A tumultuous year for Market Basket is coming to an end with Arthur T. Demoulas formally in charge of the company.
Demoulas and his family announced Friday that they have completed the purchase of the 50.5 percent of the company that was controlled by his cousin. Demoulas offered $1.6 billion in the buyout proposal in August.
Other details of the deal weren't disclosed.
The nearly century-old supermarket chain based in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, has 73 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
The number of New Hampshire customers without power after the season's first major snowstorm is down to about 40,000.
At the peak, more than 200,000 homes and businesses were without electricity after the storm Wednesday night, the fourth largest outage in state history.
Public Service of New Hampshire reported about 39,000 homes and business without power Saturday morning, mostly in the southern part of the state. It expects to have electricity fully restored by Monday.
When severe weather knocks out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, utility crews work around the clock to restore service. But somebody is always going to be the last one to get plugged back in...and it could be you.
If you’re already waiting around for the power to come back on, it’s too late to do prep like charging batteries or buying a generator. But there are some things you can do right now to protect your home and family…and maybe even reclaim some creature comforts.
When it comes down to it, Thanksgiving is really about one thing: the turkey. Especially here in New England.
When The New York Timesput out its map of the Thanksgiving foods represented each state, New Hampshire was awarded the crown prize, the New England Roast Turkey.
So on this Thanksgiving, we thought we’d bring you some stories all about turkeys—from a restaurant that serves turkey dinners every day to a lawyer raising the bird to a soup kitchen making sure no one goes without the main dish this year.
Every day is Thanksgiving at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith
by Sean Hurley
"All the time."
That's Sam Willey. His grandparents opened Hart's in 1954. Willey himself has bussed and waited tables, prepared food, bakes pies.
"I started when I was 7 years old. Pick up the parking lot was my first duty."
Now Willey's one of the owners. How does a restaurant that serves Thanksgiving dinners year round top itself on the big day?
"We actually do everything the same," he says.
But just a lot more of it. Mike Cornellison is the executive chef. On a good day 500 hot plates will emerge from his kitchen. On Thankgiving, he's expecting to serve well over 1000.
"The hardest part of my day is making sure everything gets up and is hot and fresh cause we are a scratch kitchen here so we make everything from scratch. Today, out back right now I think there's 36 people back there."
Making rolls, thickening gravy, prepping turkey...or like baker Sherry Agengo, making lots and lots of pies.
"I'm making peach cobbler," Agengo says, "Today, I made over a hundred."
In the busy gift shop out front, the phone doesn't stop ringing. Orders for cranberry sauce, stuffing, for the biggest turkey they have.
"We actually get a lot of calls, why we don't mail gravy? Maybe one day we'll be there, but I'm not ready for that," Willey says, laughing.
There's nothing in the world that can prepare you for mailing gravy, but if anyone can figure it out it'll be someone from a land where Thanksgiving never ends.
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Tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents woke up on Thanksgiving morning without power.
Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electricity provider, reported 168,000 of its customers were in the dark this morning.
Unitil is reporting about 18,000 customers are without power.
PSNH spokeswoman Lauren Collins says the company says the southern and central-eastern portions of the state were hit hardest.
“So Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford counties have the most concentrated outages. There are outages as you head the western part of the state, the southwestern part. And as you head to the lakes region, there are also some scattered outages.”
Collins says the major problem has been heavy, wet snow bringing down large trees.
She says crews have been working through the night, and will continue to work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
“At this time, we have 138 PSNH workers, 100 additional contractors our there. They’ve been working pretty much nonstop to make sure that somebody gets a warm turkey today.”
Additional crews are expected today from across New England and Canada to provide support.
Still, Collins says customers should expect this process take some time.
“We are telling people to be prepared for a multi-day restoration effort. That doesn’t mean everyone will be without power for several days, but we want them to be prepared and stay safe. Have necessaries on hand; flashlights, batteries, etc.”
New Hampshire Electric Co-op Making Progress, Asks for Patience
Dena DeLucca, vice president with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, says roughly 15,000 customers are without power this morning.
That’s down from a peak of about 22,000 customers overnight.
DeLucca says there are still a number of power lines, and asks customers to have patience as crews work throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
“What happens with this heavy snow it brings down trees and tree limbs that take down the wire. It’s a fairly extensive job to put that back, once they get the road cleared.”
She says 20 line crews and 25 crews are out working this morning to repair the damage.
The company hopes to have power restored to all customers by 10 this evening.
Here are some of the important facts about today's election in New Hampshire. You can also read NHPR's reporting on the candidates and find all of our election coverage and resources right here.
RACES TO WATCH
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is vying for a second term. She's up against Scott Brown, the former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is trying to become just the third person to represent two states in the Senate.
Political Junkie Ken Rudin never left public radio. His weekly podcast has your dose of political analysis. And in time for the midterms this year, he's put together a special program for radio audiences as well. Before you dig in to this program, remember that he'll be live in studio with us on 4 November for our election night coverage as we track returns around the state.
Tune in to NHPR for a series of debates with the candidates for senator, governor and New Hampshire’s two congressional seats. They will will air live at 7 P.M. beginning Monday, October 20. The full schedule is posted below.
The NH1 debates are produced in partnership with NHPR, The Portsmouth Herald, The Laconia Sun and Foster's Daily Democrat.
To learn more about the candidates, click here. To listen to NHPR's Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates, click here.
Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.
All events begin at 5:30pm Reception to follow
Where: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH
Audience questions will be encouraged. Tickets are complimentary, reservations are required and space is limited. See below for dates & registration links.