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Watched by her classmates and Instructor Gary Hutchins, Karen Roy of Lebanon, N.H., cuts metal during a class day dedicated to learning different types of cutting metal, and TIG welding in the Welding for Women Class at Hartford Area Career and Technical Center in White River Junction, Vt., on Jan. 12 2015. 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>

We Can Weld It! Class Helps Women Gain Metalwork Experience in Comfortable Setting

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hartford — Soul music pouring from the shop speakers competed with the clanging of a hammer on metal and the electric sizzle of welders on …

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of …

For Art’s Sake, an Old Rallying Cry Returns: ‘Take Back Vermont’

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last week, in a startlingly random context, I came across something I thought only the people where I’m from remember. Among the listings I receive …

To Your Good Health: Blisters May Need Medication Long Term

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: A year ago, I broke out with pimples on my back, arms and thighs. They itched so badly I thought I would go mad. A dermatologist took a biopsy and told me it was an autoimmune disease called bullous pemphigoid. I was started on prednisone …

Snails Slither Into Spa Scene in Thailand and Around World

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chiang Mai, Thailand — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are …

Company Seeks Rights to Names of Iconic Grand Canyon Lodges

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Flagstaff, Ariz. — To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar — all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 1-7

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Super Bowl XLIX — Break out the hot wings and adult beverages. It’s the one day when millions of gluttonous Americans huddle up on the couch to watch big, beefy men pummel each other. This year, the defending NFL champion Seattle Seahawks take on the New …

Old Meets New in Planned Grammy Duets

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Young will meet old — again — at this year’s Grammy Awards. In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Recording Academy has arranged several May-December duets for the Feb. 8 ceremony, organizers announced Wednesday, including planned performances by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Hozier and Annie Lennox, and Jessie …

After a Terrible Incident, a Friendship Begins

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Washington — The friend request popped onto Josh Kaplowitz’s Facebook page one afternoon. He was at his office at a top-shelf D.C. law firm, but the name on the screen transported him to a very different place, a …

Hop-Flavored Liquors Catch On With Distillers

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist. Recent products include hopped whiskies such as R5 from Charbay Artisan Distillery & …

Community Alliance Transportation Services Seeks Volunteer Drivers

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Community Alliance Transportation Services volunteer Pat Moody drives Jessica Bunnell to an appointment. Moody has volunteered with the Newport-based organization for two years. Community Alliance Transportation Services provides rides to residents of Sullivan County for medical appointments, to …

A Big Peace of Ice

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ed Crory, of Tutzing, Germany, second from left, stands on a ladder in front of the 12-foot-tall peace sign he engineered out of solid ice at Elizabeth Crory’s Rip Road home in Hanover. Ann Crory Thompson said it …

The Tyranny Of ‘Awesome’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday in an online chat, a reader sent in a great question that clarified some things I’ve been thinking about lately. “Is it just me, or is the word ‘awesome’ overused?” this person wrote. “When something is described as ‘awesome’ these days, it probably isn’t awesome. Why do …