Outdoors / Recreation

With his muzzle loader in hand and snowshoes on his boots, Stan Spencer practices in an open field at his home in Weathersfield, Vt., on Jan. 19, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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A Snowback Throwback: Biathlons Receive a Retro Makeover

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hanover — When wintertime comes, the Spencer family gets to party like it’s 1859. Stan Spencer, his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sara, regularly participate in primitive biathlons, competitions featuring Civil War-era muzzleloaders and wooden snowshoes. With events staged in locales throughout the Northeast — there aren’t any in the Upper Valley yet — primitive biathlons attract 19th-century period enthusiasts and …

Net Gain

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dominick Da Cruz, right, spikes the ball over the reach of Nick Cameron, left, during a volleyball tournament at Hartford Middle School on Thursday. The tournament was a fundraiser, with each team paying an entry fee of $20, to raise money for one of the school’s academic teams to take a year-end camping …

Bedford Accumulates More N.E. Masters Records

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — He’s doing it again. Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his already impressive swimming resume by adding two more national age-group records as part of a five-win performance at the New England Masters Short-Course Championships last weekend at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool. A member of the UVRays masters program, based at White …

Recreation Briefs: Four Area Nordic Masters Crowned National Champs

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Craftsbury, Vt. — Four masters-level Nordic skiers from the Upper Valley, three hailing from the Ford Sayre Ski Council program, earned national titles last week at the two-day U.S. Masters National Championships at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. The championship consisted of a 10-kilometer skate race on Thursday followed …

A Spark of Education: Lebanon Community Center Teaches Health, Fitness

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lebanon — Occupying a corner of the former Lebanon Junior High building, the Spark Community Center is a new place of learning. Among the facility’s educational programs is a health and fitness class, led by Executive Director Brett …

The Face of Football

Monday, February 2, 2015

Nicole Roberts, of Canaan, above center, certainly got into the spirit of the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Ledyard RedZone 5K in Wilder on Sunday. Organizers asked participants to dress up in their favorite football gear and Roberts …

She’s on the Right Tracks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest Service including working as …

‘Wonderland’ Was Never This Much Fun

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Germantown, Wis. — Quinn Loucks of Fox Point, Wis. pitched his tent last Saturday afternoon in snow-covered woods. It was his first winter camping experience. “I have no idea what to expect,” Loucks said. Probably better that way. …

The Crappies are Biting in Kan.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cherryvale, Kan. — Normally the sound of breaking ice is the last sound a terrified winter fisherman hears before a miserably cold — and sometimes fatal — crash through a lake’s frozen surface. Not so for Jim Clay. “This isn’t going to be a problem,” Clay said as …

Outdoor Ice Kings

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Left: The House captain Mike Pepe, center, curls away from a Barrett’s Bruisers skater during action on Sunday at the Sharon Outdoor Hockey Tournament in Sharon. The House took the title with a 7-4 win over the Bruisers. …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre’s Taylor Races to Skinner Cup Victory

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — Ford Sayre Ski Council skiers set the stage for their upcoming New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association state qualifiers by skiing to fop finishes on Sunday at the Bob Skinner Cup giant slalom at Mount Sunapee. …

White River Access May Increase in Royalton, Bethel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Residents of Royalton and Bethel might soon have better public access to the White River and one of its tributaries. Both towns are working with the nonprofit White River Partnership to convert properties along the White River and …

Snowbound Solitude

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bennett Freidberg, of Canaan, left, takes advantage of untouched powder and falling snow to ski under the chair lift at the Whaleback Ski Area in Enfield on Tuesday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …