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Scott Paulson keeps the beat on a cowbell as Sharon Elementary fifth graders work through "Louie Louie" on the steel drums at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon, Vt., Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Paulson founded the school in the Seven Stars Center building in 2002 with his wife and it now offers a wide range of private music lessons and classes in tai chi, yoga, Japanese calligraphy and hula dancing, among other subjects. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. …

Young Writers Address Feminism and a Haunting Scenario

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences …

Indian Schools Struggle With Aged Buildings, Few Resources

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winslow, Ariz. — On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry …

In ‘Walking Dead,’ AMC Has a Perfect Long-Running Show

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Five seasons in and The Walking Dead shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, it’s the opposite. About 17.3 million people watched the Season 5 premiere Sunday night, the highest ratings in the show’s history and an absurdly large number of viewers for a cable drama. Somehow, …

Panel Popping Plane: Scary, But Not Dangerous

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scary, most definitely, but not unsafe: That’s the assessment of aviation safety experts about an American Airlines flight during which the wall panels cracked loose, prompting an emergency landing at San Francisco International Airport. The problem on the …

Letting Go of Legos

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

While visiting from Moorhead, Minn., Jim Forde reads to his grandson Otis Dreyer, of Quechee, at the Quechee Public Library on Friday. They were at the library for the weekly Lego club, but Dreyer’s attention turned to Halloween …

School Notes: Hartford’s Dothan Brook School Wins Award for Positive Behavior Program

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White River Junction — At Hartford’s Dothan Brook Elementary School, students, teachers, staff and parents are promoting climate change as a positive thing. How positive? Last week, the Vermont Agency of Education named the kindergarten-to-grade-5 institution as an “Examplar School” for the third year in a row, for …

Fall Writing: Students Consider Leaves and the Woods

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. …

Parkour at the Park

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ian Keeffe, 11, left, and his friend Chance Nigriny, 10, both of Hanover, practice parkour, which is an obstacle-clearing sport, on the half-pipe at the skate park in West Lebanon on Monday. The two boys, along with another …

Why Some Kids Overcome Obstacles Others Can’t

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Leoandra Onnie Rogers is an exceptional person because she lives beyond the confines of expectations. Rogers, the first in her family to attend college, has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), where …

‘Gone Girl’ Tops Box Office Again

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Los Angeles — An onslaught of new movies couldn’t make Gone Girl disappear from the top of the box-office charts. The David Fincher-directed thriller was the highest-grossing film in the U.S. and Canada for the second weekend in a row, beating out the fantasy adventure Dracula Untold, Disney’s …

Britain Leads International Emmy Nods With Six

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York — Britain has picked up a leading six International Emmy nominations, including best actor and actress nods for Stephen Dillane and Olivia Colman. Dillane, best known for his role as Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones, is nominated for portraying an aging British police detective investigating …

Showtime’s ‘The Affair’ Provides Some Insight Into Infidelity

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York — In an empty office space with sweeping views of midtown Manhattan, Dominic West and Maura Tierney are seated on a couch looking, well, miserable. “I could have had anyone I wanted when I was young …