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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Trails Week – Paying It Forward

Credit Carrie Deegan via NH Forest Society

Mount Monadnock is allegedly the most-climbed mountain in the western hemisphere. Recently, I attended Monadnock Trail Week event from July 12th to 16th at Mount Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey, Marlborough and Dublin. The Forest Society and N.H. State Parks staff invite volunteers to help restore degraded sections of the heavily used hiking trails during this annual five day event.

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NH News
5:34 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Two Viruses New To N.H. Found In Hillsborough County Man

Two viruses that have never been seen in New Hampshire before have shown up in the same person.

The state public health department says a man from Hillsborough County has tested positive for both the Jamestown Canyon virus, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and the Powassan virus, which is carried by ticks.

Public health director Dr. Jose Montero says both viruses have been around the United States for a while, and the Powassan virus has been found in Maine and Vermont, so the New Hampshire case is not a surprise.

Education
4:47 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State's Largest Head Start Program Feels Sequester Pinch

Federal sequester cuts are starting to sting for the state’s largest Head Start program. Southern New Hampshire Services has received a grant that is about 5 percent smaller than last years. SNHS provides pre-k programs for low-income families in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a grant of $5.3 million on Wednesday, or about $300,000 less than last year.

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NH News
4:29 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Group Decries Impact Of Federal Healthcare Law

N.H. residents protesting the federal healthcare law rallied in front of the State House Thursday.
Credit Ella Nilsen

Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity rallied against the Affordable Care Act in the front of the State House today, detailing concerns including rising costs and doctor shortages.

The protest comes as a panel examines Medicaid Expansion in N.H., a provision of the federal healthcare law.

Director of Americans for Prosperity – N.H., Greg Moore said the group opposes expansion.

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Health
4:27 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Insurance Switch Nets University System $10 Million In Savings

The state’s University System says it saved $10 million last year by switching how it provides health insurance for employees.

Rather than paying an insurance company a fixed amount per employee for health coverage, the University System now uses a self-insured plan, where it pays out of pocket as health bills come in.

Self-insured plans put more risk on the employer, but Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University Stem, says the model made economic sense for his institution.

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Foodstuffs
4:26 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

At Dinner Series, You Meet The Farmers And Eat Their Food, Too

Nashua beekeeper Kagen Weeks chats with Joey and Janis Paradise of Amherst at the Farmers Dinner.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Farm-to-table has become increasingly popular among people looking to eat local.

But a dinner series in Nashua takes that concept a step further, by connecting people directly to local farmers and the food they produce.

Chef Sergio Metes carefully pulls a large pan out of the oven.

He takes off a sheet of aluminum foil, releasing a wave of steam.

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Word of Mouth
3:40 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Scott Simon's Twitter Vigil

Scott Simon's parents on their wedding day
Credit Courtesy of Scott Simon, via NPR

A few years ago, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon interviewed his mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman, for StoryCorps. She talked about what a great companion he was; when he broke down, in response, his mother told him to "stop crying."

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2013 Summer Car Raffle
11:49 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Early Bird Drawing Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2013 Summer Car Raffle: Catherine McDonah of Nashua, NH. Congratulations, Catherine and thank you for your support!

North Country
9:32 am
Thu August 1, 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.

Lancaster Wednesdays 8 PM through August 14 at the town gazebo.

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Health
5:48 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Smokers Can Expect To Pay Extra Dime Per Pack In N.H.

After a $0.10 cut two years ago, smokers in New Hampshire will again pay an extra dime in tobacco taxes starting today. 

Republicans in the statehouse lowered the tobacco tax in 2011, saying the cut would spur cross-border sales and boost state revenues. But tax receipts have come in $56 million lower in the past two years than the prior biennium.

Lawmakers included an automatic trigger to reset the tax if revenues fell, so today, the tax goes back up to $1.78 per pack.

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Environment
6:09 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

EPA 'Water Chief' Tours UNH Stormwater Center

Durham's town engineer Dave Cedarholm shows off one of the towns several rain gardens. The town hopes innovative "green infrastructure" like this will help them avoid expensive waste water treatment plant upgrades.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The chief regulator of EPA’s Water division visited Durham Wednesday to check out the town’s collaboration with UNH to create innovative solutions to pollution in storm-water runoff. Town officials used the opportunity to underscore a new approach to achieving clean water.

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NH News
2:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gov. Hassan Appoints Three To Casino Oversight Commission

Governor Maggie Hassan Wednesday announced three new members to a commission charged with recommending how the state would regulate casino gambling, should it be approved.

Hassan’s appointments to the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority commission include Democratic State Representative Richard Ames of Jaffrey and Londonderry Police Sergeant Patrick Cheetham.

The democratically-controlled House of Representatives voted in May to reject a proposal for one high-end casino, a plan backed by the governor and the GOP-led Senate.

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NH News
1:58 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

New Phone Scam Targeting N.H. Residents

The N.H. Attorney General’s office and N.H. Bankers Association are warning consumers about a new phone scam targeting state residents.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says that residents who have recently received a call or text message saying their debit or credit card has been compromised and asking for personal information may be the targets of a new scam.

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North Country
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Federal Safety Agency: ATVs On Pavement In Coos Is A Poor Idea

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

The plan to open some streets in Coos County to all-terrain vehicles as part of the “Ride the Wilds” network is being greeted with dismay by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,  says Carl Purvis, an agency spokesman.

“It is much better to ride that ATV on terrain it was designed for as opposed to taking it onto a paved road,” Purvis said.

Purvis said ATVs were engineered for dirt and riders can have handling problems on pavement. They can also be struck by cars.

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Folk Show Performances
9:26 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Live In Studio: Leslie Vogel And Fred Simmons Of Folksoul

Leslie Simmons and Fred Vogel of Folksoul
Credit Kate McNally / NHPR

The Folksoul Band creates new music from old traditions, combining horns, vocals, wild rhythms, and New Orleans Mardi Gras spirit to create music for celebration and dancing. A seven piece group, they also work in smaller ensembles, sometimes as Lunatic Fringe or as The Folksoul Ensemble.

Two members, Leslie Vogel and Fred Simmons, stopped by the Folk Show to play in the studio and talk about their upcoming Folksoul Festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 18th, in Greenfield NH.

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