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Tucker Briglin, 12, of Thetford Center, Vt., helps to shovel hard pack to be spread on the trail between Thetford Elementary School and Thetford Academy on Sept. 13, 2014. Briglin's mother, Laurel Mackin, is the town's recreation director and headed up the project. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

School Notes: Short Trail, Long History; Thetford Improves Path Connecting Its Schools 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thetford — A trail ran through it for years. You just wouldn’t have wanted to try to negotiate a 600-foot stretch of the path between …

Tunbridge Fifth-Grader Writes About His Confidence Showing Cattle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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 …

Why Admiring China’s Scores Can Damage U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East …

Baby-Sitting the Brood at the World's Fair

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Zach Johnson, 8, of Tunbridge, keeps an eye on his rooster while watching Darryl Kuehne, an animal health specialist with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, check another bird during the exhibitor drop-off day at the Tunbridge World’s Fair …

The Garden and the Crock

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

About now, many home gardeners are asking themselves, what was I thinking? The question pops to mind when kitchen counters are overflowing with tomatoes, squash and cucumbers, and the peppers, beets and carrots, not to mention kale, chard …

Fall Is Coming, And So Are Its Many Chores

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The fall equinox arrives on Sept. 23 this year. On that date, day and night are of equal length, but with each subsequent day the dark time gets a little bit longer and we begin our descent into winter. For many gardeners, the shortening days are not welcome. …

Writing Prompts for Students

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through this newspaper, YWP’s website, youngwritersproject.org, and new digital magazine, The Voice; and partner websites, vpr.net, vtdigger.org …

What Size Farm Is Best for the Planet?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There’s a kind of farm that has caught the imagination of the food-conscious among us. It’s relatively small, and you know the farmer who runs it. It’s diverse, growing different kinds of crops and often incorporating livestock. It …

School Reform Should Focus On the Quality Of Principals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers — mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but …

Racial Divide Also Causes Havoc in Schools Near Ferguson

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

St. Louis — The gym at Francis Howell Central High School was filled to capacity for a meeting last summer with parents, students and faculty. They were black and white, some affluent and others poor, but all of …

Royal Baby Number 2 On the Way

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

London — Prince George is not going to be an only child for long — the toddler will soon have a baby sister or brother to share his fancy digs at Kensington Palace. British royal officials said Monday …

If ‘Pure’ Eating Goes Too Far

Monday, September 8, 2014

Contra Costa, Calif. — During a recent trip to the Half Moon Bay, Calif., farmers market, Johnny Righini didn’t suffer a panic attack or chastise his mother when she bought nonorganic produce. For Righini, this moment of self-restraint …

Top Skaters Turning to Marathons For Health

Monday, September 8, 2014

On a warm Sunday morning in Virginia, Andre Thomas traded in two wheels for four. Thomas was one of the competitors at the annual Skate of the Union, an inline skating competition hosted by Skater’s Quest this past June in Chantilly, Va. With social skate events throughout the …