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Opened in 1819, the Crawford Path is the oldest continuously used and maintained hiking trail in the U.S. Shown here on Monday, the trail begins on the grounds of the former Crawford House, now the site of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center Lodge; crosses Route 302 and proceeds some eight miles to the summit of Mount Washington. On Sunday morning, members of Troop 735 from Gamber, Md., began ascending the trail, when tragedy struck about a mile and half into their trip. Authorities said Vernon R. Rippeon, 51, who was Troop 735's assistant scoutmaster, suffered a heart attack and died despite efforts to resuscitate him.

Maryland Boy Scout leader dies on Crawford Path during Father's Day hike

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What was supposed to be the start of a “high adventure” trip for a Boy Scout troop from...

Dick Pinney's Guidelines: A fishing community sustained over decades

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JUST GOT back from a week fishing the big lakes in the Fish River Chain of Lakes and they are such...

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) breaks his bat on a ground out against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Forest Journal: How good forestry can make for better baseball

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Anyone who has played baseball or softball knows the feeling of hitting the sweet spot. When bat...

A mother loon and her little one were photographed in the northern part of Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham. Nature photographer Cheryl LeBlanc said this is what the babies look like around August when the mother is teaching them the ropes. When she kayaked past these two, the mother was teaching the young one the different calls and how to dive.







Editor's Note: Photographer Cheryl LeBlanc has a passion for capturing nature at work and sharing it through photos. Upon retirement, Cheryl took up photography in 2007 after moving from her hometown of Manchester to Pawtuckaway Lake, Nottingham. The majority of her pictures are taken around the lake and in her own backyard.

Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Loons at play awakened magical moment on lake

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Salem spraying for mosquitoes

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Mosquito spraying will be taking place at Salem High School, the Woodbury School, and Field of Dreams over the next several nights in preparation for Fourth of July activities in town.

“The Discarded” by Morris Norvin of Boston features two polar bears made of steel melded into the shape of an iceberg.

New sculptures highlight downtown Meredith, hope to scare away geese

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There's a story going around the docks and downtown shops that the town, which had tried using replicas of coyotes last summer to scare some nuisance geese away from Hesky Park, has brought in a much larger steel wolf replica to do the job this year.

Pat Schlesinger and Jim Boucher stop at one of the exercise stations on the New Hampton Nature-Fitness Trail.

New Hampton Fitness Trail a hit

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Pat Schlesinger is known for her love of her town and the Pemigewasset River, both causes she has made her own over the past several decades.

This pick-up truck had a moose ball hitch cover parked outside of New Hampshire Fish and Game on Friday during the Moose Hunt Lottery.

Hunters sense change is coming

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Bruce Beaurivage has been a hunting guide in New Hampshire for 20 years and has taken folks moose hunting many times. This fall, he'll have the chance to get his own moose. But he's not sure he'll even fire his gun.

Opened in 1819, the Crawford Path is the oldest continuously used and maintained hiking trail in the U.S. Shown here on Monday, the trail begins on the grounds of the former Crawford House, now the site of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center Lodge; crosses Route 302 and proceeds some eight miles to the summit of Mount Washington. On Sunday morning, members of Troop 735 from Gamber, Md., began ascending the trail, when tragedy struck about a mile and half into their trip. Authorities said Vernon R. Rippeon, 51, who was Troop 735's assistant scoutmaster, suffered a heart attack and died despite efforts to resuscitate him.

Maryland Boy Scout leader dies on Crawford Path during Father's Day hike

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What was supposed to be the start of a “high adventure” trip for a Boy Scout troop from Maryland quickly turned tragic Sunday when its assistant scoutmaster suffered an apparent heart attack and died on the Crawford Path.

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) breaks his bat on a ground out against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Forest Journal: How good forestry can make for better baseball

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Anyone who has played baseball or softball knows the feeling of hitting the sweet spot. When bat meets ball dead-on, it's as if the ball isn't even there. It's perfect nothing. The solidity of the contact between the wooden barrel of the bat and the leather of the ball - with its 108 stitches - is...

New Hampshire Ski Area Guide

Bretton Woods Bretton Woods Resort

NH's largest ski area, Bretton Woods is consistently among the best in the East for snow, service, family programs, grooming, lodging and scenery by SKI Magazine! Open year-round, the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour takes winter adventure to new heights! Night skiing available, as well as 100km Nordic trails.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is the oldest continually operating ski area in New Hampshire. Nestled among pastures and farmlands in the quaint village of Jackson, New Hampshire, Black Mountain is the quintessential New England ski destination.

Attitash

Mount Washington Valley offers only one ski resort with two mountains combining all the best New England skiing has to offer - on a scale that will keep you family active and exploring for days on end.

Cranmore Mountain Resort

Cranmore Mountain is the top choice of New England and New Hampshire ski resorts with lodging accommodations and winter sports for everyone - The ultimate vacation!

Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain offers the remarkable combination of a ruggedly beautiful setting, first class lifts and a relaxed State Park environment. With New Hampshire's longest vertical drop, it is a favorite among more advanced skiers/riders.

Waterville Valley

Located just two hours from Boston, Waterville Valley provides plenty of activities for families. On the mountain guests will find gentle learning areas, wide intermediate trails, and black diamond bump runs. Exhibition Park and Little Slammer feature halfpipes, lots of terrain features, and rails. In the resort village, you can walk from inns and condominiums to the classic Town Square, home to shops, restaurants, a cross country skiing & snowshoeing center, an indoor ice skating rink, sleigh rides, and a sports center with indoor tennis and swimming pool.

Crotched Mountain

The "late-est", greatest, most open hours of any ski area in the eastern US - Crotched Mountain! 100% lighted slopes, 2 terrain parks, slopeside bonfire, Midnight Madness Concert Series...Midnight Madness is an entirely different experience on the slopes. When normal night skiing ends at 9pm, Midnight Madness is just beginning. Crotched Mountain is the only ski resort in the eastern U.S. to offer late, late night skiing.

Dartmouth Skiway

It is the best of both worlds: big-mountain challenge and terrain combined with small-town New England friendliness and charm. It is the Dartmouth Skiway.

Eastman

Come enjoy world class cross country skiing on our 17 miles of perfectly groomed tails. Cross Country Skiing is serious business in New Hampshire and Eastman. Our trails are enjoyed by skiers from all over the New England area.

Franconia Village Trails Franconia Village Trails

The Franconia Inn, with help from Lovett's Inn, Horse & Hound Inn, and the Pinestead Farm Inn, maintains a network of trails totaling over 65 km. Most of the trails are single track in width, winding through the woods, over brooks and across meadows. The trails create a very intimate feeling with the forest, unlike the larger double track commercial touring centers. Rentals available.

Granite Gorge

Just five miles east of downtown Keene, on Route 9, Pinnacle Mountain at Granite Gorge is easy to find.

Great Glen Trails

Winter for us means cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and incredible trips up Mt. Washington to the winter world above treeline. We get early and late snow here in Pinkham Notch and our snowmaking ability extends our season even further.

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock offers spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee, a friendly atmosphere and great skiing and riding all day and into the night, only 90 minutes from Boston. The Panorama high-speed detachable quad chairlift whisks skiers and snowboarders to the summit in just 6 minutes.

Jackson XC

Guests will find cross country skiing and snowshoeing, a full-service rental shop, retail shop, and lessons housed in a spacious modern lodge with fireplace, showers and locker rooms. The largest and oldest (since 1888) trail system in the Eastern U.S., "out-the door" trails lead from inn-to-inn and to a dozen restaurants, with magnificent vistas of the Presidential Range, wide-open fields, and the Ellis River.

King Pine Ski Resort

They celebrated their 50th season in 2011/12. King Pine and Purity Spring Resort continue to lead the way for families and winter-sport enthusiasts alike. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, affordability, impeccable grooming and consistent snow conditions, King Pine has been an affordable tradition for families throughout New England for more than 50 years.

Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain is home to three peaks including recently opened South Peak. Skiers & riders choose Loon for terrain that will keep everyone happy, from steep bump runs, long cruisers, tree skiing, the Loon Mountain Park and superpipe, to gentler beginner runs and a Burton Progression Park. The Adventure Center serves as the nordic skiing and snowshoe center, with an indoor climbing wall and an ice skating rink.

McIntyre Ski Area



Located in Manchester just minutes off I-93, McIntyre has specialized in teaching new skiers and snowboarders of all ages for almost 40 years.

Mount Sunapee

Enjoy your winter vacation skiing in New Hampshire at Mount Sunapee Resort. A Southern New Hampshire Ski Resort, Mount Sunapee offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ski and snowboard lessons, events and much more.

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring

Over 60 km of trails through riverside hayfields, mountainside spruce and hemlock forests offering a diverse selection of terrain from easy rolling hills to more challenging intermediate and back country trails.

Nordic Skier

We offer a variety of terrain from gently sloped novice trails to screaming descents for the thrill seekers.

Pats Peak Ski Area

One of New Hampshire's most accessible learn-to-ski-and-snowboard mountains, Pats Peak is located just 30 minutes from southern New Hampshire metropolitan areas. Guests will find improved snowmaking, 100% night lighting, new rental equipment, NH's longest lit top-to-bottom beginner run, and more.

Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing, rental shop, ski shop, lessons, food and lodging are available at Purity Spring Resort. 28 Kilometers of cross country and snowshoe trails meander through 1,000 acres of resort grounds and the Hoyt Audubon Sanctuary with views of Bald Ledge, Purity Lake, and a wild bird feeding station.

Ragged Mountain

Ragged Mountain features two mountain peaks, forty-five trails, outstanding glades and a wonder carpet lift for beginners. The Wildwoods terrain park has been recently expanded to include natural features. The area is home to New Hampshire's only high-speed 6-passenger chairlift, taking skiers and riders to the summit in less than five minutes.

Sunset Hill Nordic Center

Enjoy 30 km of groomed trails and oodles of back country skiing atop our ridge or within our 70 acres. Glide through the woods to the historic Franconia iron mines, or tramp to the top of Ore Hill for a great work out and more fantastic views.

Whaleback Mountain

The Whale is back! Whaleback Mountain is creating a multi-discipline training center where individuals, groups and communities can learn in a safe and progressive atmosphere. Personal growth is best achieved in a supportive environment where people can feel free to innovate, create and perform. It is through this supportive spirit and love of action sports that the Whaleback staff will offer through unique programs so that all athletes may have equal opportunity to experience the wonderful and exciting community at Whaleback Mountain.

Wildcat Mountain

Ski or Ride Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch New Hampshire for pure vertical fun. Natural snow abounds in Pinkham Notch, where Wildcat's base reaches 2000 feet and faces Mt. Washington! Combine that with New Hampshire's longest and fastest Quad, whisking you more than 4,000 feet in just 6 minutes, award-winning trails like the 2.75-mile beginner Polecat Trail, and great food and aprs ski in the Pub! Guests can fly half a mile down the mountain at speeds up to 45 mph on New Hampshire's only ZipRider zipline cable ride. Wildcat Mountain offers a fun, exciting experience, and rewarding learning opportunities for every age and ability.

Windblown Ski Area Windblown Ski Area

A family-owned and operated business since 1972, Windblown offers a ski experience that is no longer typical in these days of the mega-ski conglomerates. Here, the pace is slower and the people seem friendlier. Since 1972 skiers from all over New England have been returning each year to ski their favorite trails at Windblown. Here in what Thoreau called “The Front Range”, on the beautiful high terrain at the gateway to the Monadnock Region, you will find 40 kilometers of trails with a variety to please every member of your family.

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