Life & Times

John Graham works to edit his dissertation on traditional music of Georgia at the Howe Library in Hanover, N.H., on March 31, 2015. Graham says he often listens to a variety of music while polishing the more tedious aspects of his work, including the music he is studing. 
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A Solitary Quest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

John Graham can count on the fingers of one hand how many American academics have immersed themselves in studying the liturgical chant music of the …

Iraqi Boy’s Dream of Becoming Dancer Defied Threats, Borders

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amman, Jordan — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on …

‘Adaline’ Is a Love Story for the Ages

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls …

Sprucing Up

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jake St. Martin, of Newbury, pushes over a tree that he just cut in Tunbridge on Monday. Small saplings were growing along a barn and in sections of foundations. The owner of the barn, Robin Mix, was having …

A Cure for Colorblindess

Sunday, April 19, 2015

For the more than 10 million Americans with colorblindness, there’s never been a treatment, let alone a cure, for the condition that leaves them unable to distinguish certain hues. Now, two University of Washington professors have teamed with …

Making Up for Lost Exercise

Sunday, April 19, 2015

With five kids age 6 and under — including a set of twins — Karyn Ryan could barely find the time to sleep, let alone exercise. After a nine-month hiatus from her fitness routine, Ryan was so overweight and out of shape that she got winded just going …

Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by their perennial mid-winter tans: Have you been in the Caribbean? “Nope. Westminster, Plainfield,” …

Univision to Retire ‘Sábado Gigante’ After 53 Eventful Years

Monday, April 20, 2015

Los Angeles — The days of oddball sketches, leggy models and impressing El Chacal are about to bid adios: Long-running Spanish-language TV staple Sábado Gigante will end its run after 53 years on the air. Univision is turning out the lights on its top-rated variety show. The campy …

Hunting a Woodchuck

Monday, April 20, 2015

John White, 71, tries to flush out a woodchuck from its hole with help from his sheltie Cody in Randolph Center on Saturday. White, who also dropped a sulfur bomb down one entrance to the hole, said that …

On Track

Monday, April 20, 2015

Jonathan Harger, of Niantic, Conn., resets the front wheels of a model train during the 4th Annual Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Model Railroad Show at Kearsarge Regional Middle School in North Sutton, on Sunday. Harger is a member of the …

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on the theme of “Revolutionary Cinema!” during the 10th anniversary of its birth. The …

For Grass, Writing Became A Moral Duty

Friday, April 17, 2015

How will Gunter Grass be remembered? The German Nobel laureate, who died Monday at age 87, was not just a novelist but also a political figure, a voice of conscience, a provocateur. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to …

Richards Free Library Digitizes Newspaper Archive

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Newport — In the past, searching Richards Free Library’s newspaper archives meant queuing up rolls of decades-old microfilm and scrolling through pages one by one. But thanks to a grant and enthusiastic donors, the library now boasts a searchable digital version of the papers, which span nearly 150 …