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Every year, Shawn Rogers, of Meriden, N.H., enlists several friends to help him drag a 25 foot balsam fir cut from his parents tree farm in Chelsea, Vt. and load it on a trailer. The tree comes from a crop planted by the Rogers family in the mid-1980's for their cut-your-own Christmas tree business and is destined for the Meriden Congregational Church. "It's an ordeal," said Dick Rogers, Shawn's father. "I'm not quite sure he knows what he's doing." Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

‘Oh, the Wonder’: In Meriden Church, a Christmas Tree Reaches to the Heavens

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meriden — About five years ago, as an appreciative new member of the Meriden Congregational Church, Shawn Rogers wanted to pitch in somehow. It wasn’t …

A Legacy In Letters and on the Land

Saturday, December 20, 2014

It’s Nov. 21, 2014, about 10 a.m., and I’m heading up the Bill Hill trail in Thetford Center. The morning has been cold and squally, …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, …

Memories on Paper: Middle School Students, Kendal Residents Share Journals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What happens when a group of seventh-graders born into the age of Twitter, Instagram and texting become pen pals with women and men born into the age of the Smith-Corona typewriter, the public pay phone and the 78 …

What to Tell Teens About Sexual Assault On Campus

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Most days, my 13-year-old daughter walks to middle school in a passel of other girls, throwing their heads back to laugh about some lunch-table joke. Most days, I marvel at how fast the girls I’ve known since kindergarten have grown. These days, I count. Of the five girls …

Students Write About What Might Await Behind a Door

Tuesday, December 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 in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Class Struggles: Cliques Are Less Prominent at Smaller High Schools

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My high school clique in suburban San Mateo, Calif., included Danny, Lee, Francis and Jon. We were the tennis team nerds. We did our homework. We played poker for pennies on Saturday nights. We did not include girls, but were obsessed with British actress Hayley Mills, then 15 …

Spelman College Suspends Cosby Chair; Cosby Interviewed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spelman College, the historically black women’s college in Atlanta, suspended its Cosby Chair for the Humanities Sunday in light of more accusations of sexual misconduct levied against Bill Cosby. The position was one of the most prized in black academia, funded by a $20 million endowment given by …

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist …

Passing the Time

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Liz Stoneman and Paul McCarthy, both of Lebanon, read in the Lebanon Advance Transit bus shelter on Monday. Stoneman, who was waiting for the bus, said that she gets all of her books from the library. McCarthy said …

‘Oceans of Hope’

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — A 67-foot sailboat is making a first-of-its-kind journey around the world, using crew members diagnosed with multiple sclerosis to navigate through 33,000 nautical miles. The bright-orange vessel stopped at Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale …

Study Finds Drug Can Stave Off Breast Cancer

Monday, December 15, 2014

Taking the cancer drug tamoxifen for five years drives down the incidence of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease by close to 30 percent, researchers have found. And the medication’s protective effects against breast cancer appear to last, unabated, for as long as 16 …

Bariatric Surgery as a Pill Takes a Step Forward in Obesity Fight

Monday, December 15, 2014

It is more of a glimmer of hope on the horizon than it is an actual drug right now. But an Indiana University lab has synthesized and fused a trio of gut hormones into a single agent and shown that obese rodents treated with the resulting molecule experience …