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8:16 am
Tue November 25, 2014

No Sale Yet For Fred Fuller Oil

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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.

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8:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Epping Selectmen Express Doubt About Marijuana Dispensary Proposal

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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.

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2:58 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

"Sailor Jerry" Ad Man Turns To History-Rich Tamworth For Whiskey Distillery

David Grasse outside the Tamworth Distllery.
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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.

"Sailor Jerry is a huge hit."

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8:59 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NHIA: Merger Talks With SNHU Are Dead

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Discussions about a possible merger between the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Southern New Hampshire University are dead, an NHIA official said.

The chair of the institute’s Board of Trustees Joseph Reilly says there are no plans to pursue the merger, and the focus of the school is on finding a new president.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, Reilly said an announcement about a new president would be made in “the near future.”

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8:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

N.H. Poll: Romney Tops Among Possible 2016 GOP Presidential Contenders

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In an early, hypothetical matchup in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney leads the pack of possible Republican presidential candidates.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, got 30 percent of the vote in a poll of New Hampshire voters earlier this month.

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8:09 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Four In N.H. Sickened By Contaminated Bean Sprouts

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New Hampshire health officials say four residents have been affected by a Salmonella outbreak in the Northeast linked to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn, New York, company.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Saturday that the bean sprouts were consumed in restaurants.

So far 63 people have become sick in 10 states. The four New Hampshire residents were not hospitalized.

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7:55 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

North Pass Opponents' Lawsuit Thrown Out By Judge

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Two business owners opposed to the Northern Pass project won't get to pursue their lawsuit against Public Service Company of New Hampshire.

The co-owners of Owl's Nest Resort and Golf Club in Campton and Thornton in northern New Hampshire said news of the proposed a 187-mile electrical transmission line across the state hurt their business. They said when the project was announced in 2010, their sales fell and their business faced bankruptcy.

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7:47 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Low Gas Prices Mean More New Englanders Will Travel For Thanksgiving

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AAA projects roughly 2 million New Englanders will travel at least 50 miles during Thanksgiving weekend, up about 4 percent from last year.

The increased travel — nationally at its highest level since 2007 — corresponds with the nation's lowest gas prices since that same time.

New Hampshire's gas prices are averaging $2.90 per gallon, lower than the average prices in Maine or Vermont. AAA estimates that nationwide, Americans will travel an average of 549 miles roundtrip for the holiday period, defined as Wednesday through Sunday.

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5:33 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Ski Areas Capitalize On Cold Weather, Get A Jump On Season

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Cold temperatures this November have been a boon to the snowmaking efforts at New Hampshire ski areas. A number of resorts are opening a week earlier than expected.

“You know when the temperatures are cold like this like in the teens and low twenties, and it’s dry, they can cover a lot, it’s amazing what they can do,” says Jessica Keeler with Ski New Hampshire.

She notes Cranmore and Pat’s Peak are opening a week ahead of schedule. Waterville valley also opened this weekend, as scheduled, and both Loon and Bretton Woods opened a week ago.

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8:46 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Proposed In Epping

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A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed in Epping, New Hampshire, after the state passed a law allowing seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat their illnesses.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the plan will be presented to selectmen on Monday night at Epping Town Hall.

The program is being administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, which plans to license up to four facilities in the state.

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1:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Capital Corridor Rail Study: Rail To Manchester a Good Deal, Concord Only So-So

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According to the latest study of the so-called Capital Rail Corridor released last night by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority running commuter rail from Manchester to Boston would cost $246 million dollars, and attract at least 650,000 riders per year.

Many in a standing-room-only audience in Nashua were ready to forge ahead with expanding train service, but the study will likely face a chillier reception in other parts of the state.

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5:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rules Set for New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

  A legislative committee has signed off on rules to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. But the vote hinged on new legislation to fix a possible tax issue.

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8:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Fish And Game Reports Bear, Deer Hunting Numbers

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says bear hunters are having a more successful season than last year, while the deer harvest is down slightly.

Bear season has ended in most of the state, though it remains open in some areas until Nov. 25. Fish and Game officials say as of Nov. 6, a total of 703 bears had been killed, or about 30 percent more than the same period last year.

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5:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

No-Go For Homeless Day Center In Exeter Neighborhood

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The nonprofit Seacoast Family Promise had  hoped to provide training, medical and social services at a new day center in an Exeter neighborhood. But after two months of back and forth, the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment voted the proposal down Tuesday night.

Although the nonprofit says all guests would have passed criminal background and illegal drug tests,  neighbors continued to worry the center would reduce property values and impact neighborhood safety. 

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2:41 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

No Breakthrough In Meeting Between FairPoint, Striking Workers

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The first meeting of FairPoint and unions representing workers in northern New England since late August has failed to produce a breakthrough.

Both the company and unions representing more than 1,700 striking workers blamed each other for failing to offer a compromise.

The chairman of the unions' bargaining committee said FairPoint seems intent on running the company into the ground by failing to compromise. Likewise, the company accused the unions of making no proposals "and for that reason the impasse continues."

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