Life & Times

Prince Edward Island's Ten Strings and a Goat Skin are to perform at the New World Festival in Randolph, Vt., on Sept. 6, 2015. ( Jon Burke photograph)

New World Favorites

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Just one look … and listen. That’s all it took, one late-summer night in 2013, for Kevin Dunwoody to invite Prince Edward Island’s Ten Strings …

Musician Assumes a Leadership Role

Thursday, September 3, 2015

One minute in early August, Katie Trautz was accepting an invitation to play old-time New England and Appalachian music at Randolph’s New World Festival with …

Two Views On Hood’s ‘Collecting’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I had two conflicting responses to the exhibition “Collecting and Sharing,” a show at the Hood Museum of Art that focuses on a collection of …

James Bond Scribe Calls Idris Elba ‘Too Street’ for 007

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First of all, Anthony Horowitz may be a bestselling author in England, but he’s not Ian Fleming. Fleming created James Bond, who made his first appearance in the 1953 novel Casino Royale and immediately became a hit. Fleming had served in British naval intelligence during World War II …

Priests Can Absolve ‘Sin Of Abortion’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vatican City — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and painful decision.” In a letter published Tuesday by …

New Tunbridge Principal Reaches Out to the Community

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It seems strange that most school administrative contracts have a starting date of July 1. That’s nearly two months before students return to the classroom, two months before a school begins to fulfill its purpose. Scott Farnsworth, hired …

Prompts Released For Young Writers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through this newspaper; YWP’s web site, youngwritersproject.org, and digital magazine, The Voice; and other partners, including vpr.net …

The Book on Clean Water

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pittsburgh — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? That’s the hope of Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in the civil and …

Colby College Announces Press Award

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Waterville, Maine — A former Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing dire conditions in group homes for the mentally disabled will be this year’s recipient of Lovejoy Award at Colby College. Katherine Boo, now a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, will receive …

Bridging the Gap

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nicholas Hollinger of Venture Construction blows away silica on the Ralph Lehman Bridge in White River Junction on Monday. Hollinger was preparing the bridge for a repaving project this week. The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic …

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological …

Racing Across Generations

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Little League. Theater camp. Swim team. All summertime activities for kids, with their families cheering them on from the sidelines. In Canaan, motocross racing is also a family affair, where parents encourage young riders to compete in races …

‘The Carmichael Show’ Gets How People Talk About Politics

Monday, August 31, 2015

September is the traditional month when a new crop of shows arrives on television, and with it, signs of new trends and new thinking in TV. But right now on NBC, a new show is getting a jump on that process. The Carmichael Show, a family sitcom based …