Life & Times

Virginia "Ginnie" Davenport, looks over a wall of family photographs at her home in Thetford, Vt. on Feb. 24, 2015. The painted portrait of Davenport on the left was made by an Italian artist from a photograph Davenport's  husband carried with him during World War II, when the couple was secretly engaged.   (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Deep, Clear Memories: Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction …

On Poetry: The Moral Force of Jean Connor’s Poems

Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been almost two years since I celebrated one of Vermont’s literary treasures, Jean Connor, a poet who, after a long career as a …

To Your Good Health: For Some Terminal Patients, Routine Procedures Can Be Unnecessary Care

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable! Not to mention the …

Enfield Woman Named Kendal HR Generalist

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hanover — Micky Lambert, of Enfield, has been named human resources generalist at Kendal at Hanover. In the role, Lambert is responsible for daily human resource administration and operations, the retirement community said in a recent news release. …

Around the Remote: Picks for Feb. 22-28

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Don’t Miss The 87th annual Academy Awards — He’s done the Emmys twice and the Tonys four times. Now, Neil Patrick Harris gets his first chance to usher us through Hollywood’s biggest night. Will he be the host with the most — or will he have us lunging …

A Handyman for That Honey-Do List

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tired of waiting for that honey-do list to get done? Consider hiring a handyman instead to tie up all those loose ends around your house. Just make sure to follow these five tips: ∎ Understand pricing. Many handyman services, but not all, charge an hourly rate and a …

Thanks for the Push, Dad

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Shawn Mato, of Ashland, Mass., pushes his daughters, Lucie, 6, left, and Lila, 8, in a unicorn-themed sled during the cardboard box derby at the Quechee Club sledding hill on Saturday. Themed costumes and sleds were encouraged in …

Italy Says Goodbye to Nutella Creator

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rome — Michele Ferrero, the world’s richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined Italian sweets, died on Valentine’s Day, the company said. He was 89. Ferrero, who had been ill for several months, died Feb. 14 in Montecarlo, surrounded …

Movie Review: Julianne Moore Is Extraordinary in ‘Still Alice’

Friday, February 20, 2015

Still Alice is an incredibly sad coming-of-age story. Most mainstream entries feature an adolescent making the mental leap from child to adult. This story follows the life of its protagonist from middle age to mental childhood. If it …

Movie Review: ‘McFarland, USA’ Is Based on a True, if Shopworn, Story

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You’ve seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what’s left? The 1980s-set McFarland, USA has the answer: It’s cross-country. The plot, based on a true story, is pretty …

‘Fifty Shades’ Set For Big Weekend

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Despite an anticipated drop in ticket sales, Fifty Shades of Grey is poised to dominate the box office for a second weekend. The Universal Pictures film is likely to add $30 million this weekend to its robust domestic debut haul thus far of $102.7 million, …

‘Hot Tub’ Sequel Isn’t Too Funny

Saturday, February 21, 2015

At the end of the first, crudely funny time-travel comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, when Craig Robinson’s character cracked that, “This better be the last time my a-- travels through space,” no one in the audience took him at his word. That 2010 film, in which a group …