Outdoors / Recreation

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological visitors — or better yet, encourage their presence — you’ll be less likely to share your garden with ravenous bugs or bottles …

The Trail That Keeps on Giving

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh — under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges — it didn’t move as a pair of mountain bikers moved slowly along the wide, wet path. But …

More to Duck Season Than Mallards

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wichita, Kan. — Sometimes I fear duck seasons are about to end in Kansas. If some had their way, and the seasons got moved several weeks later, we’d just call it mallard season. First, later seasons have their place. Hunters in about a dozen southeast Kansas counties needed the extra few weeks they’ve …

Local Roundup: Lebanon High Graduate Takes N.H. Amateur Title

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dover, n.h. — Lebanon High School graduate Lisanne Schmidt held off a charge from recent Bishop Guertin High graduate Chelsea Sedlar on Wednesday to win her first New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association amateur championship at Cochecho Country Club. Schmidt shot a final-round 76 to maintain the two-shot lead …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Alum Leads NHWGA Meet

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dover, n.h. — Former Lebanon High School golfer Lisanne Schmidt is 18 holes away from claiming her first New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association state championship. Locking it down won’t be easy. After sharing the lead through one round of the 54-hole tournament on Monday, Schmidt assumed a two-stroke …

A Meandering Ride

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Biking is a sweet way to catch a breeze, and on a muggy summer day the Sugar River Rail Trail holds a special appeal — mostly shaded, it offers welcome respite from the sun. The 9-mile trail stretches …

How Insects Dine

Monday, August 3, 2015

Insects and flowering plants (angiosperms) are so evidently made for each other that scientists have long assumed it was the emergence of plants with flowers 125 million years ago that led to the sudden expansion and diversification of …

Sandwich Range Loaded With Goods

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sometimes the biggest isn’t the best. Take Sandwich Mountain. At 3,980 feet, it’s the highest peak on an all-day, nine-mile loop near Waterville Valley, N.H., that also includes 2,940-foot Noon Peak and 3,440-foot Jennings Peak all in the …

‘I Love This River’

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rivers are more difficult to fish than lakes or ponds. Changing water depth and stiff currents can quickly scatter the fish to new locations. Last month’s hot spot suddenly becomes dead water. Winter ice flow also alters habitat by scouring the riverbed, moving cover or eliminating bottom features …

Touchline Teams Sweep Into Finals

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Henniker n.h. — Touchline earned a sweep over its Lebanon-based rivals in the New Hampshire Soccer Conference boys semifinals on Saturday at Henniker Soccer Fields. Touchline’s Division V team defeated Lebanon Top Stitch, 3-1, and Touchline’s D-IV team rallied past Lebanon Central Supply, 5-2. In the D-V semis, …

Season Done For Post 22

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Manchester — The bunt was hardly a surprise. With no score during the sixth inning of Saturday’s American Legion junior baseball game between Lebanon Post 22 and Plymouth Post 66, it was clear to all at Manchester’s Gill …

Tough Start For Post 22: Lebanon Drops Playoff Opener

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Manchester — Perhaps it’s contagious. Less than a week after the Lebanon American Legion Post 22 senior baseball team exited double-elimination state tournament play with two losses in as many games, the junior squad is threatening to do …

Time to Go Green(y): Charity Golf Event Leaves Community Imprint

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rich Parker says it every year. This might be the last one; he’s not sure how many more he can handle. And every year, someone turns up who could use a little helping hand. For that reason, the Greeny won’t really ever go away. It shouldn’t. It can’t. …