Outdoors / Recreation

Etna's Fritz Bedford was back to his record-breaking ways in the pool last weekend.
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Recreation Briefs: Etna’s Bedford Adds More Masters Swim Records

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — Etna’s Fritz Bedford added two more records — one national, one world — during a six-win visit to the New England Masteers Short Course Meters Championship last weekend at Boston University. A member of the UVRays masters team out of White River Junction’s Upper Valley Aquatic Center, Bedford did all of his record-busting in the men’s 50-54 age division. His national mark came in the 50-meter butterfly, a time of 26.04 seconds that broke a 7-year-old mark. Bedford earned a world mark in the leadoff backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay, beating his own world mark with a time of 27.28 that …

A Drive Toward Fitness: Lebanon Bus Drivers Take a Trip to the Gym

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lebanon — School bus driving might not seem like a very physically active vocation, but it has been for the last 10 months in Lebanon. Twice per week, the city’s school bus drivers gather at CCBA’s Witherell Recreation Center for an hour of exercise instructed by CCBA fitness director Larry Ruffing. Utilizing multipurpose …

Silencers Bring Loud Complaints

Sunday, December 14, 2014

By Stephen Hudak Orlando Sentinel Hunters had reason to celebrate last month when Florida lifted its ban on silencers, but Chuck O’Neal saw cause for alarm. “If a bullet travels farther than the sound of the shot, it creates a zone of significant danger,” said O’Neal, who lives in Longwood, Fla., next to a woodlands frequented by hunters. When a hunter shot a …

The Audacious, Clever Gray Jay Is Under Stress in Vermont

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have friends who live in the North Woods. Moose graze on their lawn. Loons call from the pond. And the gray jays line up on the deck railing for breakfast. They swoop in when they hear the …

West Fairlee Opens Up the Woods to Hikers

Monday, October 13, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer West Fairlee — Thanks to fall foliage, the back roads of West Fairlee offer splendid visuals this time of year. The town’s conservation commission hopes more people will get into the woods for an even better perspective. Developments abound in Brushwood …

Small Can Bring Big Rewards for Fall Hikers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Applaud small mountains this fall. They offer many sensational platforms to view the season of color. Though many are popular, there are still chances to find some alone time in the wilderness. If Crawford Notch has the slabs on Mount …

LSC U14 Cosmos Bounce Bedford, Remain Unbeaten

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Norwich — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U14 Cosmos boys squad made two first-half goals stick for a 2-1 defeat of the previously top-ranked Bedford Classics to assume the top spot in the standings of their New England Premiership division. Christo Dragnev and Elias Zinman scored before the interval …

‘It’s Our Field of Dreams’: Rugby Gains Following at Vermont Law School

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

South Royalton — Vermont Law School isn’t exactly renowned for its athletic options, yet club rugby is available for anyone willing to try. Welcoming to those with and without experience in the sport — in fact, one doesn’t …

Olympic Footsteps

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Staff Reports White River Junction — The Upper Valley Hockey Association is offering introductory and competitive level programming for kids ages 3 to 15 at the newly renovated Wendell A. Barwood Arena. The early season practice schedule opens …

Raising the Flag of Football

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Poody Walsh Valley News Correspondent Claremont — Nothing has changed. Nate Duford is still throwing long touchdown passes to his twin brother, Josh. Only now, instead of teaming up to put points on the board for Stevens …

Modern Families Learn Primitive Skills

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Corinth — Nowadays, when people spend more time in the glare of a computer screen than the glow of a campfire, and everything from work boots to applesauce is just a mouse click away, humans’ reliance on the …

Helping Wildlife Adapt Is Topic Of Climate Change Workshop

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wilmot, N.H. — A free workshop about helping wildlife adapt to climate change is set for Nov. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road. The event is sponsored by Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust’s outreach committee. It will be led by …

A Journey Curtained by Fog

Sunday, September 28, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They are craggy backwoods cliffs of granite towering hundreds of feet above the pine-needled grounds. To reach them, we scrambled steeply through a hodgepodge of crumbled boulders and trees swept …