New England gardening season delayed by snowy winter
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in the dirt.
The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule after a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw and kept the snow piling up.
One for the books
The joy of Community Reading Day
BANGOR – Living as we do in an age of omnipresent technology, it can be easy to forget that the children of today are growing up in a very different world than those of us who were kids even a few short years ago.
Diversity lives – for books likely to be censored
NEW YORK — It turns out at least one part of publishing has a diverse slate of authors: The books most likely to be pulled from school and library shelves.
The American Library Association on Monday released its annual list of the 10 books receiving the most complaints from parents, educators and others in the local community. Sherman Alexie’s prize-winning, autobiographical novel of high school life, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” ranked No. 1, followed by Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel “Persepolis” and the picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin, Peter Parnell’s and Justin Richardson’s “And Tango Makes Three.” Others on the list include Toni Morrison’s debut novel, “The Bluest Eye”; Khaled Hosseini’s million-selling novel “The Kite Runner” and Jaycee Dugard’s best-selling memoir about her kidnapping, “A Stolen Life.”
Vermont documents ‘70s ideological shift
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Aside from peace signs and food cooperatives, the 1970s influx of longhaired youth to Vermont brought experimental communes to the hillsides and social activism, as well as drug use and fears of a hippie invasion.
Now the Vermont Historical Society is collecting stories and artifacts in a two-year study to document the lasting influence the decade has had on the state. It's holding forums around the state for people to tell their stories, good and bad, about that era in Vermont.
Toddler DJ fascinates South African fans
JOHANNESBURG — At first it seems like a fluke — a 2-year-old playing with the knobs and buttons of a sophisticated music system. Yet, the tiny boy is in control of the big beat of the bass-heavy house music. He is South Africa’s youngest disc jockey, DJ AJ.
At a shopping mall appearance, a crowd gathers around the young boy as he bops his head to the beat, his large headphones slipping off. Adults whip out their cellphones to capture the moment while children just stare.
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