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Ellie Fischer, of Springfield, Vt., washes wheels of Tarentaise cheese with a morge, which is similar to brine, at Spring Brook Farm in Reading, Vt., on September 22, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Cheesemaker Grows and Prospers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The faint smell of butterscotch hangs in the cool air as hundreds of 20-pound wheels of Alpine-style cheese lining the wooden shelves ripen in the …

Notes From the Garden: Planting Shrubs for Fall Color

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Some years ago, in a moment of enlightenment, the New Hampshire Legislature outlawed the propagation, transport and sale of three popular landscape plants: burning bush, …

As Griller-in-Chief, Eisenhower Tossed Thick Steaks Straight Onto the Coals

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How can you not like Ike? How can you not like a guy — a president, no less — who invites people over for dinner …

After ‘Downton,’ Dan Stevens Tries on Some American Roles

Friday, September 19, 2014

It’s been almost two years since Dan Stevens’ beloved Downton Abbey character, Matthew Crawley, met with an untimely end, and some die-hard fans of the PBS costume drama still may not quite be over it. But for the …

No Clear Oscar Film Favorite Emerges From Toronto and Telluride Festivals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two years ago, Toronto International Film Festival audiences fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and loudly cheered all the Canadian references (natives don’t pronounce the second T in Toronto) in Ben Affleck’s crowd-pleasing Argo. …

Ghosts Haunt Fall Movies

Friday, September 19, 2014

When you go to a film festival, cramming down four movies a day can make it easier to spot patterns than it is when you watch at a more leisurely pace. I will be reporting on some of the trends from the Toronto International Film Festival over the …

In ‘House of Cards,’ Clothes Help Define the Underwoods

Friday, September 19, 2014

The conniving politician at the center of the Netflix drama House of Cards is named Frank, but he’s anything but honest, forthright and direct. His wife was christened Claire, an ironic choice for a woman who always has …

Alison Bechdel’s Influence Extends Far Beyond Her Cartoons

Thursday, September 18, 2014

With one test, cartoonist Alison Bechdel changed the way we think about and discuss film. In her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which ran from 1983 to 2008, she offered a basic metric used to illustrate …

‘Easy Rider’ Motorcycle to Roll Onto the Auction Block

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that it estimates the …

Art Notes: Newport’s Library Arts Center Mounts a Community-Centered Exhibition

Thursday, September 18, 2014

After Kate Luppold earned her B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied oil painting and drawing, she did something a little unusual. Rather than head off to a big city to work at a gallery …

Entertainment Highlights: Musician’s Fundraiser Turns Personal After Cancer Diagnosis

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tod Moses already was planning to record a blues-tinged CD of Beatles covers to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Then it became personal. “A few weeks after I picked the cause from my top two …

Strokes Singer Makes Startling Shift

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Musicians go to Coachella for all kinds of reasons: to hype fresh work, unveil an anticipated reunion, collect a fat paycheck. But not many use the annual music and arts festival in Indio to turn off members of their audience, as Julian Casablancas of the Strokes appeared eager …

Fall Shows Bring About a Family Reunion in the Living Room

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Families of the world, unite. It’s safe to return to the television, together. For years, television has been criticized by many for being too violent, too sex-obsessed, too adult. The official “family viewing hour” disappeared in 1977, and by the turn of the last century, even the idea …