam Aids A nimal Tracking

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Whether for survival or recreation, humans always have been profoundly interested in wildlife. Trail cameras and the Internet have captivated us more recently. A citizen science project that combines all these elements is getting started this year in …

Learn-to-Curl at UA Sunday

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Woodstock — Following on the heels of the recent Olympic tournament in Russia, the Woodstock Curling Club will host a learn-to-curl clinic at Union Arena on Sunday afternoon. The clinic is scheduled to run from 1:30-3:45 p.m. at a cost of $20 per person. The club provides the …

UVAC Pair Crowned Champs at New England Meet

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

White River Junction — Two members of the Upper Valley Aquatic Center swim team combined for three race victories over the weekend competing in their home pool at the New England Swimming 12-and-under championships. Hartland’s Jack Wadsworth, 11, …

Hunting Turkey Tip: You Want to See Them Before They See You

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sitting in a clump of palmettos with my back against the jagged trunk of a cabbage palm, my shotgun on the ground and two gobblers running at me, I couldn’t help but think, “What a way to screw up a perfect spring turkey hunt.” Fortunately, Ron Bergeron yelped …

Bird Nerd Loves Feathered Friends

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Don’t call Michael O’Keefe a birder. Or a bird-watcher. He’d rather be called a bird nerd. “A friend of mine came up with that,” he said with a laugh. “For me, it just kind of stuck. “I don’t …