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Mon April 15, 2013
Top Stories: New Boston: 250 Years In The Making; Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H.
1. NH News: New Boston: 250 Years In The Making
New Boston is a town that sounds like it could or should be in Massachusetts, and at one time, it actually was. In the 1730s Boston proprietors were granted a charter to the town, but never did much with it, mostly because of the presence of Native Americans in the area. By 1741, when new borders were drawn up New Boston became part of New Hampshire.
2. Education: Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H.
Nature preschools and forest kindergartens may sound more fun than foundational. But this nontraditional approach to early learning is gaining popularity for teaching the basics while getting kids away from screens and out into nature. And now Antioch University in Keene has begun offering a teacher education program for nature-based curricula and programs schools.
Merrimack county is under quarantine. Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive Asian beetle that has killed millions of Ash trees in the Midwest, has been discovered in Concord. Once the beetle’s population has been established, they can spread incredibly fast, doubling every year. Last week, the state learned where the patient zero of the New Hampshire infestation can be found.
4. NH News: Navy Names New Combat Ship After Manchester
The United States Navy will name a new combat ship after the city of Manchester. The Navy names the Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, after cities of regional importance.
5. The Exchange: Battling Bullying
Although long an unfortunate part of childhood, many feel it’s become more serious and more complicated, given expanded opportunities through the internet and social media. But there’s also more scrutiny, tougher policies, and anti-bullying campaigns out in force.
The sea is rising. Satellite measurements have found that globally the seas are coming up about 1.2 inches per decade; a rate that has increased by 50% since before the 1990s. On New Hampshire’s seacoast, there’s a lot of vulnerable infrastructure, the most obvious of which is Seabrook Nuclear power station.
7. NHPR Events: NHPR’s Trivia Smackdown
NHPR held it's innaugural Trivia Smackdown this past weekend at the NH Institute of Art. Congratulations to our winners, 3S Artspace! A full run-down of scores and sponsors is up now, and stay tuned for photos from the event!
8. The Exchange: Designing Downtowns
Cities and towns around New Hampshire have been working to revitalize and even resurrect their central cores, renovating abandoned buildings, creating walk-able main streets and affordable housing. We took a look in on these efforts and also the challenges of financing them, while attracting businesses and others to take up the downtown lifestyle.
A West Virginia-based publishing company has acquired the Telegraph of Nashua newspaper. The Telegraph announced that Ogden Newspapers will purchase the daily from Pennsylvania-based Independent Publications.
Governor Maggie Hassan ordered flags at half-staff last Wednesday to recognize the 50th anniversary of the loss of the USS Thresher. All 129 crew members aboard the nuclear submarine were killed on April 10, 1963 when it sank roughly 200 miles east of Cape Cod.