Life & Times

Brian Stoudnour carries his son Griffin, 7, up the hill in front of their Fairlee, Vt. home after a sled run as Ronan Stoudnour, 3, walks up at right Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Griffin has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, regarded as the most severe and most common form of the progressive degenerative disease. Brian Stoudnour hiked to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal last October as part of the Hope for Gus Foundation's Everest to End Duchenne campaign and raised over $6,000 to go directly to research of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Fairlee Man Treks to Mount Everest To Call Attention to Son’s Disease

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fairlee — After school one rainy day last week, 7-year-old Griffin Stoudnour splashed in fresh puddles with younger brother Ronan. Inside the family home, after …

Primary Focus: Capturing the Candidates on Their Upper Valley Swing Since 1952

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Long before television live shots and satellite trucks, before campaign trackers and YouTube posts, before smartphones and selfies, still photographers were the main source of …

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

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Valley Parents: A Teen Substance Abuse Counselor Shares Observations From 40-Year Career

Friday, February 5, 2016

In his more than 40 years as a teen substance abuse counselor in the Upper Valley, Donlon Wade has witnessed a disturbing development: Kids are starting to use substances at an earlier age and more frequently than in …

‘Top Gear’ Hires Matt LeBlanc

Friday, February 5, 2016

Top Gear is getting its first ever non-British host, and it’s going to be Matt LeBlanc — yes, that Matt LeBlanc. He’ll be joining Chris Evans (no, not that Chris Evans) in the revamped show that’s hitting the BBC in May, following a series of scandalous incidents. Evans …

Coen Brothers Talk About Diversity and Hollywood Today

Friday, February 5, 2016

In conversation, as in their work, sibling filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are known for a kind of uncanny symbiosis. Their sentences run together as effortlessly as they divide the writing, directing and producing duties they have shared …

Art Notes: Painter Eric Aho Looks Deep Into a Hole in the Ice

Thursday, February 4, 2016

On a recent mild day, the painter Eric Aho stood on a frozen pond in Walpole, N.H., and, taking a 6-foot-long saw, begin slicing through the 6- inch-thick ice as easily as if it were birthday cake. When …

Entertainment Highlights: Young Couple Demonstrate Ballroom Dances in Claremont

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Go ahead: Try telling Drayton Harvey that ballroom-style dancing belongs to your parents’, your grandparents’ or your great-grandparents’ generation. Or that you don’t have the time. Better still, go to the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center in Claremont …

Theater Review: ‘Mad Love’ Exposes 20-Somethings Stumbling Toward Intimacy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The sharpest comedy has a way of slicing into meaty issues, and Mad Love, by Hanover playwright Marisa Smith, deftly carves up love, sex, dating and commitment in the Internet age. Now in a world premiere production at Northern Stage’s Barrette Center for the Arts, Mad Love follows …

Even Kate Winslet Thinks Rose Let Poor Jack Die in ‘Titanic’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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What Counts as a ‘Hit’ TV Show These Days?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Defining a “hit” TV show used to be so easy: Just look at the ratings! Not so much these days. With hundreds of series available, it’s impossible to figure out. NBC’s Blindspot was the most-watched new show of the fall. But everyone is talking about Netflix’s Making a …

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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