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7:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Alstead: 250 Years In The Making

Welcome to Alstead Village
Keith Shields, NHPR

Most of the towns granted in 1763 by New Hampshire Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, were named after those Wentworth wanted to impress like personal friends or influential politicians… but according to New Hampshire history professor, Stuart Wallace, the town of Alstead, was a little different.

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NH News
6:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ayotte Puts Hold On Air Force Nominee

Senator Kelly Ayotte’s hold on the nomination of Deborah Lee James as Air Force Secretary won’t be lifted until she gets what a spokesperson called  “a substantive response” about the future of the A-10 aircraft, a plane her husband flew in combat in Iraq.

The A-10 fleet may face reduction or elimination due to budget cuts.

Ayotte publicly raised her concerns with the President’s pick to lead the Air Force during a confirmation hearing.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

NH This Weekend: (Free) Museum Day

A view of the NH Boat Museum
Credit courtesy photo

Saturday September 28th is the 9th annual Museum Day Live around the country. Here in New Hampshire, no fewer than 15 museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission for the day. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some of the details.

Find  a participating museum at the Smithsonian website.

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NH News
1:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Medical Marijuana Panel Starts Work On Rolling Out New Law

State Representative Jim MacKay was named the chair of the state’s therapeutic cannabis advisory council at its first meeting Thursday.

The Concord Democrat also chairs the House health, human services and elderly affairs committee.

Council members say there will be plenty of work in the coming months.

Among the council’s many tasks will be to gage the effectiveness of the state’s dispensaries, or alternative treatment centers.

Michael Holt, rules coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, says that includes tracking inventory.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Non-game and Endangered Wildlife Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Eagle on East Inlet in Pittsburg, August 2012
Credit Peter Gray / NH Audubon

Twenty five years ago, bald eagles and peregrine falcons were struggling to return from the brink of extinction.  A handful of outdated surveys were all that existed to assess the location and condition of most wildlife species.  Conservationists and biologists from New Hampshire Audubon, the State, and universities raised the call to "do something!"

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NH News
10:14 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Parents Push Back On Pinkerton Academy's Dress Code Proposal

Students model the proposed unified dress code at Pinkerton Academy Thursday night.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The vast majority of parents at a meeting at Pinkerton Academy in Derry Thursday night spoke out against the school's unified dress code proposal.

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Sports
5:32 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

World Tour Cyclist, Ted King, Keeps Up Local Connections

Ted King (right) chats with teammate Guillaume Boivin at the start of the Mayor's Cup Criterium
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

If you haven’t heard of New Hampshire native Ted King, it’s perhaps no surprise; The professional cyclist certainly doesn’t dominate the world stage. He finished 64th in the recent tour of Colorado and 39th in the tour of Utah. But as one of only six Americans to race in the Tour de France this year, King has won many hearts in the cycling community all over the Northeast.

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Health
5:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Could A Diagnosis Make You Sicker? Dartmouth Examines Overdiagnosis

The Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference at Dartmouth
Liz Faiella

Researchers at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice have been at the forefront of research on unnecessary diagnosis and treatment.

The problem is big, and solving it may require a major change in the way the whole health system treats illness.

Earlier this month, Dartmouth hosted the first ever international conference on preventing overdiagnosis.

Speaking to a crowd of doctors at the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, Dr. Steven Woloshin began by diagnosing his audience.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Orchards Compete For A Slice Of The 'Pick Your Own' Pie

Pick-your-own is increasingly where the money is for New Hampshire orchards
Credit She Shimmers via Flickr Creative Commons

Fall in New Hampshire means fairs, foliage – and getting out to one of the state's 300-odd apple orchards to pick your own. Elaine Starkey is out at Butternut Farm in Farmington, with her sons and grandkids, to do just that.

"They usually have donuts, but we got here a little late."

'Pick Your Own Apples' now means not just picking the fruit, but also hay rides, corn mazes, petting animals, And enjoying other seasonal products, like cider, pies, and yes, donuts. 

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NH News
4:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Third Person Charged In Deadly Hampton Bike Crash

Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

A third person has been charged in connection with a crash into a group of cyclists in New Hampshire over the weekend that killed two women from Massachusetts.

Nineteen-year-old Scott Martin of Seabrook is facing a charge of allowing 19-year-old Darriean Hess to drive his car without a license.

Hess, ordered held on $50,000 bail, was arraigned Wednesday via video from jail. She's charged with negligent homicide.

Forty-eight-year-old Cindy Sheppard of Hampton is charged with selling a painkiller to Hess and allowing her to drive without a license.

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Writers On A New England Stage
4:06 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Margaret Atwood

Author Margaret Atwood
Credit Courtesy the Lavin Agency

Margaret Atwood’s novels are imaginative and  satirical, and her post-apocalyptic predictions eerily accurate. Atwood has just finished her Maddaddam trilogy, set after a bio-engineered plague has wiped out a wantonly consumerist America governed by corporations.

Atwood talks about her latest novel, and then sits down for a conversation and questions from the audience for this edition of Writers On A New England Stage, a co-production of NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

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Health
3:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Lowering Insurance Costs Like 'Turning A Battleship'

N.H. Insurance Department Commissioner Roger Sevigny
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

 Insurance company executives told regulators on Thursday there’s no quick fix for the rising cost of health care in the state.

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North Country
2:33 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

North Country Events

Kayakers prepare for a dawn patrol on the First Connecticut Lake. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

  

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: http://tinyurl.com/NorthCountryCalendar
The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

FARMERS MARKETS
Berlin Thursdays extended to October 3
Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12
Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12
Littleton Sundays 10 A

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North Country
2:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Food Fight: North Country Chefs Compete With North Country Foods

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

In the North Country nine chefs are getting ready to compete in the finale of the second annual North Country Chef’s Challenge, an effort to determine who can best match culinary expertise with local food.

The goal is to show people in other parts of the state that North Country dining is worth a trip north of the notches.

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NH News
1:32 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

President Obama Mocks Rep. O'Brien Comparing ACA To Fugitive Slave Act

Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

In a speech in Maryland on Thursday, President Barack Obama defended his health care law by making reference to what he described as outlandish and "desperate" rhetoric.

Among the claims he referenced was that of Republican Rep. Bill O'Brien of Mont Vernon, the former Speaker of the House.

"You had a state representative somewhere say that it's as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act," Obama said. "Think about that."

The crowd of Obama supporters groaned and booed in response.

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