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Nordic Combined

Town's 100th annual winter carnival opens, minus some snow

Residents of the small New Hampshire town of Newport are launching their 100th annual winter carnival with a tribute to its roots and a grudging acceptance that climate change can wreak havoc with the schedule of events.

Organizers believe it's the oldest continuously run town winter carnival in the country.

This year's winter carnival kicked off with a torch run Friday from the Hanover headquarters of the Dartmouth Outing Club, where carnival founder and Dartmouth student John McCrillis a century ago to the day strapped on cross-country skis to make the 30-mile trek from campus to the Newport town common.

His grandson David McCrillis and great grandson, Cooper...