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Tucker Briglin, 12, of Thetford Center, Vt., helps to shovel hard pack to be spread on the trail between Thetford Elementary School and Thetford Academy on Sept. 13, 2014. Briglin's mother, Laurel Mackin, is the town's recreation director and headed up the project. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

School Notes: Short Trail, Long History; Thetford Improves Path Connecting Its Schools 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thetford — A trail ran through it for years. You just wouldn’t have wanted to try to negotiate a 600-foot stretch of the path between …

Tunbridge Fifth-Grader Writes About His Confidence Showing Cattle

Tuesday, September 16, 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 …

Why Admiring China’s Scores Can Damage U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 14-20

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Don’t Miss The Roosevelts: An Intimate History — The political dynasty that produced two substantial presidents and one extraordinary first lady gets the Ken Burns treatment, and you know what that means: lots of old-time photographs, Meryl Streep voice-overs, and enough George Will to last a lifetime. It’s …

To Your Good Health: A Discussion of the HPV Vaccine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you strongly recommended the HPV vaccine for everyone ages 13 to 26. Last week, an article came out about the much lower rates of HPV vaccination as compared with the rates of other vaccinations recommended for teens. I was born in …

‘Champagne Supernovas’: Exploring 1990s Fashion

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ‘90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion puts readers in the front row and three of the era’s biggest names in the catwalk spotlight. Author Maureen Callahan contends that the …

To Vintage Craze, Now Add Baseball

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Philadelphia — From afar, it looks and sounds like a regular recreational baseball game: the crack of the bat, the cheering from the bench, the sliding into home. But a closer glance at this field in Philadelphia’s Fairmount …

Driven by the Internet, a Tiresome Culture of Outrage Grows

Saturday, September 13, 2014

There’s a scene in A Piece of Work, the 2010 documentary about comedian Joan Rivers, who died last week, in which she shoots down a heckler while performing in a casino in northern Wisconsin. In so doing, she effectively explains the purpose of humor in society. After she …

‘Dolphin Tale’ Sequel Has a Sweet Story to Tell

Saturday, September 13, 2014

America’s favorite dolphin returns to the screen in Dolphin Tale 2, a sequel as eager to charm audiences as the 2011 original. Again “inspired by true events,” Dolphin Tale 2 provides family-friendly animal fare that should engage tweens …

Serious-Minded ‘Calvary’ Sneaks Up on Viewers

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

‘The Drop’ Is an A tmospheric T hriller

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Drop, a taut, atmospheric, exceedingly well-written thriller adapted by Dennis Lehane from one of his short stories, commits one of the most egregious sins in fiction, introducing an adorable puppy early in the proceedings, only to trot …

Late Night Shows Remain All-Male, Kathy Griffin Laments

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Los Angeles — Last year, as a late-night TV shake-up ended with yet another chorus line of white male hosts, Joan Rivers decried the lack of women in any of the coveted jobs as “beyond frustrating.” Days after …

A Young Man’s Confession

Friday, September 12, 2014

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, by Andrew Lohse; Thomas Dunne Books; 303 pages; $25.99 Dartmouth College hazing whistleblower Andrew Lohse published his memoir, Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy , a 303-page narrative detailing the …