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Sisters On Shin Pierson, left, and Debbie Clough, both of Grafton, N.H., sing and play guitar at Genesis HealthCare in Lebanon, N.H., on April 15, 2015. Kenneth Underhill, of Hartland, Vt., with his harmonica and his daughter Tess with a tambourine were sitting in on the hour long session of songs and jokes. Underhill was there to visit his father a resident at the facility. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Sister Act: A Few Songs, a Few Jokes and a Whole Lot of Love

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lebanon — It’s almost six o’clock on a Wednesday and the recreation room at Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare is crowded with residents waiting for the …

A Solitary Quest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

John Graham can count on the fingers of one hand how many American academics have immersed themselves in studying the liturgical chant music of the …

Iraqi Boy’s Dream of Becoming Dancer Defied Threats, Borders

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amman, Jordan — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on …

Northern Stage Is Teaming Up With Counterpart Theaters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Northern Stage will wrap up the inaugural season at its new theater next spring by staging one of the comedies in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests. Artistic director Carol Dunne this week announced the company’s plan to produce Living Together, the first Conquest play, …

Fans Get Glimpse of ‘Star Wars’ Video Game

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Star Wars fans received a glimpse of the next cinematic episode in the fantasy saga. By the next day, it was already time to learn how to play in it. Star Wars: Battlefront took center stage Friday at the four-day Star Wars Celebration fan expo in Anaheim. The …

Too Many Good Books, Movies and Shows? Just Hit Delete

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The first step in addressing a problem is recognizing there is a problem, and because I recognized I had a problem I went to see Sue Becker. I drove out to her home in Downers Grove, Ill., and she met me at the front door. She was polite …

Prancing Elites Dance Troupe Is the Star of New Oxygen Series

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Prancing Elites are unlike most dance teams. The troupe, from Mobile, Ala., consists of five black, gay and gender nonconforming dancers who compete in a style of dance called J-Setting, a lead-and-follow form of hip-hop mixed with cheerleader-like movements. Their stories come to television on Oxygen’s 12-episode …

Spray the Ice Away

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Moses Delphia, who works for the Town of Hanover, uses hot water to melt away remaining ice and wash away salt on the Ledyard Bridge on Monday. Delphia said the job is an annual end-of-winter ritual and an …

Pope Plans Cuba Visit

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Havana — Pope Francis has added a stop in Cuba to his planned trip to the United States this September, a visit that will highlight his role as a peace-broker between the two countries and offer a boost to their efforts to mend relations after 50 years of …

Swing for the Fences

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Frank Loveland, 13, left, swings at a pitch thrown by his friend Dylan Moody A’ness, 12, while Dylan’s younger brother Rowan, 5, right, watches the boys play home run derby in a Thetford field on Tuesday. The boys …

Cooking Under Pressure

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My mother never spent much time in the kitchen, much less slaving over a stove. She had four sons, a husband and her own life to manage. However, she put food on the table every night on time. …

Raise Your Glass: A Great Bargain Wine From South Africa

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wolftrap Red Blend, 2013 Western Cape of Good Hope, South Africa $7.98 to 9.99 Last week, I heard a wine expert say that the best way for a regular wine drinker to become knowledgeable is to try …

Dijon Mustard Amps Up The Flavor of Chicken

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a …