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Jay Avis of Norwich, Vt., pours dehydrated ground acorns into a bin before it is ground again and packaged on June 26, 2015.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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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 …

Notes From the Garden: Patriotic Blooms Outlast the Booms of July 4th

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Among my earliest memories is one from a Fourth of July celebration back when I was just a tadpole — in 1949, perhaps. My sister …

Food Notes: Thetford Native Wins Fellowship to Research Cheesemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thetford resident Linnea Burnham is spending the next 13 months traveling the world to learn about making artisanal cheese. Burnham, who graduated from Middlebury College …

Conservative Churches Confront New Reality marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015

Dallas — At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling “an affront in the face of Almighty God.” The iconic rainbow colors that bathed the …

Helland Remembered at Candlelight Vigil in Windsor

Monday, June 29, 2015

Windsor High School alumnae Hailey Dunn, of Montpelier, left, and Mercedes Alcala, of Charlestown, Vt., attend a candlelight vigil held in memory of classmate Molly Helland in Windsor on Sunday. Helland, a 2010 graduate of Windsor High, was …

Setting Up for Summer Camp

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fairlee — Everything is in order by the time the children arrive — the grass cut, kitchens stocked, counselors trained and ready for the activity-filled weeks ahead. Locally, the annual summer camp spruce-up starts long before the season’s …

Dan Mackie: My Kindergarten Commencement Speech

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I was looking through some papers recently and found my kindergarten valedictory address. Some people are surprised that such a thing exists, but I went to an aspirational kindergarten and peaked early in life. I received a perfect …

Film About Norwich’s One-Room Schools Raises Money to Save One

Friday, June 26, 2015

The former Root District School in Norwich is tucked off to the side of Union Village Road near the junction of Goodrich Four Corners Road. Built in 1937, it hasn’t been used as a school since 1945, but …

Businesses Rescue Wasted Food

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Washington — Ugly produce is midway through a massive makeover. Misshapen potatoes, multi-pronged carrots and past-their-prime apples — rebranded as “cosmetically challenged” and “beautiful in their own way” — are coming into vogue. Campaigns aimed at reducing food …

On Fashion: ‘Disneybounding’ Puts Adult Theme-Park Fans In Age-Appropriate ‘Costumes’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Orlando — Grown-ups are playing dress-up in a fashion trend called “Disneybounding,” which allows fans to display devotion without donning a Cinderella gown or a Buzz Lightyear spacesuit. The styles shoot for subtle, yet colorful, salutes to Disney …

Laws Are Confusing on Emotional Support Animals

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Los Angeles — Your sidekick is loyal. Clever. A great comfort to you and others. But does that mean your animal companion deserves access in public places that other people’s pets don’t get? Maybe. The law is murky …

July 4 Events Set in W. Windsor

Sunday, June 28, 2015

West Windsor — July 4th celebrations in West Windsor are set for Friday and Saturday. The events kick off Friday with kids’ activities, food and fireworks at Mt. Ascutney. The Royal Towne Brass Quintet will play from 7-9 p.m. Saturday opens with a pancake breakfast at Brownsville Community …

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little …