Advice for New Year’s party givers

Halifax resident Matt Maranian gained a reputation as the anti-Martha Stewart with his book, “Pad: the Guide to Ultra Living.” His latest book, “Pad Parties,” is a guide to home entertaining.

Education Department backs three teacher conduct bills

The Vermont Board of Education is hoping the Legislature will enact laws to help get bad teachers out of the classroom. Three bills are being drafted by the Vermont Education Department at the request of the state board.