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Trick-or-treaters line up to get candy and trinkets from people who have opened their car trunks around the South Royalton Green during the annual Fall Festival on the South Royalton green in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 25, 2014. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Family Fun for Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Michael Jackson’s Thriller blared from speakers set up on the South Royalton bandstand as children in costume collected candy around the village green with their …

Art Notes: ArtisTree Gallery Makes Good Use of Its New Home

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ArtisTree, the community arts organization and art gallery, gained more than increased exhibition space when it moved from Woodstock to its new headquarters in a …

Entertainment Highlights: Where to Celebrate Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The 24/7 news cycle is stalking us with Ebola and ISIS/ISIL, with shootings in schools and houses of parliaments, with millennial droughts and floods and …

After Reports, TLC Cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been officially canceled by TLC, the network confirms, after disturbing reports that star Mama June is in a relationship with a convicted child molester. “TLC has canceled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective …

That’s How She Rolls

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Larry Papineau, of Wilder, watches his dog Daisy roll around on his front lawn earlier this week. “It may look cute, but she’s just found something smelly,” he said. Valley News — Ariana van den Akker …

On Poetry: Children, Schools, Football and What We Value

Friday, October 24, 2014

This fall, our news, and not merely in the sports outlets, was filled with Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice’s brutal assault on his wife in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice was at first slapped on the wrist by league commissioner Roger Goodell: a two-day suspension. Goodell increased …

40 Years on, ‘The Power Broker’ Has Become Standard Reading

Friday, October 24, 2014

New York — Carl Weisbrod was two years out of graduate school, planning a career in law, when a new book about municipal builder Robert Moses changed his life: Robert Caro’s The Power Broker. “It had a profound …

It Might Be Bye-Bye ‘Honey Boo Boo’ After Report About Relationship

Friday, October 24, 2014

TLC is “reassessing” the future of its hit reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after a disturbing TMZ report that one of the stars, Mama June, is dating a convicted child molester. “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very …

Librarian Longevity

Friday, October 24, 2014

On her last day of work, Enfield Library Director Marjorie Carr checks books out for Tomieka Childs, of Enfield, on Thursday. Carr is retiring after working for almost 50 years at the library. “She is wonderful,” Childs said. …

Teens: Rampant Abusive Dating

Friday, October 24, 2014

New York — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators. Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the …

Art Notes: Time With the River; Coralea Wennberg’s Paintings of the Connecticut at AVA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The artist Coralea Wennberg, whose show of vibrant landscape paintings is currently on view at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, began her career, not as a painter, but as a lawyer. It’s the kind …

A Film and Concert to Honor Ruby Dee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, and in that time they forged an extraordinary union that fused both art and activism. From the 1950s through the 1970s they made their mark on …

Entertainment Highlights: Symphony Or Solo, Carpenter Does It All

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last weekend, Mary Chapin Carpenter was performing her hits in movie-soundtrack style with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the capital city of Canada’s Alberta province. This coming Sunday night, the singer-songwriter will play what she calls a “very …