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Granite Seen
4:41 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Photos: Week Of September 6

On his Montpelier, VT farm, Joe Buley harvests cucumbers for gazpacho and cucumber dill soups.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR
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NH News
4:17 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Federal Transportation Grant To Revamp Northcoast Railroad

Federal Rail Administrator Joseph Szabo spoke in Rollinsford, N.H. on Friday.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $1.4 million grant to improve New Hampshire’s Northcoast Rail Corridor on Friday.  

Now, we’re talking freight, not passenger rail, but Federal Rail Administrator Joseph Szabo says the grant will affect ordinary people, too:

It removes trucks from highways, which not only removes congestion and increases safety, it reduces maintenance costs on those roads.

Szabo says this is one of 52 projects nationwide funded by the US DOT to stimulate economic recovery.

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Morning Edition
9:27 am
Fri September 6, 2013

NH This Weekend: World Records, Dragons & Lobsters

There's plenty to do this weekend in the Granite State. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some details on the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, Dragon Boat racing in Concord, an attempt to break a world record in the Lakes Region, and some hard-core community theater.

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Queen City Crime
9:11 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Residents Raise Frustrations At Manchester Crime Meeting

Chief David Mara goes over Manchester's crime numbers during a community meeting Thursday night.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

More than 100 people turned out for a community meeting on crime in Manchester Thursday evening.

Many expressed frustration over the rise in crime and pressed police for answers on how they’re working to make the city safer.

Longtime resident Doris Ploss says she’s never seen her city like this.

“Manchester’s changed an awful lot, with all the crime and the drugs. We didn’t have that. It’s very bad.”

She lives on the west side and, like many over the summer, was a victim of burglary.

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NH News
7:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Gilsum: 250 Years In The Making

Archive photo of Gilsum village in the 1870s
Archive

As Loudon is to racecars and Hanover to Ivy League students and Canterbury to its Shakers, then Gilsum… is to rocks, and proudly so; just ask one artist who lives in town.

“I mean every place we ever vacationed had rocks and now I’m in the freakin’ rock capital of the United States.”

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All Things Considered
6:15 am
Fri September 6, 2013

The Astonishing And The Esoteric: New Hampshire's Guinness World Records

Keene's Pumpkin Festival in 2010. Festival organizers say they're feeling really confident that 2013 is going to be the year they reclaim the Guinness world record for most lit jack o'lanterns displayed.
Credit Selbe B via Flickr/Creative Commons - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stacylynn/5117165696/in/photostream/

"World record" is a phrase that brings to mind great feats - doing something no one else has ever done.

And that’s what’s happening this Saturday on Lake Winnipesaukee- if all goes as planned, participants will break the  record for “the largest free-floating raft of canoes and kayaks on a single water body.”

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North Country
6:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

'Scoping' Hearings On Northern Pass This Month

Those who favor and oppose the Northern Pass project will get their chance to testify about it before federal officials at the end of the month as the U.S. Department of Energy holds public “scoping” hearings.

The hearings are required because Northern Pass filed an amended route in July, changing its route through a portion of Coos County.

The meetings are to gather comments and information as the DOE considers whether to grant Northern Pass a Presidential Permit.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Nature's Obligate Relationships

Monarch Butterfly on a Mexican Milkweed
Wikimedia Commons

It is the height of monarch butterfly season in New Hampshire. Though fewer migrants have returned this year. They're producing the generation that will undertake one of the most impressive migrations: two-thousand miles to overwinter in Mexico.

Adult butterflies feed on the nectar of many different flowers but require very specific plants when laying their eggs. Eggs hatch into caterpillars that feed only on the leaves of particular species.

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NH News
5:47 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Portsmouth Celebrates Peace Treaty Day

The Russian delegation at Wentworth-by-the-Sea with Vitte and Baron Rosen seated.
Credit Thanks to J. Dennis Robinson / SeacoastNH.com

One-hundred and eight years ago Thursday,  Russian and Japanese delegates came together in Portsmouth to sign a treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War. 

Thursday afternoon in downtown Portsmouth, local lawyer and historian Chuck Doleac led a ceremony celebrating the treaty’s anniversary.  He told a small crowd that Portsmouth residents helped make the treaty a reality by extending social invitations to the two delegations as they considered giving up negotiations. 

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Health
5:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Republicans Criticize Anthem's Plan To Drop Some Hospitals From Network

Anthem Blue Cross is defending its move to reduce the number of hospitals in its network for individuals buying coverage through the new health exchange marketplaces. 

The state's largest carrier and only company to participate in the exchange is dropping ten New Hampshire hospitals from its provider network for all individual policy holders. That includes plans bought both inside and outside of the new health exchange marketplace that rolls out October 1st. It doesn’t apply to employer-sponsored plans or plans for some Medicare recipients.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Ayotte Undecided On Syria Resolution

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she's concerned insufficient action could make things worse.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

N.H.'s Housing Market Is Expected To Grow Steadily But Slowly

BIA panel at Manchester's Radisson included (from left) Ignatius MacLellan, Bill Weidacher, Chris Davies and Kendall Buck.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The housing recovery in New Hampshire is expected to be slow but strong. That’s according to industry experts who took part in a panel discussion hosted by the Business and Industry Association Thursday afternoon.


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Queen City Crime
3:29 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

As Burglaries Spike, Manchester Police Turn To Mapping, Database For Clues

This is a map showing burglaries broken down by sector, comparing the summers of 2012 and 2013.
Designed by Sara Plourde. Data courtesy of the Manchester Police Department.

Burglaries tend to increase in the warmer weather, but Manchester saw its numbers spike significantly in the recent summer months.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there were 338 burglaries in the city, a 23 percent increase over the same period last year.

The man who showed up at her front door one day in July seemed like a Godsend to 94-year-old Lorraine Fitzgerald.

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NH News
3:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Kuster "Leaning Against" Voting For Syria Strikes

Kuster, appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2010

During an appearance  on an WMUR-TV forum, Representative Ann McLane Kuster said she fears an American strike against Syria could lead the U.S. into a region-wide conflagration.

"And for me the risk of us entering into war there,  we are not at war with the Syrian people.  And those are the issues I am going to be considering, and I will tell you honestly I have not made a final decision."

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North Country
12:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Banding Together, Farmers Hope To Grow Profits

Kitty Kerner of WinterGreens Farm & Aquaponics is a member of the co-op.
Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

At 7:30 on an August morning in Colebrook Julie Moran pulls up and bounds out of her pickup to greet waiting farmers.

“Hi, how ya doing,” she says.

Moran manages the North Country Farmer’s Co-op – which was incorporated earlier this year. Twenty farmers and two bakers are members.

It is part of an effort to make it easier for farmers to survive in the North Country and to help restaurants and businesses respond to the demand for local foods.

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