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7:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR

These events are compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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


Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM Route 302 near Lisbon Center through October 11

Thursdays Berlin 3-7 PM starts June 28th through September 6

Saturdays Lancaster 9 AM - noon Main Street through September 8

Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM Main Street through October 13

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North Country
9:06 am
Wed September 5, 2012

No Flashlight. No Boyfriend. Help!


There was an odd rescue in the Franconia Notch after a man apparently left his girlfriend behind.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

It was dark Monday when hikers on the bike path heard a woman in the woods screaming for help, saying she didn’t have a flashlight.

Franconia police sergeant Mark Taylor and Allan Clark, who heads up the Pemi Search and Rescue responded.

Clark headed in on a trail.

But before he reached her the woman saw Taylor’s flashlight and reached him.

The Canadian woman did not have a happy story, according to Clark.

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North Country
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Northern Pass And The Governor's Race: Who Stands Where

Opponents of the hydro-electric project say they want to know where the gubernatorial candidates stand.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Among the many issues facing gubernatorial candidates this year is the Northern Pass project.

During the last race for governor two years ago, the Northern Pass project made only a brief appearance.

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North Country
11:33 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Artful Monsters Stopping Traffic In Bethlehem

Honda's old ad about "You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda" may not apply in this case.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Traffic through the North Country on Labor Day was slowed a bit in one town by huge metal monsters.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The movie monsters and Leonardo Da Vinci’s horse stopped a lot of traffic on Route 302 in Bethlehem over the holiday.

The statues are in front of a shop where Gerry Ramback plans to sell arts and crafts from the region – as well as Asia.

They were created by welding, mixing and matching thousands of auto and motorcycle parts.

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North Country
8:52 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Labor Days: A Rucksack, Hiking Boots And 40 Hours A Week Volunteering

Giff Kriebel, far left, is among crew members listening to the Forest Service's Erin Lane brief them on helicopter deliveries.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The U.S. Forest Service is honoring a Thornton man as its national volunteer of the year.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen joined him on the job.

Giff Kriebel of Thornton spends so much time volunteering with crews in the White Mountain National Forest that sometimes forest service employees think he’s getting paid, too.

Like earlier this year when there was a huge search near Rumney for a missing man.

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North Country
6:20 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

A Holiday Weekend Includes Protests Against Northern Pass

Chris Jensen for NHPR

In between the picnics and end-of-summer festivities a series of protests against the Northern Pass hydro-electric project were held throughout the state  during the holiday.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports…

Easton was the site of one of a dozen or so protests from Manchester to Colebrook on Saturday.

Just under 100 people gathered on Gingerbread Lane along an existing right-of-way where the Northern Pass towers would cut through the tiny North Country town before heading south to cross the White Mountain National Forest.

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North Country
12:42 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

Hiker Rescued Saturday Morning By Black Hawk Helicopter

An Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter was used Saturday morning to lift an injured, 285-pound hiker off Mount Adams, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The man, Jason Baker, 43, of Chicago, dislocated his knee  on Mount Adams and about 7:30 Friday evening his two companions called 911 for help.

The trio was in a remote area and Fish and Game Lt. Douglas Gralenski said since they were properly equipped to spend the night on the mountain they were told to wait for a rescue in the morning.

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North Country
6:47 am
Thu August 30, 2012

North Country Calendar of Events

Waco biplane over the Presidentials
Chris Jensen for NHPR

This newsletter compiled by Tova Cohen announces events in the next week.

The calendar shows events in the coming months.

Thursday August 30, Whitefield Common at 6:30 PM
Saturday September 1, Twin Mountain, 7 PM, town bandstand at the Route 3/Route 302 intersection.
Sunday September 2, Bethlehem Gazebo, Corner of Main Street & Prospect Street at 6PM

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North Country
5:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

A Postcard As New Hampshire's Newest Town Turns Fifty

Esther Serafini played a major role in Sugar Hill breaking away from Lisbon.
Courtesy of the Serafini family

Fifty years ago this summer New Hampshire got its newest town, but only after a fight to secede from a neighboring town.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen sends this postcard from Sugar Hill in the North Country.

The town of Sugar Hill is perhaps best known for elegant homes and views, the home of the first organized ski school in the United States and its fight to keep its post office open.

Originally the hill settlement was part of Lisbon, which was clustered about eight miles away along the banks of the Ammonoosuc River.

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North Country
3:02 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

An Injured Hiker And 4.4 Miles Of Trail

Rescuers carried a litter 4.4 miles.
NH Fish and Game

It took almost two dozen volunteers to carry an injured woman out of the White Mountains late Thursday, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Mary Jean Mork, 61, injured her leg on the last day of a five-day trip from Franconia Ridge to the Zealand Road in Bethlehem.

Her husband, Michael Donahue, went to the Appalachian Mountain Club hut for help because there is no cellular coverage in the area. The AMC huts have high-powered radios.

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North Country
2:29 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Access To Natural Gas: A New Draw For The North Country?

There’s a new effort underway to attract businesses to the North Country with the prospect of cheaper energy.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the story.

An economic development group has a new way to encourage businesses to come to Coos.

It is taking advantage of a natural gas pipeline from Canada that crosses the county, says Jon Freeman, the president of the Northern Community Investment Corporation.

“Typically the natural gas will cost about one quarter of the price of oil.”

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North Country
2:34 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Forest Society Says It Has Deal To Block Northern Pass - But Wants To Raise $2.5 Million

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests says it has reached deals with several land owners in Coos it believes will block the Northern Pass hydro-electric project.

But Northern Pass says it plans to keep working on the $1.1 billion dollar project.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The Forest Society says it has tentative conservation easements with land owners in Coos that would keep the controversial hydro-electric project from finding a crucial route south from Canada.

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North Country
4:50 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

A Plan To Move Forward With The Motels And Fun Of The Past

Most of the nation's old motels are no longer in business, says tourism professor Mark Okrant. This motel is in Twin Mountain.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

One might think that the mom-and-pop motels of the 50’s and 60’s have all been replaced by cookie-cutter nationwide chains.

But some vintage lodgings in New Hampshire have found a way to prosper.

And now there’s an effort to push a plan to help them do even better.

We can’t blame Norman Bates for the decline of the mom-and-pop motels.

Screechy music from the shower scene in “Psycho.”

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North Country
7:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Almost A Year Later, Still Coping With Irene's Damage

Chris Jensen NHPR

It was a year ago at the end of this month that Tropical Storm Irene hit New Hampshire and when it comes to the White Mountain National Forest there are still plenty of unwelcome reminders.

Sound of ground-to-helicopter communications…

That’s Erin Lane and she’s making arrangements for a helicopter to make a sweeping turn and then hover over a clearing about two miles up the Zealand Trail in a part of Bethlehem that is within the White Mountain National Forest.

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North Country
10:52 am
Wed August 15, 2012

New Jersey Family Rescued In White Mountains

A New Jersey family was rescued from the White Mountains early Wednesday morning, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The couple and their 31-year-old son called 911 for help about 9 p.m. after they found their small light wasn’t enough to safely follow the Old Bridle Path Trail, said Lt. James Kneeland.

Conservation officers reached the family about 11:15 and had them off the mountain just after midnight.

Kneeland said the family didn’t allow enough time to follow the trail and failed to have proper equipment to cope with the unexpected.