| Mar 9, 2013
| 10:15 PM
Jamestown High senior Andrew Richards was the top male finisher at the Jamestown Swamp 5K, and William and Mary senior and Toms River, N.J., native Krissa Loretto was the top female finisher.
Richards finished in 16:23, just 12 seconds slower than the...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 4:50 PM
It's January, a time many people escape to an island.
Usually a warm island with palm trees swaying in the breeze somewhere near the equator.
Not for me. I go east. Directly east to Cape Cod. "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 3:56 PM
To reach most overlooks in the state, one must scramble up craggy rocks, swing over bottomless chasms and grasp the sides of ledges with your fingernails.
Well, at least it sometimes feels that way.
That's not the case for those who visit the...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Maybe it's the grimy, three-week-old piles of snow at the side of the road.
Or maybe it's the endless brown and white monochrome of the landscape. Whatever the reason, I needed to get away.
But after a blizzard and a couple of feet of snow, it's...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 11:25 AM
The Manchester, Conn.-based five-piece Johnny Mainstream (pictured) hosts a release party for their second album, Ghost Broadway, this Friday night at the Main Pub. It's sure to be filled with friends and well-wishers, and also some serious Americana-...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 3:26 PM
While growing up, my days after school and on weekends consisted of building forts in the woods where my friends and I would defend the forests and valleys against invading soldiers.
Then I discovered a real army fort deep in the Meshomasic State Forest...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:55 PM
OK, I'll admit it. A few years ago, I was losing hope that the gaps along the Charter Oak Trail and Hop River Trail would ever be filled.
But then, in fall 2011, a section of the Charter Oak Trail, a multiuse path through East Hartford and Manchester,...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 3:52 PM
James Raymond Haney, 65, passed away Jan. 15, 2013, at his home in Hagerstown, Md.
Jim was born June 25, 1947, in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late Charles and Gilberta Haney.
Jim and his family relocated to Hagerstown in 1962. Jim graduated from...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 3:10 PM
About this time last year, what appeared to be a real New England winter had settled over the state.
A snowstorm had hit, and temperatures were dropping. I made plans to go to Enders Falls in Granby to see some of Old Man Winter's icy creations.
| Dec 20, 2012
| 3:45 PM
During life's darkest hours, the woods have always been my security blanket. It has always been a place where civilization disappears, replaced by the peaceful sounds of wind whispering through the pines or an owl hooting deep in the forest.
| Dec 14, 2012
| 4:13 AM
Everything has its exceptions, and this column is no different.
For years, I've been exploring all corners of the state looking for places to escape — places where civilization disappears. Places where you forget you are in one of the most...