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4:24 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Hotel Beekeeper Takes To The Roof

The three hives on the Marriott's roof are a breed of Italian bees, common to commercial and hobbyist beekeepers.
Sam Evans-Brown NHPR

By all accounts, New Hampshire is in the midst of a bee-boom: bee classes and clubs are overflowing with new members. And a conference center in Concord that has caught the bug, but had to overcome a unique challenge to keep bees.

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North Country
9:58 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

North County 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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NH News
5:43 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

N.H. Mosquitoes Test Negative For West Nile Virus...So Far

Credit Hugo A. Quintero G. / Flickr Creative Commons

While mosquitoes in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont have tested positive for West Nile Virus, so far, Granite State bugs are coming up clean.  

The state doesn’t start testing mosquitoes until the first of July.  Vector Borne Disease Surveillance Coordinator Whitney Howe says that’s because it usually takes a few extra weeks for New Hampshire to heat up into good mosquito habitat.  And while it’s been a wet summer, Howe says that’s not a guarantee we’ll see an uptick in West Nile cases.

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Environment
4:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Citing Low Participation, PSNH To Phase Out Green Energy Program

Weighted for Population, government data rank New Hampshire around 12th for voluntary purchase of "green" power, and last in New England.
Credit National Renewable Energy Laboratory / NREL

Regulators have given Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, permission to phase out its EarthSmart Green rate, which allows customers pay more to support renewable energy. PSNH asked for relief from the program because just 148 customers are signed up; that’s about .04 percent percent of their customers.

But it’s a phenomenon that isn’t unique to PSNH. In general New Hampshire rate-payers haven’t been convinced to switch to more expensive renewable rates.

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NH News
1:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

GOP Wants Domicile Probe of Democrats; Democrats Accuse GOP of Hypocrisy

Republicans pounced when WMUR reported that several democratic campaign staffers voted in recent elections  using Senator Martha Fuller Clark’s Portsmouth address as their domicile. Clark co-chaired of President Obama’s local campaign in 2012,  and  is Vice Chair of the Democratic party.   She told WMUR that “by and large” the people who stayed at her house and voted were committed to N.H. but given their ages it was “impossible to predict” if they intended to stay. N.H.

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Health
11:49 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Negative Impacts Of Malnutrition Could Last For Generations

Elizabeth and Jazelle Raymond inside Child Health Services, a health clinic in Manchester.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

    Infants who suffer from malnutrition are more likely to have poorer physical health when they grow up.

Research also finds more emotional problems, including anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

But even as the negative long-term impacts of infant malnutrition become clearer to scientists, Dr. Janina Galler is working to push the field of study even further.

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Word of Mouth
9:49 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Silence And Photographs: Nashua Man Walking To California

Greg Hindy
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

It’s summer. And for many college grads, a last chance to do something daring before entering the real world. Greg Hindy plans to spend a year walking from New Hampshire to California. Along the way, he’ll take photographs with a field camera. He calls it a performance art project, mostly because of the unusual rules of the journey.

Greg Hindy is taking a yearlong vow of silence.

That means no talking, no writing, no texting or watching TV.

Hindy took off a week ago.

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NH News
5:22 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Opening N.H.'s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Take Two Years

New Hampshire’s new medical marijuana law allows seriously ill patients to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, obtained at one of four state-authorized dispensaries.

But before those dispensaries can open, the law calls for the creation of a committee that will work to implement the medical marijuana law.

Matt Simon is a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project.

He says while he is pleased the law is moving forward, it won’t do anything to help patients in the short-term.  

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Ayotte Proposes To Ease Strict Fishing Limitations

During a Senate Commerce Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday Senator Kelly Ayotte recommended changes to the Mid-Atlantic Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act.

The conservation act dates back to 1976 and is meant to maintain stock and habitat at sustainable levels.

In recent years that’s meant strict catch limits for Atlantic Cod and Haddock.

And many senators agree that catch limits issued under the Act have worked.

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NH News
4:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Gov. Hassan Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Governor Hassan signed a bill Tuesday, making New Hampshire the 19th state to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana.

Hassan says the law breaks new ground by giving seriously ill patients what they need – medical marijuana from up to four state-authorized dispensaries.

“We’re really looking forward to getting them up and running as quickly as possible but also making sure again that we’re doing it the right way for New Hampshire and that we can prevent abuse, as well.”

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Word of Mouth
1:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Searching For Long Lost Apples With "The Apple Whisperer"

Credit www.fedcoseeds.com

In the mid-1800s the United States was home to more than fifteen thousand varieties of apple - two thousand in New England alone.  That diversity was pretty much wiped out by the growth of industrial agriculture and today, only a few varieties remain…at least in the supermarket.  John Bunker , a man known as the apple whisperer, is on a quest to find, save and preserve long lost types of apples.

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The Exchange
7:58 am
Tue July 23, 2013

The Last of the Doughboys

In his new book, The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin reflects on the First World War through the eyes of dozens of centenarians who experienced its battles but rarely told its stories. Rubin discovers what he calls a neglected “great generation”… the overlooked and underappreciated war they fought in and how that conflict shaped our modern world.  

Guest:

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NH News
12:58 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Growing Pains: Why Three New N.H. Slaughterhouses Won't Fix The Slaughterhouse Shortage

Ray Conner at Evandale Farm, with goats. Conner is hopeful the state's new slaughterhouses will help her expand her business.
Emily Corwin NHPR

  According to the USDA, Americans are producing and eating more locally-raised food every year.  But the market for local meat has trailed behind the market for local produce.  Until recently, reasoning has been that there’s a shortage of local slaughterhouses. But as three slaughterhouses open their doors in NH this year, industry-wide studies show that more slaughterhouses may not be the answer, after all. 

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NH News
5:42 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Shaheen Discusses Military Sexual Assault Laws With Civilian Experts And Military Personnel

Senator Jeanne Shaheen received suggestions from civilian experts at UNH on best practices for addressing sexual violence in the military.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen came to UNH on Monday to ask University researchers and local law enforcement what the US Armed Forces Committee can learn about sexual assault from the civilian community. She says she’s hoping the information will help inform her colleagues as they shape sexual assault policies in the 2014 Military Defense Authorization Act.

I think we will get a good bill past.

But, Shaheen says, the question is whether the committee will require that sex crimes be investigated by non-military prosecutors. 

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Foodstuffs
2:45 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Monadnock Food Co-op Named Best Start-up

The Monadnock Food Co-op store located at 34 Cypress Street opened April 3 in Keene.
Rose Kundanis

The recently opened Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene has just won a national startup of the year award from the Food Co-op Initiative. The Co-op opened for business April 3 with a Grand opening weekend in June.

For the last three months shoppers like Allison Aldrich have been picking up farmer produced foods at the Monadnock Food Co-op.

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