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Antlions are motley-looking insects that are gray or brown, have an oversized head, spiny jaws, short legs and a soft body covered in bristles.

Naturally Curious: Sept. 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Antlion — the very name conjures up visions of an improbable combination of two distinctly different creatures. In fact, the name is derived from the ferocious, leonine nature of a predaceous larva that consumes ants. A member of the insect family Myrmeleontidae, the antlion matures into an adult winged insect that closely resembles dragonflies and damselflies, but has longer clubbed …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike speed record holder now has a new mark to crow about, having climbed all 48 …

Lots of Buzz in the Unknown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing — complete with smart-looking vest — than for hiking, they each wore shades, belted tan pants and hiking boots. One wore a wide-brimmed hat, …

Local Roundup: Hanover’s Temple Four Back at Stroke Play Event

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hudson, n.h. — Hanover Country Club’s Zach Temple is tied for 11th after the first round of the New Hampshire Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at par-72 Green Meadow Golf Club. Temple shot a 1-under 71, four strokes behind Stonebridge Country Club’s Joshua Chamberlain (67). Four other golfers …

At One With the Woods

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ian Mundy, 17, of Thetford, sprints along the Thetford Academy cross country course in Thetford on Tuesday during a timed fun run. The weekly runs are free and start at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through the end of …

Naturally Curious: How the River Otter Signs Its Name

Monday, August 4, 2014

River otters, water-loving members of the weasel family, are found across America wherever there is enough water to support them. They are active year round and during both day and night. Even so, it is much more common …

‘He Loved This Mountain’: Volunteers Build Trail to Remember Teen

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Of all of Sean Tillotson’s varied hobbies and interests, he perhaps took most pride in his love of the outdoors. This past weekend, friends and family made sure a piece of woods in his hometown …

Ponies at Play: Quechee Polo Club Turns 40

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Quechee — Polo players in the Northeast have just a few months to compete, and most summer Saturdays find the Quechee Polo Club doing just that. The club, which plays on land owned and maintained by the Quechee …

Small Peaks, Big Rewards

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sometimes big things come in small packages. The low-lying Benton Range is comprised of a half dozen mountains all under 3,000 feet in elevation. The highest is Jeffers Mountain at 2,994 feet, with Owls Head being the lowest …

Brother, Sister Overcome Challenges of Swimming the English Channel

Sunday, August 3, 2014

By David Brown Special To The Washington Post. In the end, the odds were too much for the three Wahls. Devin and Danielle Wahl completed their English Channel swim last Sunday. The 21-mile crossing in 64-degree water was more harrowing and painful than they expected. Their younger brother …

Local Roundup: Massachusetts Golfer Wins N.H. Open

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Campton, n.h. — Former touring pro Geoffrey Sisk beat Florida’s David Chung on the third playoff hole to claim the New Hampshire Open at Owl’s Nest Golf Club on Thursday, surging through a 36-hole final day as the Upper Valley’s competitors slipped back in the pack. Five shots …

Playoff Kickoff

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oxbow High’s Wren Smith, left, collides with Touchline’s Kelsey Head during the teams’ July 13 scrimmage at Norwich’s Huntley Meadows. Touchline opens the New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division I women’s tournament on Sunday as the second seed, meeting …

Improve Your Golf Swing With a Wing Ding

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Every once in a while, it’s a real treat to enjoy some chicken wings. They come in all sorts of various flavors today — buffalo, teriyaki, plum, barbecue — with my favorite being dashed in Carolina mustard. America …