Life & Times

Music teacher Megan Prince organizes instruments she moved from Enfield, Village School to Canaan Elementary School, on Jan. 23, 2015. Prince alternates terms at the two elementary schools and moves all of her supplies back and forth. This term, she'll teach five to six music classes a day for Canaan's 300 students.(Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Music to Fewer Ears: Testing Cuts Time for Performing Arts Education

Monday, January 26, 2015

Megan Prince saw her future — part of it, anyway — while playing the trumpet at her middle school in Albany, N.Y. “I had a …

School Notes: Years of Lessons Bring Cellist New England Honors

Monday, January 26, 2015

For Neha Garg, something had to give two years ago: Competitive swimming or the cello lessons. This past December, the decision paid off, when the …

Young Writers Project: Students Consider Fame and Proposal’s Gone Wrong

Monday, January 26, 2015

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 …

Warm-Up Swings

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chris Whitcomb watches his son Zach, 10, practice his swing in front of their West Lebanon home on Friday. Zach plays baseball, football and basketball, though football is his favorite. This spring, he will be playing first base.Valley …

It’s Still the Pirate’s Life for ‘Black Sails’ in Season Two

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. — Starz found success with its first season of Black Sails through a mix of swashbuckling pirates and women who could kick the swash right out of their buckles. The second season of the series that’s a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was no …

Snow Stroll

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lisa and Tim Holtz, of Claremont, explore Blow-Me-Down Farm at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish on Sunday. Although the farm is usually closed to the public, tour guides from Saint-Gaudens gave the first of five guided snowshoe …

Let It Snow And Snow: Welcoming Winter Weather With Joy, Enthusiasm

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When I was a child, growing up in the mountains of Tennessee, my younger sister and I would check the weather forecast religiously during the winter, hoping and praying for snow. If there was at least a 15 …

Life Here: Friendly, Capable Voices on the Other End of the Phone

Monday, January 26, 2015

“Intruder, leave the premises immediately!” intoned a menacing voice. “Oh blast, I’ve done it again,” I thought. After a wakeful night troubled by longing for my late husband, Bob, I had opened an outside door without disarming the …

A Candidate’s Daughter Urges Mitt Romney Not to Run, for His Family’s Sake

Sunday, January 25, 2015

There’s really no way to explain what it’s like to watch your parent run for president. Those of us who’ve been through it are members of a very small, bizarre club. Those of us who’ve been through it …

Cats Love Playing With Apps

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Los Angeles — When Laura Fritz’s felines play with her iPad, her fat cat loses the urge to eat, her scaredy-cat loses his fear and her youngest just loses interest. If you’ve had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the …

Haverhill Restores Its Missing Weathervane

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haverhill — Thanks to historical society volunteers, a landmark building in Haverhill Corner has something it’s been missing for at least 80 years — a weathervane. A replica of what is thought to be the original, a shiny …

When Comics and Galaxies Collide

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Star Wars is coming home. Not at the movies, but in the comics. On Jan. 14, Marvel released Star Wars No. 1 , a new series set right after the first movie, the one released in 1977 (which …

Veterans, Shelter Dogs Work to Save Each Other

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago — James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled, reached to shake hands. And if that didn’t impress, there was one of those …