Life & Times

Virginia "Ginnie" Davenport, looks over a wall of family photographs at her home in Thetford, Vt. on Feb. 24, 2015. The painted portrait of Davenport on the left was made by an Italian artist from a photograph Davenport's  husband carried with him during World War II, when the couple was secretly engaged.   (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Deep, Clear Memories : Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction …

On Poetry: The Moral Force of Jean Connor’s Poems

Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been almost two years since I celebrated one of Vermont’s literary treasures, Jean Connor, a poet who, after a long career as a …

Facebook Adds New Gender Option for Users: Fill in the Blank

Friday, February 27, 2015

Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank. “Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to …

Why Lady Gaga Needs ‘American Horror Story’

Thursday, February 26, 2015

After Lady Gaga’s majestic Sound of Music medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television. FX …

Out and About

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Caroline Yurek and Chad Goodliff, both of Claremont, snowshoe at Moody Park in Claremont last week. The couple said this was their first time snowshoeing at Moody Park, though they often go to other places, such as Arrowhead …

Mozzarella In 40 Minutes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: Satisfying, quick, inexpensive …

Food Notes: King Arthur Flour Introduces a New Baking Magazine

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If you’re looking for a recipe for a shrimp scampi po’boy, baked kibbeth with tahini sauce or a southern caramel cake or just want to read a feature story on maple sugaring or cooking with honey, then pick …

Notes From the Garden: Growing Mushrooms at Home

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

About 20 years ago, I started growing mushrooms outdoors on logs. It’s a simple process that involves drilling holes in freshly cut logs and inserting little wooden plugs that I buy called plug spawn. Then I let them …

‘NBC Nightly News’ Tops Ratings

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NBC Nightly News is hanging on to its ratings without Brian Williams. The evening news broadcast anchored by Lester Holt while Williams is suspended averaged 10.1 million viewers for the week of Feb. 16-20, according to Nielsen. That topped ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (9.7 million) …

‘Jack & Triumph Show’ Producer Unleashes the Comic Dog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

There is a good reason for Jack McBrayer to have an executive producer credit on the new Adult Swim sitcom The Jack & Triumph Show. “I go around apologizing to people after the fact,” explained the indomitably cheerful actor who also costars in the series. “It is a …

First Haircut

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Isaac Hamilton, 2, of Grafton, licks a lollipop while Micah Drexler cuts his hair for the first time at Lebanon Barber Shop on Tuesday. Isaac sat in the lap of his father, Nick Hamilton, during the experience. Valley …

Randolph High Student Thrives in Speech Competitions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One day after winning Randolph Union High School’s Poetry Out Loud contest for the second year in a row, senior Marya Merriam found herself at Jesse’s Restaurant in Lebanon on Feb. 12, silently rehearsing her entry in the …