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Army veteran and artist Drew Cameron, of San Francisco, Calif., helps Army veteran Kevin Willey, of White River Junction, Vt., make a sheet of paper out of an Air Force uniform during a Combat Paper demonstration at the VA Medical Center in White River Junciton, Vt., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Art Notes: Combat Paper Project Turns Military Uniforms Into Art

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Combat Paper Project grew out of Drew Cameron’s active duty service in the Army from 2000 to 2004, during which time he was deployed …

Entertainment Highlights: ArtisTree and Pentangle Team Up to Produce ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

With opening night of Fiddler on the Roof bearing down on the ArtisTree Theatre Company, director Jarvis Antonio Green wasn’t going to let the impending …

Once Given Short Shrift, Biopics Find Favor With Audiences and the Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking across the Oscar nominations you’ll see a landscape populated by pictures about real people. Look beyond the Oscars and you’ll see even more. The …

TV’s Female Antiheroes Are Saddled With Irritating Quirks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Have women in television dramas earned the right to be strong, prickly, even — dare we say it — antiheroes? The television landscape is filled with strong, competent female characters. They’re CIA agents, attorneys, doctors of all stripes, politicians. They advise presidents, sit as judges, solve crimes. They’re …

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Montpelier — Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released Wednesday. The move comes in response …

Route 4 Work Ongoing

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Workers continue to build the substructure of the Route 4 bridge crossing the Connecticut River between West Lebanon and White River Junction on Wednesday. The new bridge is scheduled to open in October 2015. Valley News — Sarah …

Super Bowl Spuds: Pub Inspiration for ‘Smashed’ and ‘Loaded’ Potatoes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked, fried or mashed, the potato remains America’s favorite vegetable. We inhale, on average, more than 50 pounds of spuds annually, no doubt much of it in darkened cars parked in back alleys, far away from dietitians, spouses …

Notes From the Garden: Flower Shows Offer a Respite From the Cold and Snow

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This winter, I’ve been a bit spoiled: Spending 10 January days in Maui will do that. You would think that I’d be ready for all the icy roads and driveways, having been given some respite. But I’m not. …

Brillat-Savarin’s Gastronomic Gem Resonates 200 Years Later

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was a French judge and politician who managed to survive revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, all the while exercising a considerable and nuanced appreciation for the pleasures of the …

‘Stay With Me’ Credits Expand

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In a surprise backstage maneuver involving British crooner Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated breakout hit, Stay with Me, both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s names have been added to the song’s writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith, Petty and Lynne now share credit with two others due to …

‘The Americans,’ TV’s Best Show, Returns as Strong as Ever

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The first four episodes of Season 3 of The Americans, which returns tonight on FX, are just as absorbing and dark and impeccably realized as what we saw in Season 2. Now that you know, shred this document if you’re paranoid about spoilers. The series picks up not …

Storm Sweep

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nicholas Brown, of West Lebanon, N.H., cleans off his girlfriend's car after shoveling his driveway and walkway at their apartment on Jan. 27, 2015. Brown lost his legs three years ago after having pneumonia. He said the cold …

Music to Fewer Ears: Testing Cuts Time for Performing Arts Education

Monday, January 26, 2015

Megan Prince saw her future — part of it, anyway — while playing the trumpet at her middle school in Albany, N.Y. “I had a band teacher who was so inspiring,” Prince, now the elementary-school music teacher for …