September 30, 2015 No comments

Launch Your Own Solarize Campaign

By Allison Rogers Furbish As the final round of Solarize Upper Valley wraps up, residents around the region have a new opportunity to get involved. On October 14, Vital Communities – the White River Junction-based nonprofit behind the efforts – along with the New Hampshire Local Energy Working group is offering a free webinar: Launch […]

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September 29, 2015 No comments

Two Minute Survey: RETHINK HEALTH

ReThink Health: Upper Connecticut River Valley (RTH: UCRV) is conducting a brief survey to collect and share data with organizations working on advance care planning in our communities. This includes town aging in place groups, hospitals, and senior centers. RTH: UCRV is interested in hearing from UCRV adults 18 years and older. This short two-minute […]

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September 25, 2015 2 comments

Apples, Apples Everywhere, Fall 2015 in Lyme!

They seem to be everywhere I want to be in the Upper Valley these days. Gnarled old trees that rarely produce more than a few apples are laden with red, green, and honey-yellow-colored fruit these days. Some of it hangs on and on while much of it drops off and clogs my lawnmower as I […]

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October 1, 2015 No comments

The Gathering: a Concert for Autumn Colors

Five award-winning musicians perform in THE GATHERING: a Concert for Autumn Colors presented by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. For tickets visit or call 802-760-4634. This GATHERING concert is the second of a three part of […]

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September 24, 2015 No comments

On Not Teaching in the Fall

It rained diamonds last night. Maybe just water droplets, or worse, rhinestones. Come to the window, my husband said, at 9:30 a.m., our coffee finished, bed-heads still though we had been up and draped over the couch for a good part of the morning. He had planted and stationed these elephant ears on the patio […]

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September 22, 2015 No comments

VPR Touts Parmalee

By CHARLOTTE ALBRIGHT • There’s a new video web series being shot on the Upper Valley. It’s about two kids who make their sleepy little town instantly infamous. The series title, Parmalee, is the fictional name of a Connecticut River town a lot like Lyme, New Hampshire. That’s where co-director, John Griesemer, lives and works in […]

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September 22, 2015 No comments

HOPweek: Film, Dance, Music and Children’s Theater!

While film lovers crowd our halls for the Telluride at Dartmouth film series this week, we at the Hop are also preparing to present a trio of visiting-artist treats this week, in dance, music and children’s theater. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB), a 20-year-old company that has pioneered an exciting blend of classical virtuosity and […]

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September 11, 2015 No comments

Professor Is Part of Unprecedented Fossil Discovery

September 09, 2015 by Joseph Blumberg In an unprecedented discovery, an international team of more than 60 scientists, including Dartmouth paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva, has found over 1,600 fossils of a new human ancestor in Rising Star Cave in South Africa. “Such a rich trove of fossil specimens is unparalleled,” says DeSilva, an associate professor who […]

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Dada Masilo's 'Swan Lake' as previewed at the Dance Factory in Newtown, Johannesburg.

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September 9, 2015 No comments

Fascinating dance and theater this year at the Hop!

This coming season will be an extraordinary one for theater and dance at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, with work from around the globe and all corners of the imagination.                   From Red-Eye to Havre de Grace; photo by Johanna Austin.   In theater, the Hop […]

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August 26, 2015 No comments

The Big Catch in Bristol, NH

I’m in the last few weeks of training for the New Hampshire marathon and last weekend I figured it would be a good idea to visit Bristol, NH to see the course first-hand. As I sat in the passenger seat calculating how fast I’d have to be to finish by nightfall, I developed quite an […]

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August 6, 2015 4 comments

Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine

After hearing of the new Thai restaurant in Hanover, I headed online to read about Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine. Open every day, Tuk Tuk serves lunch and dinner, and what’s even better is they take reservations. So on Tuesday, I called around 4:45pm and left a message on the answering machine requesting a table for […]

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July 28, 2015 One comment

Hello Café in Thetford, VT

My sister-in-law, who had worked as a camp counselor in the area for years, has talked about a Thetford farm stand with a café just past the farm stand’s doors. From her vague description, I’d pictured a gritty, sun-drenched farm worker taking a break from the fields to serve up cowboy coffee to passersby. Well, […]

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September 4, 2015 No comments

Dartmouth College Adds Robot to Practice Team

The foam padded android, named MVP — short for Mobile Virtual Player — was designed by graduate engineering students. Players tackle MVP so they don’t have to ram into each other. Listen to the story at Or, read more at Dartmouth Football’s Brilliant Dummies Photo credit Jim Cole/AP Photo caption: Dartmouth College Engineering graduate Quinn Connell (upper […]

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March 6, 2015 No comments

GMAIL Makeover

Google is previewing a vastly improved contacts feature that will eventually become part of Gmail. The new contacts tool is elegantly designed. Instead of a simple alphabetical list, Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) new contacts tool sorts people according to importance: First, “starred” (favorite) contacts appear, followed by frequently contacted and then “all contacts.” You can easily […]

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September 9, 2014 No comments

Get on Board the Brain Train

Want to stay in intellectual shape? You might want to invest in one of these brain training apps as recommended by CNN.    

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March 6, 2015 No comments

Your Cat is Now Your Drinking Buddy

You never have to drink alone again, because now you can drink with your cats. At least in Japan you can, because a Japanese company called B&H Lifes has begun selling wine made specifically for cats. This special feline libation is called “Nyan Nyan Nouveau.” As Kotaku reports, “nyan nyan” is the Japanese equivalent of “meow meow.” […]

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February 6, 2015 No comments

What a Pig.

Mangalitsa, The Pig That Resembles a Sheep By Kaushik Sunday, May 04, 2014  Animals  4 comments Mangalitsa or Mangalica is a rare breed of pig of Hungarian origin that has an unusual growth of curly hair over its body, akin to that of a sheep. The fleece can be black, or red, but is most […]

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January 27, 2015 No comments

Wake up, Wasabi!

Wasabi-Spraying Fire Alarm Is Made for the Hard of Hearing SEP 30, 2011 06:45 PM ET // BY ALEXANDER DAVIES If you think that being hit in the face with a super-spicy wasabi mist is necessarily a bad thing, think again. A team of researchers from Japan’s Shiga University of Medical Science has invented a smoke alarm […]

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May 5, 2015 No comments

Designing Your Estate Plan-Post Mortem Matters (or) How to Make Gifts to “Your People”

This is the second of a two part series addressing the question of how to make gifts to your beneficiaries. Last time we talked about outright and in trust distributions. In the right circumstances, trusts can enhance the value of the gift and have a lasting and positive impact on the beneficiary and his or […]

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April 12, 2015 No comments

How to Make Gifts to “Your People”

It has been a year since we first asked the question: what is an estate plan? Over the last 12 months we have concentrated most of our time on discussing planning for incapacity, an oft overlooked aspect of an estate plan. Today we begin the discussion of how my estate plan will work after my […]

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March 23, 2015 No comments

Social Security Survivors Benefits!

A frequently asked question surviving spouses ask us is: do my Social Security benefits change? According to the Social Security Administration, a surviving spouse may be eligible to receive the deceased spouse’s full retirement benefits at full retirement age (“FRA”). For survivor benefits only, FRA is 66 for anyone born before 1957. The FRA increases […]

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