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Margaret Raymond, director of the Family History Center at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, pages through a binder full of her family history in Royalton, Vt., on Feb. 25, 2015.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Links in the Chain

Friday, February 27, 2015

A ll families have mysteries . For the last 30 years, Shelia Mitchinson has been researching a puzzle in her husband’s family history. His grandfather …

3,000 Miles With the Kids, On a Roadtrip To Boredom

Friday, February 27, 2015

Last July my kids and I drove from our house in New York to my hometown in Montana. My one rule: No screens. John, 6, …

A Fraternity Brother, not a Frat Bro, Combats College Rape

Friday, February 27, 2015

Indianapolis — When Matt Leibowitz got ready to re-enter the world he loves — the world he so deeply wants to change — he dressed …

Dueling Library Proposals on Warrant

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grafton — With Town Meeting approaching, some voters are seeking to defund the Grafton Public Library, while others want to move and upgrade the 92-year-old building, which has been cited for code violations. Chalk it up to free …

Movie Review: Smith and Robbie Deliver a Blurred ‘Focus’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Focus one-ups that by pushing a romance to …

‘Citizenfour’ and the Power of Personal Stories

Saturday, February 28, 2015

“I’m a little concerned, the more we focus on that, the more they’re going to use that as a distraction,” world-famous whistleblower Edward Snowden tells filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald in Citizenfour, Poitras’s documentary about Snowden, which won an Academy Award on Sunday night. In that …

Ford to Star In Sequel to ‘Blade Runner’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Well, this is one way to erase the vicious hangover left by Exodus: Gods and Kings : Remind people of a much-beloved classic based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Alcon Entertainment confirmed Thursday that Harrison Ford would be reprising his role as Rick …

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Reworks the Old Spy Genre

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

Conan O’Brien Takes His Show to Cuba for a Special Hour

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New York — On Wednesday’s show, Conan O’Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour (11 …

Deep, Clear Memories: Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., in search of remnants of the farm where she’d spent childhood summers with …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction book out of 1,250 titles from 42 countries that were competing in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, new horizons and open prima. An international …

On Poetry: The Moral Force of Jean Connor’s Poems

Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been almost two years since I celebrated one of Vermont’s literary treasures, Jean Connor, a poet who, after a long career as a librarian in upstate New York, now lives at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. Here I offer such celebration again, for no especial reason …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction book out of 1,250 titles from 42 countries that were competing in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, new horizons and open prima. An international …