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"The Battle of Cedar Creek," a large-scale painting completed in 1874 by Vermont artist Julian Scott, hangs in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse. A small replica of the painting was installed last week at the battlefield in Virginia, where Union soldiers from Vermont and New Hampshire were among the troops who scored a decisive victory for the North. (Photograph courtesy David Schutz, Vermont state curator)

Remembering Cedar Creek

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fought on Oct. 19, 1864, the Battle of Cedar Creek was the culminating battle for Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. More Vermonters fought in this battle than …

Grandma’s on Facebook, but Would It Kill You to Call Her?

Friday, October 24, 2014

There were many reactions Verizon Wireless salesman Joseph Ramireza expected to hear when he introduced an iPhone to his oldest client this year. It would …

Bradlee’s Sense of Style

Friday, October 24, 2014

“Hey, Tiger.” He said things like that. He had lusty greetings, exotic epithets and obsolete profanities he got away with. He was unabashed, uninhibited. Benjamin …

Teens: Rampant Abusive Dating

Friday, October 24, 2014

New York — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators. Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the …

Art Notes: Time With the River; Coralea Wennberg’s Paintings of the Connecticut at AVA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The artist Coralea Wennberg, whose show of vibrant landscape paintings is currently on view at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, began her career, not as a painter, but as a lawyer. It’s the kind …

A Film and Concert to Honor Ruby Dee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, and in that time they forged an extraordinary union that fused both art and activism. From the 1950s through the 1970s they made their mark on …

Entertainment Highlights: Symphony Or Solo, Carpenter Does It All

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last weekend, Mary Chapin Carpenter was performing her hits in movie-soundtrack style with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the capital city of Canada’s Alberta province. This coming Sunday night, the singer-songwriter will play what she calls a “very …

Shatner, Director Meet About ‘Star Trek’ Role

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New York — Star Trek may be the next frontier for William Shatner, again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing Star Trek 3, to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with …

Breakout Star Bethenny Frankel Returns to ‘Real Housewives’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Listen, the only reason any smart person goes on a reality TV show is as a stepping stone to ... a career much better than being a reality TV star. It’s a long shot, but for years, hopefuls have at least been able to look to the shining …

Fresh Beets: They’re Fine Pickled, but Eat Them Now for The Best Flavor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shortly after my father’s family moved south from Ohio to Atlanta, a woman who was helping out with the cooking was overheard telling a friend over the back fence about the oddities of the northerner’s culinary habits. “They …

A Hearty Red, Perfect for Fall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Domaine Bousquet 2013 Mendoza Argentina Malbec $8.99 As the temperatures have receded, the red wine season is upon us , and one of my favorites is Malbec. It’s a flinty wine, high in tannins, produced from gritty deep purple grapes grown at 4,000 to 5,000 feet above sea …

Brassicas From the Garden Go Straight to the Table

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At this time of year I eat one of the “three B’s” from my garden every day: broccoli, Brussels sprouts or kale. All right, don’t get on my case. I know kale doesn’t start with a B. But …

America to Coffee Potato Chips: ‘No Thanks’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New York — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two …