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7:49 am
Mon July 29, 2013

N.H. Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte In The Granite State Monday

Both of New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators are in the Granite State this morning.

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is scheduled to tour the Grappone Toyota dealership in Bow.

She will be joined by a group of business leaders and advocates and will discuss her proposed energy efficiency legislation.

And later today, Republican Kelly Ayotte will be in Nashua to present Pelham veteran Joseph Norkiewicz, Jr. with the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

He is earning for the medical for his service in the Navy during Operation Blue Bat in Beirut, Lebanon.

Queen City Crime
5:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Manchester's Club Scene Still Occupies Police Time But Is Much-Improved Environment

Owner Thomas Alexander calls Drynk a restaurant and entertainment lounge. He credits their dress code, local marketing and sophisticated security team to a safer club scene.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

A concentration of police resources are spent dealing with disturbances and crimes in and around the popular club scene in downtown Manchester. But it’s not as bad as it used to be. A crackdown on several problem clubs in the past decade have set an example for club owners today. 


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Folk Show
9:20 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 7.28.2013

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

House Carpenter/ Irish Bastards/ Their Best/ Irish Bastards

The Books In My Library/ Nuala Kennedy And Oliver Schroer/ Songs From Sing Out! V.55#2/ www.singout.org

Oh My Little Darling / Fire On the Mountain/ Burning Bridget Cleary/ Pressed for Time/ Burning Bridget Cleary

Hit The Ground Running/ Maura O'Connell/ The FolkScene Collection/ Red House

Ain't Life A Brook/ Greg Brown & Bill Morrissey/ Friend Of Mine/ Philo

They Called It Music/ Gibson Brothers/ They Called It Music/ Compass

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Folk Show
8:29 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Folk Show Calendar (concerts, dances and festivals)

Monday, July 29

>>>The Ennis Sisters (Country & Celtic) at the Tillotson Center ~ Colebrook, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.gnwca.org   603-246-8998

Wednesday, July 31

>>>The Head & The Heart at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.prescottpark.org

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War

Credit via Monadnock Lyceum

Drawing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's concept of "cheap grace," Andrew Bacevich exposes the chronic defects in the current U. S. approach to waging war.  He explains why the world's most powerful military doesn't win and why the nation's reliance on professional soldiers has turned out to be such a bad bargain. When American soldiers deploy to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, what is the cause for which they fight?  The patriotic answer is this:  they fight for freedom.  Challenge that proposition and you’ll likely pick a quarrel.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Bacteria Advisory Lifted At Weirs Beach, But Source Of Contamination Remains Unknown

Credit VTDarkStar / Flickr Creative Commons

 The Department of Environmental Services has lifted the fecal bacteria advisory on Weirs Beach in Laconia.  But advisories remain in place for Bartlett Beach and Opechee Cove. 

DES Beach Program Coordinator Sonya Carlson says contrary to earlier reports, there is no evidence right now that bacteria at the Weirs could be coming from so-called “sewage sludge.” Carlson points to water samples the EPA took there last year looking for traces of pharmaceuticals.

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Foodstuffs
2:13 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Third-Annual Southern N.H. Brewers Festival Biggest Yet

Frank and Tonya Dolan of Londonderry sample beers at the White Birch Brewery booth at the Southern New Hampshire Brewery Festival.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Now in its third year, the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival is being held this weekend at the White Birch Brewery in Hooksett.

Organizers responded to growing interest in the event by adding a second day to the festival this year.

From double IPAs to oatmeal stouts, beer lovers can sample from 22 different breweries at the festival, which runs Friday to Saturday.

White Birch founder and festival organizer Bill Herlicka says the festival is different from others, in that it gives customers and brewers a chance to interact in a fun environment.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Food Pantry Provides What Food Stamps Can't

Credit Seacoast Family Food Pantry of New Hampshire

The Seacoast Family Food Pantry began as the Ladies Humane Society in 1816 to assist families of fishermen. Now, it is still serving those in the community who need help. The pantry aids many families with children—and many elders. Jane is a widow living on a fixed income.

“There are a lot of things you can’t buy with food stamps, but down at the pantry, they cover just about everything that you would need in your household,” Jane said.

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NH News
4:23 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

ATVs On N. Country Highways Just In Time For Jericho ATV Festival

Businesses in the North Country are hoping new ATV access on North Country highways will bring tourist dollars to Berlin.

Earlier this week Governor Hassan announced Rt. 2 and Rt. 16 in the Gorham area are open for access by ATVs. That was just in time for Berlin’s annual ATV Festival at Jericho Mountain State Park.

For the first time this year, the festival will include a block party on Berlin’s Main St. Pam Sullivan, who works for the festival, says now people can ride their ATVs between the park and Main St. Berlin:

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NH News
1:54 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

N.H. Receiving $1M In Federal Funding For Flood Damage Relief

Credit Ella NIlsen / NHPR

The federal Department of Transportation is making an emergency relief grant of $1 million to New Hampshire to help repair the damage from heavy rains and flooding in June.

The money will be used to repair damage in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties.

Between June 26 and July 3, severe rain and flooding caused widespread damage to local roads and bridges.

In a statement, Governor Maggie Hassan said the relief funds will be critical to supporting recovery efforts as communities continue to recover and repair the damage.

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Granite Seen
9:35 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Photos: Week Of July 26

One of the (adorable) goats at Evandale Farm.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR
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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Company Of Cuckoos

The Black-Billed Cuckoo
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Elusive, secretive birds often are the most satisfying to discover, and for me the black-billed cuckoo ranks near the top. Hearing a bird is usually the best way to find it, but attentive ears are needed to detect this cuckoo's song: a subtle, slow and hollow-sounding "cucucu – cucucucu." The song in no way resembles the bold double notes of a cuckoo clock that mimic the song of the common cuckoo, a species that nests across Europe and Asia.

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Foodstuffs
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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