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Nason Slattery, 13, of Claremont, N.H., tightens the zip ties on his underwater robot during 4-H Robotics in Claremont, N.H., on March 23, 2015. Slattery will enter his underwater robot in the 2015 UNH Seacoast SeaPerch Regional Competition, which takes place on April 11. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Rise of the Robotics Clubs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Claremont — Haiden Pascarelli had a dilemma. Kneeling on the carpeted floor in a room off of the indoor pool at the community center, the …

Musings on The Future Grow Gloomy

Tuesday, March 31, 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 High School Wins Inaugural 3D Modeling Contest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Since October, about 20 Vermont schools have been competing in a first-of-its-kind project that combines high tech 3D printing and old fashioned local history. Last …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: ‘You Don’t Know Me’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hint and Explanation: First, Create a Pin Bobby Fischer was often described as a loner by a mainstream press that was puzzled by his unorthodox and inaccessible behavior and seemingly exceptional need for privacy. Contrary to popular perception, he could be strikingly open and engaging, He was not …

Indiana Rally Protests Law

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Indianapolis — Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying “no hate in our state” signs, to rally against a new law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law’s …

Road, Walk

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kayleigh Lee, 15, of Claremont, walks her horse, Sunny, back to the barn after Sunny jumped onto a snowbank. Kayleigh has been training Sunny since September. She said she enjoys teaching Sunny how to stay calm on roads …

Tempo Picks Up for Downbeat Pianos

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicago — After years of decline, the piano industry may be on the upswing. In August, Bob Frazier’s company made a move that many people called crazy: It opened a second piano store. The industry is dying, he …

Faith, Evil and Penance: Jeffrey Lent’s New Novel Revisits Post-Civil War Era

Friday, March 27, 2015

There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons — That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes — — Emily Dickinson A small religious group started by a charismatic woman is at the heart of Jeffrey Lent’s new …

Movie Review: Uneven ‘Get Hard’ Scores Some Zingers, but Also Blunders

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Get Hard opens with a tight close-up of Will Ferrell weeping — openly, copiously, theatrically — in what has become his signature gesture of doing something banal to an absurd extreme. In this scattershot, funny-dumb satire, Ferrell plays …

Movie Review: ‘Home’ Can’t Quite Live Up to the Book It Came From

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Evoking The Wizard of Oz, Annie and E.T., Home is about the yearning for the comforts of family. But this kiddie sci-fi adaptation doesn’t quite live up to its evocative title. Based on Adam Rex’s best-selling children’s book …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 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 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

‘Suze Orman Show,’ a Sane Space on Money-Mad TV, Ends

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday night’s final episode, after 13 years, of CNBC’s The Suze Orman Show might be viewed as one more positive indicator of an economic recovery. If Suze is moving on, could this somehow mean that Americans finally got their acts together and are back on the job, above …

On Poetry: For this Poet, Words Provide the Inspiration

Friday, March 27, 2015

The question I’m most frequently asked as a poet, one I mused on in my December column, is “Why doesn’t that rhyme?” In this column, I’ll look, at least to begin with, at the second most frequently asked: “Where do you get your inspiration?” Well, fact is, I’m …