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Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 19, 2009.

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By Don’s Early Light: Golf Event Benefits Family of Murder Victim

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You could hear the hesitation in Bob LaFlam’s voice. “We don’t like to have to accept help from other people,” he said as he choked up. “It’s very humbling. It doesn’t come easy.” Then I got choked up. Nobody should have to go through what Bob LaFlam and his wife, Ann, have gone through. That kind of pain is almost too difficult to bear. To get a phone call that their daughter, 42-year-old Natalie Perriello, had been murdered by her husband, and they were needed to come pick up the children. In that one instance, their life was turned completely over. But they never questioned; they never complained. “There was no discussion,” Bob said. “We …

Post 22 Rallies to Stay Alive in Junior Legion Tournament

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Manchester — As he prepared to leave Gill Stadium at 11 p.m. Tuesday, coach John Grainger was flagged down by a fan of his Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion baseball team. “Thanks for the heart attack!” shouted the supporter. All Grainger could do was smile and shake his head. The emotions of …

Wheels on the Car Go Upside-Down

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bristol, Conn., driver Joe Krawiec (6) goes for a barrel roll on Saturday night during the USAC DMA Midget heat race at Bear Ridge Speeway in Bradford, Vt. Fellow competitor Anthony Nocella (29) got a front-seat view of Krawiec’s barrel roll and managed to avoid making contact with Krawiec, whose night came to …

Local Roundup: A Case of Role Reversal at Vermont Amateur

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Burlington — Jay Peak’s Bryan Smith spent 36 holes on the final day of last year’s Vermont Golf Association amateur championship playing catch-up to Grantham’s Evan Russell. He did so from one group back and briefly tied Russell for the tournament lead before the Kimball Union Academy graduate …

For Post 22, Any Celebrating Must Wait

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lebanon — An undefeated record does not necessarily a happy Rob Woodward make. With a perfect 10-0 mark and only one team within 3½ games of his American Legion baseball squad in the New Hampshire District A standings, Lebanon Post 22’s coach could be heard from a distance …

Local Roundup: Dartmouth’s Hendricks in the Bigs

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hanover — Kyle Hendricks got the call. A member of the Dartmouth Class of 2012, Hendricks is getting the call up from the minor leagues to join the 25-man roster of the Chicago Cubs. He is expected to …

Recreation Notes: Towns Honor Accident Victim

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tragedy afflicted Tunbridge last month when 20-year-old Jen Kinnarney, of South Royalton, died from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident. While both communities mourned, more than 100 friends gathered to help make things a little easier for …

GM: Claremont's Twin State Speedway Progressing With Revival

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Claremont — When Jimmy Zullo agreed to become general manager of Twin State Speedway, he knew there would be huge challenges to the task. After all, the Claremont oval — known for decades as the Claremont Speedway — …

Eight-Legged Engineers

Monday, July 7, 2014

Roughly half of all spiders ambush or use snares and traps to capture prey. The rest spin webs to catch their meals. There are many different types of webs — sheet, funnel, cob, mesh, etc. Several families of …

Bicyclists Are Believing and Achieving

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Brent Bell was tired of hearing people tell him what he couldn’t do. So he decided to show them. At 2 a.m., that Friday morning 37 years ago, the then 13-year-old Lebanon Junior High student sneaked out of …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Legion Still Unbeaten

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lebanon — Andrew Houde was force on the mound and at the plate as Lebanon’s Post 22 American Legion baseball team dismantled Plymouth 11-1 in a mercy-rule shortened seven-inning game on Saturday at Lebanon High. Post 22 improved to 9-0 overall, 8-0 in league play. House allowed one …

High School Students Clean Up the Trails

Friday, July 4, 2014

Norwich —This summer, Upper Valley high school students needn’t travel far to get valuable trail stewardship experience. Starting Monday, 38 teenagers from nine area schools will join Upper Valley Trails Alliance staff for its High School Trail Corps, a series of workdays clearing, building and blazing area trails. …

(Baseball) Diamonds Are Forever

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hartford High and Hartford American Legion baseball coach Jarrod Grassi, right, spreads clay on the infield of a new baseball field being built at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford with Matt Bing, left, and Hunter Grace, center, …