NHPR Blogs http://nhpr.org en Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine http://nhpr.org/post/winnipesaukees-mail-boat-part-floating-post-office-part-time-machine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Someone in your family probably remembers a time when receiving a letter was unusual. The message was typically handwritten and personal, and it told you that someone in another part of the world thought enough about you to sit down, organize their thoughts and craft a message, just for you.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are still places in New Hampshire where getting mail is just as special, mostly because of how it's delivered.</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ray Carbone 52176 at http://nhpr.org Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails http://nhpr.org/post/after-shortage-limes-return-time-midsummer-cocktails <p><span style="font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">A Mexican lime shortage&nbsp;had some NH bar owners worried.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Margaritas, </span>mojitos<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, gin and tonics... w</span><font size="3">hen you think of summer drinks, there's probably a lime in the picture. But up until a few weeks ago, this summer looked pretty grim – at least lime-wise.</font></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:55:13 +0000 Michael Samuels 52034 at http://nhpr.org After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails From The Archives: Meetinghouse Readings http://nhpr.org/post/archives-meetinghouse-readings <p>Archivists are all about anniversaries…we put a man on the moon 45 years ago this week, <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/sky-guys-supermoons-mars-rover-and-apollo-launch-anniversary" target="_blank">The Exchange marked that anniversary</a> with help from the Sky Guys the other day. This week is also the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Killington, VT officials meeting with NH Gov. Craig Benson about plans for secession and perhaps throwing in with the Granite State (<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/archives-town-meeting-killington-secedes">more about that here)</a>. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:36:17 +0000 Andrew Parrella 52106 at http://nhpr.org From The Archives: Meetinghouse Readings Foodstuffs: New Hampshire Crowdfunders Will Not Be Deterred By Potato Salad! http://nhpr.org/post/foodstuffs-new-hampshire-crowdfunders-will-not-be-deterred-potato-salad <p>The world of crowdfunding is awash in potato salad, thanks to a spud enthusiast in Ohio called Zack Danger Brown. Promising only that, upon raising ten dollars, he was going to make potato salad – “I haven't decided what kind yet” – <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/324283889/potato-salad">Brown raised nearly $50,000 in two weeks on Kickstarter</a>. (The total was well over $70,000 before <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewziegler/the-potato-salad-kickstarter-guy-lost-30000">Kickstarter cancelled several donations it said couldn’t be verified</a>.)</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:06:47 +0000 Brady Carlson 51899 at http://nhpr.org Foodstuffs: New Hampshire Crowdfunders Will Not Be Deterred By Potato Salad! Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet? http://nhpr.org/post/nh-really-home-longest-mini-golf-hole-planet <p>Red Sox vs. Yankees. Coke vs. Pepsi. Facebook vs. Twitter. &nbsp;And now – <a href="http://www.chuckstersnh.com/">Chuckster’s Family Fun Park</a> vs. <a href="http://www.rockygorgegolf.com/Miniature_Golf_Laurel_MD.html">Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons Golf Fairway</a>.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:36:31 +0000 Sarah Thomas 50404 at http://nhpr.org Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet? Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required http://nhpr.org/post/disc-golf-no-collared-shirts-required <p>Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.</p><p>For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:29:42 +0000 Austin Cowan 51759 at http://nhpr.org Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required From The Archives: A Century of Babe Ruth http://nhpr.org/post/archives-century-babe-ruth <p>George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his major league debut this week 100 years ago (7/11/1914) with the Boston Red Sox. He had just 10 at-bats in 5 games that season, pitching four, and earning $2,500</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:30:52 +0000 Andrew Parrella 51592 at http://nhpr.org From The Archives: A Century of Babe Ruth Is A Summer Of College Prep Worth The Price? http://nhpr.org/post/summer-college-prep-worth-price <p></p><p></p><p>What's the price of a winning college application? According to Harvard, it's $11,250 (plus spending money for frozen yogurt).</p><p></p><p>That's the cost of attending the university's <a href="http://www.summer.harvard.edu/programs/secondary-school">Secondary School Program (SSP)</a>, a pre-college summer program for high school students that promises a step-up in the academic playing field.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:46:18 +0000 Halina Loft 51538 at http://nhpr.org Is A Summer Of College Prep Worth The Price? For One New Hampshire Football Star, It's More Than A Game http://nhpr.org/post/one-new-hampshire-football-star-its-more-game <p>New Hampshire’s finest high school football players took to Grappone Stadium on Saturday in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock All Star Game.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:38:21 +0000 Austin Cowan 51292 at http://nhpr.org For One New Hampshire Football Star, It's More Than A Game From The Archives: America Hustles http://nhpr.org/post/archives-america-hustles <p>“Our country is a nation on the make,” according to historian Walter McDougall. He says we’re builders, dreamers, go-getters, inventers and organizers, so much so that "hustling" has become an indelible part of the American character and American history. He means it in all senses of the word, even going back as far as colonists's first arrival on American soil.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:04:29 +0000 Andrew Parrella 51250 at http://nhpr.org From The Archives: America Hustles Summer Storms Disturb Radio Waves http://nhpr.org/post/summer-storms-disturb-radio-waves <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On June 10, a listener in Danville, IL picked up 90 seconds of NHPR signal. A station’s radio wave “footprint”, or estimated range, is generally considered to extend only about as far as the eye can see from the point of the antenna, but Danville is just under a thousand miles away. It would take more than a good pair of binoculars to put Danville within range of sight; so how did this happen?</p><p>Amateur radio enthusiasts, known as “DXers”, describe what our listener caught a glimpse of as an “E-Skip”.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:49:14 +0000 Halina Loft 50776 at http://nhpr.org Summer Storms Disturb Radio Waves The Concord Quarries: Legal Or Not, They're An Adventurous Swimmers' Paradise http://nhpr.org/post/concord-quarries-legal-or-not-theyre-adventurous-swimmers-paradise <p>Summer has finally arrived in the New Hampshire. And with it, college students like me, who look forward to heading outside with friends. Though Hampton Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee are appealing summer hangouts, there's is a more hidden place I like to go. It’s a little bit isolated, a little bit dangerous and maybe, a little bit illegal. I’m talking about the Concord Quarries.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:22:08 +0000 Austin Cowan 50184 at http://nhpr.org The Concord Quarries: Legal Or Not, They're An Adventurous Swimmers' Paradise From the Archives: Digitizing http://nhpr.org/post/archives-digitizing <p>This arrived in the mail today.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:59:58 +0000 Andrew Parrella 43931 at http://nhpr.org From the Archives: Digitizing Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-promises-review-buffer-zones-after-supreme-court-strikes-down-mass-law <p></p><p>Gov. Maggie Hassan said her administration will “closely review” how Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts’ law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics will affect a similar law that will take effect in New Hampshire next month.</p><p>Hassan, who is in Turkey on a trade mission, signed a bill June 10 that authorizes reproductive health facilities that perform abortions to establish 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance. The law is set to take effect July 10.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:33:51 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50934 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law Map: Where To Go Strawberry Picking In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/map-where-go-strawberry-picking-new-hampshire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Strawberry picking is a New Hampshire tradition that dates back to the days when “all natural” was a given, not a gimmick. There are over 20 farms throughout the state that offer the chance to “Pick-Your-Own” pint (or quart—more berries just means more jam).&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Related story: <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/sweet-science-and-big-business-strawberry-picking">The Sweet Science (And Big Business) Of Strawberry Picking</a></span></em></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:35:42 +0000 Halina Loft 50839 at http://nhpr.org Map: Where To Go Strawberry Picking In New Hampshire