Outdoors / Recreation

Ford Sayre Sets Qualifiers for NHARA Championship

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lyme Center — The Ford Sayre Ski Council filled out its rosters for the upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state championships by sending its skiers to a two-run Western Division qualifying slalom at Dartmouth Skiway on Sunday. FSSC athletes dominated the podium with wins from Eva Schiffman (U14 girls), Kyle Rozzi (U14 boys) and Phoebe Garfield (U12 girls). Schiffman swept to her win, with teammates Lainie Taylor and Maia …

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 memorabilia from the early days of the game. Among the collectible items Gurnsey has preserved …

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 could play very well. They still are playing well, but the sport has changed. Kaleb …

Thompson, Felix Top Seniors

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hanover — Organizers of the Granite State Senior Games took time during the Dartmouth Relays at Leverone Field House on Jan. 11 to honor two Upper Valley athletes for excellence in track and field. The GSSG presented awards to Lebanon’s Valerie Thompson and Grantham’s Paul Felix for their …

Recreation Briefs: SCaD’s Skating Spectacular to Be CHaD Fundraiser

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hanover — The Skating Club at Dartmouth will host its annual Skating Spectacular on Feb. 1 at Thompson Arena, using the program as a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth as well. The show traditionally welcomes prominent athletes from beyond the Upper Valley, and this year’s program …

AMC Proposes Shutting Down Cardigan Trail

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cardigan Mountain’s trail network could soon be left with a gap. Due to extensive erosion and drainage issues, the Appalachian Mountain Club has proposed closing the 0.4-mile Hurricane Gap Trail in Orange and replacing it with a shorter …

Mothers’ Day Atop the Mountain: Hanover’s Blum, Buddy Climb to Honor Moms’ Cancer Battles

Monday, January 19, 2015

Anyone who’s dealt with a serious illness in the family is well aware of the importance of treatment and support. Jackson Blum and Alex Roth were willing to travel to great heights to give back. Bearing the slogan, …

Rec Briefs: Quechee Club Seeks Creative Types for Box Derby

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Quechee — The Quechee Club is seeking creativity in large doses to fill the field for its 19th Cardboard Box Derby, scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Quechee Ski Area. The event is open to the public and promises a fun time for participants of all ages. The …

Rocking the Rink: Sharon Hockey Tournament Keeps It Loose

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sharon — The Sharon Hockey Tournament trophy displays a plaque listing players from last year’s winning team, Barrett’s Bruisers. The squad was named for Sharon Elementary School Principal Barrett Williams, who sponsored the team. If third-grade teacher Keenan …

Popular Norwich Trail Blocked

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Norwich — The use of a popular “unofficial” trail in Norwich has suddenly become restricted. Users of an approximately 3-mile trail connecting Beaver Meadow Road with Gile Mountain’s summit have been surprised recently to find “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs at both ends of one of the …

Whaleback Overcomes Obstacles, Set to Open

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Enfield — If a warmer-than-desired holiday period wasn’t enough to slow Whaleback’s efforts at getting its ski season going, the Enfield mountain still has a snowmaking system that isn’t state of the art. One problem at a time, please: With Mother Nature finally cooperating enough for crews to …

Seltzer Win Highlights Ford Sayre Effort at Proctor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Despite warm and rainy conditions, Brian Seltzer skied his way to a seventh-place finish overall and a win in the under-16 boys division at Sunday’s Technica Cup slalom held at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area. …

Lights! Camera! Racing! Colby-Sawyer Grads Chronicle Grueling Endurance Race

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Growing up in Middlebury, Vt., Michael Mooney had never heard of the Vermont 100 endurance race. Once he got there, he couldn’t get away. Fascinated after joining his good friend, Zak Wieluns, for support during Wieluns’ running of …