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Nason Slattery, 13, of Claremont, N.H., tightens the zip ties on his underwater robot during 4-H Robotics in Claremont, N.H., on March 23, 2015. Slattery will enter his underwater robot in the 2015 UNH Seacoast SeaPerch Regional Competition, which takes place on April 11. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Rise of the Robotics Clubs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Claremont — Haiden Pascarelli had a dilemma. Kneeling on the carpeted floor in a room off of the indoor pool at the community center, the …

Musings on The Future Grow Gloomy

Tuesday, March 31, 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 …

Windsor High School Wins Inaugural 3D Modeling Contest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Since October, about 20 Vermont schools have been competing in a first-of-its-kind project that combines high tech 3D printing and old fashioned local history. Last …

U.S. Registry Adds Calif. Artists

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant. Each year the institution surveys more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

How Will You Die if You’re a Rock Star?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur’s murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to …

Miss Manners: Send Thanks Rather Than Announcement to Former Professors

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I will be completing my graduate studies during the next college semester, and I’m unsure as to what the proper etiquette is regarding the mailing of announcements. I would like to share this accomplishment with the professors who guided me during my undergraduate career, but …

To Your Good Health: Increase in Prescription Price Can Be Hardship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I had a partial thyroidectomy over 40 years ago due to an enlarged thyroid, which was benign. I have been on varying amounts of thyroid hormone replacement ever since — initially Armour, then Synthroid, and now levothyroxine 88 mcg. Until recently, the cost of levothyroxine …

Wheels: Feels Like a Tiger Under the Hood

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The little wagon was a pleasant surprise, equipped with the best four-cylinder engine I have driven. Because of what seemed to be its strictly utilitarian nature — it is often used as a small cargo van in the …

Nuts and Bolts: Ram ProMaster City Wagon SLT

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bottom line: The Ford Transit Connect has a bona fide challenger in this one. Ford should take it seriously, and so should the Ram marketing people. As for consumers, especially small businesses looking for an urban commercial hauler, the Ram ProMaster City is a buy. Ride, acceleration and …

Round Is in at This Home Design Show

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — Curves have been all over the fashion and celebrity magazines, and are finding their way into design and décor too. “They’re sensuous and inviting,” New York designer Barry Goralnick said at the Architectural Digest Home …

Breaking Up Is Hard, Breaking Up Online Is Worse

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Breaking up may have seemed “hard to do” when Neil Sedaka first crooned the lyric in 1962. But Neil Sedaka didn’t have to deal with the dreaded dissolution of the Facebook relationship status. Or the awkward unfollowing of the ex’s friends. Or the hourly reminders — on Instagram, …

Antarctica Tourists: Expect the Unexpected

Sunday, March 29, 2015

King George Island, Antarctica — They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tail …