Life & Times

Every year, Shawn Rogers, of Meriden, N.H., enlists several friends to help him drag a 25 foot balsam fir cut from his parents tree farm in Chelsea, Vt. and load it on a trailer. The tree comes from a crop planted by the Rogers family in the mid-1980's for their cut-your-own Christmas tree business and is destined for the Meriden Congregational Church. "It's an ordeal," said Dick Rogers, Shawn's father. "I'm not quite sure he knows what he's doing." Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

‘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 …

A Legacy In Letters and on the Land

Saturday, December 20, 2014

It’s Nov. 21, 2014, about 10 a.m., and I’m heading up the Bill Hill trail in Thetford Center. The morning has been cold and squally, …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, …

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 …

Holiday Sleepover Solutions

Sunday, December 21, 2014

One of the nicest things about the holidays can be the chance to see friends and family from far away. In some cases, that means finding sleepover space in your home. Even those short on space can make guests feel welcome and comfortable, says New York interior designer …

Lyme’s History on Display

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Volunteers Laurie Wadsworth, left, and Jane Fant look through the Civil War archives in the Lyme Historians museum at the Lyme Center Academy building on Tuesday. The museum is open on Tuesdays, from 9-12. Valley News — Jennifer …

Children’s Author and ‘Clifford’ Creator Dead at 86

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died at 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades in a …

This ‘Annie’ Isn’t Timeless

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Quvenzhané Wallis is an Annie for the modern age. She has the street smarts to navigate New York, sprinting across subway platforms and pedaling a Citi Bike, and the business savvy to find creative solutions to her financial predicaments. The title character in Will Gluck’s funny, but uneven …