North Country

The Federal Register Monday is publishing the official notice that a changed, proposed route for the Northern Pass Transmission project has been filed with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Northern Pass announced the route late in June, with the only substantial change being in Northern Coos Country.

Saturday was the second birthday of the Art Walk in Bethlehem and up and down Main Street dozens of artists from the region gathered to show, discuss, demonstrate and sell their art.

“The art walk is a celebration of creativity,” said Katherine Ferrier, who worked with Angel Larcom and other volunteers to organize it. “This area is rich with artists.”

At the gazebo local groups took turns providing mini concerts while locals and tourists lounged on the grass.

North Country Events

Aug 15, 2013

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common.

North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo.

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common.

FARMERS MARKETS

Sean Hurley

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families. 

I'm only at Copper Cannon Camp for 30 seconds when Zach and Rob, two eleven year old boys, spot my recorder and come racing over.

When a 36-year-old Massachusetts man said “I can’t breathe” Abriana Tasillo was delighted.

Tasillo, an EMT and Boston University student, was at the Upper Ammonoosuc Falls Saturday when Freddy Poisson jumped into the water to try and help a 15-year-old who was screaming for help.

The falls – in Crawford’s Purchase not far from the Mount Washington Hotel – are well known for dangerous undercurrents.

Poisson was pulled under by the current just before the 15-year-old managed to grab a rock and climb from the water.

A few minutes later Poisson surfaced.

Two good Samaritans were involved in a dramatic rescue attempt at The Upper Ammonoosuc Falls in Crawford’s Purchase in the North Country Saturday that almost cost one his life, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The falls – not far from the Cog Railway – are well known for treacherous undercurrents.

According to Fish and Game about 4:30 a 15-year-old boy who was swimming got into trouble and began yelling for help.

Freddy Poisson, 36, of Haverhill, Massachusetts jumped into the water but was himself pulled under.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

In what appears to be a groundbreaking  tactic Northern Pass says it plans to ask the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to give it permission to bury its transmission lines on roadside property that the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest says it controls.

But there are serious doubts that the Site Evaluation Committee has that authority, leading to the prospect of a court fight and delay in the project.

Chris Jensen / NHPR

Northern Pass officials held the first in a series of town meetings Monday night to explain – and convince residents to accept – their new route.

“The purpose is to share information, answer questions and get feedback,” said Northern Pass spokesman Michael Skelton.

The initial meeting was held in Millsfield, an unincorporated place, between Errol and Colebrook. It only has about two dozen residents.

North Country Events

Aug 1, 2013

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common.

North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo.

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common.

Lancaster Wednesdays 8 PM through August 14 at the town gazebo.

The plan to open some streets in Coos County to all-terrain vehicles as part of the “Ride the Wilds” network is being greeted with dismay by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,  says Carl Purvis, an agency spokesman.

“It is much better to ride that ATV on terrain it was designed for as opposed to taking it onto a paved road,” Purvis said.

Purvis said ATVs were engineered for dirt and riders can have handling problems on pavement. They can also be struck by cars.

Robert Accola, the 54 year-old hiker found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren Monday, couldn’t wait to get to New Hampshire, says a sister, Katharine Accola of Providence, R.I.

“That is where we grew up hiking and that is the last place he hiked,” she said.

Accola, who began hiking north from Lee, Massachusetts on July 6th, died of a heart attack, according to his sister.

He was known on the trail by the nickname “Lucky 10.”

A top executive with Northeast Utilities told analysts Tuesday that he expects to have final approval for the Northern Pass Project around the middle of 2015 and be importing hydro-electric energy from Canada two years later.

"Our plan has both the state and federal permitting processes complete by mid-2015. On that schedule we expect to bring the project into service around mid-2017," said Northeast Utilities chief operating officer Lee Olivier during a conference call with analysts.

Chris Jensen / NHPR

A 54-year-old North Carolina man was found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren Monday morning.

Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game says two hikers found the man’s body.

“Early this morning we received a report of a hiker that was not responsive in his tent up here on the Appalachian Trail in Glencliff.”

Kneeland said the hikers were apparently worried when they didn’t see any activity and looked inside the tent.

Officials from the state police, U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Game responded.

North County Events

Jul 24, 2013

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS
Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common
North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.
Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo
Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common
Lancaster Wednesdays 8 PM through August 14 at the town gazebo

Chris Jensen / NHPR

Starting as early as Thursday ATV enthusiasts will be able to ride on some streets in Gorham. It is part of a plan to increase tourism in the North Country.

State officials have given final approval for ATVs to drive on parts of Main Street and Route 2 in Gorham.

The idea is to make it easy for ATV riders to enjoy a network of trails in the North Country called “Ride the Wilds” and then easily get into town, says Gorham town manager Robin Frost.

North Country economic development officials are crossing their fingers and waiting to hear later this summer whether the federal government will provide money to upgrade a section of rail line through Coos County.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

For years one of the problems with economic development in the North Country has been getting stuff in and getting stuff out.

North Country Events

Jul 18, 2013

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OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common.

North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo.

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common.

Another effort to obtain financing for the renovation of the Balsams resort has fallen through.

The owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch have run into another problem coming up with the $30 million needed to renovate the closed resort and put as many as 300 full or part-time employees back to work.

Owners Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse hoped to use federally backed New Market Tax Credits to attract some investors.

But that has fallen through with a deadline being missed, says spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.

North Country Events

Jul 11, 2013

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The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common

Lancaster Wednesdays 8 PM through August 14

FARMERS MARKETS

Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through Sepember 19

Northern Pass has formally filed its new route with the Department of Energy and it raises the possibility the hydro-electric project might still need to cross a tiny section of the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Conservation area.

Late last month Northern Pass officials revealed a new northern route through Coos Country.  It calls for burying almost eight miles of line alongside roads, mostly in Stewartstown. But that will require the approval of the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.

North Country Events

Jul 4, 2013

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OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common

FARMER'S MARKETS

Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through Sepember 19

Berlin Thursdays 3-7 PM through September 19 (not July 4)

Figuring that storms are as inevitable as death and taxes a North Country planning group will be looking at ways to minimize the impact of bad weather on the economy.

“You know we can’t predict the weather but maybe we can be prepared for what it might bring us,” said Patricia Garvin, the economic development coordinator for the North Country Council.

With rain and thunderstorms expected today and tonight - and possibly later this week - The White Mountain National Forest is warning visitors to be wary of water.

“We don’t want them to underestimate the power of water,” said Tiffany Benna, a spokeswoman for The White Mountain National Forest.

Benna says heavy rain or a thunderstorm can result in surprising and dangerous changes in just a few hours.

“The water levels can change daily, even hourly,” she said.

So, a stream that was easily forded in the morning could become impassable a few hours later.

Mountain View Grand Resort

You could own a piece of history this weekend as the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield looks to unload everything from sinks to sofas at a tag sale.

The tag sale is Sunday and runs from 1 to 3 at the hotel, which was built in 1865.

Director of Activities Bobbi Sue Baker says the hotel’s storage building is filled with chairs, couches, handmade oil paintings, dressers, cast iron sinks, all ready to go.

After a series of delays PSNH has announced a new route for its Northern Pass project. 

The route follows a more easterly path than the original 2010 route and it includes nearly eight miles of underground wires.  But this new route isn’t a done deal. State officials still have to approve a key element – putting those underground lines on public property.

After the announcement of Northern Pass’ new proposed route through Northern Coos - expected late this morning - the utility’s next steps will be to seek state and federal approval.

Having a new proposed route means Northern Pass can formally file it with the U.S. Department of Energy, which has to give its approval for a Presidential Permit. That permit allows the hydro-electric power to be imported from Canada.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed Senate Bill 99, which calls for a study of the state’s important Site Evaluation Committee’s “organization, structure and process.”

The committee  reviews major utility projects, which would include Northern Pass Transmission. Without its approval the project to bring hydro-electric power from Canada could not move ahead.

Courtesy of The White Mountain School

A Vermont man has been indicted by a Grafton Country Grand Jury for second degree murder in the death of Catherine Houghton in Littleton in January.

The indictment - returned Friday - charges Rodney Hill, 37, of West Danville, Vermont with the crime.

Houghton, 70, was a trustee of The White Mountain School in Bethlehem. She came to the North Country for a meeting.

She was fatally injured January 28 when she went to the lobby of the Hampton Inn to ask about a television remote that wasn’t working.

North Country Events

Jun 20, 2013

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 - acoustic and vocals

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 - town band

FARMERS MARKETS

Lancaster Saturdays 9AM-noon through October 12

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 1

With hurricane season ramping up and fire danger decreasing, New Hampshire’s Civil Air Patrol is beginning to switch roles.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

On a morning early in May Civil Air Patrol 2875 is about to leave the runway at Mount Washington Regional Airport in Whitefield.

Sound of pilots going through a checklist.

“Electrical equipment is off. Avionics switch one and two, off…”

The Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit corporation created by Congress that also serves as an auxiliary to the Air Force.

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