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10:22 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Concord Airport To Receive Grant For Safety Improvements

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The Concord Municipal Airport will get nearly $2.5 million in federal grant funds to help improve airport safety.

The grant, administered through the Federal Aviation Administration, will fund a new taxiway to allow aircraft to prepare for flight more safely.

Currently, to prepare for flight, planes at the Concord airport must taxi on the runway, leaving them at greater risk for collision. The new taxiway will allow the aircraft to prepare for takeoff away from the runway and out of reach of other aircraft and vehicles.

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NH News
8:32 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Severe Storm Produces Dangerous Lightning

The strong storms that moved through New Hampshire sent lightning strikes that sparked some fires and possibly injured some people.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports Londonderry crews were called to Comcast on Thursday after the building was struck by lightning. An employee complained of feeling light-headed and tingling sensations consistent with electrical shock. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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North Country
6:18 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Local Composer Wins The American Prize

Jonathan Santore at the piano
Sean Hurley

In 2006, Plymouth resident and PSU Music Professor Jonathan Santore was named New Hampshire Composer of the year.  Just last month, he was awarded The American Prize in Choral Composition for 2013. As he tells NHPR's Sean Hurley, he's come a long way since playing trumpet for his high school marching band in Tennessee. 

French composer Erik Satie once remarked, "Before I write a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself,"  It's a creative prelude that Plymouth composer Jonathan Santore finds absolutely necessary.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

NH This Weekend: Coffee & Garlic

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz says this is a weekend of strong flavors in the Granite State. She has details about the New Hampshire Coffee Festival in Laconia, and Garlic Day in Canterbury.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Fallen Apples

Credit (Photo by Sebastian Droge via Flickr Creative Commons)

Robert Frost's apple poem "Unharvested" begins: 

A scent of ripeness from over a wall.
And come to leave the routine road
And look for what had made me stall,
There sure enough was an apple tree
That had eased itself of its summer load,
And of all but its trivial foliage free…

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Foodstuffs
5:46 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Reflections On Food, And Faith, At Greek Fest

Susan Harris (left) and Mary Garci serve traditional Greek recipes at the Greek Fest at Taxiarchai Orthodox Church in Laconia.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

This time of year is full of food fests, including a preponderance of Greek fests.

Food is, of course, a central part of Greek culture, and as we found at a festival in Laconia, that means a look at the food can reveal something deeper.

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Environment
5:36 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Grid Operators Lay Out New England's Energy Future

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The New England Independent System Operator, or ISO, who operates the region’s electric grid, presented the latest draft of its 10-year plan in Boston on Thursday. 

All Things Considered Host Brady Carlson speaks with NHPR's Sam Evans-Brown about the future of energy in the region. 

The ISO operates the Grid, but it doesn’t own any power plants, so how exactly are they involved with planning for the future of where we get our electricity.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

State Employee Contract Negotiations Head To Fact Finding

Credit NHPR Staff

Contract negotiation between the Hassan administration and the state employees association are heading into a fact finding stage. The move comes eight months into contract talks and after 4 days of mediation failed to produce agreement. State employees association president Diana Lacey says the Hassan administration has been unwilling to provide proof to back up its claims on contracts costs.

"I am not necessarily willing to say that I think it’s bad faith, but the closest I could get to that is to say they are in a different league now."

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NH News
4:29 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

PSNH Announces New President

A top official at Connecticut Light and Power will become the next president of Public Service of New Hampshire.

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NH News
2:56 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Severe Storms Crossing New Hampshire

Jeff and Meghan Demers of Contoocook captured this lightning strike during last night's storm.
Credit Jeff and Meghan Demers for NHPR

Severe thunderstorms are again working their way across New Hampshire, bringing heavy rain and a chance of flooding in some areas.

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NH News
2:36 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Gambling Consultant Says N.H. Has Models For Casino Regulation

UMass Dartmouth Professor Clyde Barrow cited the states of Delaware, West Virginia, and Rhode Island as possible models for New Hampshire. All place gambling regulation under their states' lottery commissions - and none, said Barrow, needed to hire a huge number of people to do the job.

"As you can see in the case of Delaware and Rhode Island, which respectively have two and three casinos, have 59 and 51 employees respectively, and that is to supervise traditional lottery, virtual and live table games, VLTs and charitable gaming combined."

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Health
2:17 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Democrats Say Alternative Plan To Medicaid Expansion 'Makes No Sense'

Sylvia Larsen, appearing on the Exchange in 2011

Democratic lawmakers are criticizing a Republican-backed alternative plan to Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. 

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Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Vermont Filmmaker Leading The Charge For 'Regional Cinema'

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When people talk about shopping local, they’re usually referring to buying food, books, and other goods and services  from a regional supplier as opposed to buying online or from big box store.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Hey Authors: Quit Writing Books!

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When was the last time you read a book? Not for work, not a kid’s bedtime story, but a real honest to goodness book, just for the pleasure of reading?

If you sheepishly answered, "more than a year ago," you’re not alone. A recent survey puts the number of Americans who have failed to crack a spine in more than a year at one in four. While new technological distractions have certainly cut into our reading time, our next guest would also like to blame the Sisyphean task of merely trying to choose a book that’s worthy of reading. His solution? Authors should take a break from writing to give readers a chance to catch up.

Colin Robinson is a co-founder of the New York based independent publisher OR.

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North Country
11:56 am
Thu September 12, 2013

North Country Events

First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

FARMERS MARKETS
 

Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through September 19
 

Berlin Thursdays 3-7 PM through September 19
 

Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12
 

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12
 

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 1

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