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John Higgins, Executive Director of the Ledyard Charter School works with Carolyn Freese, his assistant, in his office at the school in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept 19, 2014. Valley News- Jennifer Hauck

School Notes: Ledyard Charter School’s New Leadership

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lebanon — Between trips toting furniture to the Ledyard Charter School’s new digs on the third floor of the Whipple Block one day this past …

Colleges Worry About Attracting Students in Tech-Savvy World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Indianapolis — Every year, high school students stress over whether they’ll get into their top-choice college. But this week, college admission officers from across the …

Two Weeks Without Diabetes

Monday, September 22, 2014

As 7-year-old Zara Cheek packed her bags for her first sleep-away camp this summer, she found herself looking forward to more than just swimming, going …

Let Families Decide Homework Time

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My grandsons don’t get much screen time. By that I mean they are almost never exposed to television, laptops, tablets, smartphones and whatever is the latest thing keeping our youth awash in entertainment. I thought my son and daughter-in-law might be too strict on this. Was it right …

Building Bicycles

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Albert August, of White River Junction, watches as his children Jessica, 6, and Michael, 9, tinker with their bicycles Monday afternoon. Valley News — Ariana van den Akker …

Study Finds Households With Kids Buy Less Junk Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

American families with kids bought 101 fewer calories per person per day in packaged foods in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to an analysis of a pledge by big food companies to reduce calories in the marketplace. It’s an “impressive” accomplishment but not sufficient to reverse …

Serving Hospitality in Hanover, One Order At a Time

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Becky Schneider loves Dartmouth College students, and she loves Hanover. She better. For thirty years, Schneider has been serving them breakfast and burgers at Lou’s Restaurant in Hanover. “I tell people, I come with the building,” she said. …

This Fall, Romantic Comedies Show Why They Fit Best on TV

Monday, September 22, 2014

The romantic comedy genre is supposedly dead. Looks like someone forgot to tell the 2014 fall television season. A quick glance at the schedule reveals an unusually high number of shows centered on the time-honored TV tradition of beautiful 20- and 30-somethings finding love. They take the typical …

A Golden Age for Apples

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples are a hardy, long-lived, diverse fruit, and since the Industrial Revolution, when countless New England farms emptied out, an equally countless number of apple varieties have been waiting to be rediscovered. Over the past few decades, interest …

Books Offer Taste Of a Juicy History

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples of Uncommon Character, by Rowan Jacobsen, Bloomsbury, 311 pages, $35 Apples of New England: A User’s Guide, by Russell Steven Powell, Countryman Press, 214 pages, $19.95 Some years ago, I drove up to the Northeast Kingdom to …

Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Benefits Beyond SSI?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Question: I am getting Supplemental Security Income. Can I get other kinds of help? Answer: You may be able to get other assistance. For example, in most states, SSI recipients also get Medicaid. You should contact your medical assistance office. Also, SSI recipients are sometimes eligible for social …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Practice, Practice, Practice?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Create a Winning Pin “Practice makes perfect” is an accepted truth, or at least a truism. But how much practice is really enough? In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the notion — offered in a 1993 paper by K. Anders Ericsson — that 10,000 …

Miss Manners: It’s Not a Good Idea to Get Engaged Before Getting Divorced

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dear Miss Manners : I have been going through a rough divorce for over a year now and have met a wonderful man who wants to get engaged. My husband is trying to hold out in settling the divorce as long as he can for his own financial …