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Cathy Merrill, of Newport, N.H., recently won four gold medals in the U.S. Arm Wrestling Nationals and is now raising the funds to compete in the world championships in Malaysia. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Armed and Ready: Newport Arm Wrestler Takes Game Internationally

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Newport — Don’t think taking a risk brings reward? Cathy Merrill begs to differ. The longtime Newport-area resident plans to be in Malaysia in late September for the World Armwrestling Federation championships. She wouldn’t be going if she hadn’t won four different divisions at last month’s U.S. Armwrestling Federation nationals in Las Vegas. Of course, she wouldn’t have made it to Vegas without training. She wouldn’t have trained if she hadn’t found a club. She wouldn’t have found a club if an interest in the sport hadn’t been stoked. And an interest in the sport wouldn’t have been stoked if she hadn’t taken a friend’s …

Local Roundup: Touchline 4 Outlasts CRFC

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Langdon — Noah Kahan scored a hat trick as Touchline 4 rallied past Connecticut River FC 5-3 in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference boys soccer match on Thursday at Fall Mountain Regional High. Down 2-1 early in the second half, Touchline scored three straight goals, two by Kahan and one by Sam Pych. Tim Alibozek also scored for Touchline, and Kahan, Seth Stadheim, …

Simple Is Best When Considering Short Game Plan

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How do you go about selecting what type of short game shot to select? Is it a pitch shot, a chip shot, a bump-and-run or something more? It’s like creating an appetizer menu of food for an Independence Day party and guessing what everyone will enjoy. Knowing which short game shot to play …

Amen Corner: Find the Right Ball Without Spinning Out of Control

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What golf ball should I be playing? This question is like when you’re staring at a menu and asking yourself, “Should I order a filet mignon or a flank steak?” You know you want the premium cut, but …

Naturally Curious: Plight of the Bumblebee, Endangered Pollinators Are as Essential as Honeybees

Monday, June 8, 2015

The honeybee’s plight gets a great deal of attention, as well it should; it plays a big part in the United States economy and food consumption, and its population is declining. However, the honeybee is not the only …

Elite Feet Fleet: Enfielders 1-2 at Covered Bridges Half Marathon

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quechee — It was 39 degrees out when Rich Smith woke up on Sunday. So he put on his hat and gloves and took his place at the crowded starting line of the Covered Bridges Half Marathon, at …

A Stairway to Stinson

Sunday, June 7, 2015

They looked like steps to nowhere. But that wasn’t right at all. At the least the steps were a stage to view the far-reaching hills, mountains and waterways. And perhaps with a stretch, they were a step back …

Pheasants In a Pinch

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Minnesota pheasants are in a hole. In 2013, only 62,000 ringneck hunters went afield, bagging only 169,000 roosters , the lowest numbers in both hunters and harvest in 27 years. Last year wasn’t much better. Yet pheasants can …

Outdoor Notes: UVTA Gives Site a Smart Makeover

Friday, June 5, 2015

Using the Upper Valley Trails Association’s Trail Finder website to plan hikes just got much easier. In partnership with Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the new trailfinder.info contains more improved features, content and functionality than the …

Recreation Briefs: Newport GC to Host Speed Golf

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Newport — Forget the golf spikes: Newport Golf Club will be in the market for folks with running shoes when it hosts a series of speed golf tournaments during the summer months. The competitions will be held on the second and fourth Fridays of June, July and August, …

Ame Corner: A Full Shoulder Turn Makes a Good Golf Shot Possible

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How can you get a full shoulder turn when you’re not a young kid anymore — or a yoga instructor, for that matter? Whether you have lost some flexibility or you can touch your fingers to your toes, …

A New King Of the Hill: Riess in Charge at Whaleback

Monday, June 1, 2015

Enfield — The Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation has introduced Gerd Riess as its newest mountain manager, and that’s only part of the reason Whaleback Mountain’s nonprofit ownership group is excited for the next ski season. The organization …

Woman, 92, Completes S.D. Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon

Monday, June 1, 2015

San Diego (ap) — A 92-year-old cancer survivor rocked her way into the record books Sunday, becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon. Harriette Thompson, of Charlotte, N.C., completed Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds. She was mobbed …