Outdoors / Recreation

Sarah Jo Damron-Brown, of Groton, Vt., gives Sarah Lackley, 8, of Woodstock, Vt., tips on her figure skating routine during a one-on-one session at the Union Arena Skating Club in Woodstock, Vt., on December 4, 2015. A former competitive figure skater, Damron-Brown is a coach for the club. (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>

A Second Career On the Ice: Former U.S. Skater Finds New Life as an Instructor

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After myriad issues forced former United States figure skater Sarah Jo Damron-Brown to leave the ice at age 16, for more than a decade she thought she’d never return. Lured back several years ago as an instructor, Damron-Brown, now 29, is hoping to advance the sport in the Upper Valley as much as possible. A Lawrence, Mass., native who vacationed …

Recreation Briefs: Hanover Peewees Lock Down First Place in Tier III

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hanover — A win and a tie in two league games over the weekend enabled the Hanover Peewee Green youth hockey team to clinch first place in the New Hampshire Tier III standings with the state championship tournament looming. The win came on Sunday, a 3-1 decision over the Manchester Flames at Thompson Arena. Griffin Auch sandwiched two goals around one from Cole …

Group Picks Up Work on 2nd Campion Rink

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hanover — Efforts to build a second Campion Rink have resurfaced. The Campion Sports and Recreation Project — a nonprofit formerly known as the Lebanon Community Arena Association and later the Lebanon-Hanover Twin Rink Association — is pursuing the potential development of a second ice rink that would abut the existing James W. Campion III Rink in West Lebanon. It’s the first time …

In Wis., Giving Hunting a Shot

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Waukesha, Wis. — The hunting party worked its way slowly through the field at Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club. The sky above was choked with low, gray clouds. The terrain all around was covered with tan, waist-high grass. “OK, we’re on something,” said Don Olszewski, of Franksville, Wis. Fifteen …

Piece of a Trail for Sale: Nonprofit Aims to Preserve Famed Mt. Sunapee Property

Friday, January 1, 2016

The “wild side” of Mount Sunapee needs some assistance to help stay that way. Thirty-three acres on Sunapee’s eastern base in Newbury, N.H. — including the trailhead for the popular Andrew Brook Trail — has been posted for …

Recreation Briefs: Woodstock Club to Host Learn-to-Curl Clinics

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Woodstock — The arrival of the new year will also mark two opportunities to join the Woodstock Curling Club for its annual learn-to-curl clinics. The Union Arena-based club will hold a pair of two-hour Sunday evening clinics next …

IMHO: Cancer Survivor Returning Favor to Charity

Saturday, December 26, 2015

In this season of giving, Grady Chaltain wants to give until it hurts. But it’s nothing like the pain he’s endured and would give anything to prevent others from experiencing. The former three-sport Hanover High athlete saw his …

From Deerless to Peerless

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Milwaukee — The sun had dropped to the horizon and sand was bleeding through the hourglass on Dec. 5. From his blind near the edge of a cutover cornfield in Washington County, Patrick Schmitt, of Port Washington, Wis., did a calculation hunters know well. “I checked the time, …

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 …