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Lebanon High School junior Jill Dion, 16 hugs volunteer Michael Whitman of Lyme at the conclusion of the Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness in Lebanon's Colburn Park Sunday, September 7, 2014. Dion, one of the event's primary organizers this year, cited her experiences with several friends who have considered suicide, and the support she received from staff at Lebanon High School as reasons for her involvement in the event. "It's a really busy time of the year, but this has really become a priority," she said.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” …

Young Guy ‘Takes Over’

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Give me a reason O, I see no reason To fall in love with you — from Reason, by Noah Kahan Hanover — In his …

‘U.S. News’ Data Cruncher Quietly Crafts Yearly Ranking

Saturday, September 13, 2014

“I am not a beautiful person. I am not Brad Pitt,” says Bob Morse, stating the obvious in his office at U.S. News & World …

At 40, ‘Young Frankenstein’ Lives On

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beverly Hills, Calif. (ap) — Young Frankenstein is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts …

Baby-Sitting the Brood at the World's Fair

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Zach Johnson, 8, of Tunbridge, keeps an eye on his rooster while watching Darryl Kuehne, an animal health specialist with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, check another bird during the exhibitor drop-off day at the Tunbridge World’s Fair …

The Garden and the Crock

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

About now, many home gardeners are asking themselves, what was I thinking? The question pops to mind when kitchen counters are overflowing with tomatoes, squash and cucumbers, and the peppers, beets and carrots, not to mention kale, chard …

Fall Is Coming, And So Are Its Many Chores

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The fall equinox arrives on Sept. 23 this year. On that date, day and night are of equal length, but with each subsequent day the dark time gets a little bit longer and we begin our descent into winter. For many gardeners, the shortening days are not welcome. …

Writing Prompts for Students

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through this newspaper, YWP’s website, youngwritersproject.org, and new digital magazine, The Voice; and partner websites, vpr.net, vtdigger.org …

What Size Farm Is Best for the Planet?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There’s a kind of farm that has caught the imagination of the food-conscious among us. It’s relatively small, and you know the farmer who runs it. It’s diverse, growing different kinds of crops and often incorporating livestock. It …

School Reform Should Focus On the Quality Of Principals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers — mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but …

Racial Divide Also Causes Havoc in Schools Near Ferguson

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

St. Louis — The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to capacity for a meeting last summer with parents, students and faculty. They were black and white, some affluent and others poor, but all of …

Royal Baby Number 2 On the Way

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

London — Prince George is not going to be an only child for long — the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace. British royal officials said Monday …

If ‘Pure’ Eating Goes Too Far

Monday, September 8, 2014

Contra Costa, Calif. — During a recent trip to the Half Moon Bay, Calif., farmers market, Johnny Righini didn’t suffer a panic attack or chastise his mother when she bought nonorganic produce. For Righini, this moment of self-restraint …