Life & Times

Andrea Ambros, of Hartland, Vt., runs down the Brownsville Trail after her second summit of Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, Vt., on June 27, 2015. Several years ago when training for several long-distance trail running events, Ambros teamed up with Raina White to develop what they call the Ascutney Mountain Triple Ascent, a route that covers over 21 miles, summits the mountain three times and utilizes all trails on the mountain. (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>

Three Times Is the Charm: Run, Run, Run to the Top of Mt. Ascutney

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Not everyone would call running 21 miles up and down a mountain “fun,” “stimulating” or “really nice.” Yet that’s how the handful of people who …

The Glorious Fourth: In 1930s West Lebanon, the Day Brought Thunderous Independence

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Born in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in 1924, Scott E. Hastings Jr. grew up in West Lebanon. His parents moved to what was then a bustling …

Movie Review: Lead Performance Shines Brightest in ‘Testament of Youth’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In Ex Machina, Alicia Vikander displayed a combination of flintiness and femininity as the cyborg Ava, a humanlike form of artificial intelligence that was learning …

ABT Names First Black Female Principal Dancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — …

Episcopalians to Allow Gay Marriage in Churches

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Salt Lake City — Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop. The vote came in Salt Lake City at the …

Royalton Offices in Progress

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Carpenters Keith Hodgdon, left, and Jeff Corbett, both of Upland Construction of Woodstock, install plywood sheathing to the back of the new Royalton Town Offices in South Royalton on Monday. A decadeslong push for a town office resulted …

Foraging for Flour: Norwich Man Gathers Acorns for Baking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the fall, the ground under most oak trees in the Upper Valley is littered with acorns, plump nuts the size of the end of a thumb, filled with golden, fleshy meat. It seemed a shame to waste …

Notes From the Garden: Patriotic Blooms Outlast the Booms of July 4th

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Among my earliest memories is one from a Fourth of July celebration back when I was just a tadpole — in 1949, perhaps. My sister and I sat on the hood of our parents’ 1938 Buick, a big …

Food Notes: Thetford Native Wins Fellowship to Research Cheesemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thetford resident Linnea Burnham is spending the next 13 months traveling the world to learn about making artisanal cheese. Burnham, who graduated from Middlebury College earlier this year, is one of the 50 members of the Thomas J. …

Truffle Industry Needs Trained Dogs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Carneros, Calif. — The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the fabled aromatic fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs …

‘True Detective’ and ‘Mad Men’ Take On the Counterculture

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

If the 1980s were a sharp backlash to the sweeping social changes of the 1960s and ’70s, the last year has revived debates about the results of the sexual revolution. The Supreme Court’s recognition of a right to marriage equality has the New York Times’ Ross Douthat pondering …

Open Pastures

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patsy DuClose-Silloway repairs a fence on her farm Tuesday in East Randolph, where she keeps a beef cow, a sheep, a turkey and chickens. “Animals are an enjoyment, and they bring peace to your mind,” she said.Valley News …

Summer Journal: If a Giant Boulder Sits in the Woods, People Will Go to See It

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

S ometimes you just want to look at a really big rock. In pursuit of which I traveled recently to Madison, N.H. , in the White Mountains to gaze upon the Madison Boulder. It is in a stretch …