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Science teacher Suzan Locke looks over a picture that first-grader Faith Brown had drawn on Sept. 26, 2014. Locke is a teacher at the White River School in White River Junction, Vt.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson …

Young Writers Project:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Young Writers Project last week launched a new digital literary magazine, The Voice, featuring the best writing, photography, audio and video from Vermont and New …

Naturally Curious: Feet Made for Climbing

Monday, September 29, 2014

F all finds a lot of creatures climbing for a lot of different reasons. Some species of spiders climb vegetation, on which they leave overwintering …

Clooney and Fiancee Arrive in Venice to Prepare for Wedding

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Venice, Italy — George Clooney vowed he would never marry again, giving hope to millions of women that they one day might get their chance at romance with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. And for more than two decades, …

Preparing for a Monster Event

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Matt Hills, of Newington, Conn., helps unload a 1978 Ford truck belonging to his friend Todd Garrard, also of Newington, on the first day of the Vermonster 4x4 Fall Festival on the Connecticut Valley Fairgrounds in Bradford, Vt., …

Writing a World to Explore

Friday, September 26, 2014

When readers pick up S.S. Taylor’s latest book, The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair, she has a few goals in mind for them: To be engaged, to have fun and to sympathize with the characters. …

Project Turns Film Scripts Into Books

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lyme author and publisher Ed Gray sees a future in dime novels. Well, not literally dime novels, but more like written movies, short e-books and paperbacks drawn from never-produced screenplays that will play in your head like a …

Lahr’s Biography Doesn’t Give Tennessee Williams His Literary Due

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr; W.W. Norton (765 pages, $37.95) One day a comprehensive literary biography of Tennessee Williams will be written that won’t resemble a psychiatric case study. Until then let’s savor …

‘Get Away With Murder’ Keeps the Spotlight on Viola Davis

Friday, September 26, 2014

Many things have changed about television lately, but murder still makes the world go ‘round. An astonishing variety of characters, environments and scenarios can be wrapped around the sturdy framework of a crime/legal procedural and coaxed into bloom. In ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, which premieres …

Fall Theater Preview: Northern Stage’s Season of Change

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Transformation is the theme at Northern Stage in White River Junction, said its Artistic Director Carol Dunne. Now beginning her second season as artistic director, Dunne is overseeing construction o f a new 250-seat theater on the site …

Fall Music Preview: Big Season Features Big Names

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upper Valley devotees of live music will want to lay in plenty of the heating-fuel of their choice this fall. If you go to see even a fraction of the performers swooping through the region between now and …

Entertainment Highlights: Companie Marie Chouinard Brings Drawings to Life at Hopkins Center

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The dance troupe Compagnie Marie Chouinard hits the Spaulding Auditorium stage at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center on Friday and Saturday nights at 8, with a re-imagined animation of the ink drawings that Belgian poet and artist Henri Michaux created …

Art Notes: Two Longtime Friends Exhibit Paintings in White River Junction

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A new show of oil paintings opening tomorrow at the Zollikoffer Gallery in the Hotel Coolidge in everybody’s favorite railroad town, i.e. White River Junction, celebrates the art of two women who happen to be life -long friends. Judith Pettingell and Deborah Frankel Reese first met in the …