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John Brown, of Bristol, Vt., racks for the next game during the weekly 8-ball tournament run by Bob Moreau at Railside Tavern in Randolph, Vt., on Nov. 17, 2014. The winner always racks the next game. Around fifteen people usually show up for the league, which runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Are You Ready for Some 8-Ball?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Randolph — With near freezing temperatures and relentless rain, Monday’s weather was downright junky. But it didn’t dissuade more than a dozen people from showing …

Story Brings Apocalypse to Upper Valley

Friday, November 21, 2014

When I was in high school, one of my English teachers had us read William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Delivered in December 1950, it …

Dartmouth Graduate’s Iraq War Novel Wins National Book Award

Friday, November 21, 2014

At the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, author Ursula K. Le Guin stole the show. The next morning, speaking by phone from …

Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicago — Chicago’s scrappy country-punk Bloodshot Records observes two decades in the music business trenches this year. Celebrating that benchmark, the label released the ambitious compilation While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records this week. Bloodshot’s raw aesthetic has always been the antithesis of …

Stephen Colbert Will Host Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Stephen Colbert has been named host of the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, a gala celebration Dec. 7 that will spotlight singers Al Green and Sting, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride and comedian Lily Tomlin, the arts center announced Wednesday. Best known as the host …

Fallout Continues for Cosby as Number of Accusations Grows

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of The Cosby Show, moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the …

Working on the Railroad

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont Railway employees Gene Lamoureaux, left, and Ed Sheehy work on railroad tracks in White River Junction on Wednesday. Workers were replacing rails and cross ties along the track for routine maintenance. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …

Grandma’s Turkey: Injected Tequila Provides a Key Ingredient

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

If the recipe for her turkey is any indication, chef Patricia Quintana’s grandmother was probably a lot of fun. There’s a fair amount of booze that goes i nto the recipe, and every time I prepare it — …

Challenge of Thanksgiving: Which Wines?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier, 2013, $12.99 7 Deadly Zins, Zinfandel, 2013, $14.99 Finding the right wine for a Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit tricky. If you’re just trying to pair a wine with turkey and mashed potatoes, that’s pretty simple — Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir …

Drop In, Tune Out, Turn On

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christophe is having a lousy week. The storybook character — written by the Marion Cross School’s French teacher, Allison Litten, and read and recorded by her fifth-grade class — wants to play golf, but every day he takes …

Notes From the Garden: Now Is the Time to Prepare Bulbs for Blooms in March

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I love to ski and snowshoe. I don’t mind shoveling snow and lugging in firewood for the woodstove that chugs along day and night these days. But there are limits to my patience, and by March I’ll ready for green growing things and some fresh flowers. So I …

Disney TV Animation Is 30 Years Old, and It’s Going Strong

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Los Angeles — The Disney Television Animation wing has become a force in the cartoon world with the creation of shows such as Sophia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Phineas and Ferb. It’s been an impressive rise over the past 30 years, considering the …

Backing In

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pat Bryson checks her mirrors while backing up a dump truck on her farm in Canaan, where she raises beef cattle and processes firewood. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …