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Brothers Owen, left, and Eamon Deffner play a quick round of the bean bag toss game cornhole, at their home in Thetford Center, Vt., on May 21, 2015. The Deffners are travelling across the country this summer with their father, Joe, to raise money for St. Jude's Hospital with their cross-country Cornhole Challenge. 
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Thetford English Teacher Plans a Fundraising Contest

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Once upon a time around the turn of the 21st century at Thetford Academy, Amanda Frost tested the patience of English teacher Joe Deffner. “I …

Students Write About What They Missed, and a Picture of Cats

Tuesday, May 26, 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 …

Top Teachers: Family Stress Slows Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Washington — The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to …

Aloha Foundation Names New Director

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fairlee — Christopher Overtree has been named executive director of The Aloha Foundation. The foundation operates residential summer camps, Aloha, Aloha Hive and Lanakila; Horizons Day Camp; Ohana Family Camp; and Hulbert Outdoor Center. Overtree is a camper …

Movie Review: Even George Clooney Can’t Lift Ponderous ‘Tomorrowland’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

In the alternate dimension of Tomorrowland, people swoop through the sky with jetpacks and parents push babies in hovering strollers. Swimming pools are uncontained blocks of water suspended in the air — a whole group of them, one …

Sequels and Remakes of Old Films Predominate in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 23, 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 …

Separated Sisters Finally Get Closure on VH1 Reality Show

Saturday, May 23, 2015

High school students Robin Jeter and Jordan Dickerson made headlines across the country in spring 2013 when they found themselves in a situation that resembled a movie. Their respective Washington, D.C., high school track teams were competing against each other; people started pointing out that they looked alike; …

B.B. King’s Kids and A Potential Legal Mess

Saturday, May 23, 2015

B.B. King insisted: Every Day I Have the Blues. But for a guy who had the blues every day, King, who died last week at 89, was remarkably laid back. The stress, it seemed, just never got to him. “If a woman I’ve been with says the child …

Books Outside the Big Box

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — At the time Dan Iddings opened the doors of Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last year, his greatest fear was that the technologies that ate up some of his largest competitors would swallow …

On Poetry: Former Dartmouth Professor Was a Man of Orthodox Faith, but Unorthodox Humility and Insight

Friday, May 22, 2015

This column is distinctly different from any of its predecessors. In it, I will try to sell you on a book called The Grace of Incorruption, written by a great man and a great friend who died in …

Book Review: Vivian Gornick and the Ghosts of New York

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir by Vivian Gornick; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (176 pages, $22) Vivian Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the City is a book of ghosts. Ghosts of the past; ghosts of New York, which is for her both home and character; ghosts …

If You Could Print Out the Whole Internet, How Many Pages Would It Be?

Friday, May 22, 2015

We all understand, courtesy of our daily contributions to social media and our search struggles with Google, that the Internet is huge, and only growing more huge. More than 3 billion people are now online. By the end of 2016, Internet traffic could eclipse one zettabyte a year. …

At Cannes, Attendees Watch, but Many Are There to Work

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cannes, France — “ I’m going to Cannes” can mean many things. For most festival-goers, it means ignoring the glorious weather in mid-May on the French Riviera to burrow into dark screening rooms, the better to catch the …