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Life & Times

Andrea Ambros, of Hartland, Vt., runs down the Brownsville Trail after her second summit of Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, Vt., on June 27, 2015. Several years ago when training for several long-distance trail running events, Ambros teamed up with Raina White to develop what they call the Ascutney Mountain Triple Ascent, a route that covers over 21 miles, summits the mountain three times and utilizes all trails on the mountain. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Three Times Is the Charm: Run, Run, Run to the Top of Mt. Ascutney

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Not everyone would call running 21 miles up and down a mountain “fun,” “stimulating” or “really nice.” Yet that’s how the handful of people who …

The Glorious Fourth: In 1930s West Lebanon, the Day Brought Thunderous Independence

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Born in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in 1924, Scott E. Hastings Jr. grew up in West Lebanon. His parents moved to what was then a bustling …

Movie Review: Lead Performance Shines Brightest in ‘Testament of Youth’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In Ex Machina, Alicia Vikander displayed a combination of flintiness and femininity as the cyborg Ava, a humanlike form of artificial intelligence that was learning …

To Your Good Health: How Does One Get Cellulitis?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is cellulitis, and how does one get it? I live in a retirement facility, and two ladies at my dining table have it. It seems to be very painful and difficult to heal. Should I take any precautions? — R.G. Answer: Cellulitis is an …

Essay: Why We Should Keep Reading ‘Gone With The Wind’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As the few places that still fly the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia begin, at long last, to strike those colors, it’s understandable that other symbols of Confederate sympathies seem increasingly marginal. “If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as …

With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Investigating drug deaths has become an increasing part of the daily routine in the state medical examiner’s office. In 2014, drug overdoses killed a record 326 people, and as of July 1, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office …

Movie Review: New ‘Terminator’ Is Part Man, Part Machine and Totally Confusing

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Much like the “cybernetic organism” played by Arnold Schwarzenegger throughout the Terminator film franchise, a movie critic is only part living human tissue; the rest is ruthless killing machine. The human part, at least in theory, is capable …

Movie Review: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Can’t Recapture Its Innocence

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s modest, playfully liberated comedy about male strippers that took multiplexes by storm three years ago, possessed that ineffable concentration of qualities of which so many surprise sleeper hits are made. Alternately steamy and wholesome, raunchy and childlike, Magic Mike reveled in the glistening, undulating, …

Movie Review: ‘Me and Earl’ Director Livens Up a By-the-Numbers Weepie

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It seems like just yesterday — or at least just last year — that we were bidding goodbye to a teen protagonist on his deathbed ( The Fault in Our Stars ) or hers ( If I Stay …

U.S. Airline Probe Needs Hard Evidence

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Washington — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the …

Summer Readings Make Noise After the Fourth’s Fireworks

Friday, July 3, 2015

For bibliophiles who enjoy hearing authors and poets recite from their work in person instead of on tape (OK, iPod or CD), the options for summer reading series hereabouts come tantalizingly close to The Promised Land. How close? …

On Poetry: Looking Back on Nearly Four Years as the State’s Poet

Friday, July 3, 2015

This is, by my computation, my third to last column as Vermont’s poet laureate. I will be taking the summer off, as before, and my successor will be named in November, this four-year tenure seeming to have gone by, like most things at my age, in a matter …

Karolina Waclawiak Writes Novels From the Outside

Friday, July 3, 2015

Karolina Waclawiak wants to talk about class. We’re sitting at Stark Bar on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It’s the end of the workday, and office workers and museum-goers alike are letting themselves …