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Margaret Raymond, director of the Family History Center at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, pages through a binder full of her family history in Royalton, Vt., on Feb. 25, 2015.  (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>

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, …

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 Regrets Of the Young And Innocent

Tuesday, February 24, 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 in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Finally, Something Neil Patrick Harris Can’t Host: The Oscars

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It was bound to happen eventually. Neil Patrick Harris, the man who can host anything, finally stumbled. Obviously, it’s a thankless job. Academy Awards hosts have the impossible task of impressing millions during a nearly four-hour slog of a ceremony, which has gotten only more difficult in recent …

Exposure May Prevent Nut Allergy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing …

Down in the University Basement: Bats and Owls Offer Clues Into Brain Function

Monday, February 23, 2015

Baltimore — What can we learn about attention by studying bats and owls? In one corner of the basement of Ames Hall at the Johns Hopkins University, Cynthia Moss opened the door of a room where about a …

Author: You Can Live Like a Rock Star and Thrive

Monday, February 23, 2015

You may not sing like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler or play the guitar like Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction fame. But you can have something in common with a lot of rock musicians: a healthy lifestyle. No one knows …

Women Executives Prone to Depression

Monday, February 23, 2015

It’s easier when your kids are grown, said Alyson Breathed, 60, a marketing director with a staff of 10. But even after decades of being in management — first in hospitality, now for a public garden — being a woman in authority is stressful, she said. “We’re still …

Washington-Raised Actor Has Roles in Top D.C.-Set Series

Monday, February 23, 2015

New York — Kelly AuCoin grew up in Washington, the son of nine-term Oregon congressman Les AuCoin. He campaigned for his father, appearing in a political ad washing the family car (actually a rental, as it was filmed out West) to show that his father was thrifty and …

‘Birdman’ Takes Flight at an Oscars Punctuated by Politics

Monday, February 23, 2015

Los Angeles — The long take of Birdman has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by …

For the Love of Dogs: Orford Woman Raises, Races 13 Canines

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Orford — The members of Fran Plaisted’s family like to dig in the yard and bring dirt into the house. Whenever there’s a deer in the yard, they let her know with their voices. The youngest like to …

When the Railroads Rolled In

Saturday, February 21, 2015

In 1854, Henry David Thoreau wrote “the whistle of the locomotive penetrates my woods summer and winter.” By then, Bradford-area residents were quite familiar with that sound. The first train arrived at Bradford’s Calcutty location (Piermont Crossing) on …