Outdoors / Recreation

Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin personnel build a bridge as part of a new multi-use trail on Mount Ascutney last summer. The organization has put in about 700 volunteer hours per year designing, building and maintaining trails since 2006, according to co-founder Jim Lyall. (courtesy photograph)

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 town of West Windsor, the area has once again become a destination. The western base of Ascutney now features approximately 34 miles …

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 the Vipers Spring Breakout Tournament last weekend. Coached by Greg Pickering, the Lady Mountaineers opened …

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 of floor hockey. More and more people trickled in, until almost 20 fencers were ramming …

Paintball Pioneer, Ex-New London Resident, Reflects

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forced into bankruptcy by the financial strain of lawsuits, paintball co-founder Bob Gurnsey has been removed from the industry for nearly 20 years. Now 72, the former New London resident has embarked on another business opportunity: selling original …

Claremont Native Set to Take His Rowing International

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Claremont — At a Claremont Middle School football game several years ago, there was an unusual sight on the field — there were two 13-year-old ends on the same team that were well over 6 feet tall and …

Calling to the Wild

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wisconsin Dells, Wis. — The wood had been cut. The antlers had been shed. But they were not dead. Far from it. Reshaped by master craftsmen, these materials — and many others — sprang to life in late …

Carving More Than a Niche

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tom Flemming grew up on a dairy farm in west-central Minnesota, where the great outdoors was just outside his door. “I’d go waterfowl and pheasant hunting with my dad and friends,” Flemming said. “I always liked ducks.” At …

Recreation Briefs: Lebanon Loewens Sweeps to CVWBL Championship

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Randolph Center — The Lebanon Loewens squad swept to three wins over two days to claim the A Division title of the Central Vermont Women’s Basketball League championship tournament, getting a victory over Windsor in the final on …

Naturally Curious: Flocks of Winter Visitors; Cedar Waxwings Are Fun to Watch as the Flocks Swoop Down on Fruit Trees

Monday, February 16, 2015

One of the delights of winter in the Northeast is the sudden appearance of cedar waxwings. A sea of gleaming black masks, waxy red feather tips and lemon-yellow bellies flutter down from the sky to settle on the …

Find Your Beach

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dave Donley, of White River Junction, warms up in the sun while Kappy Scoppettone, of Lebanon, swims laps at the Carter Community Building Association’s Dwinell Pool in Lebanon on Sunday. Donley and Scoppettone made the most of the …

Survivor, by a Nose

Monday, February 16, 2015

Icicles form on a competitor’s nose during the Gatineau Loppet freestyle cross country ski race on Sunday in Gatineau, Quebec. The Loppet, Canada’s biggest Nordic skiing event, shortened Sunday’s races because of subzero temperatures. ap/The Canadian Press— Justin …

Hartford Resident Takes Horse Association Reins

Sunday, February 15, 2015

South Woodstock — Tracy Ostler, of Hartford, has been named executive director of the Green Mountain Horse Association. She will join the association full-time on March 16. Ostler, who has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 20 years, continually took on more responsibility at the medical center, GMHA …

Strong on the Mountain

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At first there were only two races, with skiers running the gates at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine and central Vermont’s Killington Mountain Resort. As time marched on and skiers began sharing the slopes with snowboarders, more ski …