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Jed Williamson, 75, is retiring after 40 years as editor of the annual journal Accidents in American Mountaineering. Saturday, October 18, 2014. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Man of the Mountains: Hanover Native Chronicled Accidents

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hanover — Jed Williamson’s resume is about as lengthy as some of the mountaineering expeditions he’s completed over the years. The 75-year-old Hanover resident has balanced a brilliant career in education and administration with a relentless eye toward community service and volunteerism. It all started in the early 1960s at the University of New Hampshire, where Williamson, a Pawling, N.Y., native and Villanova University transfer, began traversing Granite State summits. “I wasn’t a football player or anything like that and it was something that a person of my size could do,” Williamson said last week at his River Ridge Road home, high on the wooded …

By Don’s Early Light: Pearces Teach People to Love Their Brains

Friday, October 17, 2014

Who can tell what life has in store for them? Kevin Pearce thought he knew. Five years ago, the Norwich native was an elite snowboarder, a virtual shoo-in for an Olympic berth and potential medalist. But then a horrific training accident stole his dreams and nearly stole his life. Suddenly, snowboarding was no …

Shootout Success

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White River Junction — With the season just around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is reaching out for volunteer youth basketball coaches. Hartford seeks bench bosses at all levels, from the Start Smart program for ages 3-5 to its youth teams in grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6 and town team. With …

Simple Hints For a Big Catch

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Coleman Stokes Special to the Valley News Perhaps the biggest compliment ever paid to me was by my friend Larry, who said: “If you go fishing with Coleman, you will catch fish.” That was after I had …

Recreation Briefs: Early Fall Fundraising Golf Tournaments Abound

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Got a weekend to spare? Like to play golf to help Upper Valley high school athletic programs? Then the Hartford and Hanover boys ice hockey programs would like to meet you, as they’ll host back-to-back golf tournaments over the first weekend of October. Hartford starts it off on …

Ame Corner: Skills Need Attention to Grow

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By Peter Harris Special to the Valley News Welcome to the final column of the season. It is so much fun writing golf instruction blurbs for you. I hope you enjoy them and find helpful, and here’s wishing …

Program Lets Disabled Athletes Enjoy Summer Sports

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Newbury, n.h. — It’s just before 10 a.m. at Lake Sunapee State Beach, and Kyle McIntyre is, in the words of caregiver Bill Hays, “all smiles and giggles.” It’s understandable that McIntyre is happy, and not only because …

Recreation Notes: Big Grant Paves Way for Mascoma Greenway

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Mascoma River Greenway Coalition isn’t letting the summer slip away quietly. The grass-roots organization on Thursday will host a check presentation, concert and fireworks display to celebrate its reception of a $350,000 grant awarded by the Timken …

Fire When Ready

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Though retired from hunting, Don Colburn, of Windsor, still regularly visits the Hartland Cove Shooting Range in Hartland to practice using his black powder pistols, including his 36-caliber Remington, a replica of a Civil War-era firearm. Colburn enjoys …

‘If I Can Do It, You Can Do It’: Mass. Amputee Uses Endurance Swim for Awareness

Monday, August 25, 2014

Newbury, n.h. — Every day, Mike Welsch faces the reality that his own alcohol-related motorcycle crash 35 years ago left him with an amputated lower right leg. Yet every day he appreciates that he can still walk, run …

Get Your Rifle Sighted in Today

Sunday, August 24, 2014

By Pete Zimowsky The Idaho Statesman If you’re a hunter, but not a hard-core target shooter, you should visit a range a few times before heading out to hunt next fall. It only makes sense to be prepared when you get a shot at an animal. If you …

Florida May Allow Hunters to Use Silencers While Hunting

Sunday, August 24, 2014

By David Fleshler Sun Sentinel Hunters of deer, turkey and other animals in Florida may soon be able to operate with lethal stealth under a state proposal to allow them to use silencers. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider a proposal at its Sept. 10 …

Want to Relax While Fishing? Try Wading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

By Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Waukesha, Wis. — Rivers are natural corridors for transportation. Often they are used to move things. And sometimes it’s people. When summer settles across Wisconsin, one of my favorite activities is wade fishing for smallmouth bass on streams and rivers. It …