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Kai McKinnon, of the New York Ski Education Foundation, lines up to leap off Oak Hill's K10 jump during Ford Sayre Ski Council jumping meet on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, N.H. McKinnon won the girls open division on Oak Hill's smallest jump, scoring 41.5 points.
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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 Hill’s three jumps. Flying off the K32 …

A Straight Arrow: Thetford’s Kasten on Target at Bowhunt Worlds

Monday, February 1, 2016

Thetford — A personal chef by trade, Brian Kasten is always aiming to improve his Supper Solution cooking business. He’s also taken steps to find a solution for his bow-shooting troubles, which paid off last month with his first amateur world championship. Kasten, 53, won the senior hunting class at the International Bowhunting …

The Outside Story: Have You Seen a Mountain Lion?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Tail lights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the animal on a June night in 2011. Wildlife biologists quickly confirmed this mountain lion was …

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 …

Cox Sets Records at Nationals

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Staff Reports Atlanta — Hartland’s Hannah Cox added to her considerable swimming resume by winning two national titles, setting two New England records and another junior national mark during last week’s USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior National Championships …

Rec Notes: Weather Delays Opening of Lebanon Ice Rinks

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lebanon — The Friends of Lebanon Recreation and Parks successfully raised money needed for the installation of two outdoor skating rinks at Pat Walsh Field. Now all the group needs is a little cooperation from the weather. Sturdy plastic boards measuring 18 inches high were set up recently …