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The Exchange
8:04 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup - Week of July 15

Credit Sara Plourde

A special commission begins delving into the details of Medicaid expansion; the Northern Pass Project blankets  state households with brochures touting a new route for its controversial hydropower plan; and state safety officials issue warnings about dangerous, rain-swollen waterways after a record number of drownings already this summer.  We look at the top stories of the week.

GUESTS:

Jeff Feingold: Editor of NH Business Review's print and on-line editions.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

NH this Weekend: Days of Markets & Fairs

There are two multi-day events going on right now on New Hampshire; both feature plenty of food and entertainment. Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo has the beat on Market Days in downtown Concord, and the Stratham Fair.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Cicadas Invade: NH spared

One more reason to be thankful, New Hampshire: we did NOT experience the periodic cicada invasion this summer. You've likely heard about the mass synchronized emergence of billions of periodic cicadas this summer across the Eastern Seaboard from Virginia north to New Jersey, New York and as far as northern Connecticut - NOT New Hampshire.

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Foodstuffs
5:17 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Lacto-Fermentation: How To Make A Carrot Taste Like A Pickle

Glass crocks hold lacto-fermented vegetable blends in the Henniker workshop for Micro Mama's. Owner Stephanie Zydenbos-Heino says the transformation process can take weeks or even months.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

Lacto-fermentation has a branding problem. Every person I talked to about this story heard the term, and with visions of rotting milk in their heads, said “hmm… sounds disgusting.”

But if it takes you a little time to get past that initial discomfort, that’s ok with Stephanie Zydenbos-Heino, owner of what’s possibly the only lacto-fermentation business in the state, Micro Mama’s. Her recipes sometimes take six months to finish their work – so she’s used to waiting.

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North Country
5:07 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Railway Grant Seen As Getting Coos Development Moving

North Country economic development officials are crossing their fingers and waiting to hear later this summer whether the federal government will provide money to upgrade a section of rail line through Coos County.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

For years one of the problems with economic development in the North Country has been getting stuff in and getting stuff out.

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Foodstuffs
4:17 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

What To Do With Daikon Radishes

Credit Globalism Pictures via flickr Creative Commons

“Also known as Japanese horseradish or mooli, daikon looks like a bigger, uglier, knobbier parsnip and, if its flavor can be likened to anything, it is reminiscent of a finer, less fiery radish.”

- From the cookbook Cooking Vegetables.

If you have a CSA subscription, chances are you have found a daikon radish in your share recently. Daikon radishes are a staple in Asian cuisine, the name daikon is actually Japanese for "great root." They're a prolific vegetable and can often grow up to 20" in length with a diameter of 4"! Recently, reporter Josh Rogers was the recipient of a rather large daikon radish, and asked: what do you do with this?

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NH News
2:37 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Memorial Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Announced

The Memorial Bridge will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 15, but it is still unclear when the bridge will be open for traffic.

Director of Project Development for N.H. D.O.T. Bill Cass says that the ceremony was pushed back because of delays due to weather and work on the bridge’s foundation.

“We were initially trying to organize a ceremony in conjunction with the actual opening, but the uncertainty of the opening made it more beneficial for everybody to set a date a few weeks out there that everybody could plan on.”

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Education
2:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Three New Charter Schools Get OK To Open In New Hampshire

The state Board of Education has given the green light for three new charter schools to open in New Hampshire.

Their approval was made possible after the Legislature set aside $3.4 million in the state budget for new charter schools.

The Gate City Charter School for the Arts was one of the schools to get approval from the board at a meeting on Thursday.

The school is planned for Nashua and will offer an arts-focused curriculum, starting with grades K through 4. It will open next fall.

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North Country
10:37 am
Thu July 18, 2013

North Country Events

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common.

North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo.

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Market Basket Family Feud Could Oust Grocery Chain's CEO

Market Basket, Concord, NH
Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

Anyone who’s gone grocery shopping at Market Basket knows the slogan: where you always get more for your dollar. But who exactly might be offering those purported savings may be about to change.

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NH News
3:51 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

NH GOP Gets High-Profile Fundraising Help

Senators Rand Raul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida and John Thune of South Dakota will appear at a Washington, DC fundraiser for N.H. Republicans July 29th.

The event is being organized by N.H. Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Closer to home, 2008 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will headline a Wolfeboro fundraiser for the party August 6th.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, meanwhile, will appear in Dublin August 26th.

All the guests but Romney are being spoken of as possible 2016 presidential candidates.

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NH News
2:21 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

HCA Prevails In Fight Over Portsmouth Hospital

The state’s highest court has settled the dispute over the ownership of Portsmouth regional hospital, thwarting an effort by the foundation for seacoast health to wrest control of the hospital from the Hospital Corporation of America.

At issue was whether the 1999 restructuring of Portsmouth regional hospital gave the foundation for seacoast health the right to purchase the hospital from its parent company , the Hospital corporation of America.

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North Country
11:20 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Another Setback For Balsams' Financing

Another effort to obtain financing for the renovation of the Balsams resort has fallen through.

The owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch have run into another problem coming up with the $30 million needed to renovate the closed resort and put as many as 300 full or part-time employees back to work.

Owners Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse hoped to use federally backed New Market Tax Credits to attract some investors.

But that has fallen through with a deadline being missed, says spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.

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Environment
10:04 am
Wed July 17, 2013

VIDEO: Oyster Farming With Fat Dog

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

On the dock of Great Bay Marine, there’s what looks like a little raft tied up, but get close and you hear the hum of a water pump. This is where Fat Dog Oyster Company is based.

Reporter Sam Evans-Brown recently spent a day with Jay Baker and Alex Boeri of Fat Dog for his story on the boom in oystering in N.H.'s Great Bay Estuary. You can check out more of his photos and sound in this 2-minute video:

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Environment
8:48 am
Wed July 17, 2013

The Heat is Up, and So Are Beach Advisories

With recent heavy rains, more New Hampshire ponds and lakes have been under water quality advisories.

See a map of current beach advisories here.

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