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Brothers Owen, left, and Eamon Deffner play a quick round of the bean bag toss game cornhole, at their home in Thetford Center, Vt., on May 21, 2015. The Deffners are travelling across the country this summer with their father, Joe, to raise money for St. Jude's Hospital with their cross-country Cornhole Challenge. 
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Thetford English Teacher Plans a Fundraising Contest

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Once upon a time around the turn of the 21st century at Thetford Academy, Amanda Frost tested the patience of English teacher Joe Deffner. “I …

Students Write About What They Missed, and a Picture of Cats

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences …

Top Teachers: Family Stress Slows Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to …

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

Monday, May 25, 2015

Los Angeles — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported. Two years ago, doctors in …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since that time, gathering wild edibles has become increasingly popular, and in our region, …

Dogs Left Wolf Pack Earlier Than Thought

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man’s best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago — not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed. “Dogs may …

NBC’s New Show ‘Aquarius’ Takes on 1960s Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A little more than three months after the moon was in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars on Feb. 14, NBC is launching the new summer series Aquarius. David Duchovny trades tracking aliens for chasing mass …

Joel McHale To Host Annual ESPY Awards

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New York — Actor and talk-show host Joel McHale will be the host of the annual ESPY Awards show in July. The irreverent sports awards show, created by ESPN, is actually being shown on sister network ABC on …

Bradford Salutes Veterans

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Vermont Civil War Hemlocks fire three volleys of shots in honor of U.S. veterans at the rededication of the Veterans Memorial at the Bradford Academy on Monday in Bradford. As a part of Bradford’s 250th anniversary celebration, …

Here Come the Judges as ‘AGT’ Returns for Its 10th Season

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012. That’s what you’d expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with AGT …

Pope Francis Eyes Climate

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will …

Honoring Those Who Served: Upper Valley Veterans Share What Memorial Day Means to Them

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Valley News photographer Sarah Shaw interviewed veterans from the Upper Valley, asking each what Memorial Day means to them and who they think of on this holiday. In addition to portraits, most of which appear on page E1, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Friends of Veterans Could Use a Hand

Sunday, May 24, 2015

By Aimee Caruso Valley News Staff Writer White River Junction — A nonprofit that helps Vermont veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness could use a hand. “Our issue right now is volunteers for the office,” …