Life & Times

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 …

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 …

One Possible Reason ‘Bachelor’ Contestants Act Like Lunatics

Friday, July 3, 2015

Whether they strip naked, get way too drunk or scream how no one’s appreciating their “sparkle,” it’s a time-honored tradition: Every season, many Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants act like complete lunatics. That includes the latest season of The Bachelorette, where multiple guys have made fools of themselves in …

Blue Cross Says Vt. Is Liable for Unpaid Claims

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it will not seek further payment from health care providers or its customers for money owed on Vermont Health Connect accounts that weren’t terminated in a timely fashion. The state’s largest health insurer, and the dominate player in …

Greeks Warned on Debt Vote

Friday, July 3, 2015

International lenders owed $270 billion from Greece for five years of bailouts warned Thursday that a “no” vote in a referendum on their final offer for another extension won’t elicit an easing of its austerity terms. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the Eurogroup that coordinates monetary policy for the …

Art Notes: Exhibition Illuminates Windsor’s Grand Architecture

Thursday, July 2, 2015

W indsor’s Main Street is one of the handsomest in Vermont , with a fine array of buildings and architectural styles from all eras. The stretch of Route 5 leading into the main district is wide and sweeping, …

Entertainment Highlights: A Fiddle Prodigy Returns With a Grown-Up Trio

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Seems like yesterday that you could pick a summer-music venue in the Upper Valley — from Middle Earth Music Hall in Bradford to the New World Festival in Randolph — and find Celtic and jazz prodigy Jeremy Kittel …

Chandler Center Begins New Search for Executive Director

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When he was hired to run the Chandler Center for the Arts last August, Kurt Thoma said he was eager to move to Vermont and to work for a small, robust arts center like Randolph’s 108-year-old landmark. “The …

ABT Names First Black Female Principal Dancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — …

Episcopalians to Allow Gay Marriage in Churches

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Salt Lake City — Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop. The vote came in Salt Lake City at the …

Royalton Offices in Progress

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Carpenters Keith Hodgdon, left, and Jeff Corbett, both of Upland Construction of Woodstock, install plywood sheathing to the back of the new Royalton Town Offices in South Royalton on Monday. A decadeslong push for a town office resulted …

Foraging for Flour: Norwich Man Gathers Acorns for Baking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the fall, the ground under most oak trees in the Upper Valley is littered with acorns, plump nuts the size of the end of a thumb, filled with golden, fleshy meat. It seemed a shame to waste …