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Thetford Chamber Singers' director Kevin Quigley leads the singers through one of the pieces they will perform in their holiday concerts during a rehearsal at First Congregational Church of Thetford, Vt., on Nov., 25, 2014. 
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Entertainment Highlights: Thetford Chamber Singers Prepare an Ambitious Holiday Program

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

While the Thetford Chamber Singers will close each of their four performances of “Make A Joyful Noise” with Silent Night over the next two weekends, …

The Art World Need Not Offer Shelter From Real Issues

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington — Bill Cosby’s interview with an Associated Press reporter, filmed Nov. 6 at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, shows power and privilege in …

The Remains of the Day: For Some, Thanksgiving Leftovers Are The Main Event

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One of the best parts of a Thanksgiving celebration is what’s left over after everyone leaves — not the dirty dishes, but the extra food. …

A Visit From the Tooth Fairy

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NHTI dental hygienist student Tanya Tisdale hands out stickers to Boys and Girls Club after-schoolers at the club’s gym for the Dental Hygiene Program’s Dental Wellness Fair this week in Concord. Students of NHTI set up stations to …

Rooms for Altering Moods

Monday, November 24, 2014

In the dimly lit room, Tiara Santos lounged on the beanbag chair, stared at the bubble tubes and played with glow-in-the-dark toys, and then slowly, the demeanor of the autistic girl began to transform. “Before we came in …

New Hampshire Leads Nation In Average Student Debt Load

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — It may house some of the most esteemed colleges in the country, but if you want to graduate without backbreaking debt, steer clear of schools along the eastern seaboard. That’s what a series of new reports …

Taking Up Pen and Paper to Say Thanks in a Season of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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 web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Swift Takes a Dig at Spotify From AMA Stage

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The American Music Awards are usually a jumbled collection of different genre artists trying to outdo each other with crazy performances. But it actually got pretty topical on Sunday night. Host Pitbull got things started early with a shout-out to President Obama’s immigration plan. “We’ve got everybody here …

Cast of ‘Today’ Trying to Rebound From a Difficult Week

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New York — It’s rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs. That’s where Willie Geist and Natalie Morales found themselves during the most difficult week for NBC’s Today show in two years. At its end, an NBC …

Vt. Resorts Upgrade Snowmaking Guns

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Montpelier — Northeast ski resorts continue to invest millions in leaner and meaner snowmaking guns, with Vermont making big inroads this year, thanks to an energy-efficiency program that helped resorts swap older model snow guns for nearly 2,300 new energy-efficient ones. The new low-energy snow guns, which use …

Union Ire

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A man throws a wooden pallet onto a fire during a demonstration in the Port of Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium, on Monday. Trade unions opened a month of intermittent strike actions by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and …

Wild Turkeys Become More Elusive With Winter Weather

Monday, November 24, 2014

By late October, with the summer birds long gone, I find myself growing ever more appreciative of the birds that stick around, including wild turkeys. With their leathery necks and odd gaits, they are reliably entertaining and interesting …

Rhino-Horse Wandered Ancient India

Monday, November 24, 2014

A portly hooved animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, which likely weighed 45-75 pounds, probably occupied a branch of the evolutionary tree right beside a broad group that has since radiated out …