North Country

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Gorham Paper and Tissue, the last paper plant in the North Country, will soon be operating again – but with far fewer workers...

The plant was closed for about a month while officials considered a new business strategy, but now they have it worked out, said CEO Mike Cummings.

Two of the three paper machines that were running earlier this year will start within the next week or two. They’ll produce tissue paper and the type of paper towels typically found at gas stations, Cummings said.

North Country Events

Aug 7, 2014

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A Canadian firm plans to open a manufacturing facility in Colebrook and will have at least ten employees by early next year, according to a news release from the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The company, Vaporium Inc.  of Sherbrooke, Quebec, makes electronic cigarettes. The company plans to lease about 7,500 square feet in the Colebrook Industrial Park.

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Tighter budgets over the last few years have meant volunteer fire departments in the North Country have been cutting back on making the trip to Concord for training at a state facility. But that will change Friday with the opening of the first fire training facility north of the notches...

It’s something that North Country fire departments have dreamt of for decades, said Jack Anderson, the Bethlehem fire chief.

The man who drowned Friday in the North Country has been identified as William P. Glad, 37, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, according to a news release from the New Hampshire State Police.

Glad was swimming at the Upper Falls of the Ammonoosuc River in what police described as “swift, turbulent water directly adjacent to the falls” when he began yelling for help.

He surfaced again downstream in quieter water but efforts to revive him failed.

North Country Events

Jul 31, 2014

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OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo

FARMERS' MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturday Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

The Northern Pass project was one of the topics covered during a debate Wednesday on WGIR among three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District to oppose incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster this fall.

State Representative Marilinda Garcia of Salem said she visited the North Country recently and recognizes the opposition and concerns about the project involving private property rights and the benefits going to other states. 

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At 7:30 in the morning on the 4th of July Magdalena Randall is in her kitchen in Lancaster with mixing bowls, dough, a large baking oven and a dream...

Many people in the North Country couldn’t tell you her real name. To them she’s The Polish Princess, purveyor of European-style bread.

Randall started baking about six years ago. It was a way to supplement the family income and she missed the kind of bread she grew up eating in Poland.

She had zero experience but did some research and gave it a shot.

Faced with increasingly worrisome economic challenges, four North Country hospitals said Monday they have signed an agreement to work together to try and find ways to “improve quality, increase efficiencies and lower cost of health care delivery in the region.”

The hospitals said their problems range from growing healthcare costs to Medicaid payments that don’t always cover services provided to the poor.

And, the situation has been getting worse, said Russell Keene, the CEO at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied New Hampshire's appeal for a major disaster declaration for April flooding in the North Country, saying the impact "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants" such a declaration.

Gov. Maggie Hassan had asked for funding assistance to help Carroll and Coos counties and hazard mitigation statewide. In her appeal letter to FEMA, she said current state and local FEMA-verified assessments exceeded $1.9 million, exceeding the thresholds needed to receive federal assistance.

North Country Events

Jul 17, 2014

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OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo

FARMERS' MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturday Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

Sam Hurley

Today, Here & Now broadcast one of our favorite stories by Sean Hurley, in which he discovers more than he expected about his neighbors. 

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor...and sometimes, they have helicopters.

Chris Jensen

The North Country economy is ever-changing and evolving. Laura Knoy went to the source to discuss this topic at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem.

  

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North Country Events

Jul 10, 2014

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OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM
Saturday Franconia 7 PM Dow Field
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo

FARMERS' MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturday Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

Sean Hurley

Since 1996, the State Archeologist Dick Boisvert has led excavations at sites in Jefferson, uncovering tools and stone shards that tell the story of the Paleo-Indian people who lived in New Hampshire 12,000 years ago.  

By the road is an antique bed frame half-sunk in the dirt. 12,000 years from now a future archeologist may dig it up and speculate that we people of the 21st century liked to sleep under the stars on iron beds - and maybe never guess that the old frame was simply a lawn decoration for a local bed and breakfast.

Rescuers found a missing teenager in the woods near Jefferson just before midnight Monday, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Matthew Darr, who is 19 and has autism, had been staying at the Easter Seals Intensive Residential Treatment Facility in Lancaster.  But about 6:30 pm he ran away from his caregivers when their van stopped near a rest stop on Route 115.

Members of Fish and Game, State Police and local police began searching almost immediately and at one point a search dog from Fish and Game picked up the scent but then lost it in a swampy area.

Extra ATV Riders Prompting Extra Patrols

Jul 4, 2014

Safety officials are expecting a large number of ATV enthusiasts will be following trails in the North Country over the holiday weekend and they’re saying safety patrols will be watching for reckless behavior...

The riders are being attracted by the new 1,000-mile network called Ride the Wilds, part of an economic development effort for the North Country.

“I’m asking them to drive safe. To be out there, to think about what they are doing,” said Fish and Game Lieutenant Wayne Saunders.  “Sober is huge.”

North Country Events

Jul 3, 2014

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FIREWORKS
Franconia and Twin Mountain Saturday July 5

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM Town Common
Saturday Franconia 7 PM Dow Field
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the Town Gazebo

Governor Hassan signed a bill Wednesday that keeps about two dozen residents of tiny Millsfield in the North Country from having to pay huge increase in property tax bills...  

Millsfield was facing the increase in the state tax bill because of a deal Coos County commissioners – Paul Grenier, Tom Brady and Bing Judd - made in 2008.

That’s when they decided the value of a newly proposed wind farm –mostly in Millsfield - was $113 million.

A 133-year-old building in Bethlehem is headed for demolition after heavy rain collapsed part of it last fall.

  Despite a Supreme Court ruling in their case about a dozen households in tiny Millsfield in the North Country still don’t know whether they’ll be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. But they do know that the state’s highest court concluded Coos County Commissioners were wrong to use a single remark to settle on the value of the Granite Reliable wind farm, which was the subject of the court case...

North Country Events

Jun 28, 2014

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM
Friday Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturday Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

LISBON FARMERS' MARKETS HAVE STARTED
Thursdays 3-6 PM operated by Lisbon Main Street

North Country Events

Jun 19, 2014

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OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM Country trio Tim Berry, Kerry Smith, Russ Beck

FARMERS' MARKETS
Friday Franconia 4-7 PM
Sunday Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

  An attempt to boost the economy of the North Country by drawing tourists to a 1,000-mile network of ATV trails is getting a boost itself as the federal government is providing about $152,000.

 “This is a tremendous shot in the arm for the 'Ride the Wilds' marketing program,” said Harry Brown, the president of New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association.

North Country Events

Jun 12, 2014

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OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM Ashley Vaughn and Julia Kamins
Friday Littleton 6-8 PM Community Center and 8-10 PM Pollyanna Vista
Friday Franconia 7 PM Dow Field

FARMERS' MARKETS
Saturday Franconia 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

Tourism is a huge part of the economy in the North Country and many of those tourists head to the upper reaches of the Connecticut near Pittsburg.

But those going up to fish for trout have noticed the river is lower than usual, Cindy Howe, one of the owners of the Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg said earlier this week.

“Well, right now the water coming out of the three dams which affect the fishing in the area is quite low. TransCanada has reduced the flows substantially and it is making it a little bit tougher on the fishing,” she said.

North Country Events

Jun 5, 2014

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OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM Suzan Shute

FARMERS' MARKETS
Saturday Franconia 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

 

 

The key to the new “Ride The Wilds” ATV trails network in the North Country is allowing riders to use some roads to get into towns and reach food, fuel and lodging, thus boosting the region’s economy.  But that’s part of a nationwide trend that has some safety researchers worried.

 

“At this point in the United States more ATV deaths are happening on roads than are happening off-road,” says Rachel Weintraub, a researcher with the Consumer Federation of America. 

Bike road racing is an expensive sport typically associated with prep schools. But, on a May afternoon, a North Country school is challenging that tradition as bike racers from around the state wheel away from Profile School in Bethlehem.

Soon they are huffing and puffing with youthful grit up Route 117 into Sugar Hill.

It is a long climb.

And it is only going to get worse.

At Blake Road they take a sharp right. Then, as the corner unfolds they see another hill so steep it looks like somebody painted a road on a wall.

North Country Events

May 29, 2014

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