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Abby Metcalf, left, of Piermont has been making holiday wreaths for 40 years. Metcalf, the owner of the Piermont Plant Pantry, now spends from late October through mid-December in one of her greenhouses wiring balsam boughs into wreaths, garlands and kissing balls with her staff which includes a brother, son and grand daughter. Jean Underhill, of Piermont, is at right. Monday, November 23, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Branch Office

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Piermont — Despite starting work long before dawn and finishing well after dark, Abby Metcalf doesn’t appear fatigued. But her hands tell the story. Last …

Dan Mackie: Viva Las Vegas

Friday, November 27, 2015

Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, America’s sin city. It has gambling, smoking, drinking to excess, and girls, girls, girls, all under lights that put carnival …

Storming the Movie Capital

Friday, November 27, 2015

Throughout the new Hunger Games movie, the fourth and final in the dystopian series, heroine Katniss Everdeen’s name is intoned with grave sincerity. The manipulative …

Three Scientific Breakthroughs We’re Going to Hear More About

Monday, November 23, 2015

Who said scientists can’t be world-famous celebrities? Earlier this month, nearly $22 million in Breakthrough Prizes were handed out to the world’s top researchers in physics, the life sciences and mathematics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prizes, at twice the dollar amount of the Nobel Prize, are the highest-dollar …

Helping Pets Find Their Way

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Claremont — When animal control officer Cathy Sullivan says she can never predict what her schedule will be on a given day, she isn’t exaggerating. Sullivan once took a call from a woman worried about a cat that …

Column: Americans Think America’s for the Rich

Monday, November 23, 2015

At first glance — and second, and third — Americans look to be marching off in two diametrically opposed directions. On immigration, Democrats and Republicans could not have more contrasting views; cities, which have become distinctly progressive bastions, are enacting a host of liberal ordinances, while the substantial …

Actress Changed Stripes for ‘Jones’

Monday, November 23, 2015

Krysten Ritter is quick to mention that she never fancied herself a superhero actor. She’s not even, she believes, what you expect a comic-book heroine to look like. But a casting director whom Ritter knew asked her to …

After Paris Attacks, Religious Liberties Under Strain for Muslims in France

Monday, November 23, 2015

Paris — The mournful sermon in the Mosque Tawhid at Friday prayers was about the attacks, because it is hard now to speak of anything else and dangerous to say nothing. “Islam is completely against this abomination. To kill someone is to kill all of humanity,” the preacher, …

Letting the River Roll

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Randolph — Among the 2,700 or so dams spanning the Connecticut River and the hundreds of tributaries that feed it, the one across the Third Branch of the White River in downtown Randolph looked relatively benign to the …

‘Spotlight’ Gets Abuse And Culture Just Right

Friday, November 20, 2015

In a conventional Hollywood movie, Spotlight, Tom McCarthy’s excellent new movie about the Boston Globe team that conducted the paper’s reporting on clerical sexual abuse, would end in a triumphant fashion. After a period of intense reporting that …

Thanksgiving Staples Could Cost a Bit More

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Minneapolis — Bird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop. Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won’t cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods. The holiday season perennially generates …

Pit Bull Police Dog Defies Breed Stereotypes

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stone Ridge, n.y. — The new rookie at one New York police department weighs 60 pounds, has a big, lolling tongue, a soft caramel coat and a chance to fight stereotypes in addition to crime. When she graduates …

Musician Turns to Broadway

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New York — She’s got a new album out with brand-new music, but Sara Bareilles has pulled it all from her past. The singer-songwriter of such hits as Brave and Love Song has changed gears entirely to write …