Outdoors / Recreation

Ford Sayre Sets Qualifiers for NHARA Championship

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lyme Center — The Ford Sayre Ski Council filled out its rosters for the upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state championships by sending its skiers to a two-run Western Division qualifying slalom at Dartmouth Skiway on Sunday. FSSC athletes dominated the podium with wins from Eva Schiffman (U14 girls), Kyle Rozzi (U14 boys) and Phoebe Garfield (U12 girls). Schiffman swept to her win, with teammates Lainie Taylor and Maia …

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 memorabilia from the early days of the game. Among the collectible items Gurnsey has preserved …

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 could play very well. They still are playing well, but the sport has changed. Kaleb …

14-Year-Old Doesn’t Let Blindness Keep Him Out of the Hunt

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Brittany Cheng The Baltimore Sun Cody Mulligan was listening. The 14-year-old heard the crack of the gunshot firing at the closest target, seven yards away. He caught the sound of the bullet as it sliced through the air and lodged into the side of the low ridge, …

For New Year, Try Something New

Sunday, January 4, 2015

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News Resolutions? Forget the gym cliche and head outside for something new this year: ∎ Buy a Hike Safe Card to support New Hampshire Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts. New for 2015, the voluntary card is insurance against being …

A Long, Strange Trip: After Four Decades, He’s Hanging Up His Pencil

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A good friend has always said: “The object of employment is unemployment.” Words to live by now as I reach my final days as Valley News sports editor. For more than 40 years, it’s been a great run …

Skating, Skiing Fundraisers Scheduled for Jan. 18

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance has set its annual Lake Morey Skate-a-thon fundraiser for Jan. 18 at the Lake Morey Resort from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day revolves around skating laps on the 4.5-mile …

A Fighting Chance: Lebanon Gym Gives Ancient Martial Art a New Life

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lebanon — The owner of Lebanon’s newest martial arts gym hopes the national sport of Thailand will have more than a fighting chance in the Upper Valley. Mark Klemm, a 31-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, opened Baan Muay Thai …

A New Go for the Snow: Inventor Hopes Gliders Fill a Winter Niche

Monday, December 29, 2014

South Strafford — A six-time world boomerang champion, Eric Darnell has always felt his sport of choice elicits the perfect metaphor for life in general — the quality of effort put into each throw is what comes back. …

Lyme’s Caldwell Wins Eastern Cup Nordic Opener

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ripton, Vt. — Lyme native, Ford Sayre Ski Council alumnus and Dartmouth College competitor Paddy Caldwell produced a dominant performance to with the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle to open the Eastern Cup cross country ski schedule at Middlebury College’s …

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. …

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 …

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 …