North Country

North Country
6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Third Largest Conservation Project In State Completed

The conservation project has taken about six years, with the last section being obtained at the end of June.
Credit The Trust for Public Land

    

The completion of the third largest conservation project in New Hampshire history will be celebrated today in the North Country...

The newly conserved land is called the Androscoggin River Headwaters. It covers about 31,300 acres clustered around Errol.

“The whole property will be open for public access for hiking, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling,” said J.T. Horn, an official with The Trust for Public Land, which orchestrated the project.

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North Country
1:43 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Counting Loons On Lake Winnipesaukee

Biologist Melisa Leszik steers the boat while LPC Director Harry Vogel looks for loons.
Sean Hurley

Every year the Loon Preservation Committee does a count of NH's loons on Lake Winnipesaukee.  I decided to go out on the lake with them to find out how the loons are doing.

The Director of the Loon Preservation Committee, Harry Vogel, leads me down a forest path toward a boat slip on the northern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee. We'll be touring the lake looking for loons in advance of the population census later in the week. Within moments - maybe it's unavoidable - we're talking about On Golden Pond, which Vogel had just re-watched.

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North Country
3:49 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Berlin Biomass Plant Fully Operational, But At What Cost To Ratepayers?

The Burgess BioPower facility is located on the site for a former paper mill in Berlin.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new biomass plant in Berlin is finally producing electricity for Public Service of New Hampshire under a controversial 20-year contract that a report says will cost PSNH ratepayers $125 million more than if the electricity was purchased on the open market...

That estimate came from the consulting firm of La Capra Associates which did the report for the state's Public Utilities Commission as part of a wide-ranging review of PSNH’s operations.

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North Country
9:19 am
Thu August 21, 2014

North Country Events

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

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Saturdays Twin Mountain 7 PM at the town gazebo, junction of Routes 3 & 302
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo, corner of Main Street & Prospect Street

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North Country
12:48 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

White Mountains Community College Begins Program In Outdoor Recreation Management

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

The White Mountains Community College – in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club - is offering a new program for those interested in working in outdoor recreation management...

The goal is to give young people interested in the field a head start, said Fran Rancourt, the vice president of academic affairs at the college, which is located in Berlin.

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North Country
8:46 am
Fri August 15, 2014

North Country Events

Bethlehem's annual Art Walk will be held Saturday, August 16th. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Saturdays Twin Mountain 7 PM at the town gazebo, junction of Routes 3 & 302
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo, corner of Main Street & Prospect Street

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North Country
10:13 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Demolition Underway for Historic Bethlehem Building

The final demolition is underway for a 133-year-old building in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, that collapsed after heavy rain last fall.

The Main Street building, which has been called the Summit Building or the Cruft Block, housed a post office, jail, library, ballroom, general store, pizza parlor, and newspaper offices, among other businesses, throughout the years. The five-story building has been vacant in recent years.

North Country
8:39 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Massachusetts Man Drowns In Pemigewasset River

A 19-year-old man from Dracut, Mass drowned Sunday afternoon in the Pemigewasset River, according to a news release from the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol.

The man, whose name was not released, was swimming with companions south of the Route 175 bridge in Woodstock and was overcome by the swift current. 

His body was located in about 12 feet of water.

North Country
4:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Federal Report: Significant Advantages To Burying Northern Pass Type Power Lines

Credit Michael Kappel/Flickr CC

A new federal report about an electric transmission project in New York says there are a lot of good reasons to bury such lines and that is likely to give opponents of Northern Pass ammunition in their campaign to get the lines underground...

The U.S. Department of Energy analyzed the impact of the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express, which hopes to carry power from Canada to the New York metro area.

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North Country
1:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

N.H. Summer Camp Devoted To 'Writing Up The Mountains'

Kayleigh writes at the summit of Indian Head.
Sean Hurley

When you think of summer camp, you might think of games, crafts, sing-alongs or maybe canoes. But NHPR’s Sean Hurley paid a visit to another kind of summer camp, one devoted to hiking and writing.

We've only just started up the trail to Indian Head, but already 16 year old Brandi is having trouble breathing.

"Tired.  Really tired.  I don't really like having asthma.  It weakens me.  I was down there and I almost threw up."

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North Country
12:41 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Gorham Paper Plant To Reopen But With Far Fewer Workers

Credit AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

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.

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North Country
10:28 am
Thu August 7, 2014

North Country Events

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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North Country
1:26 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Canadian E-Cigarette Firm To Open Plant In Colebrook

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.

North Country
12:45 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

First Fire Training Facility North Of The Notches To Open

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

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.

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North Country
3:41 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Man Who Drowned In North Country Was From Rhode Island

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.

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