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Brent Lehouiller, right, manager of the maple division at Chippers in Pomfret, Vt., holds a pressure gauge as fifth-grader Cooper Jones sucks in through a piece of tubing used in maple sugaring during an activity to help Jones and his classmates learn about the maple sugaring process at the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Vt., on Feb. 25, 2015. Also pictured is fifth-grade teacher Sarah Woodhead, left, and student Nathan Gnodde. While it has been a tradition for the 5th graders to learn how to sugar every year, this is the first year the students are pairing up with Chippers employees to experiment with tap diameters and sap yields. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

For Sugarers, Labor Is Sweet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

“I’ve always been told that you have to be missing half your brain to be a sugarmaker,” joked Ben Kezar, of Springfield, N.H., who owns …

Volunteer Spotlight: Bumble Bee the Labradoodle Helps Kids Learn to Read

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunapee — Bumble Bee sits quietly on an orange mat as Amelia Salvitti, of Sunapee, reads aloud from the Dr. Seuss book Fox in Socks …

Links in the Chain

Friday, February 27, 2015

A ll families have mysteries . For the last 30 years, Shelia Mitchinson has been researching a puzzle in her husband’s family history. His grandfather …

3,000 Miles With the Kids, On a Roadtrip To Boredom

Friday, February 27, 2015

Last July my kids and I drove from our house in New York to my hometown in Montana. My one rule: No screens. John, 6, and Alex, 3, sat in their booster seats for more than 3,000 miles, wedged among blankets, stuffed animals, coloring and picture books, lap …

A Fraternity Brother, not a Frat Bro, Combats College Rape

Friday, February 27, 2015

Indianapolis — When Matt Leibowitz got ready to re-enter the world he loves — the world he so deeply wants to change — he dressed the part. Khakis, loafers, a navy blue sweater with the little pink Vineyard …

Dueling Library Proposals on Warrant

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grafton — With Town Meeting approaching, some voters are seeking to defund the Grafton Public Library, while others want to move and upgrade the 92-year-old building, which has been cited for code violations. Chalk it up to free …

Movie Review: Smith and Robbie Deliver a Blurred ‘Focus’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Focus one-ups that by pushing a romance to …

‘Citizenfour’ and the Power of Personal Stories

Saturday, February 28, 2015

“I’m a little concerned, the more we focus on that, the more they’re going to use that as a distraction,” world-famous whistleblower Edward Snowden tells filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald in Citizenfour, Poitras’s documentary about Snowden, which won an Academy Award on Sunday night. In that …

Ford to Star In Sequel to ‘Blade Runner’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Well, this is one way to erase the vicious hangover left by Exodus: Gods and Kings : Remind people of a much-beloved classic based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Alcon Entertainment confirmed Thursday that Harrison Ford would be reprising his role as Rick …

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Reworks the Old Spy Genre

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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 …

Conan O’Brien Takes His Show to Cuba for a Special Hour

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New York — On Wednesday’s show, Conan O’Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour (11 …

Deep, Clear Memories: Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., in search of remnants of the farm where she’d spent childhood summers with …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction book out of 1,250 titles from 42 countries that were competing in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, new horizons and open prima. An international …