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6:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine

The Sophie C. is the oldest floating post office in America
Credit Courtesy Joe Del Russo

Someone in your family probably remembers a time when receiving a letter was unusual. The message was typically handwritten and personal, and it told you that someone in another part of the world thought enough about you to sit down, organize their thoughts and craft a message, just for you.

There are still places in New Hampshire where getting mail is just as special, mostly because of how it's delivered.

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Foodstuffs
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails

Lemons, not limes, go into the Blueberry Basil Mojito at Cotton.
Credit Brian Smestad, courtesy of Blue Tree LLC

A Mexican lime shortage had some NH bar owners worried. 

Margaritas, mojitos, gin and tonics... when you think of summer drinks, there's probably a lime in the picture. But up until a few weeks ago, this summer looked pretty grim – at least lime-wise.

“We were paying $50 a case to begin with,” says Jim Derosiers, “and then they jumped up to $150 a case and $175 a case.”

Desrosiers is the bar manager at Poco's Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth. Every week, Poco's goes through about 15 cases of 250 limes each.

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From the Archives
10:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

From The Archives: Meetinghouse Readings

Archivists are all about anniversaries…we put a man on the moon 45 years ago this week, The Exchange marked that anniversary with help from the Sky Guys the other day. This week is also the 10th anniversary of Killington, VT officials meeting with NH Gov. Craig Benson about plans for secession and perhaps throwing in with the Granite State (more about that here).

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Foodstuffs
3:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Foodstuffs: New Hampshire Crowdfunders Will Not Be Deterred By Potato Salad!

Attn Zach Danger Brown: hope your potato salad looks as good as this one.
Credit nseika via Flickr/CC - http://ow.ly/z98qI

The world of crowdfunding is awash in potato salad, thanks to a spud enthusiast in Ohio called Zack Danger Brown. Promising only that, upon raising ten dollars, he was going to make potato salad – “I haven't decided what kind yet” – Brown raised nearly $50,000 in two weeks on Kickstarter. (The total was well over $70,000 before Kickstarter cancelled several donations it said couldn’t be verified.)

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NHPR Blogs
4:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet?

View from hole 1
Sarah Thomas

Red Sox vs. Yankees. Coke vs. Pepsi. Facebook vs. Twitter.  And now – Chuckster’s Family Fun Park vs. Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons Golf Fairway.

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Sports
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required

Joe Montore readies his drive on the 18th hole.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.

For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.

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From the Archives
12:30 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

From The Archives: A Century of Babe Ruth

George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his major league debut this week 100 years ago (7/11/1914) with the Boston Red Sox. He had just 10 at-bats in 5 games that season, pitching four, and earning $2,500

10 years ago The Front Porch (NHPR’s nightly arts program until 2007) went to Conway, NH to speak with Julia Ruth Stevens, the Babe’s adopted daughter. Stevens spoke to NHPR’s John Walters about living with the most famous man in America, “we never thought about it when we were all at home. He was Daddy and we were just like any other family.”

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NHPR Blogs
3:46 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Is A Summer Of College Prep Worth The Price?

Harvard gives high school students a chance to spend a summer on the picturesque campus
Credit Dean Shu via Flickr cc

What's the price of a winning college application? According to Harvard, it's $11,250 (plus spending money for frozen yogurt).

That's the cost of attending the university's Secondary School Program (SSP), a pre-college summer program for high school students that promises a step-up in the academic playing field.

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NHPR Blogs
3:38 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

For One New Hampshire Football Star, It's More Than A Game

Brad Rhoades plays in the CHaD All Star Football Game.
Credit Austin Cowan NHPR

New Hampshire’s finest high school football players took to Grappone Stadium on Saturday in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock All Star Game.

The game, a last hurrah for graduating seniors, is a way for New Hampshire youth to give back. In its three year history, the contest between the best players representing the east and west regions of the state has raised $752,000 for the hospital, said Nick Vailas, the founder of the game.

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From the Archives
9:04 am
Thu July 3, 2014

From The Archives: America Hustles

“Our country is a nation on the make,” according to historian Walter McDougall. He says we’re builders, dreamers, go-getters, inventers and organizers, so much so that "hustling" has become an indelible part of the American character and American history. He means it in all senses of the word, even going back as far as colonists's first arrival on American soil.

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NHPR Blogs
2:49 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Summer Storms Disturb Radio Waves

Credit Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr cc

  On June 10, a listener in Danville, IL picked up 90 seconds of NHPR signal. A station’s radio wave “footprint”, or estimated range, is generally considered to extend only about as far as the eye can see from the point of the antenna, but Danville is just under a thousand miles away. It would take more than a good pair of binoculars to put Danville within range of sight; so how did this happen?

Amateur radio enthusiasts, known as “DXers”, describe what our listener caught a glimpse of as an “E-Skip”.

To understand what that is you need to head way up into the air.

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Hidden New Hampshire
9:22 am
Sat June 28, 2014

The Concord Quarries: Legal Or Not, They're An Adventurous Swimmers' Paradise

I test out the highest of the cliffs.
Marysol Newton

Summer has finally arrived in the New Hampshire. And with it, college students like me, who look forward to heading outside with friends. Though Hampton Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee are appealing summer hangouts, there is a more hidden place I like to go. It’s a little bit isolated, a little bit dangerous and maybe, a little bit illegal. I’m talking about the Concord Quarries.

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From the Archives
3:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

From the Archives: Digitizing

How does the digitization happen?

This arrived in the mail today.

This unassuming hard drive contains more than 500 GB of audio, the digital representation of 280 tape reels.  A couple months ago, I mentioned that NHPR was sending the last of the tape reels in our archive to Crawford Media to be digitized. And today the fruits of their labor appeared in the form of this orange-y goodness. (They also sent along a few pictures of the digitization process, take a look at the slideshow above).

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law

Gov. Maggie Hassan
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Gov. Maggie Hassan said her administration will “closely review” how Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts’ law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics will affect a similar law that will take effect in New Hampshire next month.

Hassan, who is in Turkey on a trade mission, signed a bill June 10 that authorizes reproductive health facilities that perform abortions to establish 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance. The law is set to take effect July 10.

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Interactive Map
4:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Map: Where To Go Strawberry Picking In New Hampshire

Credit Allie Coremin via Flickr CC

Strawberry picking is a New Hampshire tradition that dates back to the days when “all natural” was a given, not a gimmick. There are over 20 farms throughout the state that offer the chance to “Pick-Your-Own” pint (or quart—more berries just means more jam). 

Related story: The Sweet Science (And Big Business) Of Strawberry Picking

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