Outdoors / Recreation

For more accurate shots down the fairway, it pays to line up with a closer target — whether it bears concentric circles or not.
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Amen Corner: Accurate Shots a Simple Matter of Target Practice

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What’s the first thing you do when going on vacation? Pick a destination. Now, with all the family vacations I hear about this summer, a tremendous amount of planning goes into these trips. Even day trips to the White Mountains take a lot of preparation and organizing. So, if it’s second nature to devise a plan for a holiday, how …

In Brief: Wilder’s Mullen Reaches Junior Olympics

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jacksonville, Fla. — Thanks to qualifying performances at the regional level, Wilder’s Kennedy Mullen is busy this week competing in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at the University of North Florida. Mullen, 13, had to get through two levels of qualifying in the 400-meter dash and triple jump to make the …

Giving Water to Fitness: Woodsville Man Hopes ‘H.A.T.S.’ Can Be Right Fit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Newbury, Vt. — A former granite industry business owner who now runs his own health and fitness center, Gary Goodwin has always considered himself a self-starter. Now the 70-year-old is hoping to start something he feels would be benefit the area greatly. Goodwin is pursuing the construction of a nonprofit water therapy and …

Final Putt Makes Rainvill Vt. Am Champ; Russell Fourth

Friday, July 17, 2015

Swanton, Vt. — The 18th green at Champlain Country Club gave people fits for three days at the Vermont Amateur. What better place to win it? St. Johnsbury’s Alex Rainville made a twisting, 12-foot birdie putt there on …

Bradford Recreation Offering Kayak Opportunities

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — The Bradford Parks and Recreation Department has a pair of kayaking opportunities coming up in the next two weeks, one for teens and another for participants of all ages. Working with Thetford Parks and Recreation, paddlers of all abilities can take part in lessons and …

Keeping Ball Low Isn’t a Knockdown, Drag-Out Affair

Thursday, July 16, 2015

By Peter Harris Special to the Valley News The British Open at St Andrews this week is the year’s third major championship and promises to deliver windy conditions that make the 261-year-old course the longest short course in …

For H.S. Trail Corps, Elbow Grease Goes a Long Way

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lebanon — In anticipation of its 100th anniversary next year and to encourage the use of natural areas, the National Park Service has introduced a campaign called “Find Your Park.” Thanks in part to an NPS grant, for …

Grantham’s Russell Goes Low, Returns to Vt. Amateur Title Hunt

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Swanton, Vt. — Fools rush in. And so did a group of guys who want to win the Vermont Amateur. While the field Tuesday littered the scoreboard with numbers one wishes could vanish from the handicap card, Wednesday …

Hartland Loses Rec Leader: Ray Sapp Performed Many Tasks for Town

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Upper Valley recreation community this week is mourning the death of Ray Sapp, Hartland’s recreation director and Hartland Elementary School’s athletic director. Sapp, 53, died Saturday evening after suffering a massive stroke, according to information provided by …

Local Roundup: Tarczewski Named to Pan Am Team

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Colorado Springs, Colo. — Arizona senior center Kaleb Tarczewski was one of 12 players named to the U.S. Men’s Pan American Games Team on Sunday. The Claremont native will train with the team in Chicago this week before heading across the border to Toronto in search of an …

Still Anyone’s Game After First Round of Vt. Amateur

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Swanton, Vt. — Playing Champlain Country Club on Tuesday must have felt like trying to pull free of fly paper. The better portion of 92 players got a tough-love education. The ones who best survived incessant obstacles like …

It’s Hanover’s Day At N.H. Amateur

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bretton Woods, n.h. — The first round of match play at the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship will have a distinctly Hanover feel today. Five Upper Valley golfers made it through two days of stroke play at the par-72 Mount Washington Resort to qualify for one of …

Vermont Amateur History Could Be Russell’s by Week’s End

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Swanton, Vt. — Two is a significant number when it comes to this week’s Vermont Amateur, and not just as in birdie on a par-3. That’s the number of times Grantham’s Evan Russell has won the men’s state …