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Photo: Computerized Testing

Marion Cross School third-grader Stella Galanes sits on a bench in class while taking a computerized test at the school in Norwich, Vt., on April 24, 2014. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Photos: What Do You Do When There's a Horse on the Dartmouth Green? (Hint: Selfie)

It wasn't easy to tell what was happening on the Dartmouth Green around 1:30 this afternoon. Joining the usual crowd of students playing Frisbee, studying or socializing were two horses happily grazing on the first shoots of spring grass. The horses — Puff, a Hanoverian, and Dena, a Dutch Warmblood — acted as though they always come to the green on Fridays. But they created quite a stir among the students, who thronged around them and did what comes naturally these days — they grabbed

Photo: Fire Aftermath in Bradford, Vt.

As the 100-year-old barn owned by Mickey Appleton smolders nearby in Bradford in mid-April, Ashlyn Welch, 6, of Corinth, swings during a visit to her grandfather Harold Gravelin’s home. Gravelin was the first to notice smoke rising from the barn and moved the herd of Belted Galloways to safety as the barn was consumed by fire. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Friday at 5:20 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Photo: Alternative Sugarmaker

Todd Arbogast dumps out a bag of maple sap after not harvesting it soon enough from the maple grove adjacent to his house in Hartford in mid-April. Arbogast uses food-grade plastic bags in place of traditional metal buckets to collect his sap because it cuts down on the storage and washing. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Thursday at 1 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.