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Margaret Raymond, director of the Family History Center at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, pages through a binder full of her family history in Royalton, Vt., on Feb. 25, 2015.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Links in the Chain

Friday, February 27, 2015

A ll families have mysteries . For the last 30 years, Shelia Mitchinson has been researching a puzzle in her husband’s family history. His grandfather …

3,000 Miles With the Kids, On a Roadtrip To Boredom

Friday, February 27, 2015

Last July my kids and I drove from our house in New York to my hometown in Montana. My one rule: No screens. John, 6, …

A Fraternity Brother, not a Frat Bro, Combats College Rape

Friday, February 27, 2015

Indianapolis — When Matt Leibowitz got ready to re-enter the world he loves — the world he so deeply wants to change — he dressed …

Why Lady Gaga Needs ‘American Horror Story’

Thursday, February 26, 2015

After Lady Gaga’s majestic Sound of Music medley at the Oscars on Sunday, some speculated she may be headed to Broadway. Wrong genre! Turns out the pop star is aiming to conquer the world of basic-cable television. FX …

Out and About

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Caroline Yurek and Chad Goodliff, both of Claremont, snowshoe at Moody Park in Claremont last week. The couple said this was their first time snowshoeing at Moody Park, though they often go to other places, such as Arrowhead …

Mozzarella In 40 Minutes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: Satisfying, quick, inexpensive …

Food Notes: King Arthur Flour Introduces a New Baking Magazine

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If you’re looking for a recipe for a shrimp scampi po’boy, baked kibbeth with tahini sauce or a southern caramel cake or just want to read a feature story on maple sugaring or cooking with honey, then pick …

Notes From the Garden: Growing Mushrooms at Home

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

About 20 years ago, I started growing mushrooms outdoors on logs. It’s a simple process that involves drilling holes in freshly cut logs and inserting little wooden plugs that I buy called plug spawn. Then I let them …

‘NBC Nightly News’ Tops Ratings

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NBC Nightly News is hanging on to its ratings without Brian Williams. The evening news broadcast anchored by Lester Holt while Williams is suspended averaged 10.1 million viewers for the week of Feb. 16-20, according to Nielsen. That topped ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (9.7 million) …

‘Jack & Triumph Show’ Producer Unleashes the Comic Dog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

There is a good reason for Jack McBrayer to have an executive producer credit on the new Adult Swim sitcom The Jack & Triumph Show. “I go around apologizing to people after the fact,” explained the indomitably cheerful actor who also costars in the series. “It is a …

First Haircut

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Isaac Hamilton, 2, of Grafton, licks a lollipop while Micah Drexler cuts his hair for the first time at Lebanon Barber Shop on Tuesday. Isaac sat in the lap of his father, Nick Hamilton, during the experience. Valley …

Randolph High Student Thrives in Speech Competitions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One day after winning Randolph Union High School’s Poetry Out Loud contest for the second year in a row, senior Marya Merriam found herself at Jesse’s Restaurant in Lebanon on Feb. 12, silently rehearsing her entry in the …

Poll Finds Many Are Misled About the Common Core Standards

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washington — Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution. A …