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Jack Rodolico

Update: 10:23 AM Saturday

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.

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When it comes down to it, Thanksgiving is really about one thing:  the turkey.  Especially here in New England. 

When The New York Times put 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.

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Please complete the survey by Thursday, November 13th, so that we can compile the results before Saturday's meeting. And thank you!

Segment 1:

A pre-election NHPR News feature by Seacoast Reporter Emily Corwin. In this story, she looks at the significance of the Portsmouth Shipyard in New Hampshire politics.

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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.

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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.

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On The Media's Brooke Gladstone talked with Word of Mouth host Virginia Prescott at UNH Durham, September 10, 2014.

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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.

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Candidates for the U.S. Senate, governor, Congress and the state legislature are on the New Hampshire primary ballot Tuesday. Click through our Primary 2014 gallery above to see the day unfold in photos taken by NHPR reporters, the campaigns, and New Hampshire voters.

A screen cap of Unitil's outage map

About 10,000 customers around the Concord area were without power for several hours Monday evening.

The city's main utility, Unitil, did not immediately provide a reason for the outage that hit shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, but later posted updates on their Twitter feed which indicated the blackout was caused by a pole fire that occurred at a substation. 

Power was restored to all Capital Region customers shortly after 8 PM.

The New Hampshire Senate consists of 24 members and 24 districts, as outlined on the map below. The Senate was founded in 1784 and is the higher of the state's two legislative chambers. Generally, sessions are held annually from early January to the end of June.

A New Hampshire State Senate district map is embedded below, via the Live Free or Die Alliance. Roll your cursor over the district for a list of cities/towns or click on a district for information on the elected official for that district. 

The New Hampshire Constitution of 1783 included the establishment of "five councilors, for advising the governor in the executive part of government." This is commonly known as the Executive Council.

The specific powers, duties and responsibilities of the council have been defined over the years by the constitution, amendments, New Hampshire laws, and advisory opinions from the state Supreme Court and Attorney General.

In March of 2012, the state passed HB 592, which caused the redistricting of all the house districts in the
State of New Hampshire.  After the passing of this law, the House now has a total of 204 districts. 
There are 91 single town districts, 70 multi-town districts and 43 Floterial Districts. The New Hampshire House is the largest state legislative body in the United States.

This week saw a series of debates in which Republican candidates in New Hampshire's primary races for U.S. House, Senate, and N.H. Governor met to differentiate themselves on the issues.

If you missed the debates, you can find NHPR's coverage of them right here:

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With less than two weeks before the primary, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives have filed their Federal Election Commission disclosures for July 1 through Aug. 20. 

In Congressional District 1, Republican upstart Daniel Innis ended the period with $67,000 cash on hand, well below the $188,000 of his opponent Frank Guinta.

Guinta outpaced Innis in fundraising during the period by a margin of $34,000 to $23,000, but also reported $289,000 in debt.

Innis loaned his campaign $10,000.

As part of our continuing coverage of Elections 2014, NHPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered featured conversations with candidates running in the September 9th primaries for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and N.H. Governor.

Here are all of those conversations in the order they aired. Each link contains the radio interview, edited for time, a transcript of the radio version, plus the full, unedited audio of the candidate in the studio.

U.S. House Candidate Dan Innis (1st District)

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Three years ago, NHPR's Jon Greenberg sat down with New Hampshire journalist James Foley.

Foley's family in Rochester and New Hampshire officials have confirmed he was killed by ISIS militants.

He was kidnapped two years ago, but this wasn't the first time he went missing.

The Libyan government held reporter Foley and two of his colleagues for six weeks.  The three were released in 2011.

Foley was a correspondent with Global Post, an online news service. 

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The mother of kidnapped New Hampshire journalist James Foley says her son gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.

"We have never been prouder of our son Jim," said Diane Foley, in a statement posted on the "Free James Foley" Facebook page.

A video by Islamic State militants Tuesday purported to show the cold-blooded execution of Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

Governor Maggie Hassan released a statement Tuesday night on Foley's death, calling him a "talented and fearless photojournalist."

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The attorneys general of New Hampshire and Massachusetts have warned Market Basket officials to be aware of the rights of workers if they fire any employees.

In a letter addressed to the board Chair and co-CEOs of Demoulas on Thursday, New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster and Massachusetts A.G. Martha Coakley urged company leadership to be mindful of state laws regarding employee termination and pay.

Foster says his office has seen an uptick in calls from Market Basket employees questioning their rights under the law.

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The mother of a 15-year-old North Conway girl reunited with her family nine months after she vanished says rumors that she was pregnant aren't true.

Investigators have been trying to find out how and why Abigail Hernandez disappeared and who may have helped conceal her. She returned home July 20.

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Updated Tuesday at 4:48 PM   

State and local authorities are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the disappearance and reappearance of 15 year old Abigail Hernandez.

Yesterday Attorney General Joe Foster announced that Hernandez had been safely reunited with her family, nine months after she went missing after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. 

The New Hampshire Supreme Court says the ex-partner of a 12-year-old's girl's mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law.

The ruling could affect other unwed parents regardless of gender.

The case pitted Madelyn B.'s birth mother, Melissa, against her former partner, Susan. Because it's a custody case, no last names are used.

NHPR is pleased to announce that as of approximately 3 P.M. on June 11, we began broadcasting from our new translator in Holderness, New Hampshire. Residents in the towns of Holderness, Ashland, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Meredith can now tune in to NHPR at 96.5 on their FM dials.

The new signal was officially launched on Tuesday, June 24th, at an event attended by NHPR donors and residents of the region. You can see an album of photos from the event right here. 

A former Army staff sergeant from Nashua is becoming the latest recipient of a Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama.

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For Sean Hurley's Foodstuffs story on New Hampshire's Ice Cream trail, we asked our listeners and Facebook fans to submit their favorite ice cream stands in New Hampshire. Here's the map that resulted, and it's not too late to add to it! Email us your picks, and we'll put them in the map.

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