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Valley News Staff Writer David Corriveau heads down the trail with the summit of Mount Cube over his shoulder after spending the morning at Hexacuba Shelter in Orford, N.H., Friday, July 25, 2014.
 A group of summer school students in the Rivendell Interstate School District had left a questionnaire for hikers, and Corriveau filled it out. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Summer Journal: A Path Leads to Many Answers

Monday, July 28, 2014

To: The nine 8th- and 9th-g raders-to-be from Rivendell Academy who are surveying hikers on the Appalachian Trail, as part of their work at summer …

River Valley Community College to Present Award to Hypertherm Exec

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Claremont — For her years of support of efforts to train and employ graduates of River Valley Community College in Claremont, and to generally widen …

Allergy Therapies Multiply

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Asha Patel knows more about what goes into your lungs than you do. Every weekday at 8 a.m., the researcher climbs onto the roof of …

Mid-Atlantic Beaches: There’s Something for Everyone — Even Your Dog

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It’s summer. It’s beach season. But where to go for the sun and the sand? If you are headed to the Mid-Atlantic region for some summer fun, have a look at the itineraries The Washington Post has pulled …

Miss Manners: Using the Wrong Flatware Is Not the End of the World

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am looking for the correct answer to the following question: What happens if you are at a formal dinner and realize you are using the wrong piece of silverware for a given course? Gentle Reader: You go on eating. Everyone else goes on eating …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Sports, Empowerment and War

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Better than 1. ... Qxg5. The idea of sports as a form of manly empowerment is an old one. Teddy Roosevelt, a future American president of Rough Riders fame, declared in Professionalism in Sports (1890): …

Around the Remote: A World of Lies and Spies in A-Bomb Drama ‘Manhattan’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Don’t Miss: Manhattan — This gripping and provocative new drama series is set in Los Alamos, N.M., against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. John Benjamin Hickey ( The Big C ) shines as a self-destructive physics professor who is recruited …

Batman Still Thriving After 75 Years

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In a world filled with seemingly daily disasters and endless turmoil, it’s no wonder that superheroes are as popular as ever, from blockbuster movies all the way to the local toy shop. “When the world gets scary, superheroes’ sales go up,” says Brad Meltzer, the bestselling political-thriller author …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It …

On Fashion: S.C. Girl’s Barrettes Aim to Tame Bad Hair Days, Bullying

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Columbia, s.c — Gabrielle Goodwin will put a knot in your hair and your heart. The shy, humble 7-year-old Columbia girl says she likes to play tag and draw — she’s also an entrepreneur, an inventor of her very own line of hair barrettes that won’t fall out …

Study Finds That Elephants Have The Best Nose of Any Mammal

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Elephant noses might be the most discerning mammalian sniffers on the planet. According to a new study published Tuesday in Genome Research, African elephants may best humans, mice and even dogs on the measure of olfactory receptor genes. But that doesn’t mean elephants should replace canines on the …

The Nature Of Writing

Monday, July 28, 2014

Woodstock — Former Middlebury College English and Environmental Studies Professor John Elder encouraged students to see the outdoors in a new way through a workshop at the Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rochefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock on Friday …

WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Hard to Build, Easy to Bomb

Monday, July 28, 2014

Manhattan, a drama premiering Sunday night on the newly ambitious WGN America, valiantly tries to coax some radioactive clicks from whatever metaphorical half-life remains in the origin story of the bomb. Set in 1943 in northern New Mexico, …