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Antlions are motley-looking insects that are gray or brown, have an oversized head, spiny jaws, short legs and a soft body covered in bristles.

Naturally Curious: Sept. 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Antlion — the very name conjures up visions of an improbable combination of two distinctly different creatures. In fact, the name is derived from the ferocious, leonine nature of a predaceous larva that consumes ants. A member of the insect family Myrmeleontidae, the antlion matures into an adult winged insect that closely resembles dragonflies and damselflies, but has longer clubbed …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike speed record holder now has a new mark to crow about, having climbed all 48 …

Lots of Buzz in the Unknown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News They appeared along the shores of Unknown Pond reflecting the Kilkenny region mountain called The Horn as if popping from the glossy pages of an outdoor magazine. Dressed more for fly-fishing — complete with smart-looking vest — than for hiking, they each wore shades, belted tan pants and hiking boots. One wore a wide-brimmed hat, …

Hanover’s Aman to Compete at Hershey Nationals

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hershey, Pa. — Richie Aman’s run to Chocolate Town USA this week has less to do about the chocolate and more to do with the running. The 9-year-old from Hanover will represent the Northeast region on Friday when he competes at the Hershey Track and Field Games North …

Local Roundup: Maryland Resident Leads N.H. Open

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Campton, n.h. — Chris Wellde, of Ellicott City, Md., set a course record at Owl’s Nest Golf Club with a 10-under-par 62 to take a three-shot lead after the first day of the New Hampshire Open, whose field includes at least one Upper Valley native still in the …

Run Ends for Post 22 Juniors

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Manchester — The Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion baseball team experienced a walk-off ending Wednesday during the state semifinals at Manchester’s Gill Stadium. Unfortunately for the visitors, the result wasn’t what they were hoping for. Bedford scored …

By Don’s Early Light: Golf Event Benefits Family of Murder Victim

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You could hear the hesitation in Bob LaFlam’s voice. “We don’t like to have to accept help from other people,” he said as he choked up. “It’s very humbling. It doesn’t come easy.” Then I got choked up. Nobody should have to go through what Bob LaFlam and …

Post 22 Rallies to Stay Alive in Junior Legion Tournament

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Manchester — As he prepared to leave Gill Stadium at 11 p.m. Tuesday, coach John Grainger was flagged down by a fan of his Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion baseball team. “Thanks for the heart attack!” shouted …

Wheels on the Car Go Upside-Down

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bristol, Conn., driver Joe Krawiec (6) goes for a barrel roll on Saturday night during the USAC DMA Midget heat race at Bear Ridge Speeway in Bradford, Vt. Fellow competitor Anthony Nocella (29) got a front-seat view of …

It’s a Family Affair

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hanover — Friday’s qualifying round in the 39th Tommy Keane Invitational golf tournament at Hanover Country Club might have been the slowest 18 holes Scott Peters has played in the event in many a year. That’s OK with the onetime Hanover High School standout who has challenged land-speed …

Gadgets, Gear and Lots of Cool and Fancy Things for Outdoorsmen to Enjoy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Susan Cocking The Miami Herald Fishing kayaks with motors; lures that change color with different water temperatures; sonar fish-finders you cast like a bobber; and multiple variations of the popular bass frog. These were among the new products on display at the 2014 ICAST Show in Orlando, …

A Heavenly Little Climb

Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Such a view. Sure, we shlepped and shvitzed, and those low-elevation bugs made us crazy enough to wear mosquito netting for a spell, but soon enough we felt overheated and …

Golf Course Provides Refuge, Joy for Burn Victims

Sunday, July 27, 2014

His body in flames, his life never the same, Jamie Nieto did not think about survival. He looked down at his charring hands and wondered: How sm I going to play golf tomorrow? He fell for the game …