Life & Times

Laura Foley stands in the field behind her home in South Pomfret, Vt., on Nov. 19, 2014. Foley recently published her fourth book of poetry. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Book Notes: A New Life in Verse; Poet Finds Rejuvenation in Latest Works

Friday, November 21, 2014

L aura Davies Foley was 45 when she wrote her first poem. It was 2003, and following the death of her husband she’d moved with …

Outdoor Writer’s Book Explores Some of New England’s Best Hikes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Climb Mount Washington in the dead of winter? Barely more than a morning constitutional for Marty Basch. Pedal a gear-laden bicycle from Maine to Alaska, …

Cookbooks Are Seeing Growth

Friday, November 21, 2014

A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by …

‘Very Bright and Very Modern’: Long Overdue for Many, Sunapee’s Spiffy New Library Opens

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunapee — Well wishers of all ages flooded the airy new Abbott Library yesterday, celebrating its grand opening with ceremony, cake and conversation. And circulation. Amidst the happy chatter, Bob Scheele waited for his son, Jackson, and daughter, …

Tips for Saving Water

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own. Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources: Turn off the water while you brush your …

WISE Gets $50,000 Gift To Start Fund

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lebanon — WISE has established a new Board Designated Endowment Fund using an initial gift of $50,000 to seed the fund from an anonymous donor. Peggy O’Neil, WISE’s executive director, said the fund strengthens the agency’s ability to fully respond to the needs of Upper Valley survivors of …

MTV Reality Star Diem Brown Succumbs to Cancer at 32

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New York — Diem Brown has lost a long battle with cancer. The reality star and advocate for cancer survivors died Friday in a New York hospital. She was 32. Brown first won fame nearly a decade ago …

Feeling Blue About Winter? Join the Club

Friday, November 14, 2014

You might think we’d be used to winter by now, since it comes every year. The November Snow Tire Panic, the January Thaw, the March Storm That Breaks Our Spirits, the April Storm That Takes Our Broken Spirits and Crushes Them Further ­— it’s the same joyful ride. …

‘Birdman’ Is a Fierce, Fiery Artistic Statement

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Movie Review: ,Dumb and Dumber’ Means Worse and Worse

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Like the original 1994 Dumb and Dumber, the 20th anniversary sequel Dumb and Dumber To involves a transcontinental road trip. And yet despite scenes taking place in Rhode Island, Maryland, Kansas, Texas and spots in between, the story …

AC/DC Not In Touch With Rudd

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New York — Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week. Young, 59, said in an …

‘The Missing’ Is a Smartly Conceived Treat for Mystery Fans

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Missing, an eight-episode mystery series beginning tonight on Starz, is one of those rare TV treats that occasionally pops up without much fanfare and does everything right by not doing anything special. Produced in cahoots with the BBC, The Missing exudes a certain Broadchurch -ish style familiar …

AT&T Stops Adding Web Tracking Codes

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Washington — AT&T Mobility, the nation’s second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it’s no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users’ smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers’ identities online. …