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Scott Paulson keeps the beat on a cowbell as Sharon Elementary fifth graders work through "Louie Louie" on the steel drums at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon, Vt., Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Paulson founded the school in the Seven Stars Center building in 2002 with his wife and it now offers a wide range of private music lessons and classes in tai chi, yoga, Japanese calligraphy and hula dancing, among other subjects. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. …

Young Writers Address Feminism and a Haunting Scenario

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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 …

Indian Schools Struggle With Aged Buildings, Few Resources

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winslow, Ariz. — On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry …

Snyderman Faces Credibility Issues

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New York — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren’t over for NBC News’ chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most …

HBO Streaming Will Just Make TV Harder to Keep Up With

Monday, October 20, 2014

By the time the next season of True Detective rolls around, we may be able to watch without shelling out big bucks to a cable company — or, you know, “borrowing” a password from our friends who do. Yes, HBO streaming will be a reality without a Comcast …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who …

Dan Mackie: Zombie ‘Car Talk’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Car Talk radio guys make me laugh, but not as much as they make themselves guffaw, tee-hee, chortle, snort and wheeze with delight. I often listen to them as I head to the dump on Saturday, or …

Distance and The Bonds Of Friendship

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This was the first time I’d watched her onstage in over two years. One of my closest childhood friends, she goes by “Katherine” or “Kat” now, but I still call her “Katie.” The last time I had seen her had been in April at her father’s funeral. Barely …

Pop Art Can Pack Big Design Punch

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off …

As Winter Gets Closer, Time to Organize the Garage

Sunday, October 19, 2014

With fall here and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage, so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them. “Will it be another bad winter, Al?” you ask. I’ll tell you when it’s over. In the meantime, …