Life & Times

Jarvis Green and Margaret Hunton rehearse with Cantare Con Spirito, which will sing opera and spirituals in two performances this weekend at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret. (Courtesy photograph)

Entertainment Highlights: Singing, With Spirit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Almost as soon as she moved back to the Upper Valley in 2012, Margaret Hunton of Lebanon hit the ground, and the stage, running. And …

Roz Chast’s Award Leads a Big Night for Cartooning Women

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A semi-circle of women cartoonists sat talking in the lobby of Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel as Saturday turned into Sunday, all of them dressed in …

Art Notes: Former Hood Director Hired In Virginia

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Michael Taylor, the recently departed head of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, has been appointed the chief curator and deputy director for …

Thetford English Teacher Plans a Fundraising Contest

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Once upon a time around the turn of the 21st century at Thetford Academy, Amanda Frost tested the patience of English teacher Joe Deffner. “I was — I don’t know — sassy, and he would call me out …

Students Write About What They Missed, and a Picture of Cats

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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. …

Top Teachers: Family Stress Slows Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning …

Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic Arm

Monday, May 25, 2015

Los Angeles — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported. Two years ago, doctors in …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since that time, gathering wild edibles has become increasingly popular, and in our region, …

Dogs Left Wolf Pack Earlier Than Thought

Monday, May 25, 2015

A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man’s best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago — not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had proposed. “Dogs may …

NBC’s New Show ‘Aquarius’ Takes on 1960s Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A little more than three months after the moon was in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars on Feb. 14, NBC is launching the new summer series Aquarius. David Duchovny trades tracking aliens for chasing mass …

Joel McHale To Host Annual ESPY Awards

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New York — Actor and talk-show host Joel McHale will be the host of the annual ESPY Awards show in July. The irreverent sports awards show, created by ESPN, is actually being shown on sister network ABC on …

Bradford Salutes Veterans

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Vermont Civil War Hemlocks fire three volleys of shots in honor of U.S. veterans at the rededication of the Veterans Memorial at the Bradford Academy on Monday in Bradford. As a part of Bradford’s 250th anniversary celebration, …

Here Come the Judges as ‘AGT’ Returns for Its 10th Season

Monday, May 25, 2015

New York — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2012. That’s what you’d expect Howard to say. But quickly he adds that with AGT …