Outdoors / Recreation

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological visitors — or better yet, encourage their presence — you’ll be less likely to share your garden with ravenous bugs or bottles …

The Trail That Keeps on Giving

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh — under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges — it didn’t move as a pair of mountain bikers moved slowly along the wide, wet path. But …

More to Duck Season Than Mallards

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wichita, Kan. — Sometimes I fear duck seasons are about to end in Kansas. If some had their way, and the seasons got moved several weeks later, we’d just call it mallard season. First, later seasons have their place. Hunters in about a dozen southeast Kansas counties needed the extra few weeks they’ve …

The Post Man: He Pours His Heart Into Legion Baseball

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lebanon — The sun was relentless and the temperature sweltering on July 12, when the Lebanon American Legion Post 22 baseball teams played three consecutive games on the city’s high school diamond. The senior team opened up and …

Amen Corner: Accurate Shots a Simple Matter of Target Practice

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What’s the first thing you do when going on vacation? Pick a destination. Now, with all the family vacations I hear about this summer, a tremendous amount of planning goes into these trips. Even day trips to the …

In Brief: Wilder’s Mullen Reaches Junior Olympics

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jacksonville, Fla. — Thanks to qualifying performances at the regional level, Wilder’s Kennedy Mullen is busy this week competing in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at the University of North Florida. Mullen, 13, had to get …

Giving Water to Fitness: Woodsville Man Hopes ‘H.A.T.S.’ Can Be Right Fit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Newbury, Vt. — A former granite industry business owner who now runs his own health and fitness center, Gary Goodwin has always considered himself a self-starter. Now the 70-year-old is hoping to start something he feels would be …

IMHO: Of Soccer, NCAA And Beans

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The words of dramatist George Bernard Shaw: “Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.” I believe I’m going to make you mad. Some day. Perhaps today is that day. We all have our beliefs. They define us. They frame us. They …

Enfield’s Sealey Rides to a Senior Games Crown

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Enfield — One of Richard Sealey’s most vivid early-childhood memories is one of speeding through the English countryside, on a second seat affixed to the crossbar of the bicycle driven by his father, Leonard. Now 70, Sealey likes …

MacDonalds Take Another TKI Title

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hanover — Peering over a cliff at dust raised by the distant Union Pacific Railroad posse they couldn’t shake, a disbelieving Butch Cassidy asks the Sundance Kid in their eponymous Western, “Who are those guys?” When Nick and Shane MacDonald galloped out to a huge early lead and …

Frog Legs Tonight? Catch ‘em First

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jefferson County, Kan. — Josh Hackathorn and Kyle Markham, avid hunters for all things with a season, have weathered many elements and challenges. For pheasants, they’ve battled through Conservation Reserve Program grasses so high and thick they wouldn’t …

Kayakers Invade Pennsylvania for Fishing Tournament

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Last spring Noah Heck was about to launch his kayak at North Park Lake. I was right behind him with my son, nervously putting mine in the water for the first time. A new member of Kayak Anglers …

Ozarks Ready For Dry Weather

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This is the story that won’t go away. Ever since early May, the Ozarks have been under water. Heavy rains keep dumping on southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, swelling reservoirs, rivers and trout parks, and leading to headaches for fishermen, boaters and campers. The statistics are mind-boggling. Since …