Outdoors / Recreation

Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin personnel build a bridge as part of a new multi-use trail on Mount Ascutney last summer. The organization has put in about 700 volunteer hours per year designing, building and maintaining trails since 2006, according to co-founder Jim Lyall. (courtesy photograph)

Once-Abandoned Ascutney Basin Now Has Miles of Trails

Thursday, April 16, 2015

West Windsor — The closing of Mount Ascutney Resort five years ago left an economic and recreational void in the village of Brownsville. Thanks to the Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) and its partnership with the town of West Windsor, the area has once again become a destination. The western base of Ascutney now features approximately 34 miles …

Recreation Briefs: Lady Mountaineers Undefeated in AAU Tournament

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Lady Mountaineers, a U13 girls AAU basketball squad consisting of sixth- and seventh-grade players from Newport, Sunapee and Claremont, ran the table with four victories in as many games to win its division of the Vipers Spring Breakout Tournament last weekend. Coached by Greg Pickering, the Lady Mountaineers opened …

Fencing — and Finding — Friends

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Norwich — As the Selectboard settled in for a meeting in the basement of Tracy Hall, a different sort of bout was underway upstairs, where members of the Upper Valley Fencing Club warmed up with a gleeful game of floor hockey. More and more people trickled in, until almost 20 fencers were ramming …

More Recreation Briefs: WTU Banquet March 28

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lebanon — Whitetails Unlimited will hold its New Hampshire Deer Camp social hour and banquet on March 28 at the Lebanon Elks Club begnning at 5 p.m. The event features raffles, auctions and door prizes featuring a wide array of firearms, outfitter packages, hunting equipment, artwork and collectibles. …

Time to Get Out

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bobby Antonacci, of Quechee, serves the ball while playing platform or paddle tennis with Dan Hall, of Quechee, at the Quechee Club on Wednesday. Antonacci and Hall said Wednesday’s warm sunshine was a rare treat for paddle tennis …

Devoted to the Day

Sunday, March 8, 2015

For Rick Montgomery and his 15-year-old son, Zack, this was good fishing weather. Seriously? In the cold? With snow sweeping across Shawnee Mission Lake in Shawnee, Kan.? With the suburban lake mostly covered with ice? Yup. When the …

They’ve Gone Critter Hunting for a Cause

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tonganoxie, Kan. — They came from across eastern Kansas and western Missouri, 99 two-person teams for the competition. Team names such as “Tree Rat Assassins” and “Squirrelnado” left no doubt the gathering of hunters were hoping to bag a few squirrels and have some fun. “I guess the …

Hanover Peewee Elite Wins States, Going to Regionals

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wolfeboro, n.h. — The Hanover Hockey Association’s Peewee Elite squad swept a best-two-of-three series from Nashua Pro Ambitions to earn a Granite State League Tier I state championship and earn an invitation to USA Hockey’s New England regional …

Getting Ahead on the Slopes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

With vacation weeks soon fading, spring skiing and value season are on the horizon. It’s a time when ski areas begin to unveil next year’s season pass deals often with enticing incentives like using it this March and …

Enjoying the Silence of Winter

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Columbia, Kan. — Bill Bryan climbed to a snow-covered overlook at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and paused to take in the sounds of winter hiking. Make that, the lack of sounds. This scene was totally free of audio. Only the sound of hiking boats crunching in the …

Deer Debate in Minn.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Minnesota’s Great Deer Debate of 2014-2015 could gain further traction at the Capitol if, as some hunters hope, the Legislature directs its auditor to review in detail the Department of Natural Resources’ whitetail management plan. Were that to …

In Brief: Kearney Ears Fourth Victory of Season

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tazawako, Japan — On a snowy day in Japan, Norwich’s Hannah Kearney claimed her fourth World Cup win of the 2015 season early Saturday, besting Japan’s Junko Hoshino and Canada’s Audrey Robichaud. Jeremy Cota earned his first men’s World Cup podium of the season, finishing second behind Canada’s …

Ford Sayre Sets Qualifiers for NHARA Championship

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lyme Center — The Ford Sayre Ski Council filled out its rosters for the upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state championships by sending its skiers to a two-run Western Division qualifying slalom at Dartmouth Skiway on Sunday. FSSC athletes dominated the podium with wins from Eva Schiffman …