Melanie Plenda en For Artist, 'Draw New Hampshire' A Trip Down Memory Lane <p></p><p>New Hampshire is already small, but for artist Sue Anne Bottomley, everyone's practically a neighbor.</p><p>Or they are since the New London woman spent the last two years visiting each town with the goal of drawing pictures of all of them. Bottomley has produced a blog called Colorful Journey where she displays her drawings and tells each town's tales.</p><p></p><p>Bouncing beside her grandpa down rutted dirt roads&nbsp; in his old&nbsp; Chevy pickup truck, a 5-year-old, Sue Anne Bottomley discovered New Hampshire.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:38:51 +0000 Melanie Plenda 26369 at For Artist, 'Draw New Hampshire' A Trip Down Memory Lane Nature Schools <p>President Obama’s newly unveiled budget is making political waves…he’s pushing for publicly funded “preschool for all,” paid for with a new tax on cigarettes. Here in New Hampshire, there’s been a different kind of preschool push…toward teaching kids outside. So-called nature preschools and forest kindergartens may sound like more fun than foundational, but this approach to early learning is gaining popularity for teaching the basics, while getting kids away from screens into the wilderness.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:11:58 +0000 Melanie Plenda 25370 at Nature Schools Funding Debated For Poison Control Center <p>On Monday, the Legislative Joint Financial Committee will meet &nbsp;to approve emergency funds to keep New Hampshire&#39;s poison control center running for the next year. Without the funds, on July 1, poison control won&#39;t be available to New Hampshire residents anymore. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:29:46 +0000 Melanie Plenda 7081 at Finding Theater at an Alstead Machine Shop <p>Triple M Tool and Die has been a sometimes-working, unassuming, hard- to- find machine shop in Alstead for more than 50 years. At least that&rsquo;s what it is during the day. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 21:01:34 +0000 Melanie Plenda 2984 at Finding Theater at an Alstead Machine Shop Veteran Unemployment Remains High <p>The last of the U-S troops are now returning from Iraq.</p><p>Once home they&rsquo;re likely to end up joining thousands of other veterans looking for work in a bleak job market.</p><p>Despite government incentives to get companies to hire vets, unemployment among vets is still higher than&nbsp;civilians.</p><p>The youngest veterans struggle the most.</p><p>Twenty-two year old Courtney Selig went into the military to better herself.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Melanie Plenda 1396 at