North Country

North Country
7:16 am
Fri November 8, 2013

North Country Research: How To Attract The Sometimes Elusive Young Adult

The focus group was held at the North Country Resource Center in Lancaster. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR.

While the North Country is routinely working on economic development some people are also looking at human resources, in particular the source of the next generations of community leaders and volunteers.

Their concern:  Talented young adults being one of the North Country’s rarer creatures.

And, some research into that issue got underway recently at the North Country Resource Center in Lancaster, where fourteen young adults – in their 20’s and 30’s – volunteered to answer questions about what brought them or keeps them in the North Country.

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North Country
11:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Ray Burton Given PSU's Highest Honor For Public Service

Executive Councilor Ray Burton has received Plymouth State University’s highest award for public service, only the third time the honor has been given in almost a decade.

The Henry W. Blair Award for Distinguished Public Service was created in 2004.

“It is for distinguished public service, it recognizes someone who has devoted – as Henry Blair did – a life to making the world better through strong public service,”  PSU president Sara Jayne Steen said in an interview. “And, in that sense of course, Ray is the perfect candidate.”

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North Country
7:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Berlin Mayor Grenier Re-Elected

Mayor Grenier speaking at a ceremony in April
Credit Courtesy CDFA

Unofficial results show Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier was re-elected on Tuesday, beating challenger Mark Evans 971 to 272.

Evans is a member of the city’s Planning Board and former member of the city council.

This will be Grenier’s third term. He is also one of three Coos County Commissioners and is unusual in the North Country as an elected official who favors the Northern Pass project, which does not pass through his city.

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North Country
3:30 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Discovery At Frost Place

Maudelle Driskell holds the discovered crate top.
Sean Hurley

When poet Robert Frost returned to New Hampshire from England in 1915 he moved his family into a small farmhouse in Franconia.  Since 1976, when the town of Franconia purchased the property, The Frost Place has provided a glimpse at the poet's life from a hundred years ago.  His old chair sits near his old desk near his old wallpaper.

Frost Place Director Maudelle Driskell says volunteer Dee Macoun was emptying the contents of a small closet during a routine clean up when she noticed something unusual about the large slab of wood supporting a shelf. 

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North Country
5:27 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Ailing Ray Burton Honored: A Scenic Overlook And A Look Back

Executive Councilor Ray Burton was helped to the place of honor. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

It is hard to imagine there have been many openings of roadside scenic areas that attracted three former governors, a sitting governor and two US Senators as well as dozens of state office holders.

But that happened Friday afternoon in the North Country during a ceremony to honor longtime Executive Councilor Ray Burton.

In theory the ceremony was for the opening of the scenic area on US 302 across from the Mount Washington Hotel.

But it was really about North Country Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who arrived in the back seat of a yellow convertible.

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North Country
9:52 am
Thu October 31, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

THRILLER AT THE FRANCONIA BONFIRE
Thursday Oct. 31 7 PM Dow Field. Flash dance mob at the Halloween bonfire.

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North Country
11:34 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Ray Burton To Be Honored At Opening Of New Scenic Overlook

A new scenic overlook will be opened Friday in the North Country and the plans include honoring Executive Councilor Ray Burton.

The new overlook and rest area is on Route 302 just across from the Mount Washington Hotel.

It cost about $1.4 million and replaces a much smaller pull-off on the other side of the road.

The old area had room for five cars or two buses which state highway officials say caused traffic problems and raised safety concerns. The new area has room for 22 cars and six buses.

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North Country
6:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Lighting The Way For Abigail Hernandez

Firefighter Brian Ames and his family
Sean Hurley

Abigail Hernandez has now been missing for 19 days.  Although thousands of acres have been combed and hundreds of tips have been followed, both the FBI and local police still don't know what happened between 3 and 4 in the afternoon on October 9th when Abby disappeared.  Despite this, the Hernandez family and the local community remain hopeful. On Saturday night nearly 500 people attended a flashlight vigil in Schouler Park in downtown North Conway meant to light the way home for Abby.  Sean Hurley was there and has this report. 

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North Country
2:11 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Ray Burton: Cancer Back, He Will Not Run For Re-election

Ray Burton
Credit State of New Hampshire

Ray Burton, a Republican who has represented the North Country for four decades, says his kidney cancer has returned and he won’t be seeking re-election.

Burton has served as both Executive Councilor and a Grafton County Commissioner.

Earlier this year Burton, who lives in Bath, said he had cancer but it was curable.

For much of the year he has been attending functions throughout the North Country, his cancer said to be in remission.

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North Country
9:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

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North Country
5:50 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Vermont Man Guilty In Colebrook Explosion Faces 30 Years

A 64-year-old Vermont man has been found responsible for the 2010 explosion in Colebrook that killed two men and injured a third.

Craig Sanborn’s trial in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster took about four weeks and the jury made up its mind in about three hours on Wednesday, says Coos County Attorney John McCormick.

The jury returned verdicts of guilty on all counts, two negligent homicide charges and two manslaughter charges,” he said.

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North Country
5:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ayotte Says Northern Pass Should Pay To Have Lines Buried

Sen. Kelly Ayotte's town meeting at noon in Whitefield attracted about three dozen people. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Despite a modified route for the Northern Pass Project Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she still has “serious reservations” about the plan and the lines along the entire route should be buried.

“I am still very concerned about the impact on the beauty on the North Country and many other areas of the state,” she told NHPR following a Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Whitefield.

Ayotte says it would be best to bury all the transmission lines, not just an eight-mile section in Northern Coos County.

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North Country
5:29 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ayotte Town Hall: What Is Going On Down There?

Joe Vigue of Berlin waited quietly for his chance to ask Senator Kelly Ayotte about Congress' behavior. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

At Senator Kelly Ayotte’s town hall meeting in Whitefield Wednesday Berlin resident Joe Vigue sat quietly through her description of the nation’s growing deficit and struggle to adopt a budget.

His arms were folded across his chest – and a sweatshirt reading: “I’m like an owl. I don’t give a hoot.”

When Ayotte opened the floor to questions, Vigue wanted to know about a dysfunctional Senate.

“What is it like to deal with almost all of that 100 people that are worse than my eight and nine-year-old grandchildren,” he asked.

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North Country
3:16 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

OSHA Claims Some Berlin Biomass Contractors Put Workers At Risk

Federal officials say six companies building a biomass plant in Berlin have put workers at risk by not following safety regulations.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration proposes fining the companies about $280,000 for thirty-one “willful, serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards.”

“These hazards included potential cave-ins, falls, scaffold collapse, crushing, exposure to lead and electrocution hazards,” said OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said there were no serious injuries or deaths.

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North Country
5:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Pittsburg Water Project Short $500K Needed To Complete Water Line

Enginfeer Mike Duffy talks about the technology inside the town's new pump station.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The town of Pittsburg is revamping its public water system.

It’s been a much-needed project; the issue came to a head in 2009 when the town was put under a boil order for several months after E. coli was detected in the drinking water.

But the town still needs another half a million dollars to finish the job.

When Rick Skarinka of the state’s drinking and groundwater bureau met with Pittsburg town officials, he decided blunt was the best approach.

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