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Science teacher Suzan Locke looks over a picture that first-grader Faith Brown had drawn on Sept. 26, 2014. Locke is a teacher at the White River School in White River Junction, Vt.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson …

Young Writers Project:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Young Writers Project last week launched a new digital literary magazine, The Voice, featuring the best writing, photography, audio and video from Vermont and New …

Naturally Curious: Feet Made for Climbing

Monday, September 29, 2014

F all finds a lot of creatures climbing for a lot of different reasons. Some species of spiders climb vegetation, on which they leave overwintering …

American Indian Museum Exhibit Is Packed With History

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Washington — When the National Museum of the American Indian opened a decade ago this month, the tone, design and scholarship of the exhibitions were unlike anything else in Washington. Disgusted with ham-handed and often condescending treatment from …

Cheesemaker Grows and Prospers: Reading, Vt.’s Spring Brook Farm Wins a Coveted National Award

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 aging room at Spring Brook Farm in Reading, Vt. A few years ago, …

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, barberry and Norway maple. All three had been proven to be invasive, seeding into the woods and crowding out native plants. Both Massachusetts …

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 and throws their steaks in the fire? Not on the fire, as in …

School Notes: Ledyard Charter School’s New Leadership

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lebanon — Between trips toting furniture to the Ledyard Charter School’s new digs on the third floor of the Whipple Block one day this past summer, John Higgins indulged in some people watching on and around the mall …

Colleges Worry About Attracting Students in Tech-Savvy World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Indianapolis — Every year, high school students stress over whether they’ll get into their top-choice college. But this week, college admission officers from across the country are gathered here to contemplate their own big worries. Will students choose …

Two Weeks Without Diabetes

Monday, September 22, 2014

As 7-year-old Zara Cheek packed her bags for her first sleep-away camp this summer, she found herself looking forward to more than just swimming, going on hikes and eating S’mores for two glorious weeks. To her, the experience …

Let Families Decide Homework Time

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My grandsons don’t get much screen time. By that I mean they are almost never exposed to television, laptops, tablets, smartphones and whatever is the latest thing keeping our youth awash in entertainment. I thought my son and daughter-in-law might be too strict on this. Was it right …

Building Bicycles

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Albert August, of White River Junction, watches as his children Jessica, 6, and Michael, 9, tinker with their bicycles Monday afternoon. Valley News — Ariana van den Akker …

Study Finds Households With Kids Buy Less Junk Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

American families with kids bought 101 fewer calories per person per day in packaged foods in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to an analysis of a pledge by big food companies to reduce calories in the marketplace. It’s an “impressive” accomplishment but not sufficient to reverse …