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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 …

‘Finding Your Roots’ Explores High-Profile Family Histories

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Those who develop a strong interest in their forebears tend to do so later in life. But that was not the way for Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Ivy League professor, whose fascinating genealogical show Finding Your Roots …

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. If all goes as planned, the 14-year-old nonprofit center and school, which has …

Young Writers Address Feminism and a Haunting Scenario

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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 in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Indian Schools Struggle With Aged Buildings, Few Resources

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winslow, Ariz. — On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry bread during the school’s heritage week. “It reminds us of the Native American …

Snyderman Faces Credibility Issues

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New York — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren’t over for NBC News’ chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most …

HBO Streaming Will Just Make TV Harder to Keep Up With

Monday, October 20, 2014

By the time the next season of True Detective rolls around, we may be able to watch without shelling out big bucks to a cable company — or, you know, “borrowing” a password from our friends who do. Yes, HBO streaming will be a reality without a Comcast …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who …