Some of the highest tides of 2014 – known as “king tides,” -- are predicted to hit the New Hampshire seacoast on January 2 and 3. That’s precisely the time a severe Nor’easter is likely to bring high winds and heavy snow to the area.
Bill Boynton with New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation says that spells flooding:
With winds of 20-25 miles per hour predicted along with the expected high tides, there will be a strong possibility of some coastal flooding.
More than 200 people have sought assistance signing up for affordable health care on CoveringNewHampshire.org, the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace website -- since it went online on December 24th.
The website helps consumers sign up for health insurance on the federal website, healthcare.gov. It got off to a late start after Republican lawmakers refused federal money to build it. But, project leader Karen Hicks says, people are logging in despite the late launch and holiday distractions:
Kids who aren’t old enough to stay up until midnight can still watch a shiny silver ball drop at in Dover on New Year's Eve. The Dover Children's Museum is expecting over 1,000 little partiers at their 20th annual daytime New Year's Eve party.
Dover Childrens’ Museum communications director, Heidi Duncanson says it's not Times Square, but it's close:
During the day we have a series of midnight countdowns, where we lower the glitter-ball from 30 feet up, everybody counts down the last 10 seconds, and we have party horns, and they make hats.
The Division of Parks and Recreation is working in conjunction with local groups to push granite staters to start their year outdoors. Amy Bassett with the office of Travel and Tourism says this is the second year the state has sponsored First Day Hikes. The idea came from a national group:
“This is my great grandfather, my great grandmother, my grandfather and his sister Edna and they are in this surrey and they’re going for a ride around the mountains… this is 1908, wow!”
Visit Jim Fadden’s house and you’ll find a treasure trove of Woodstock history. There are old signs plastered along the walls, turn of the century programs and town records on top of desks and stuffed inside of drawers are tons of old photographs showing the famous and sometimes forgotten places and people that made this town what it is today.
On Saturday, a committee of citizens and city officials from Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME will flip the switch on $200,000 worth of lights, now installed on the new Memorial Bridge. The Memorial Bridge Illumination Committee spent more than a year planning and fundraising for the bridge's lights.
The local jobs picture in New Hampshire continues to improve. New data out Thursday from N.H. Employment Security shows that all ten counties had lower unemployment rates in November than compared to the start of 2013.
The rate in Coos County remains the highest in the state, but it’s down 2.4% from last January. Cheshire and Strafford have each seen their jobless rates fall by 2 percentage points.