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Music teacher Megan Prince organizes instruments she moved from Enfield, Village School to Canaan Elementary School, on Jan. 23, 2015. Prince alternates terms at the two elementary schools and moves all of her supplies back and forth. This term, she'll teach five to six music classes a day for Canaan's 300 students.(Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Music to Fewer Ears

Monday, January 26, 2015

M egan Prince saw her f uture — part of it, anyway — while playing the trumpet at her middle school in Albany, N.Y. “I …

Years of Lessons Bring Cellist New England Honors

Monday, January 26, 2015

For Neha Garg, something had to give two years ago: Competitive swimming or the cello lessons. This past December, the decision paid off, when the …

Young Writers Project: Students Consider Fame and Proposal’s Gone Wrong

Monday, January 26, 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 Farmers Market Surveys Shoppers, Vendors

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windsor — Organizers of the Windsor Farmers Market are asking would be and actual shoppers and vendors to take an online survey designed to improve the market. For the past few years, the outdoor market has been held on Sundays at about the same time. The survey asks …

Still Rockin’ the Road at 81

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Las Vegas — Another Saturday night on Earth. How is this one different? “Honestly, nothing is distinct after a while,” Willie Nelson confesses. He’s talking about life on the road at 81, when wisdom makes the totality of …

Miss Manners: Woman With Lots of Friends Is Ready to Celebrate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a 51-year-old woman who has a lot of friends. I’ve been to engagement parties, weddings, baptisms, first communions, kids’ birthdays up to the age of 18, etc. I’m blessed to have so many friends. I have never been married or have kids. I …

Don’t Panic: The First Lady Wore a Suit

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama is a known admirer of designer Michael Kors, having chosen his sleek black sheath for her official White House portrait. So it was no surprise that she would choose a look from one of …

To Your Good Health: Rare Cancer of the Blood Moves Swiftly

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: On a Monday, I took my 91-year-old mother out for a belated birthday lunch. She has had a long and, until now, fairly healthful life. She still had her driver’s license and thought nothing of driving the 70 miles between her house and mine. She …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Jan. 25-31

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The suspenseful adventures of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) resume as this Cold War-era thriller launches its third season. Now, the undercover Russian spies have differing opinions on how to handle orders from their bosses regarding their teenage daughter. The …

Did These Inmates Have to Die?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Months after he landed in Florida’s Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier’s pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. “It really hurts! HELP!” Frazier, then …

Snow Removal Gets a Lot Easier

Sunday, January 25, 2015

That familiar refrain of winter is back. Do you hear it? Metal shovels scraping snow-covered driveways and sidewalks. The industrious whir of snow blowers. The grating sound of scrapers chiseling cars out from beneath layers of ice. Snow …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Something’s Been Lost

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Better Than Qxg5 Watching and commenting on a chess game that others are playing can be a rollicking, fun experience for both players and onlookers. Witticism and repartee — brilliant or embarrassing — fly back and forth, sometimes to the annoyance, sometimes to the delight, …

Restaurants: We Don’t Live In a Foodie Desert

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Phoenix — Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York’s restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL’s big game is a chance to simply score …