The Merrimack Valley follows the Merrimack River, straddling part of southern New Hampshire and a swath of northeast Massachusetts, including the cities of Lowell, Haverhill, and Lawrence.  Residents on both sides of the border refer to their areas as “the Merrimack Valley,” but technically the Massachusetts side is considered the “Lower Merrimack Valley,” while the New Hampshire portion is the “Upper Merrimack Valley” (not to be confused with the “Upper Valley” in the Dartmouth-Sunapee region).

At 18 miles long, New Hampshire has the shortest shoreline in America.  But for centuries, this small strip of land has been the heart of the state’s Seacoast region.

Measuring around 18 miles long, New Hampshire has the smallest shoreline of all coastal states.  But for about 400 years, it’s been enough to support small boat fishermen in the Seacoast region.  They make their livings cruising New England’s waters for cod, lobster, shrimp and other stocks.

Some Facts About New Hampshire’s Infrastructure:

New Hampshire has approximately 17,000 miles of state and town roads, turnpikes and interstate highways. There are 3,795 bridges in the state. As of 2010, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation plowed more than 800 lane miles of roads and put down 180,000 tons of salt for snow and ice control annually.

Here's What's Awesome
1:38 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Ion Beams Shed Light on Forged Art

aartj via Flickr/Creative Commons

Best journal article title of the week? "Accelerated ion beams for art forensics." Frankly, they had me at "accelerated ion beams" - the beams could have been for almost anything - but using it to stop art fakes is even that much cooler.

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One of the hallmarks of New Hampshire government is its insistence on maintaining low personal and business tax burdens.  To that end, there’s no broad-based standard income, sales or estate tax.  Inventory, capital gains, and professional services are also tax-free.

NHPR Board of Trustees Meeting
1:17 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

NHPR Board of Trustees Meetings for 2012

April 18, 2012     9:30-11:30          

May 16, 2012      9:30-11:30          

June 20, 2012     9:30-11:30     

All meetings are located here unless otherwise specified:

Riverstone Conference Room
2 Pillsbury St, 6th Floor,
Concord, NH

   

Tourism is New Hampshire’s second-largest industry–if you combine the state’s smart manufacturing and high technology sectors (SMHT).  It’s also a clear point of intersection between government and industry, with the state maintaining a number of parks, campgrounds, and historical sites, and nearby businesses in turn catering to visitors’ needs.  Given this close relationship, the state provides funding to market New Hampshire to potential tourists.  Some of the heaviest marketing efforts are concentrated in

Over the past 15 years or so, New Hampshire’s manufacturing economy has been moving away from traditional mill work and toward high-tech and so-called “smart” manufacturing.  In high-tech manufacturing, workers produce technological components, like computer parts.  And in smart manufacturing, advanced technology allows fewer and more skilled workers to be more efficient as t

Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

The OTHER State of the Union, #SOTU

If you're sitting on the couch alone watching an event like the State of the Union, you can feel less alone if you follow its hashtag on Twitter, a lot less alone. It’s your choice, really, whether you want to join the conversation, and I (as Word of Mouth) didn’t necessarily plan to last night, but it can be kind of hard not to tweet about what we might say if we were on the air at that moment.  

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