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How North Country Reps Voted On Casino Gambling

Apr 30, 2015
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North Country reps were about evenly divided on whether to allow casino gambling, but the division wasn’t along party lines. As NHPR reported on Wednesday the House again rejected casino gambling, killing SB 113 by a vote of 208 to 156. Governor Maggie Hassan visited House Democrats before the vote to urge their support. The Governor has long favored allowing one casino but last week said she would sign off on two casinos as long as the second casino was built only after a review. Here are...

North Country reps were almost evenly split on whether to allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit. As NHPR reported Senate Bill 116 would repeal the law requiring a permit for concealed carry – “unless such person is otherwise prohibited.” Among the supporters of SB 116 was Rep. John Tholl, of Whitefield , a former state trooper. “If I know that after 44 years in law enforcement, criminals do not apply for permits and if I further believe that passing Senate Bill 116 would...

North Country Events

Apr 30, 2015

CALENDAR OF EVENTS The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months. WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS, LITTLETON Thursday April 30 1:00 PM Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane. Welcome an Arctic Fox, a Wallaby, a giant tortoise, a monitor lizard, a mini pig and a pigmy goat. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.gcscc.org/littleton.html . GRANITE GALLOWS: ORIGINS OF NH’S DEBATE OVER THE DEATH PENALTY,...

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A $250,000 federal grant will assist two North Country groups in improving access to food. The Northern Forest Center and the Northern Community Investment Corporation will use the funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Congresswoman Annie Kuster says the grant will help boost local economies and increase access to natural foods grown in New Hampshire. The program supports private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low-income rural...

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Apr 23, 2015
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SENATOR WOODBURN HOSTS GRAFTON COUNTRY TOUR WITH ENERGY LEADERS Friday April 24 Schedule below. State Energy leaders will tour Grafton County to learn about alternative fuel and efficiency programs. Sen. Jeff Woodburn will lead a group that will include Sen. Dan Feltes, member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Meredith Hatfield, Director of the...

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Apr 16, 2015

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES
Thursday April 16 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Daisy Bronson Middle School, 96 School Street, Littleton and 2:00 - 7:00 PM Lafayette Center, 93 Main Street, Franconia and Friday April 17 1:00 - 6:00 PM Robert E. Clifford Memorial Building, 65 South Court Street, Woodsville. The Red Cross is urging all donors to donate...

Withdrawing water from the Androscoggin River to provide snowmaking for the Balsams resort would adversely affect 15 hydro-electric facilities downstream, the Brookfield Renewable Energy Group says in a filing with the state’s Department of Environmental Services. And, Brookfield can’t support the project unless there is a guarantee that the developers of the Balsams will compensate it for any lost revenues, according to a letter sent to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services....

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Apr 9, 2015

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SEASONS OF THE MOOSE & ALL ITS MAJESTY, LITTLETON
Thursday April 9 1:00 PM Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane. With Candace Morrison, forestry technician from Campton. Her program covers characteristics, classifiers, diet, reproduction, habitat, range, predators & mortality. Free and open to the public. For more...

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For years a major complaint in the North Country has been the lack of cell service and high-speed internet. But plans to get more serious about fixing that were announced Thursday in Whitefield ... Before the end of the summer there will be cell service and high-speed internet available in more parts of the North Country including areas around Pittsburg and Errol. “I stand before you today, the happiest guy in this room, because with this initiative going forward a lot of great things are...

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Apr 2, 2015

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TIME FOR SOME SPRING CLEANING, FRANCONIA
April is the month for picking up trash on our roads and trails. Blue bags are available at the Franconia Transfer Station, Franconia Hardware, and Franconia Village Store. Bring a blue bag of roadside trash to the Transfer Station and receive a coupon for an ice cream cone or cup of coffee at Mojo’s. ...

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Mar 26, 2015

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LENTEN MUSIC SERIES, LITTLETON
Thursday March 26 noon at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 35 School Street. The concerts are offered by local musicians and singers for a reflective forty-minute interlude in your day. No admission fee but a freewill offering is appreciated. The final concert in the series features Russ Bonnevie on clarinet...

Tender Corporation Plans New Building In Littleton

Mar 24, 2015

A Littleton company is putting up a new, 117,000-square foot building. Tender Corp. says the facility will be finished in about a year and will allow it to consolidate three facilities. The company makes a wide range of first-aid products ranging from wilderness first-aid kits to After-Bite which is used to treat insect bites. The company has about 160 employees and an official said some hiring is expected with the new building. It has been in Littleton since 1973. In a statement the company...

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The old Lewis farmhouse on Lewis Hill Road in Bethlehem had been abandoned for decades and was so damaged it was beyond rehabilitation - s o, the new owner of the farmhouse and adjacent property decided the safest thing was to allow volunteer fire departments to burn it as a training exercise. Click through the slideshow above to see photos by NHPR's Chris Jensen. Saturday morning, departments from Bethlehem, Sugar Hill, Twin Mountain, Whitefield and Franconia gathered. They practiced setting...

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Mar 20, 2015

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LENTEN MUSIC SERIES, LITTLETON
Thursday March 19 and 26 noon at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 35 School Street. The concerts are offered by local musicians and singers for a reflective forty-minute interlude in your day. No admission fee but a freewill offering is appreciated. March 19 Noelle Beaudin on piano , Siena Kaplan on violin and...

Alarmed that farmland in New Hampshire is being lost to development, an unconventional type of conservation easement that encourages farming is literally gaining ground... Tuesday Richard Johnson became the latest example. Six generations of Johnson’s family have farmed 311 acres in Monroe since 1803. At age 63, he’s the last of his family and it was an emotional moment when the burly, shy farmer signed an agreement that would ensure the acreage would remain farmland forever. “I’ve been...

Nine of 14 North Country representatives voted Wednesday to kill a bill that would have required criminal background checks on all commercial firearm sales. All but one were Republicans. Five Democrats opposed killing the measure. As NHPR reported opponents of the House Bill 650 argued it was a waste of time because criminals would always find a way to get guns. North Country representatives voting to kill the bill were: * Brad Bailey, Republican, of Monroe * John Fothergill, Republican, of...

All but one of the North Country representatives voted Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana. As NHPR reported House Bill 618 passed by 297 – 67, the sixth time the House has approved a bill that would make possession of half an ounce of marijuana a violation rather than requiring jail time. John Tholl , a Republican from Whitefield and former state trooper and police chief, voted against the bill. In an e-mail he said he is not against decriminalization but thought 1/2 ounce was too large a...

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Mar 12, 2015

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LENTEN MUSIC SERIES, LITTLETON
Thursday March 12, 19 and 26 noon at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 35 School Street. The concerts are offered by local musicians and singers for a reflective forty-minute interlude in your day. No admission fee but a freewill offering is appreciated. March 12 Serry Serafini on piano and Joyce Roy on piano...

Voters in Colebrook approved a $6.5 million bond to replace the 1880's water system by a margin of about 15 to one. The vote was 249 in favor and 17 against, Town Manager Becky Merrow said. The system was leaking more than 70 percent of the water. That is the worst in the state, according to the state's Department of Environmental Services which has been pressuring the town to fix it. Grants and other assistance will reduce the cost to about $3 million for the town of 2,300. Town officials...

Skier Killed During Charity Fundraiser At Wildcat

Mar 9, 2015
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A 34-year-old man from North Conway participating in a charity fundraiser was killed Monday at the Wildcat Mountain ski area, according to a news release from Troop F of the state police. Samuel Moore lost control in the 5-Corners area “tumbled down the trail and then fell over a 60-foot drop,” Troop F said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was participating in the 12 th annual 100,000 foot vertical challenge for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire . The event is described as not being a race...

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Governor Maggie Hassan was in the North Country Saturday and heard from roughly a half dozen local business owners who said they need the Balsams resort to reopen for their businesses to survive. And, they also wanted the Democratic governor to somehow get the Republican controlled House and Senate to support the redevelopment of the Balsams. Listen to the broadcast versions of this story: One of the people she heard from was Mark Decareau , who five years ago bought the Diamond Peaks Motel ...

As voters head to Town Meetings on Tuesday one of the major issues in the North Country will be infrastructure repairs. That’s an issue Kevin McKinnon , who runs Colebrook’s water department, knows all too well... A few years ago McKinnon was looking at a hydrant that had recently been removed from Main Street. He was chipping through decades of paint to get to a part when a date began to emerge: 1884. “I was a little shocked.” It was a clear reminder that Colebrook’s system was installed...

135 Jobs In Littleton Moving To Milford

Mar 5, 2015

Hitchiner Manufacturing says over the next year it will be shutting down its Littleton manufacturing facility and moving those 135 jobs to an existing facility in Milford. Employees who wish to move to Milford may do so and will get relocation assistance, the company said in a news release Thursday. The company said the move was necessary due to “the operating economics of the Littleton facility” and its distance from it Milford operation ,which already has about 470 employees. "While this...

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Mar 5, 2015

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LENTEN MUSIC SERIES, LITTLETON
Thursday March 5, 12, 19 and 26 noon at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 35 School Street. The concerts are offered by local musicians and singers for a reflective forty-minute interlude in your day. No admission fee but a freewill offering is appreciated. March 5 Pine Hill Singers. March 12 Serry Serafini on...

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The developers of the Balsams resort hope to begin construction in June for what could be the largest economic development project in the history of the job-poor North Country. But the go-ahead depends on passage of Senate Bill 30 which would put a state guarantee behind $28 million in bonds, the developers say. On Thursday, in a small cottage within view of the battered and dilapidated buildings of the closed Balsams, Maine entrepreneur Les Otten, who is leading the development effort, laid...

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Feb 26, 2015

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LENTEN MUSIC SERIES, LITTLETON
Thursday February 26 and March 5, 12, 19 and 26 noon at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 35 School Street. The concerts are offered by local musicians and singers for a reflective forty-minute interlude in your day. No admission fee but a freewill offering is appreciated. February 26 William Tobin on harp....

Eight of the 13 North Country representatives voting last week favored a bill that continues participation in in a regional cap-and-trade program, but stops funding energy efficiency projects such as helping people weatherize homes. Instead that money would be sent to ratepayers . All those in favor were Republicans, while the five representatives voting against the bill were Democrats. Three other Democrats were excused from voting. As The Associated Press reported New Hampshire is one of...

Nine of the 13 North Country representatives voted to kill a bill that would be taken tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood. As NHPR reported House Bill 677 would have stopped sending tax dollars to the organization. It’s already illegal in the state to use public funds for abortions, but some lawmakers still believe that’s how the money is being spent. The House Judiciary Committee had recommended the bill not be passed and the House agreed on a 216 – 142 vote. North Country legislators...

Garnet Hill, the nationally known clothing and bedding retailer in Franconia , is moving about one fifth of its 200 jobs to Exeter. That distresses some in the North Country, but Garnet Hill’s president said it is part of a long-term strategy to increase business. “We are a business that is very different from what we were five, six, seven years ago in the sense that over half of our business is done in women’s fashion apparel and 84 percent of our business is done online,” said Claire...

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Feb 19, 2015

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NORMAN NG’S MAGIC EXPERIENCE, LINCOLN
Thursday February 19 7:00 PM Jean’s Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive. An exciting fusion of magic, comedy and audience participation, never-before-seen magic, laugh-out-loud comedic situations. For more information, visit jeans-playhouse.com.

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