North Country
4:24 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Company Pays $150,00 Over Water Pollution In North Country

The former owners of a company accused by the federal E.P.A. of water pollution in the North Country have paid a $150,000 fine to settle the accusation.

CSG Holdings – which formerly operated Columbia Sand & Gravel – recently paid the fine, according to a document from the E.P.A.

But EPA spokesman David Deegan said the company “did not admit or deny any of the facts and violations alleged in the complaint.”

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North Country
2:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

DOE To Shaheen: No Problem With Northern Pass Contractor Selection

A U.S. Department of Energy official has told Senator Jeanne Shaheen that the federal agency did nothing wrong in approving several contractors to work on the Northern Pass project, dismissing allegations to the contrary from the Conservation Law Foundation.

Shaheen wrote the DOE in mid-October saying she was concerned about allegations made by the foundation.

The CLF said it used the Freedom-of-Information Act to obtain a series of emails between the federal agency and a lawyer for Northern Pass.

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North Country
1:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Hassan To Tour North Country Friday

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan will tour the North Country Friday as part of what she is calling an “Innovate NH Tour” seeking “ideas on how to keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

Hassan will start in Colebrook at 7:30 in the morning and continue to Groveton, Berlin, Gorham, Littleton and Conway.

The meetings are open to the public.

Here is her schedule:

7:30 a.m:         Community Roundtable Meeting, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, 181 Corliss Ln., Colebrook.

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North Country
10:28 am
Thu December 13, 2012

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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


Date: December 13, Thursday, 6:30 pm FREE (Phone: 603-745-8159), Lincoln Public Library, 22 Church Street

Led by Emily Burritt

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The Exchange
5:34 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Bishop Gene Robinson: SCOTUS Will Overturn Defense Of Marriage Act

Gene Robinson on The Exchange
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

Bishop Gene Robinson predicts the United States Supreme Court will rule the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange, Robinson also says the Supreme Court will reaffirm a lower court decision to overturn a California law banning same-sex marriages.

“I think they won’t make marriage equality the law of the land, but I think they will reaffirm this case for California, reinstating marriage there, and by so doing, they will signal the rest the country, this is coming to a theater near you.”

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5:20 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Compounding Pharmacists In New Hampshire Brace For Change

Ron Petrin owns Bedford Pharmacy. He's been compounding for 30 years, and calls the work gratifying.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

About 20 years ago, Bob Vecchiotti developed something called foot neuropathy. It’s a neurological condition that left his feet numb. Sometimes they would tingle or burn.

“But then the pain was getting to the point that I was losing concentration and sleep, and I decided we need to do more,” says Vecchiotti. “That’s when my primary care physician, working with a compound pharmacist, was able to come up with something that worked.”

Vecchiotti is a business consultant in Peterborough. He was somewhat skeptical of compounding.

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4:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Shaheen Lands Spot On Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Credit Amanda Loder for NHPR

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been named to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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NH News
3:09 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Homeless Connect Event Gives Access To Social Services, Food, Clothing

The Green Street Community Center in Concord hosted the Project Homeless Connect event Wednesday.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

Erin Fennelly couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she put the finishing touches on a haircut Wednesday morning.

A haircut with Fennelly normally costs $22 at Peter’s Images Unlimited salon.  But this haircut is free.

It’s part of the Project Homeless Connect event in Concord.

The project is a national effort, meant to gather health and social services under one roof for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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NH News
10:10 am
Wed December 12, 2012

NRC Continues To Study Deteriorating Concrete At Seabrook

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there are no immediate safety concerns at the Seabrook nuclear power plant.

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NH News
9:53 am
Wed December 12, 2012

On 12/12/12, Here Are 12 Things You May Not Know About N.H.

New Hampshire Statehouse
Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

It's 12/12/12 (also known as mic check day...get it?).

Barring some major breakthroughs in science that will get y0u to Jan. 1, 2101,  this is the last repeating date you'll see in your lifetime. 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here's a compilation of a dozen random facts about New Hampshire you may or may not already know. Be a showoff. Share them with your friends.

1. The first mechanical alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins of Concord in 1787.

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Folk Show Performances
8:26 am
Wed December 12, 2012

The Revels In Studio

Kate sat down with traditional Irish folk music and dance group The Revels in studio on Sunday to discuss and perform. The Revels are currently performing their annual holiday show, The Christmas Revels, at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, in Hanover, NH. For more information and tickets, visit the Hopkins Center.

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4:56 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

N.H. Ranks Third In Overall Health

A new report from the Minnesota-based United Health Foundation ranks New Hampshire the third healthiest state in the nation.  That’s down a spot from last year. The report weights a variety of factors, including infant mortality, obesity, high school graduation rate and levels of violent crime.  Vermont ranked first in the nation for the sixth straight year.

North Country
3:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Capturing The Mountain Voices of the North Country

Brad Washburn using a theodolite for his mapping project on Mount Washington in 1983.
AMC Library and Archives

For almost two decades two North Country authors have been capturing the stories of some of the most remarkable people in The White Mountains.

Now, those stories have been compiled in a new book, Mountain Voices, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Nearly 20 years ago, Rebecca Oreskes, of Milan and Doug Mayer, of Randolph, were out cross-country skiing in the White Mountains.

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NH News
2:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Reopening 12 Beds At State Hospital Part Of Plan To Improve Mental Health Care

New Hampshire Hospital
Credit Thomas Fearon

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to temporarily reopen 12 beds at the state’s psychiatric hospital.

The state now needs to find more than $2 million to cover the cost.

Mental health advocates say the plan to add beds at New Hampshire Hospital is an encouraging first step in addressing long waiting lists for treatment.

But Ken Norton with the state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says there is still much work to be done.

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LGC Order
6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

12 Towns Push For Share Of $52 Million LGC Order

The LGC disputes the 12 towns' interpretation of last summer's order
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A group of New Hampshire towns have banded together to demand the Local Government Center return a chunk of their insurance premiums.  Last summer, a hearing officer ruled that for years, the LGC had overcharged communities for its health insurance program.  And the LGC was ordered to return more than $52 million to members

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