A judge has ruled that the public can use private land to get to Rye Beach because they've been doing so for more than 20 years.
The case was brought by 24-year Rye resident Robert Jesurum. The Sanders Poynt property and adjacent Wentworth by the Sea Country Club are owned by Bill Binnie.
The Portsmouth Herald reports that Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling said her ruling "may extend not only to beach access, but to parking and boat-launching rights." That will be determined later.
The president of Keene State College is participating in a White House summit exploring how to increase college completion, particularly for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
Anne Huot will join President Barack Obama and others Thursday at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The conference brings together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofit groups and others working to support more opportunities for students.
This week the Portsmouth police department launches a new program called “Cops on Corners,” in an effort to make department operations more transparent.
Deputy Police Chief Corey MacDonald says the community events are a response both to local tensions and a national conversation arising out of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He says “the goal here is to get out in front of the public, go neighborhood by neighborhood --because different neighborhoods have different issues -- and just meet with people.”
Advocates for keeping Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival going said at a forum Tuesday the loss of revenue to local nonprofits would be devastating, while those who want to see the festival end raised concerns about whether the riots that marred this year’s festival will get worse.
"Is it responsible to dig in our heels when there is a very real possibility this will happen again?" said Beth Truman, a Keene resident and Pumpkin Festival volunteer. "Luckily this didn't result in any deaths, but what if there is a death next year? ...It is time for it to end."
A mixture of freezing rain, snow and sleet has delayed openings for more than 200 schools in New Hampshire and has made for some slick driving conditions.
Several accidents have been reported. WMUR-TV reports in Londonderry, a car rolled over and ended up in a swamp along Route 28. The car was partially submerged, but all three people inside were able to get out. They were treated for minor injuries.
You’ve no doubt heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but today is Giving Tuesday, a program that looks to promote the needs of nonprofit groups, rather than retail outlets.
In just a few short years, the effort has grown to include thousands of organizations. One of them is the Concord-based Community Loan Fund. President Juliana Eades explains what her group does and what she hopes to see on Giving Tuesday.
The University System of New Hampshire and the community college system are sharing a $180,000 grant to help reduce tobacco use on campus.
The systems include the University of New Hampshire; Plymouth State University; Keene State College; Granite State College; Great Bay, Lakes Region, Manchester, Nashua, River Valley and White Mountains Community Colleges and the New Hampshire Technical Institute.
Striking workers say they're not interested in an invitation by FairPoint to return to work in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
The telecommunications company sent a letter last week to more than 1,700 striking workers explaining its position that the old contract was out of sync with the industry and telling workers that they're welcome to return under terms imposed by the company.
Six more New Hampshire companies have been awarded grants to train workers in new skills.
Gov. Maggie Hassan on Monday announced that the $66,460 grant, plus matching funds from the companies, will be used to train 327 workers. The Job Training Fund has awarded more than $7 million since 2007.
The latest recipients are Felton Inc. of Londonderry, Amherst Label of Milford, EnviroVantage of Epping, Foss Manufacturing of Hampton, Fujifilm Dimatix of Lebanon and Littleton Coin Company.
With frigid temperatures arriving this weekend, Kimberly Ohman with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester says people should be hypervigilant for hypothermia.
"Shivering for one, that’s going to be your number one warning sign. Also just a little bit increased confusion, and the difficulty speaking is going to be another warning sign, difficulty walking, some people may have an altered gait that’s unusual for them," Ohman says.
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.
With tens of thousands of New Hampshire homes without power, many residents got creative in order to cook their Thanksgiving meals.
Gilmanton resident Kelly Cleveland said her household at least has a backup plan. "My husband has grand ideas of cooking our turkey in our wood cookstove, so it should be very interesting to see how this comes out."
Asked if the family had tried this technique before, Cleveland said, "Not with a turkey. I did try a roast one time, and blew up my Pyrex baking dish. So hopefully he'll choose something other than Pyrex."
Gov. Maggie Hassan said Wednesday's nor'easter was worse than the state's utilities and officials had prepared for.
"We know this was a unique storm, the snow is heavier and wetter than predicted, and that’s really had an impact. But the utilities have been getting extra crews here as fast as they can, and I think they were planning for a significant event, but our weather experts tell us this is heavier wetter and more snow than they thought it would be."
When it comes down to it, Thanksgiving is really about one thing: the turkey. Especially here in New England.
When The New York Timesput 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.
Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University's fifth president.
Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12. He succeeds James Birge, who became president in 2009 and announced his intent to resign last summer.
Card was most recently acting dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He grew up in Holbrook, Massachusetts, and served on Franklin Pierce's board of trustees from 1996 to 2000.
A tentative agreement to sell the assets of a home heating oil company seeking bankruptcy protection has hit a snag.
The agreement would sell the ongoing business of Fred Fuller Oil & Propane to Rymes Propane & Oil. The Telegraph of Nashua reports talks broke down Monday in bankruptcy court over issues related to the Internal Revenue Service's alleged $2.5 million claim against several of Fred Fuller's personal properties.
A 12,600-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary proposed in Epping, New Hampshire, has not been well received by some selectmen, despite the fact that medical marijuana is now legal in the state.
Selectman Jim McGeough said Monday night that Epping is a bedroom community and isn't the right place for a dispensary. He suggested a location like the Pease International Tradeport or a spot near a hospital would be a better place for it.
The $2 million proposal now goes before the town planning board on Dec. 11.
Norman Collins was famous for tattooing sailors. He hopped trains as a kid, joined the Navy, and set up an ink shop in Honolulu where he earned the nickname "Sailor Jerry". When he died in 1973, he had no idea that one day there'd be a spiced rum with his name on it.
"Here's to life outside the lines. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum."
In 1999, Steve Grasse helped turn Sailor Jerry the man into Sailor Jerry the brand.