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3:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed In Franconia Notch Crash Identified

The motorcyclist killed Thursday morning in the Franconia Notch has been identified as Robin Staines, 47, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, according to state police.

Staines was traveling north on the two-lane section of I-93, failed to make the turn at the entrance of the former parking area for the Old Man of the Mountain.

He was thrown from his Harley-Davidson and was not wearing a helmet.

Passersby gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived but he died of his injuries at Littleton Regional Hospital.

Foodstuffs
3:35 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

What To Do With Rhubarb When You've Already Made A Pie

Mmm, rhubarb.
Credit harald walker via Flickr/Creative Commons

Last week we looked at what to do with rhubarb beyond the traditional (yet incredibly delicious) pie, and we asked for your favorite rhubarb recipes. And did you ever send us some good ones!

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NH News
3:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Manchester Chamber of Commerce To Focus On Veteran's Park

In response to increased crime in Manchester’s Veteran’s Park, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce is launching a new initiative to improve its condition.

Manchester Alderman Patrick Long says that in the past few years, Veteran’s Park has garnered a reputation for more theft, public drinking, and fights.

“I’ve gotten complaints from the elders that live around here that tell me they’re afraid to walk through the park, never mind sit and enjoy it.”

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Foodstuffs
2:56 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Want CSA Success? Get To Know Your Neighbors

Some of the greens NHPR staffers picked up as part of our CSA.
Credit Amanda Loder, NHPR

This week some NHPR staffers got their first weekly share of veggies from a nearby CSA – which stands for community supported agriculture.

The idea is that consumers buy a share of the year’s crops in advance – that gives them a weekly supply of produce, while farmers get a more stable income stream than what they might have selling just through farmers markets or farmstands.

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Business and Economy
2:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Ski Industry Bounces Back In Big Way After Down Season

Credit Bretton Woods

New Hampshire’s ski industry rebounded in a big way this past winter.

There was a 21 percent increase in downhill skier and snowboarder visits compared to the previous season.

New Hampshire ski resorts logged 2.3 million visits from downhill skiers and snowboarders during this past season.

That was markedly better than last year, and a 5 percent increase over the ten-year average.

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NH News
1:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

N.H. Maple Syrup Production Levels Return To Normal

Maple syrup production returned to normal levels in the Granite State this year.

That’s according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday.

The report shows that 124 thousand gallons of maple syrup were produced in New Hampshire this year.

Last year, the state produced only 76 thousand gallons, due to the unusually warm weather.

The yield per tap also more than doubled in New Hampshire this year.

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North Country
12:11 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled and written by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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

ACHS PRESENTS COMMUNITY HEALTH MATTERS, LITTLETON

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Environment
5:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Maine Town Wants EPA To Stop Border-Crossing Pollution

Credit Jim.Richmond / Flickr Creative Commons

Residents in the border town of Elliot, Maine have voted to ask the EPA to test air quality downwind of a Portsmouth power plant. Eliot is just across the river from Schiller Station, a three-boiler plant run by Public Service of New Hampshire. Two of its boilers burn mostly coal, and a third burns primarily wood chips.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Robin Hooders Case To Continue

The city of Keene’s lawsuit against a group known as the Robin Hooders will go forward. The group has gained attention for filling empty parking meters in the city, as well as for allegations of harassing parking attendants. This week, they had their first day in court.

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NH News
5:58 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Two Days After Release From Psychiatric Hospital, Man Stands Accused of Murder

A Laconia man was arraigned today in District Court on 2nd degree murder charges stemming from an incident over the weekend. 19-year old Kasey Riley is accused of strangling Zachary March inside apartments run by Genesis Behavioral Health. Genesis provides support to residents, but not 24-hour monitoring at the facility.

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Health
5:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Planned Parenthood Joins Fight Over Medicaid Expansion

Dr. Becky Ewing, NH March of Dimes Program Services Committee member, speaks at the event in Concord.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

 Women’s health advocates took to the statehouse today, calling for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. The issue remains a sticking point as lawmakers work to finalize the state’s budget.

Planned Parenthood’s Jennifer Frizzell estimates that 61% of those able to sign up for an expanded Medicaid program are women, and she accuses GOP lawmakers of being oblivious to what they want.

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North Country
5:39 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Festival Celebrating Beauty And Majesty Of The Lupine Turns 20

Steve Majeski and Ruth Martz of Sanbornton celebrated their 35th anniversary by going to the Fields of Lupine Festival in Sugar Hill.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Fields of Lupine Festival is marking its 20th year.

The event pays tribute to the brief but spectacular show of color the purple flower puts on in the Granite State’s North Country this time each year.

After making the hour and a half trek from Woodstock, Vermont to Sugar Hill, Renette Bedard found the perfect spot to snap a picture.

Standing atop a rock, she looks out into a sea of purple flowers known as lupines.

The backdrop: a lush forest and the majestic White Mountains.

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NH News
2:05 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Education Key Issue As Manchester Mayor Race Takes Shape

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at his campaign fundraiser last week.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Education is likely to be a key issue, as the race for mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city takes shape.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas made it official last week that he plans to run for a third, two-year term.

At a fundraiser to kick off his re-election campaign, he said Manchester’s schools are the best in the state.

And he said concerns about overcrowding in city classrooms are overstated.

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NH News
1:25 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Police: UNH Bomb Threat Was A Hoax

Police have determined that a non-specific bomb threat at the University of New Hampshire earlier today was a hoax.  University police announced earlier today they were working with the FBI to investigate the threat made by phone just before noon. But police announced just before 3 that they had determined there was no danger and gave the all clear. 

Several areas of the campus were searched as part of the investigaton, but an evacuation was never ordered.

Health
5:29 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

12 New Beds At State Psychiatric Hospital Called 'Partial Solution'

Governor Hassan today announced the reopening of 12 psychiatric beds at New Hampshire Hospital. They'll be used to treat adults over the age of 55 in need of both psychiatric help and medical attention, and are meant to shore up a mental health system that the Governor calls deeply strained.

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