Outdoors / Recreation

Emily Koetsier, a caregiver from Woodstock, Vt., brushes bugs off Juss Burrell's face while they hike with other participants and their caregivers on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. Zack's Place in Woodstock, Vt.,  and Spark Community Center in Lebanon, N.H., have teamed up to form an outing club that includes the goal to section hike the Northern Rail Trail from Andover, N.H., to Lebanon, N.H., throughout the summer and early fall. 
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A Spark of Brilliance: Groups Team Up for Rail Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Spark! Community Center co-founder Lisa Green prefers flat, easy trails when she goes hiking while her autistic and epileptic son, 23-year-old Patrick, favors more vigorous climbs. It’s mom who’s getting the desired terrain for the first initiative of the Spark/Zack’s Place Outing Club. In a unique collaboration between nonprofit enrichment centers — Zack’s Place is located in …

Recreation Briefs: Eastman Seeking World Golf Scramble Competitors

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grantham — Eastman Golf Links wants to send somebody to Las Vegas … at least four somebodies, actually. Eastman will hold a qualifier for the World Golf Scramble on June 14, starting at 8 a.m. The event is open to golfers of all abilities, foursomes that will be seeking an invitation to the WGS finals in the Nevada desert on Aug. 13-15. The …

Amen Corner: Learn Angle of Attack for Greater Distance Off the Tee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

West Lebanon’s Golf & Ski Warehouse has their big manufacturers demo day on Saturday. All the big-boy and big-girl equipment companies and their goodies — delicious. Can’t wait. I want a new driver, and I want more distance. My goal is to find a driver that hits it farther than the one I …

Turkey Program Unites Students And Mentors

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dousman, Wis. — Cayden Weiland, 10, of Waukesha, Wis., comes from a hunting family and has expressed a desire to hunt for years. Mandy Eisler, 35, of Delafield, Wis., is a mother and wife who hadn’t considered hunting for dinner until her 11-year-old daughter got the family into …

Python Hunt Planned in Fla.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Come to South Florida. Lie on the beach. Play golf. Kill pythons. The nation’s hunters will again be invited to visit South Florida to take out the Burmese pythons that have staked a claim to the top of …

Robust, Active Baits Attract More Trout

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scent, taste, color, size, position in the water — all contribute to a fish’s attraction to food. But in most cases, if the food isn’t moving, the game fish is moving on. That’s why they call it “live” …

Once-Abandoned Ascutney Basin Now Has Miles of Trails

Thursday, April 16, 2015

West Windsor — The closing of Mount Ascutney Resort five years ago left an economic and recreational void in the village of Brownsville. Thanks to the Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) and its partnership with the …

Recreation Briefs: Lady Mountaineers Undefeated in AAU Tournament

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Lady Mountaineers, a U13 girls AAU basketball squad consisting of sixth- and seventh-grade players from Newport, Sunapee and Claremont, ran the table with four victories in as many games to win its division of …

Fencing — and Finding — Friends

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Norwich — As the Selectboard settled in for a meeting in the basement of Tracy Hall, a different sort of bout was underway upstairs, where members of the Upper Valley Fencing Club warmed up with a gleeful game …

Wait! You Forgot Your Phone!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The way Harry Hutchison remembers it began with a phone call several years ago from a guest skiing in Austria. Hutchison is guest services manager at Sugarbush Resort and like many with a similar job title, he’s heard …

In S.D., a Need to Curtail Geese

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yankton, s.d. — Our group of 10 Wisconsinites took a break, stretching legs and talking amid a mosaic of South Dakota corn. The late March day had warmed to 50 degrees and signs were all around that winter was rapidly changing to spring. Green sprigs of grass pushed …

Swimming to Save Victim of Water Crisis in Calif.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concluding that the situation had become more dire, the Interior Department declared the smelt endangered, meaning it faced extinction, in an order that took effect five years ago last Tuesday: April 7, 2010. The Endangered Species Act signed …

Outdoor Pro Has Camera, Will Travel

Friday, April 10, 2015

White River Junction — As the manager of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discover School in West Lebanon, Scott Ellis spends much of his professional life outdoors. Yet the 35-year-old White River Junction resident will likely never view what he …