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Signs of Winter

Monday, December 22, 2014

Signs of avian feeding are plentiful if you take the time to look for them, and many of these signs are created by species of …

‘Oh, the Wonder’: In Meriden Church, a Christmas Tree Reaches to the Heavens

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meriden — About five years ago, as an appreciative new member of the Meriden Congregational Church, Shawn Rogers wanted to pitch in somehow. It wasn’t …

Nature Has a Tornado Detector

Monday, December 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that a song bird weighing less than two nickels managed to carry a tiny electronic sensor …

Tower Records Store Still Standing in Tokyo

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tokyo — In 2006, the Great American Group, no great American, won the right in court to liquidate the bankrupt Tower Records, despite other bidders who hoped to salvage the record business. For much of the U.S. — …

Comic Books Tackle Diversity

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined …

To Your Good Health: Give Doctor All Your Info for the Best Advice

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: About three years ago, I was walking from the parking lot to church (not a long distance) and was overcome with a feeling of warmth and weakness throughout my body. I almost dropped my purse, but it stopped almost immediately. About three weeks ago, the …

Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteers Needed for Upper Valley Haven After-School Program

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Liz Sauchelli Valley News Staff Writer White River Junction — For Sophia Chamberlain, it’s all about the kids. “A lot of the kids … you never really know what they’re going through. Any behavioral issues or challenges …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Always Bobby

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Force Checkmate A chess tournament is a physical trial. Even a single game — particularly a hard-fought one that can last five or six hours — can extend competitors to their limit and beyond. At that point, my friend and colleague Edmar Mednis, a grandmaster, …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 21-27

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t Miss: Homeland — We were so ready to give up on this spy thriller after a clunky Season 3 in which Brody met his maker. But Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and company have revived our interest with a turbocharged fourth season that, sadly, comes to an end …

Stanford Aiming to Bring Player Pianos Back to Life

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Stanford, Calif. (ap) — Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods. Stanford researchers have launched an ambitious effort to restore and study instruments known as reproducing pianos that …

David’s House Names Director, Board Members

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lebanon — David’s House has chosen a longtime staff member as its executive director. Also, several new members were appointed to the board of the recently expanded nonprofit. David’s House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with …

Miss Manners: Throw a Big Party, but Don’t Make It About You

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am a 39-year-old wife, turning 40 in 2015. I am very happily married, moderately successful and childless. Since my wedding 16 years ago, I have not had an occasion to “ be celebrated,” and I think it’s about high time! No baby showers, no …

Dinner Becomes 2014 Battleground

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Have you picked a side yet? If not, you’d better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in …