The annual gathering has come a long way - just as in many other places, it started small, and grew to the point that, for the first time, this year's GraniteCon will be a two day extravaganza, including costumes, comics, artists, actors, video game tournaments, even a time-traveling Delorean from the movie "Back To The Future 3."
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Mary Pickford stars in "Their First Misunderstanding," a 1911 short film believed lost. A copy of the film turned up in a barn in Nelson, N.H., and Keene State College took part in the process to restore the film.
We use the phrase “long lost” more often than is probably warranted, but this story certainly qualifies.
Several years ago a contractor was cleaning out a barn in Nelson that he’d been hired to demolish. He found a 35 millimeter film projector and seven reels of nitrate film. Among those was a short film that had not been seen in decades. The film, called “Their First Misunderstanding,” stars an 18 year old woman named Mary Pickford, who would become one of Hollywood’s first and biggest stars.
Newly released data from the US Census Bureau says Americans are on the move again – the country’s rate of domestic migration in 2012 hit a five-year high.
The story of migration in northern New England, however, is slightly more complicated. According to the results of the latest American Community Survey, New Hampshire saw a rise in migration after several years of decline. But Massachusetts and Maine saw decline.
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The conversation continues on health insurance, in particular the “narrow network” plan Harvard Pilgrim is launching with partners Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Elliot Health Systems. The companies say it will be 10% cheaper than other group offerings.
Organizers expected a nice, somewhat modest turnout for the first try at a New Hampshire Coffee Festival. But then, putting a sign out on Main Street that essentially says “free coffee” has a tendency to over-deliver.
“I literally cried in awe of the turnout and the people coming downtown to celebrate the Coffee Festival with us," promotions committee member Lori Chandler said.
The 90 degree temperatures this week might not exactly suggest the coming arrival of fall, but here’s something that does: the new edition of Old Farmers Almanac is here. Senior Associate Editor Sarah Perreault gives All Things Considered host Brady Carlson a preview of the new edition.
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Keene's Pumpkin Festival in 2010. Festival organizers say they're feeling really confident that 2013 is going to be the year they reclaim the Guinness world record for most lit jack o'lanterns displayed.
"World record" is a phrase that brings to mind great feats - doing something no one else has ever done.
And that’s what’s happening this Saturday on Lake Winnipesaukee- if all goes as planned, participants will break the record for “the largest free-floating raft of canoes and kayaks on a single water body.”
Part of the effort to curb child obesity in the US has been to rethink vending machines – in particular, those offering sugary drinks at schools. The theory is that students make healthier choices when they have healthier options in front of them.
And new research from Dartmouth College shows the contents of those machines are changing – less sugar, more bottled water. But not every school is changing in the same way.
This month All Things Considered has been talking with authors who write in or about New Hampshire.
We conclude the series with D.M. Cataneo. His new novel Eggplant Alley tells the story of Nicky Martini, a 13 year old growing up in a run-down New York City neighborhood during the turbulent year of 1970.
D.M. Cataneo talks about the book with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.