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Jay Avis of Norwich, Vt., pours dehydrated ground acorns into a bin before it is ground again and packaged on June 26, 2015.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Foraging for Flour: Norwich Man Gathers Acorns for Baking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the fall, the ground under most oak trees in the Upper Valley is littered with acorns, plump nuts the size of the end of …

Notes From the Garden: Patriotic Blooms Outlast the Booms of July 4th

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Among my earliest memories is one from a Fourth of July celebration back when I was just a tadpole — in 1949, perhaps. My sister …

Food Notes: Thetford Native Wins Fellowship to Research Cheesemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thetford resident Linnea Burnham is spending the next 13 months traveling the world to learn about making artisanal cheese. Burnham, who graduated from Middlebury College …

Truffle Industry Needs Trained Dogs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Carneros, Calif. — The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the fabled aromatic fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs …

‘True Detective’ and ‘Mad Men’ Take On the Counterculture

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

If the 1980s were a sharp backlash to the sweeping social changes of the 1960s and ’70s, the last year has revived debates about the results of the sexual revolution. The Supreme Court’s recognition of a right to marriage equality has the New York Times’ Ross Douthat pondering …

Open Pastures

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patsy DuClose-Silloway repairs a fence on her farm Tuesday in East Randolph, where she keeps a beef cow, a sheep, a turkey and chickens. “Animals are an enjoyment, and they bring peace to your mind,” she said.Valley News …

Summer Journal: If a Giant Boulder Sits in the Woods, People Will Go to See It

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

S ometimes you just want to look at a really big rock. In pursuit of which I traveled recently to Madison, N.H. , in the White Mountains to gaze upon the Madison Boulder. It is in a stretch …

Possible Red Flag

Monday, June 29, 2015

Baltimore — Simple tests used regularly to assess kidney function and damage also could help doctors predict who will suffer heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health …

Advances Save Child Cancer Patients

Monday, June 29, 2015

Orlando — When Ben Watson, 14, had trouble breathing, his doctors suspected he had pneumonia and put him on a couple of rounds of antibiotics. One day, his pain got so bad that his parents took him to the emergency room, where his diagnosis changed: It was non-Hodgkin …

‘General Hospital’ Actor Geary to End Role on July 27

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York — Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer’s marriage to Laura in 1981 on General Hospital was the biggest moment in daytime television history, will appear in his final episode next month. ABC announced in May that …

Rolling With the River

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ryan Teffner of Great River Outfitters watches as Christina Jessen of Lebanon, pushes off into the Connecticut River with her mother, Laila Vestersager, and stepfather, Hans Vestersager, from Denmark. They were visiting Jessen for a week. It would …

Alcohol Before Dining Led Many Women in Study to Overeat

Monday, June 29, 2015

That mellow feeling that settles in when you kick off your shoes, pour yourself a drink and start making dinner should come with a warning: Overeating ahead. Don’t hear it? That would be your brain’s reward system — the primitive structures that prime our drives for sex, food …

MTV’s Small-Screen Reboot of ‘Scream’ Dares You to Watch

Monday, June 29, 2015

The TV version of Scream has so much fun gutting its origin story for inspiration, it almost forgets to be scary. The 10-episode series, which begins Tuesday night on MTV, is a reboot of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s gory-meets-funny horror film franchise, four movies that twisted themselves …