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Peyton Sargent, 6, of Newport, N.H., takes a moment from his toy racecars to watch drivers take laps around the track during open practice at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, N.H., on April 19, 2014. Racing season begins at the track on April 26. (Valley News - Will Parson)

Still Searching for the Magic: Twin State Speedway Trying Revival With New Management

Monday, April 21, 2014

Claremont — Can motorsports racing be successful once again in Claremont? On Thrasher Road is a one-third paved asphalt track that flourished for decades and then failed as the Claremont Speedway. More recently, the facility was renamed as Twin State Speedway, but a name change was not enough to get the crowd and car count to be totally successful and, …

Tell-Tale Sign Of New Season: ‘The Gobble’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dallas — One of the neatest sounds of spring is the reverberating “gobble, gobble, gobble” call of a male turkey. Wild turkeys occasionally make the gobbling call outside of breeding season. For the most part, gobbling is a spring serenade. To reveal their location to any breeding hens that may be close enough to hear, males gobble when they fly up to roost …

Hope Springs on Wisconsin River

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Along the Brule River, Wis. — We could have come back to the Brule just for the bald eagles. Or the deer. Or the Canada geese. Or the ducks. Or the steelhead. Or the two otters. Or the sleepy bear. Any of those would have been enough. The two of us knew, when we slid the canoe off the snow into the river …

The Family That Skis Together …

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Breton family, of Orford, clockwise from top left, Levi, 6, Erika, Jasper, 3, and Dan, ski the trails at the Strafford Nordic Center on a blustery Sunday morning, March 16, 2014. …

New Boats Have All the Benefits

Monday, March 17, 2014

Boise, Idaho — Fishing’s getting pretty personal - as in personal fishing craft. Innovations rise to the surface every year as boat builders figure out new ways to make it easier to stand up and cast, store fishing …

A Grueling Challenge for a Great Cause

Monday, March 17, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Maybe 15 runs into his ski day, Mark Holmes was riding the lift dressed in about seven layers of clothing making him more prepared for subzero chills rather than the temps flirting with 20. He had to stay warm because …

Cusk Fishing Is at Its Peak

Monday, March 17, 2014

By Coleman Stokes Special to the Valley News The cusk bears the distinction of being the only member of the codfish family to inhabit freshwater. Cusks are eelish looking creatures that live on the bottom of more than …

Grant Helps Green Mountain Horse Association Repair Barn Roof

Monday, March 17, 2014

South Woodstock — Green Mountain Horse Association has received a $15,000 matching grant from the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation to help replace a roof on its historic Upwey Barn. The roof work has been divided into three …

Shuffle Is Off

Friday, March 14, 2014

Staff Reports Lebanon — Many devoted runners in the Upper Valley look forward to the annual Shamrock Shuffle as the unofficial start of Spring. Not this year, unfortunately. Thanks to the recent snowstorm, they’ll have to wait one more week. Lebanon director of recreation and parks Paul Coats …

UV Running Series Commences With Shamrock 5K

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lebanon — Ignore the evidence in the yards and on the roads of the Upper Valley: Spring running season is upon us, with no greater testimony than the start of the Upper Valley Running Series, which arrives with …

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