Life & Times

Surrounded by the glow of a halo around the sun, Jenny Wright, left, and her daughter Vanessa Keith, right, of Unity, prune apple trees at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, N.H.  Monday, March 16, 2015. Wright and her husband Stan McCumber have been pruning apple trees and picking the fruit around New England for about 45 years. "That's one of the fringe benefits of this job - seeing sky events," said Wright. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by …

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on …

For Grass, Writing Became A Moral Duty

Friday, April 17, 2015

How will Gunter Grass be remembered? The German Nobel laureate, who died Monday at age 87, was not just a novelist but also a political …

Miss Manners: Mismatched Flatware Has Much to Recommend It

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: Good fortune has provided me the opportunity to live a more comfortable life, and I need to get one bit of information clear before I begin. You indicate that flatware need not match. Does this give me license to, say, go online and purchase, piece …

To Your Good Health: Balancing Vascular Risk Is Part of Setting a Proper A1c Level Goal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My father has Type 2 diabetes, and his primary care physician has said repeatedly that an A1c of 7.2 percent or 7.3 percent is nothing to worry about. He also says that the American Diabetes Association has told physicians to loosen their restrictions on diabetics. …

Euro’s Slide Makes Europe More Attractive

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lisbon, Portugal — Vacations in Europe have a new attraction: the euro’s steep drop in value is making the continent much cheaper for tourists from across the world, especially the United States and China. For American tourists, the …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 19-25

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The Cold War-era spy drama closes out an electrifying third season with a finale that finds Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) and daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in treacherous territory. We have no idea where that might be, but our guess is Walmart on a …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Chess Everywhere

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Execute a Skewer The computer age has been notable in its contribution to the democratization of chess. The availability of inexpensive computer players and easy access to software for the downloading and reviewing of games — only seconds or minutes after they have been played …

The Hidden Costs Of Swimming Pools

Sunday, April 19, 2015

If you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool to your backyard, then chances are the cost of the project is a top concern. Asking a local pool company how much a project will cost, however, is like asking how much a house costs to build. There’s no one …

New England’s Long Winter Delays Gardening Season

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Montpelier — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in …

State: Mobster Discussed Stolen Boston Art

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hartford, Conn. (ap) — A reputed Connecticut mobster suspected of a connection to the artwork stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 discussed the paintings with an undercover FBI agent, a prosecutor said Friday. Robert Gentile, who was appearing in court on weapons charges, has been …

Returning a Dead Red-Tailed Hawk to the Upper Valley Earth

Friday, April 17, 2015

I was driving home on Route 5 north, just out of Norwich village, when I saw a pile of tan and white feathers by the road. I was going around 40 miles an hour, slow enough so I could see it was a big bird of some kind, …

Movie Review: ‘Unfriended’ Drags More Than It Clicks

Friday, April 17, 2015

Unfriended, a horror thriller from the Russian producer-director team of Timur Bekmambetov and Levan Gabriadze, is part of a long, proud tradition of visual gimmickry pressed into service on behalf of genre, from the seemingly unbroken single take of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Robert Montgomery’s subjective camera in …