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Trick-or-treaters line up to get candy and trinkets from people who have opened their car trunks around the South Royalton Green during the annual Fall Festival on the South Royalton green in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 25, 2014. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Family Fun for Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Michael Jackson’s Thriller blared from speakers set up on the South Royalton bandstand as children in costume collected candy around the village green with their …

Art Notes: ArtisTree Gallery Makes Good Use of Its New Home

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ArtisTree, the community arts organization and art gallery, gained more than increased exhibition space when it moved from Woodstock to its new headquarters in a …

Entertainment Highlights: Where to Celebrate Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The 24/7 news cycle is stalking us with Ebola and ISIS/ISIL, with shootings in schools and houses of parliaments, with millennial droughts and floods and …

Brushing It Off

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wayne Stone, of Enfield, wipes the dust from his eyes Tuesday after sanding the trim around the entrance to the house where he rents an apartment. Stone hopes to finish painting the entryway for his landlord before winter …

Row Your Boat

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Meredith Smith rows through a stiff wind across Mascoma Lake from her lakeside property to the boat launch on Route 4A to take the boat out of the water for the winter. “I said I would much rather …

Taylor Swift Pivots Into Pop, and Stumbles Into Conformity

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Taylor Swift’s 1989, an antiseptic pop album scrubbed of any greasy country music fingerprints, qualifies as a rare and exquisite dud. When it’s triumphant, it’s like that Super Bowl Sunday when your team is up 42 points at …

Pulitzer-Winning Vt. Poet, 87, Dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Montpelier — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell’s wife, …

Food From High Places: Hanover Restaurant Extols the Cuisine of Mountainous Nepal

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bhola Pandey has a calm, affable demeanor. He doesn’t seem the sort of guy who would be cast in the pressure-cooker world as a chef and restaurant owner, particularly one with at least three graduate degrees who practiced …

Will Candy Be the Next Battleground in America’s Health War?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On almost every day of the year, Room W471 on the fourth floor of Chicago’s enormous McCormick Place convention center is as unremarkable as any corporate meeting room you might imagine. It is gray. Or perhaps beige. Or …

Notes From the Garden: For Subtle Fall Colors, Look to the Oaks and Beeches

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I took a walk this week along a country road and was delighted by the colors of the fall leaves. The reds — maples, largely — have fallen, but the yellows and brown are still on some trees and lovely. And once you develop an appetite for the …

Closing Up Shop

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kathleen Carriere, of Windsor, rolls up the American flag outside the Windsor Visitor’s Center, where she volunteers, on Tuesday. Carriere used to own Mill Brook Bed and Breakfast in Brownsville. Valley News — Ariana van den Akker …

A Path for Every Student

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hanover — Kelsey Smith already was serving in student government at Hanover High School. Playing the saxophone. Distance-running for the girls cross-country and track-and-field teams. Agonizing over which Advanced Placement courses to take, and from which teachers to …

Young Writers Meet Aliens In Vermont

Tuesday, October 28, 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 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 …