Life & Times

Honoring Those Who Served: Upper Valley Veterans Share What Memorial Day Means to Them

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Valley News photographer Sarah Shaw interviewed veterans from the Upper Valley, asking each what Memorial Day means to them and who they think of on …

Volunteer Spotlight: Friends of Veterans Could Use a Hand

Sunday, May 24, 2015

By Aimee Caruso Valley News Staff Writer White River Junction — A nonprofit that helps Vermont veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness …

For Town Forests, a Quiet Century of Regrowth

Saturday, May 23, 2015

At 1,822 feet , Wright’s Mountain is the highest point in Bradford, with commanding views east to Mount Moosilauke in New Hampshire and west to …

Lunchtime

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Maxine and Harold Wright sit down to a bowl of vegetable soup for lunch at their home in Hartford on Wednesday. Next month, the couple will have been married for 65 years. Their house was moved to the …

Food Notes: Billings Farm Gets Back Into the Cheese Business

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

B efore World War II, Billings Farm in Woodstock made ice cream, cheese and butter so rich that it gained a national reputation. On Saturday and Sunday, the farm will celebrate for the first time in 70 years …

Notes From the Garden: Don’t Neglect Shade-Favoring Flowers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I aspire to be the Goatsbeard King of Cornish Flat. Maybe I already am. I have several, and no one else I know here grows goatsbeard (Aruncus dioecious). It is one of many flowers I grow that do well in light shade, getting bigger and better every year, …

Hartland Elementary School Reconsiders Nightly Homework

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In the homestretch to graduation from Hartland Elementary School, eighth-grader Anna Morse still shivers at the memory of hitting the after-school wall. “In fifth and sixth grade is when homework cut into my personal life the most,” the …

Column: Faith Declines; What About Political Influence?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don’t expect any official “Atheists for Hillary” outreach, but political progressives are cheered by a study showing a rise in the number of nonreligious Americans. It’s not because top Democrats are irreligious; both President Obama and Hillary Clinton are persons of faith. But liberals welcomed the findings of …

Latest Kitchen Gadget: IBM’s Watson

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bored with finding cures for cancer and beating Jeopardy! champions at their own game, the IBM computer system known as Watson has taken up a hobby: cooking. For the past three years, the system’s keepers have fed it …

Stephanopoulos Was Also Involved With Offshoot of Clinton Foundation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, already under fire for his contributions to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s charitable foundation, served as a moderator and awards judge for an arm of the organization for years without disclosing those roles to viewers. Stephanopoulos was among a number of well-known …

Survey: Bullying Declines, But Still Prevalent

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Washington — Nearly one in four U.S. students surveyed say they have been bullied in school. That’s an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve. The survey from 2013 found that 22 percent of students age 12 to 18 said they were …

Young Writers’ Thoughts Turn to Spring, and to Scars That Run Deep

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and …

Taye Diggs to Play Hedwig In Broadway Production

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — Taye Diggs is about to get a little freaky onstage — as the next transsexual singer Hedwig. Producers of the Tony-Winning show said Monday that the How Stella Got Her Groove Back star will take over the title role in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry …