Outdoors / Recreation

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 …

3 New Trustees Join VINS

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Quechee — Three new trustees have joined the Vermont Institute of Natural Science Board of Trustees. Edith “Brucie” Hubbell, of Norwich, moved to the Upper Valley 15 years ago. Hubbell has volunteered with VINS, leading tours and discussions, and served on the board of the Upper Valley Humane …

‘The One That Didn’t Get Away’

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Telling the story about the one that got away is never as satisfying as forwarding a photo, showing off a mount or feeding the family with the one that didn’t get away. A week into firearm deer season, …

Getting Serious About Deer Sickness

Sunday, December 13, 2015

I’ve been fortunate to hunt in North America for more than 30 years, mostly in Wisconsin but also in Alaska, Montana, Canada and Mexico, and have many treasured experiences. The 2015 Wisconsin deer season, however, brought an unwelcome first in my world. A buck I shot Nov. 2 …

Lots to Admire at Clark Lake

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Kingstown, Kan. — This can’t be western Kansas. The minute you take a road that descends off the stereotyped flat landscape of the region, you set eyes on a sparkling jewel of a lake that looks like it belongs in a state such as Utah or New Mexico. …

Wilder Woman Is Swimming’s Heartbeat

Friday, December 11, 2015

White River Junction — It’s the second session on day two of the New England Winter Classic swim meet at Upper Valley Aquatic Center, and Mary Gentry has already overseen about 120 heats. There will be nearly 550 …

Getting Comfortable With Winter Outings

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I will never forget my first winter trail run. As a native of the concrete world that is the San Francisco Bay Area, I was introduced to trail running by my husband, Curtis, a native New Englander, and was still a novice back in 2009 when he took …

Recreation Briefs: UVAC Rolls Up the Victories at Winter Classic Meet

Thursday, December 10, 2015

White River Junction — Hartland’s Hannah Cox and Hanover’s Kristan Hansen warmed up for this week’s U.S. Winter Junior Championships by combining for nine event victories at the New England Winter Classic swim meet last weekend at the …

CRPT Talks Trails at Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hanover — Spur trails, new campsites and incorporating the Appalachian Trail were some of the topics discussed at the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail annual meeting Tuesday at Howe Library. The CRPT, a series of access points and primitive campsites spanning the trail’s source in northern New Hampshire to …

Taking To the Ice

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Woodstock — By introducing figure skating to members at a young age, the Union Arena Skating Club hopes to foster interest in an activity they’ll be able to enjoy throughout life. UASC’s instructors certainly have the experience to …

Connecticut Dams and Warmer Water Impede Spawning Fish

Monday, December 7, 2015

There was a time in the waters known by the Abenaki peoples as Kwenitegok, “Long River,” when migratory fish moved in such multitudes that their backs appeared as a living bridge from shore-to-shore. After the glacier melted, shad …