North Country

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By next fall, the North Country will have a new residential drug treatment facility offering 32 beds. Construction is expected to start next month.

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If you find yourself in downtown Berlin, New Hampshire, take a glance at the Androscoggin River. There, in the middle of the water, you’ll notice a long, straight line of small rocky islands poking through the surface.

Northern Border Regional Commission

New Hampshire’s northern counties have been awarded $2.2 million for local economic development projects by the Northern Border Regional Commission

Town of Stark

New Hampshire is considering establishing a new veteran's cemetery in the town of Stark.

On a 20-acre plot overgrown with brush, the cement foundations of guard towers and a few old fireplaces are the only remnants of a prisoner of war camp from World War II, New Hampshire’s only POW camp.

Officials are weighing a plan to use that land and surrounding forest as a site for the new cemetery. New Hampshire currently has one veteran's cemetery, in Boscawen, but traveling to the cemetery requires a long drive for vets and their families in the North Country.

To the uninitiated, it's the French horn — though that's a bit of a misnomer. To its players and students, it's simply a horn, an instrument that has featured in orchestras for centuries.

The horn's sound is easily recognizable thanks to the prominent role it's played in some of the most epic classical songs and movie themes. But it's still an uncommon instrument, and not the easiest one to build community around. To that end, dozens of horn players head into the woods in the White Mountains every summer to celebrate and learn more about their instrument.

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Members of the public were given their latest chance to weigh in on Northern Pass, a proposed utility transmission project that would bring hydropower from Quebec to Southern New England via New Hampshire.

Cori Princell

It's spring and farmers markets are opening around the state. In Berlin, a city that’s been through some tough economic changes, the summer farmers market has long been a bright spot of local food and community. But earlier this spring, it was looking like that farmers market might not be happening anymore.

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The Town of Gorham has applied to be an official Appalachian Trail Community.

The Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, passes through the town of Shelburne, which is east of Gorham. Hikers often leave the trail to pick up mail and shop in Gorham.

If the application is approved, Gorham businesses could appear on the Appalachian Trail Community's official maps and website.

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A new scholarship program at Plymouth State University will focus on reaching students in the North Country.

A now-deceased descendant of one of the school’s original funders donated $1.5 million to the university. The gift provides for a scholarship fund that will help up to 20 students with financial need each year. Priority will be given to students from Coos, Grafton, and Carroll Counties.

Paula Lee Hobson with Plymouth State says the donor, Ann Haggart, had a special connection with the North Country.

Chris Jensen

  The Trump administration is looking to cut a federal program state officials say has helped boost the economy in New Hampshire’s northernmost regions.

The Northern Border Regional Commission was created in 2010, and targets economic development in rural areas of New Hampshire and three other Canadian border states.

The program is eliminated in the Trump administration's initial budget proposal, saving roughly $7 million.

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Congresswoman Annie Kuster says the government hasn't been able to keep its promise to provide military veterans with their health care under all circumstances.

Speaking at a roundtable discussion in Berlin Friday, Kuster says the U.S. should keep that promise, but its not realistic to have Department of Veterans Affairs clinics in every location.

Her comments came in response to a complaint about the VA's closing of two part-time clinics in Berlin and Colebrook.

State of New Hampshire

A towering landmark in New Hampshire's North Country has been brought back to life.

After falling into disrepair, the 171-foot-tall Nansen Ski Jump in Milan was restored over the winter, and will soon host its first jump in more than three decades.

Located just north of Berlin along Route 16, the jump hosted Olympic Trials in 1938, and went on to host four national ski jumping championships.

It's been nearly 13 years since Maura Murray packed her car, lied to professors about a death in the family and left Massachusetts. The 21-year-old nursing student crashed her car on a rural road in northern New Hampshire before she disappeared.

Since then, some North Country residents have been keeping up the search for her. They are holding a remembrance and informational event in Littleton on Feb. 11.

 A year-old journalism nonprofit has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the NH Charitable Foundation. 

Former Union Leader reporter, Nancy West, has been running the watchdog journalism website InDepthNH.org for just over a year. InDepthNH.org is published by West’s nonprofit, The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, which until recently ran on a virtually nonexistent budget.

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The developer who wants to build a 35 room hotel along Mount Washington's Cog Railway made his initial pitch to the Coos Planning Board in Lancaster Thursday night.

Developer Wayne Presby said the hotel would be built at 5,000 feet on a 99 foot wide strip of private land on which the Cog runs, and no public money would be used. He said the hotel would be good for tourism, but he didn't have any drawings to present to the board. 

"You know we're kicking around ideas ourselves, we don't even know, you know, what the design of the building would look like," Presby said.

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Almost a decade after a paper mill closed in Groveton – and long after many people gave up hope of any new jobs – a Vermont company plans to open a manufacturing plant there.

NSA Industries of St. Johnsbury hopes to have its Groveton plant operating in January and will begin hiring 60 workers in the next few weeks, says CEO Jim Moroney.

The jobs will include machining, fabrication, running lasers and material handling. The firm does metal fabricating, machining and power coating and took what Moroney described as a long-term lease on 73,000 square feet.

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In 1973, twenty-somethings Grant Dowse and his wife Pegge Kirschner were coming back home to Franconia from Europe and they were in love – with flannel sheets. 

There were flannel sheets in America, but the ones they’d slept on in Europe seemed so much nicer. Higher quality.

And they came up with the idea to import them. They named the company after a hill not far from their home, which was a former sugar house that lacked running water.

Pegge’s brother, Buddy Kirschner, still marvels at it.

This month the Coos Planning Board is expected to continue reviewing developer Les Otten’s plan to greatly expand the ski area. And, that's likely to include how close skiers can get to the wind turbines on some of those mountains.

The issue arises because Otten wants to give skiers the maximum vertical drop by getting them to the top of the mountains.

But in 2009 when the Site Evaluation Committee was considering approving that wind farm it worried about people getting too close to the 400-foot high machines.

North Country Events

Jun 30, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon, Route 302, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Saturdays Bethlehem, Main Street, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street near Senior Center, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

North Country Events

Jun 22, 2016

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon, Route 302, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Saturdays Bethlehem, Main Street, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street near Senior Center, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

Police in New Hampshire and Maine are searching for a 19-year-old man who disappeared during a camping trip.

New Hampshire State Police responded to a remote campsite on Lake Umbagog (in Cambridge. Lane Lesko, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was part of camping/canoeing trip organized by a group called Summit Achievement.

Officers said Sunday Lane was last seen over the weekend in Magalloway Plantation in Maine near the Rapid River. They said a missing green canoe was found overturned a short distance away.

North Country Events

Jun 16, 2016

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon, Route 302, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street Senior Center parking lot, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

North Country Events

Jun 9, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Saturdays Lancaster, Main Street, 9:00 AM - Noon 
Sundays Littleton, Cottage Street Senior Center parking lot, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 

North Country Events

Jun 2, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM 
Saturdays Lancaster 9:00 AM - Noon

North Country Events

May 25, 2016

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Wednesdays Lunenberg VT 2:00 - 6:00 PM starts June 1 through October 12.
Saturdays Lancaster 9:00 AM - Noon

A bill that would allow landowners to sue for treble damages and legal fees for damage caused by off-road vehicles or dumping is heading to Governor Hassan’s desk.

The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association asked for the legislation, saying  illegal dumping or damage from off-highway vehicles has become a serious problem, says executive director Jasen Stock.

“The way the laws are written much of the duty for cleanup and restoration point to an agency of one type or another," he said.

North Country Events

May 19, 2016

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FARMERS’ MARKETS
Lancaster, Saturdays starting May 21 9:00 AM - Noon

A search for a Canadian man reported missing Thursday by his mother has been suspended after a man said he saw  Francois Carrier carrying a duffel bag as he walked along Route 2 in Gorham Tuesday, Lt. Wayne Saunders said.

"A conservation officer met with the witness and interviewed him and had him confirm through the use of a photo that the man he saw matched the description of Carrier.  The witness was confident that the man he saw was Carrier,” Saunders said.

Saunders said the area has been thoroughly covered and searchers “didn’t know where to search next.”

Two of the four schools statewide being honored by a private group for excellence in education are in Coos County.

The schools are the Lancaster Elementary, which covers grades K-8, and the White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield.

They were selected by the nonprofit New Hampshire Excellence In Education, which is not affiliated with the New Hampshire Department of Education.

North Country Events

May 12, 2016

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