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Science teacher Suzan Locke looks over a picture that first-grader Faith Brown had drawn on Sept. 26, 2014. Locke is a teacher at the White River School in White River Junction, Vt.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson …

Young Writers Project:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Young Writers Project last week launched a new digital literary magazine, The Voice, featuring the best writing, photography, audio and video from Vermont and New …

Naturally Curious: Feet Made for Climbing

Monday, September 29, 2014

F all finds a lot of creatures climbing for a lot of different reasons. Some species of spiders climb vegetation, on which they leave overwintering …

Touring a Colonial Powerhouse

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Newport, r.i. — Newport generally conjures images of the Vanderbilts and the Astors and the 1 percent of the Gilded Age throwing lavish parties in their summer “cottages.” And rightly so. In that era, this small coastal city …

Whole Lotta Nuance in Plant’s New Album

Sunday, September 28, 2014

As much as anyone, Robert Plant deserves credit — or blame — for bringing the adjective “histrionic” into the vocabulary about rock music. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant used his pliant voice to create a signature …

Social Security Q&A: Can Dad Get Extra Prescription-Cost Help From Medicare?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Question: My dad is finding it hard to pay for the prescription drugs he needs even though he has Medicare prescription coverage. Is there something else we can do? Answer: If your father has limited income and resources, he may be eligible for Extra Help with Medicare prescription …

Laugh After Death: California Mortician Shares Funny Funeral Industry Stories in New Book

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Signal Hill, Calif. — When it comes to death, mortician Ken McKenzie says people are far too serious. After creating a “Men of Mortuaries” calendar featuring buff, shirtless morticians wielding shovels in 2007 and releasing Mortuary Confidential in 2010, the California mortuary owner has a new book out. …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A Great Passion

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Find Two Mate Threats “Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things” we are told by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot. Few have been more consumed by passion in the pursuit of the object of their devotion than Bobby Fischer. What was …

Miss Manners: ‘You Guys’ Is Not Appropriate for Mixed Audience

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I was addressing an informal talk to a mixed-gender group of seniors. Later, one of the ladies pulled me aside and gently explained that women of her generation did not care to be addressed as “guys,” even in a group (as in, “You guys may …

Pairing Pups With The People They Help

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dallas — Brian Boone is practicing his silly voice. The 39-year-old soldier, who lost his lower left leg while serving in Afghanistan, looks down at Brindle, a 2-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix — and highly trained service dog. “Good …

Using Vintage Electronic Parts To Make Jewelry

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Seattle — Steve Grzadzielewski has more than a million electronics parts lying around his house in West Seattle. But he’s no engineer — Grzadzielewski and his sister Susan make and sell jewelry made out of vintage electronics parts. …

Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Randolph — For evidence of the failings and limitations of the network of public and private providers that deliver mental health care in Vermont, look at the headlines. In recent months, there were stories of the suicide of …

Decorating Mistakes Cramp Small Spaces

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In a small space, every inch counts — and every mistake can have big consequences. Five designers offer their go-to remedies: The mistake: Heavy window treatments. “I’ve walked into countless small spaces and discovered heavy, dark drapery that devours the space and makes it smaller,” said Trystin Kier …