North Country

Officials in Berlin voted Monday night to approve the police department’s application to purchase a $275,000 BearCat armored vehicle.

The vote by the city council came with some provisions, such as ensuring the vehicle won’t have gun ports or the ability to shoot tear gas.

City officials also created a five-person advisory council to establish regulations on how the vehicle should be used and reporting requirements on when it’s used in the field.

The purchase of such armored vehicles has been a controversial issue in several New Hampshire communities.

Sean Hurley

There are 4,800 dams in New Hampshire but only two where a full time dam operator is required to live on site.  There's Moore Dam in Littleton and Murphy Dam in Pittsburg.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently visited with Murphy Dam Operator Alan Williams to learn more about life on a dam. 

Near sunrise, nearly every morning, coffee in hand, Alan Williams leaves the dam house and walks up the dam road and heads out across the half mile bunker of piled earth that is the Murphy Dam.  

North Country Events

Dec 24, 2014

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BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY FIRST ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday December 27 3:00-5:00 PM 2245 Main Street. Stop by as we celebrate the first year in the new library. Cake & coffee provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information, visit www.bethlehemlibrary.org.

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The holidays are the time when beloved, old Christmas decorations and some memories are dusted off...

And, at a tiny post office in the North Country an old piece of equipment is turned on again for the people who want their Christmas cards marked as coming from the little town of  Bethlehem.

That equipment is an old Pitney-Bowes stamp cancelling machine, says Brian Thompson, the post master.

Courtesy image/Manchester PD

Berlin will hold a public hearing  January 5 on a proposed ban of synthetic marijuana, sometimes called spice.

Berlin police chief Peter Morency is asking for the ban saying it is important not to wait for a federal ban on the substance.

“The problem with the federal government is we move too slowly,” Morency told the city council earlier this month.

In what is being described as progress in the $100 million renovation of the closed Balsams resort, its owners are asking state officials for permission to take water from the Androscoggin River for expanded snowmaking.

“The fact that we have submitted an application to withdraw water for our snowmaking operation is a significant step forward for the project,” said Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for developers, Dan Hebert, Dan Dagesse and Maine businessman Les Otten.

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Dec 18, 2014

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A $275,000 Bearcat armored vehicle is being sought by the police department of Berlin, which, with about 10,000 residents, is the only city in the North Country...

The idea is not just to protect police officers, but to provide a way to rescue civilians, Chief Peter Morency told the city council Monday evening.

“We really don’t have anything to protect other people if we need to evacuate people from a neighborhood.”

Every year the federal government buys about $400 billion worth of goods and services including about $1.9 billion from New Hampshire. But there are many missed opportunities because doing business with the government is complex and can be confusing, says David Pease, who heads up the New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Program...

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Dec 11, 2014

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NORTH COUNTRY COMMUNITY CHORUS, BERLIN
Friday Dec. 12th 7 PM & Sunday Dec. 14th 2 PM St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street. Christmas concert by 60-member chorus and special guests. For more information visit www.stkieranarts.org.

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Dec 3, 2014

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SMALL WORKS ANNUAL WREN MEMBER EXHIBIT, BETHLEHEM
Friday December 5 5:00-7:00 PM The Gallery at WREN, 2013 Main Street. Opening reception, meet the artists, light refreshments. On exhibit through January 12th, original small works of WREN member artists including Michele Johnsen, Kristine Lingle, Mia Capretta, Linda Gray and Kitty Kerner.

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Nov 20, 2014
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PETER PAN, ST. JOHNSBURY
Thursday, Friday & Saturday November 20, 21, 22 at 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and at 2:00 PM on Saturday. Fuller Hall Auditorium. Tickets and more information available at CatamountArts.org.

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Nov 13, 2014

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A  new luxury resort - RiverWalk at Loon Mountain – is going up in Lincoln on the site of a former paper mill and 40 percent of it is being funded in a way that’s unusual in New Hampshire: EB-5 visas that allow foreigners who invest in projects that create jobs to obtain green cards...

"Next week they’ll be doing all the basement slabs,” says Dennis Ducharme, one of the owners, standing at the construction site in the center of town.

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Nov 5, 2014

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BETHLEHEM'S GOT TALENT BENEFITS BETHLEHEM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Thursday November 6 6:00 PM The Colonial Theatre, Main Street. For more information, visit  http://bethlehem.k12.nh.us/bes-nest/events/.

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In the North County incumbents  kept their offices, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton was re-elected, beating challenger Mark Evans, a Republican from Berlin. Woodburn had 9,056 votes to Evans’ 5,741 with 80 percent of the precincts reporting.

In the race for Executive Council incumbent Republican Joseph Kenney was re-elected with 42,838 votes over Democrat Michael Cryans with 41,297 and 84 percent of the precincts reporting.

In other races:

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Oct 30, 2014

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For almost 25 years a nonprofit called Affordable Housing, Education and Development has been helping low-income families in the North Country to find housing, sometimes in rental units it owns.

But now it is trying something far different and it admits it is a gamble. It is selling its own design of energy-efficient modular and manufactured homes…

The idea is to help people like Tammy Zubik of Bethlehem.

For years Zubik has had a dream about living in a home of her own, not renting.

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Oct 9, 2014

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Saturdays Lancaster 9 - noon
Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

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Veterans in the North Country should soon find it easier to get medical care with a VA medical clinic in Littleton moving into a larger facility next spring and a new center opening this year in Colebrook.

A 10,000-square foot facility now under construction at the Mt. Eustis Commons on Cottage Street will be about twice as big as the clinic’s current home.

Voters in the town of Columbia, New Hampshire, will be asked to approve nearly $200,000 in bonds to install a bridge before winter.

A combination of heavy rain, snowmelt and mountain runoff caused brooks and streams to flood in the spring. The bridge on Meridan Hill Road was washed out, temporarily stranding 13 families who live above the bridge.

The Caledonian Record reports a temporary bridge was installed, but selectmen say that bridge will be dangerous to maintain and cross in the winter.

A Hudson man has been fined $1,000 for riding a four-passenger ATV on a North Country snowmobile trail not marked for that use.

There were three charges brought by Fish and Game against Jeffrey Rogers, of Hudson, over the September 12th incident in Stewartstown.

Appearing in District Court in Colebrook Thursday, Rogers plead not guilty to charges of operating an off-highway recreational vehicle in a wetland and causing damage to property.

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Oct 2, 2014

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Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM
Saturdays Lancaster 9 - noon
Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

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Sep 26, 2014

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A construction firm that took over work on the long-delayed elementary school in Unity, New Hampshire, is expected to finish all its work in the next two weeks.

Lebanon-based Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. had the building completed on time in early September for students. The school opened Monday, Sept. 8. An official grand opening is scheduled at the school on Oct. 22.

The Eagle Times reports cleaning, furniture setup and cosmetic work are still being worked on.

Sean Hurley

Godzilla is 17 feet tall and resides in a cave-like trailer in Dorchester, New Hampshire.  He comes out on New Moons when the sky's at its darkest. 

The boy sat in the back seat and the two old people - his parents - sat up front.

Do you remember where we're going?
To see Godzilla!

The boy was going to see Godzilla who lived at the top of a nearly treeless hill at the end of a long dirt road.

It's like we're driving over the moon...

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Sep 18, 2014

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FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM
Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

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Rescuers searched a flank of Mount Washington Saturday night and early Sunday morning to find a 55-year-old Massachusetts man who suffered from a “pre-existing medical condition” while descending the Jewell Trail, according to a news release from Fish and Game.

The search began about 9:30 Saturday night after Chris Trottier of Amesbury was reported missing by his wife.

A Hudson man was arrested Friday evening in the North Country after he was found operating an off-highway recreational vehicle in a wetland, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Christopher Egan.

The man, Jeffrey Rogers, 48, of Hudson was charged after his vehicle was found stuck in the mud on a snowmobile trail that is not open to all-terrain vehicles “in part because of environmental sensitivity to wetland soils and vegetation.” The trail was on snowmobile corridor 5 in  the Coleman State Park in Stewartstown. 

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