Lane changes and detours will be common around Concord on Sunday to deal with traffic congestion from the NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race in Loudon starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, but officials anticipate the most congestion will occur late afternoon and early evening. The Exit 14 ramp on I-93 northbound will be closed from 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday. That same exit ramp and the Exit 15-East ramp on the southbound side of I-93 will be closed from about 3:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Route 106 --leading to and from the track --ill have lane changes to accommodate traffic flow.
The Waterville Valley Tennis Center is once again hosting the annual New Hampshire Open, scheduled for July 18 to July 20. The 10,000 New Hampshire Open Tennis Championships is set on the 18 red clay court complex of the tennis center. Athletes include top ranked New England and collegiate players who play the eastern summer tennis circuit. Play begins the afternoon of Friday, the 18th, and continues Saturday with singles and doubles. Semi-finals and finals are on July 20.
A North County town is expected to get a $278,000 grant to make repairs to a broken water main suspended from a historic covered bridge across the Ammonoosuc River. The 100-year-old cast iron pipe suspended on the underbelly of the Northumberland Covered Bridge feeds wells and storage tanks. It broke in April, and only temporary fixes have been made. The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority approved an Emergency Community Development Block Grant for the repairs in Northumberland. The solution requires drilling to install 300-plus feet of new pipe beneath the riverbed.
New Hampshire has increased the amount of Medicaid funding it devotes to home-based care for the disabled since a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave people a choice to live outside institutions.
By 2012, according to data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the state was providing 50.3 percent of Medicaid long-term care money for disabled people living in home- or community-based settings. That compares to 40.3 percent in 2002.
The University of New Hampshire is celebrating its use of a unique energy recovery composting system. UNH is believed to be the only university in the nation with such a compost facility, which captures generated heat for water that can be pumped to reservoirs and used for wash water, provide pre-heated water for a boiler or be used in heating systems. The system at UNH's Organic Dairy Research Farm, installed last year, preheats water used to clean and sterilize a tank and tubing in the milk room. The compost facility was named for Joshua Nelson, who advanced the technology.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and a group of New Hampshire business representatives are on a trade mission in Turkey. Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, says Hassan's presence will help open doors to businesses seeking to connect with Turkish businesses. He says Turkey has emerged as an important market and is New Hampshire's 12th largest trading partner. New Hampshire sent $79 million in goods and services to Turkey last year. The group is in Turkey until Friday.
The University of New Hampshire is holding an "open barn'' to give the public a chance to see how a typical New England dairy farm operates. The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station on the Durham campus calls Saturday's event "Meet Your Milk.'' Visitors can enjoy free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours and visits with the university's milking cows and calves. According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, New Hampshire has approximately 130 dairy farms with an average of 115 milking animals per farm.
The University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension is going on the road to educate people about the destructive emerald ash borer. Workshops are scheduled in Canterbury at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, and at 4 p.m. Friday, June 20. Each will last two hours. Homeowners, landowners and community leaders will learn about the beetle that has been spreading outward from Michigan for more than a decade, destroying millions of ash trees. They've been found in parts of New Hampshire. The first workshop, at Canterbury Town Hall, will give an overview of the insect and the local situation.
Communities around New Hampshire's Franconia Notch are holding their 21st annual Celebration of Lupines. Though the festival focuses on the spiky purple wildflowers that grow in abundance across the region, flowers are just part of the event, which takes place throughout the month of June. This weekend incudes an open-air market in Sugar Hill. There will be more than 50 vendors and booth displays featuring local crafters, artisans, nonprofit groups and small businesses.
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, is hosting a presentation on the effect of climate change on historical sites. The discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. It will look at how New Hampshire's archaeological resources, historic buildings and cultural landscapes are affected and threatened by sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased flooding, heavy rains and insect infestations.
Former Local Government Center insurance pool Property-Liability Trust will return $17 million in illegal subsidies. This despite earlier protests that it didn’t have the money on hand. The money will go to another former LGC insurance pool--HealthTrust—and then be refunded to member communities.
For years, Property-Liability Trust struggled, and was supported by the Health Trust program, which raised funds by over-charging member communities.
The public has a chance to learn about cleanup proposals at a former chemical plant in northern New Hampshire that was named a federal Superfund site in 2005. The Chlor-Alkali site is along the east bank of the Androscoggin River in Berlin. The plant had supported the production of paper in local mills. The Environmental Protection Agency says elemental mercury and other contaminants have migrated from the site and into the river, and continue to do so.
The University of New Hampshire is opening up its class on the state's leadoff presidential primary to a wider audience through a Massive Open Online Course. The course will be offered in the fall of 2015 and will build on a popular class the university has offered for the last several election cycles. Those participating from afar will be able to watch lectures and presentations from classroom guests and join in on discussions. They won't earn college credit, and the university is still deciding how much they will be charged.
New Hampshire's open-road tolling in Hooksett and the new Memorial Bridge have received honors in engineering. They've received "National Recognition Awards'' from the American Council of Engineering Companies. Both projects presented engineering challenges and both were constructed and completed on very aggressive schedules. The Hooksett project, which opened in May of 2013, involved the demolition of six conventional toll lanes and the construction of four lanes of highway speed toll lanes, plus other work.
New Hampshire Fish and Game and the Division of Parks and Recreation are offering two free fly-fishing workshops in the North Country. Officials urge interested anglers to register soon, as these workshops fill up fast. A two-day workshop will take place June 7-8 at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown. A second workshop is offered by the Haverhill Recreation Department June 28-29. The workshops are open to anglers age 13 and up, although those 13-16 must be accompanied by an adult.