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Dan Hamel, of Hartland, Vt., talks about his recovery from alcoholism during an interview at his home on February 6, 2016. It is one of several topics he writes about in his book of poetry "Inspirations and Emotions." (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>

Woods and Words

Saturday, February 13, 2016

F ive years ago, Dan Hamel wrote a poem he called A Hunter’s Prayer , which happened to be the first poem he’d ever written. …

Elevate Your Game, Guys: Roses Come in a Wide Variety of Colors

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ahead of her Super Bowl appearance, Beyoncé received 10,000 roses from her husband Jay Z. This raises a number of questions: Did Jay Z arrange …

Pop Culture Marries Technology

Saturday, February 13, 2016

San Francisco — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense …

Teach for America Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thousands of Teach for America alumni flooded the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organization, which is known for placing striving, idealistic and inexperienced teachers in some of the nation’s neediest schools. The District of Columbia conference featured hundreds of …

Busy Work

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

With a lack of snow to shovel, Michael Kraatz sweeps dirt and leaves from the walkway at Canaan Hardware on Monday. When he isn’t working at the store, Kraatz works as an artist and teacher. Valley News — …

Super Bowl Gets 111.9 Million Viewers, Down From Last Year

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New York — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year’s average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver’s victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday’s …

Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after changing into dry clothes — best of all a new T-shirt featuring Mickey …

Primary Focus: Capturing the Candidates on Their Upper Valley Swing Since 1952

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Long before television live shots and satellite trucks, before campaign trackers and YouTube posts, before smartphones and selfies, still photographers were the main source of images from the campaign trail. As it turns out, the Valley News was …

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In 1998, Adrian Tans was living in Burlington and joined with a group of friends for a snow sculpture contest in one of the city’s lakeside parks. It was a lark, but to their surprise, their sculpture of, …

Feel Free to Doodle

Monday, February 8, 2016

In the first photo, Marilyn Dunten, of Wilder, looks on while artist Margaret Sheehan, of Hanover, teaches doodling at the Howe Library in Hanover on Saturday. In the second photo, Jenna Dixon, of Norwich, works on her doodle. …

Movie Review: Genre Mashup of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Doesn’t Mesh

Friday, February 5, 2016

The latest incarnation of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a most accomplished young woman. She’s studious, spunky, quick-witted and multilingual. And you should see the way she slaughters zombies. After all, she studied combat in China. For all the blood and guts, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is …

Celebrate Your Way With a Nod to Family Traditions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Your wedding day? It’s “your” day. It’s all about you. Your wedding day? Your mother has been planning it since the day you were born. It can be challenging to celebrate your unique romance while somehow pleasing — …

White River Rotary Club Honors Award Winners

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quechee — White River Rotary Club honored several of its members at an awards dinner last month at Murphy’s Farm. The awards honor achievements from the past Rotary year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Nicolaas Bekker, president of the club for two consecutive terms, received …