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10:52 am
Thu June 6, 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.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29

FARMERS MARKETS

Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 13

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Inside NHPR
8:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Barbara & Dick Couch Fellowship For Innovation

NHPR is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Barbara and Dick Couch Fellowship for Innovation.  The fellowship was created to develop the next generation of public radio talent and to bring new ideas and perspectives to NHPR.  This six month fellowship focusing on show production and digital media is based at NHPR’s broadcast center in Concord, New Hampshire.  Fellows will gain hands-on experience working on The Exchange, NHPR’s flagship public affairs program and exposure to a wide range of activities at the station.  Responsibilities will include: generating and r

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Education
5:30 am
Thu June 6, 2013

New 'Smarter Balanced' Test Will Ask More Of Students

26 states are signed on the Smarter Balanced Test, which was created with funds from federal Race to the Top Grants. New Hampshire is a "governing member" meaning it has a say in policy decisions made on the tests.
Credit Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

With the new Common Core State Standards comes a new standardized test, called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. New Hampshire schools will take it for the first time in the spring of 2015, and in many ways, it’s the new test that will determine how the Common Core is taught.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Executive Council Approves Plaistow Rail Study

On Wednesday the Executive Council authorized a new rail study  — one that examines whether to bring trains to Plaistow.

This study will cost far less than one approved earlier this year, for $3.9 million dollars to look at extending commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts to Nashua and then on up to Manchester and Concord.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What The Hake? N.H.’s New C.S.F. Seeks To Sell Obscure, Plentiful And Equally Edible Fish

Nets rarely catch just one kind of fish.
Credit Sarah VanHorn, Manager of NH Community Seafood / N.H. Sea Grant

  When we talk about local food in New Hampshire, most of us think of fruits and vegetables. But with our 18 miles of coastline, seafood has the potential to be a local food as well. This year’s big cuts to catch limits for fish like cod and haddock herald a rough year for New Hampshire ground fishermen. So they’re finding new ways to connect with local consumers to help them stay afloat. And their approach may be the first of its kind.


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NH News
4:17 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

New Foreclosure Numbers Reveal Promising Trend

New New Hampshire housing numbers show 192 foreclosures in April.  That’s half of what the state recorded at the same time last year.  And it appears to be part of an ongoing trend.

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NH News
2:47 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

House Votes To Negotiate With Senate To Reconcile Medical Marijuana Bills

Marijuana

House and Senate negotiators will work to reach agreement on a bill to make New Hampshire the 19th state to permit medical marijuana. A “home grow” option opposed by Governor Hassan is a major point of contention.


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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Funspot's 15th Annual International Classic Video Game Tourney

Nick Lombardo - Long Island, NY
Logan Shannon

This past weekend, Funspot arcade in Laconia, New Hampshire, played host to the International Classic Video Game Tournament. Gamers from all over the world have been traveling to Funspot for the past 15 years to compete against each other, sometimes on video games that were born long before they were. For many, it's a chance to play rare games that they've only heard about. For others it's a great chance to connect with like-minded friends over a friendly, albeit competitive, game of Tapper.

The competition runs for four days as participants try to post the high score on each of the tournament games. Outside the cordoned-off area reserved for the tournament, the rest of Funspot's American Classic Arcade Museum is open to the public. Mixed in amongst the novice players, you're likely to see world record holders trying to beat their high scores in between their tournament play. I spoke to three gamers who have made the nostalgic trip to Funspot repeatedly, enticed by the pristine machines and the sense of camaraderie among the players.

Special thanks to Derek Janiak for his help wrangling the elusive video gamers in their natural habitat.

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Blogs
10:05 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Chowder Festival Boasts Zero Waste, New Trophies

Two Newick's Lobster House Chowder employees at their booth at the WOKQ Chowder Festival in Prescott Park.
Ella Nilsen

On Saturday, June 1, the 29th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival took place at Portsmouth’s Prescott Park.  The festival was zero-waste, courtesy of the partnership between the Prescott Park Arts Festival and seacoast business Eco-Movement.

“It’s a well-loved tradition,” said festival coordinator Ben Anderson.  “People come from all over.  The restaurants take it very seriously.”

Seacoast restaurants including Bob’s Clam Hut, Warren’s Restaurant, Newick’s Lobster House, and The Portsmouth Brewery competed with chowders of every type, including seafood, clam, scallop, and veggie.

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Foodstuffs
5:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Measuring The Impact Of Local Food - Or Trying To

It’s the table farthest from the door at the Contoocook winter farmer’s market, but it's the one that catches my eye: asparagus stalks so big, you could play the drums with them.

The man who brought them, Jim Ramenack of Warner River Organics, says he's seen nothing but growth lately in local food.

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Health
4:53 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Hassan Calls Medicaid Expansion 'A Good Deal' For The State

Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Supporters of Medicaid expansion filled the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in Concord for a mid-morning press conference. The show of force comes in advance of Thursday’s budget vote in the Senate.

Flanked by reform advocates, hospitals administrators and doctors, Governor Hassan pressed lawmakers to take advantage of the federal government’s promise to pay 100% of the costs of expansion for the first three years.

She quoted New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, who supports expansion and says it will save money for taxpayers in his state.

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NH News
3:29 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

294 Years After First Planting, White Potato Becomes Official State Vegetable

Governor Hassan makes it official, with some help from Derry Village Elementary School 4th graders.
Credit Faith Meixell / NHPR

 On Tuesday, Governor Hassan signed a bill declaring the white potato as New Hampshire's official state vegetable. She did so surrounded by a group of 4th graders from Derry Village Elementary School. North America’s first white potato was planted in their town in 1719.

Hassan praised the students for pushing the bill, and also the openness of the democratic process here.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

4,067 N.H. Foreclosure Victims Getting Checks For $1,480

Approximately 4,000 New Hampshire borrowers who were foreclosed upon will receive a check this month for nearly $1,500.

To get the money, those who were eligible had to submit a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement.

They had to have their mortgage serviced through one of the five major lenders involved in the settlement, and have been foreclosed upon between 2008 and 2011.

New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau Chief James Boffetti said 4,067 Granite State residents are receiving the checks.

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Blogs
11:38 am
Tue June 4, 2013

'A Taste of Milford' Pairs Local Cuisine With Downtown Shops

Inside Lisa's Sweets, Chef Dan St. Jean of Giorgio's Restaurant cooks up some asparagus and artichoke ravioli.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

So what is the real Taste of Milford?

Sean Trombly of Trombly Gardens believes he’s found it.

“I always tell people this is the true taste of Milford,” he said, as he served up a beef slider along Middle Street. “This is Milford-raised beef.”

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Education
5:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Common Core Skeptics And Supporters Cut Across Political Boundaries

At the Manchester Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting last week, slightly more than a dozen concerned citizens turned out to voice their opposition to the district's adopting the Common Core. While activists opposed to the standards are dedicated, in New Hampshire it remains a fringe issue.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The Common Core State Standards, a set of goal posts for public school students that have been adopted by 45 states, are well on their way to being implemented in New Hampshire. But those same standards are at the center of a widening backlash in other states that hasn’t really caught on in New Hampshire.

Support and opposition to the Common Core does not break down cleanly along party lines. On the one hand, Florida’s former Republican governor Jeb Bush is a big supporter of the standards, as are many liberal politicians.

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