Life & Times

Hanoi grilled chicken banh mi sandwich  from The Banh MI Handbook by Andrea Nguyen. Photograph by  Paige Green

Build Your Own Banh Mi

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

There’s really nothing complicated about banh mi, the remarkable Vietnamese sandwich that’s become an American favorite. However, if you live in the Upper Valley and …

Raise Your Glass: A Crisp, Citrusy Spanish White

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Marques de Caceres, Spain 2013 Verdejo, $9.99 In the last couple of years, I may have had wines made from the white wine grape Verdejo, …

Notes From the Garden: Finding ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ in the Dead of Winter

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter trudges along, bringing us snow and sub-zero temperatures, seemingly ignoring the calendar that tells us spring is officially less than a month away. In …

‘ Last Man on Earth’ Is a Wicked Satire Of Romantic Comedies

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“Why do you have to be married? It doesn’t mean anything anymore,” Phil Miller (Will Forte) tells Carol (Kristen Schaal) over dinner on The Last Man on Earth, which premiered on Fox on Sunday night. “It means something to me,” Carol protests. They might have been young characters …

Labor of Love

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Richard Tautic uses his day off to work on his 1977 Chevrolet Malibu in his driveway in Thetford on Tuesday. Tautic purchased the car from his father and was fixing the brakes. “They don’t make cars like they …

School Notes: Woodstock’s Agriculture Program Has Grown

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

S pringfield, Vt., native Arnold Howe moved to Woodstock in the mid-1950s to teach agriculture at Woodstock Union High School. Back then, a lot of his students came to school after helping with farm chores, and went home …

How One Vermont Family Educates Its Sons, by ‘Unschooling’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thirteen-year-old Fin Hewitt and his 10-year-old brother, Rye, sport belt knives instead of backpacks. At an age where many children are learning to ride bikes, these boys could operate a tractor and were on their way to becoming …

Young Writers Project: Describing a Step Into Weightless Space

Tuesday, March 3, 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 in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Linguistic Fingerprints

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In an episode of the CBS show Criminal Minds that aired last year, an FBI team is on a frantic hunt for a missing 4-year-old. The team soon realizes that the girl has been given away by a …

The Outside Story: Porcupines Waddle Through Winter

Monday, March 2, 2015

The porcupine is one of the most unusual and recognizable mammals in the north woods. And thanks to its short legs and fat body, it’s also one of the slowest. Of course, a porcupine really has little need …

For Sugarers, Labor Is Sweet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

“I’ve always been told that you have to be missing half your brain to be a sugarmaker,” joked Ben Kezar, of Springfield, N.H., who owns Valley View Maple Farm with his wife, Gaetane, and their business partner Will …

Together Forever

Monday, March 2, 2015

While waiting for customers at the Windsor Farmers Market in Windsor, on Sunday, Nick Pryslak, of Proctorsville, Vt., plays a song for his wife, Marlene. “We’ve been together for over 60 years,” said Nick, who was selling pierogis. …

Volunteer Spotlight: Bumble Bee the Labradoodle Helps Kids Learn to Read

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunapee — Bumble Bee sits quietly on an orange mat as Amelia Salvitti, of Sunapee, reads aloud from the Dr. Seuss book Fox in Socks . Children have been reading Dr. Seuss books for generations. What makes this …