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Tiny Island, Big Experience

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A year ago I was on one of the most remote islands in the world, walking in my brightly colored mumu among the palm trees and their thousand shades of green. As the temperature dropped and the light began to fade through the trees, I watched as dozens of birds made their way back to the jungle after a long day of fishing at sea. This was Kili Island, a …

Everybody on the Lake

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dundee, Wis. — The kames and eskers were covered by a healthy blanket of snow, the trails were groomed, the air temperature hovered in the 20s and the lakes had at least 10 inches of crystal cap. By any measure last Saturday, the northern Kettle Moraine region was bursting with opportunities for winter …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre Crowns Champs at Oak Hill Jump Meet

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hanover — Ford Sayre’s Aiden Cudhea nipped Hanover High’s Sam Strohbehn for the high school boys title to highlight Saturday’s Ford Sayre Ski Council ski jumping meet on the Oak Hill jumps at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area. Nearly 50 youths of all ages participated in the competition, which was staged on Oak …

IMHO: Cancer Survivor Returning Favor to Charity

Saturday, December 26, 2015

In this season of giving, Grady Chaltain wants to give until it hurts. But it’s nothing like the pain he’s endured and would give anything to prevent others from experiencing. The former three-sport Hanover High athlete saw his …

From Deerless to Peerless

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Milwaukee — The sun had dropped to the horizon and sand was bleeding through the hourglass on Dec. 5. From his blind near the edge of a cutover cornfield in Washington County, Patrick Schmitt, of Port Washington, Wis., did a calculation hunters know well. “I checked the time, …

Mountain Man: Minnesota Hunter Leaves Home for Elk

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Frank Koshere was alone, carrying his bow, hiking high in Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains, when he stumbled into an elk-hunting spike camp. Koshere, who lived in Superior, Mont., then, was looking for elk, too. As he passed through the …

Hannah, Miller Strong at Craftsbury Eastern Cup

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Craftsbury, Vt. — Dartmouth College’s Emily Hannah and Norwich’s Kirsten Miller reached the finals of their respective divisions to highlight local participation in last weekend’s season-opening Eastern Cup cross country ski races at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. A …

Outside Story: Owls on the Hunt to Survive Winter

Monday, December 21, 2015

For several days last winter, a barred owl perched atop a dead white birch tree in our field. As winters go, last year’s was very cold, and the owl puffed up against the stubbornly below-freezing temperatures, its streaky …

Net Gain for The Winter: Paddle Tennis Surges in Norwich, Quechee

Monday, December 21, 2015

Norwich — Wintry weather isn’t enough to keep these tennis lovers indoors. The Norwich Racquet Club and the Quechee Club are each home to platform tennis facilities — aluminum decks about one-third the size of regulation tennis courts …

Holding Out Hope

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Not that anyone’s paranoid, but it seems Mother Nature and Santa Claus have been teaming up to stick it to skiers and snowboarders so far. It is an El Niño year, that powerful influence that brings joy to …

‘Dream Trip’ in Alaska

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Matt Yernatich had made Alaskan hunting trips before. But in September 2009, he flew to the South Slope of Alaska’s Brooks Range for a hunt that would top all the others. Yernatich spends most of his time preserving …

Effort to Keep Asian Carp From Great Lakes Stymied

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Traverse City, Mich. — When scientists discovered six years ago that aggressive Asian carp had made their way up the Mississippi River’s tributaries toward the Chicago area, the Obama administration and alarmed state officials pledged swift action to …

Hanover Grad Hosts Training for Cancer Support Cause

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lebanon — Hanover High School graduate, personal trainer and cancer survivor Grady Chaltain has started a special fitness class, CFW Boot Camp, with the goal of raising money to help young adults affected by cancer. Chaltain’s classes are …