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Brent Lehouiller, right, manager of the maple division at Chippers in Pomfret, Vt., holds a pressure gauge as fifth-grader Cooper Jones sucks in through a piece of tubing used in maple sugaring during an activity to help Jones and his classmates learn about the maple sugaring process at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Vt., on Feb. 25, 2015. Also pictured is fifth-grade teacher Sarah Woodhead, left, and student Nathan Gnodde. While it has been a tradition for the 5th graders to learn how to sugar every year, this is the first year the students are pairing up with Chippers employees to experiment with tap diameters and sap yields. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

For Sugarers, Labor Is Sweet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

“I’ve always been told that you have to be missing half your brain to be a sugarmaker,” joked Ben Kezar, of Springfield, N.H., who owns …

Volunteer Spotlight: Bumble Bee the Labradoodle Helps Kids Learn to Read

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunapee — Bumble Bee sits quietly on an orange mat as Amelia Salvitti, of Sunapee, reads aloud from the Dr. Seuss book Fox in Socks …

Links in the Chain

Friday, February 27, 2015

A ll families have mysteries . For the last 30 years, Shelia Mitchinson has been researching a puzzle in her husband’s family history. His grandfather …

Going Nose-to-Snout with the Locals in Gainesville, Fla.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gainesville, Fla. — Rule No. 1 when it comes to fleeing an alligator: Don’t run in a straight line. I learned this while standing feet from a prehistoric-looking, kayak-size animal that had crawled up onto the bank of …

How to Sell that ‘Unsellable’ Home

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Do you think your house is unsellable due to its location? Highly rated real estate agents on Angie’s List explain how to sell a house, even in the most undesirable spot. If the most important thing in real estate is location, location, location, how do you sell your …

Claremont 5K Walk Supports Education To Stop Violence

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Claremont — The ninth annual “Steppin’ Up to End Violence” 5K walk and fun run is set for April 25 at Claremont Middle School. Event-day registration opens at 8:30 a.m., followed by a rally at 9:45 a.m. and the walk and fun run at 10 a.m. Individuals and …

TV Technology Gives Viewers Content Control

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace. Technological breakthroughs, time-shifted viewing and increased competition have pushed content to new levels of quality. As the movies saluted themselves with the Oscars, the small …

Happily Never After?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — All together now: All you need is love. Love is all you need. It seems like such a simple recommendation, and yet it can be awfully hard to find this essential component of a happy and …

A Lot of Car, Especially in the Wind

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It started instantly in brutally cold weather. I was grateful for that. It moved confidently through heavy snowfalls, which relieved the stress of driving when I shouldn’t have been on the road anyway. The 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited …

2015 Chrysler 300

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bottom line: This is a full-size family sedan offered in myriad iterations. The 450-horsepower Chrysler 300 SRT8 is not in the lineup for 2015, but here’s betting it won’t be missed. Drivers desirous of more power than they will ever be able to use without incurring a traffic …

Fines Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Grow

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government’s health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don’t adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records. “We’ve now moved into an area of more assertive …

Churches, Synagogues, Mosques Feeling Winter Strain

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boston — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God. Churches, synagogues and mosques report attendance is down at services, as poorly timed winter storms have hit on …

Editor, Publisher John B. Fairchild Dies

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — John B. Fairchild, who took Women’s Wear Daily from dry fashion trade publication to an international industry force, died Friday at his Manhattan home after a long illness, the magazine confirmed. He was 87. Fairchild …