North Country

Chris Jensen for NHPR

When most people buy skis they turn to a well-known company. Maybe they get a pair of Rossignols or K2s. But big-names are no longer the only option: some two hundred companies – mostly tiny – now make skis in the United States alone.

One of the newest - Sandwich Tech - is run by Katie Mros and Matt Michaud of Littleton.

Like many others who want to live in the North Country they decided to take an innovative idea, hold their breath and try to make a living doing something they love.

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Jan 29, 2015

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A Maine company that was considering Littleton for a medical marijuana store lost interest because the available store was in the drug-free zone of a high school, according to town officials...

The company, The Wellness Connection, operates four facilities in Maine.

While medical marijuana is legal in New Hampshire, the federal government still prohibits it use.

Earlier this month, the Berlin City Council adopted a ban on synthetic marijuana. Now  Littleton is considering the same thing, but it has decided to let voters decide..

The ordinance will go on the ballot because there’s a controversy in town about a ban, says Milton Bratz, the chairman of the select board.

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Jan 22, 2015

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For 15 years the Cold Mountain Café in Bethlehem has been a fixture in the North Country.

But when one of its co-owners died, it looked like the café might close.

That is until the owner’s daughter decided to turn to the community for help.

To a large extent Kate Foley grew up in the café her father co-owned, waiting tables and becoming friends with hundreds of customers.

But when she decided she wanted to buy the half of the business owned by her father’s partner she ran into a big challenge.

Money.

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Almost six years after it opened the only food co-op the North Country plans to expand so it can offer more locally produced food...

On average the Littleton Food Co-op has almost 5,000 customers a week and many of them want organic or locally produced food, says Ed King, the general manager.

So, the seven-member, elected board voted to expand.

“Obviously we’re focusing on the categories in our store that are most successful and I think natural, organic and local products are the linchpin of our business.”

North Country Events

Jan 15, 2015
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Jan 8, 2015

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Slightly more than half of the North Country legislators voted Wednesday in favor of allowing concealed weapons to be carried in the House chamber and Legislative Office Building.

The measure passed 248 – 149.

Those voting in favor of allowing concealed weapons:

* Brad Bailey, Republican, of Monroe

* Edmond Gionet, Republican, of Lincoln

* Erin Hennessey, Republican, of Littleton

* Linda Massimilla, Democrat of Littleton

* Larry Rappaport, Republican of Colebrook

* Herb Richardson (Republican) of Lancaster

Berlin is the first place in the North Country to ban synthetic marijuana, sometimes called spice...

At a public hearing Monday night Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency said synthetic marijuana has become a serious problem in this city of 10,000 and "is really causing havoc here."

Father Andrew Nelson urged passage of the ordinance that would ban the possession or sale of “synthetic cannabinoids” that use any of a wide range of chemicals listed in the six-page ordinance.

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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Chris Jensen for NHPR

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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Chris Jensen for NHPR

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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