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Dartmouth College alumnus Budd Schulberg in an undated photograph. Dartmouth is holding a symposium next week aimed at clarifying the late screenwriter and novelist's place in American letters and culture. (Courtesy Dartmouth College Library)

The Measure of a Writer

Friday, October 31, 2014

In December 1935, Budd Schulberg, a Dartmouth College junior and editor-in-chief of the daily paper The Dartmouth , traveled from Hanover some 60 miles west …

Cinematographer to Give Talk in Hanover

Friday, October 31, 2014

It’s relatively rare that a major Hollywood talent comes to the Upper Valley to talk about his work, but moviegoers have the chance to hear …

Naomi Watts Tests Comedy’s Warmer Roles

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hempstead Gardens, n.y. — Dressed in an oversized night shirt, Naomi Watts moved stealthily across the darkened suburban house where she was shooting her new …

Food From High Places: Hanover Restaurant Extols the Cuisine of Mountainous Nepal

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bhola Pandey has a calm, affable demeanor. He doesn’t seem the sort of guy who would be cast in the pressure-cooker world as a chef and restaurant owner, particularly one with at least three graduate degrees who practiced …

Will Candy Be the Next Battleground in America’s Health War?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On almost every day of the year, Room W471 on the fourth floor of Chicago’s enormous McCormick Place convention center is as unremarkable as any corporate meeting room you might imagine. It is gray. Or perhaps beige. Or …

Notes From the Garden: For Subtle Fall Colors, Look to the Oaks and Beeches

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I took a walk this week along a country road and was delighted by the colors of the fall leaves. The reds — maples, largely — have fallen, but the yellows and brown are still on some trees and lovely. And once you develop an appetite for the …

Closing Up Shop

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kathleen Carriere, of Windsor, rolls up the American flag outside the Windsor Visitor’s Center, where she volunteers, on Tuesday. Carriere used to own Mill Brook Bed and Breakfast in Brownsville. Valley News — Ariana van den Akker …

A Path for Every Student

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hanover — Kelsey Smith already was serving in student government at Hanover High School. Playing the saxophone. Distance-running for the girls cross-country and track-and-field teams. Agonizing over which Advanced Placement courses to take, and from which teachers to …

Young Writers Meet Aliens In Vermont

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Technology Isn’t the Solution for Public Education’s Problems

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

John Deasy was an impressive superintendent of the Prince George’s County (Md.) schools when I knew him six years ago. He cared about kids. He had good ideas. He worked very hard. That got him one of the biggest jobs in education, superintendent of the Los Angeles schools …

Judd Nelson Lives On

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reports of Judd Nelson’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Rumors that swept the Internet on Sunday morning were false and the Breakfast Club star is alive and well, his manager and agent said. Agent Gregg Klein even hustled to Nelson’s home Sunday morning to take a photo of …

New Blu-Ray Set Offers a Fresh Visit to ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which ran on CBS on Saturday mornings from 1986 to 1990 and has been repeated on various networks and home video platforms in the years since, is back again. “And better than ever,” I cannot help but add, because it is, simply, true. Released …

Naturally Curious: Ecosystem Engineers

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wetlands are crucial — roughly 85 percent of all native North American wildlife relies on them — and throughout most of North America wetlands are highly correlated with beavers. Before the European settlement of North America, beavers numbered …