Outdoors / Recreation

Winter Sports & Winter Gifts

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Whether you’re still in the shopping mood or waiting to spend some holiday cash, there are all sorts of gifts for skiers and riders. Last month’s visit to the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo, provided a glimpse of glorious goodies. A Flying Elvis logo caught my eye and I imagined ripping downhill while tapping my inner Gronk dodging the trees in the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

New England Ski Areas Unite, Offer Discounts

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lyme — Dartmouth Skiway this week announced a partnership with five other independent ski areas called the “Freedom Pass,” which allows skiers to purchase discount season passes for all six locations. Dartmouth Skiway Marketing Coordinator Ben Craig said that the pass was an effort on the part of …

Vermont 50: Just the Facts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What: 21st Vermont 50 Mountain Bike and Ultra Run. When: Sunday, first waves at 6 a.m. (mountain bike) and 6:30 (ultra run). Where: Start/finish line at Ascutney Mountain Resort, Brownsville. Course runs through parts of Brownsville, West Windsor and Hartland. Why: Benefit for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. …

Horse on Course

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Orange’s Karla Champney turns her horse, Impish Iron, around the course during a New Hampshire National Barrel Horse Association run on Sept. 14 at the Grafton Family Riding Club in Grafton. At 21 years of age, Impish Iron …

Lightning U12 Fire Anything but Fadeaways in Win

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Playing on a field with lines faded enough to require cones to outline its shape, the Lightning Soccer Club U12 Fire boys used two-goal games from Henry Aspinwall and Owen Stannard to roll to a 7-0 win over Cheshire United over the weekend. Khuan-Yu Hall, …

Volunteering for Vermont 50 Means Plenty of Work, Rewards

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brownsville — Mike Silverman began volunteering for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports 18 years ago as a way to make friends. Now he’s guaranteed at least 1,350 of them every year. Silverman, 60, is in his 15th year …

‘You Knew It Was Going to Be a Good Day’: Friends Run for Denning

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hanover — Saturday’s Lost A Lot trail race in Lebanon concluded another successful season of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series. When it was over, members of the endurance community paid homage to how much they lost …

Youth Hockey Season Warming Up With Gear Sale

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

West Lebanon — The Hanover Hockey Association will hold its annual used skate and equipment sale on Sunday at Campion Rink. The swap begins at 9 a.m. and coincides with the opening of the skating season at Campion. Used gear can be dropped off at the rink at …

North Haverhill Horseshoe Player Earns Top Honor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

North Haverhill — At her home nestled high above Dartmouth College Highway, Dale Gregory’s backyard features a pair of regulation horseshoe pits for easy practicing and playing. This summer, Gregory secured a high place within the pantheon of …

Traipsing Impishly Along in Pinkham Notch

Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News There’s an imp in Pinkham Notch. At least that’s what it appears to be. High on the west spur of North Carter, is a cliff from where the northern Presidential …