North Country

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Major concerns of North Country residents outlined in a new, preliminary draft report include protecting air quality and the water supply both for drinking and recreation...

There is also strong support for local agriculture and improving energy efficiency, including renewable resources.

But there is also a desire for local governments to have more of a say in whether renewable energy projects are approved.

North Country Events

Aug 28, 2014

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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

FARMERS' MARKETS
Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

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.

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.

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.

North Country Events

Aug 21, 2014

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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

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.

North Country Events

Aug 15, 2014

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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

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.

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.

Sunset Power Lines
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.

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."

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.

North Country Events

Aug 7, 2014

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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.

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.

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.

North Country Events

Jul 31, 2014

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OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo

FARMERS' MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturday Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

The Northern Pass project was one of the topics covered during a debate Wednesday on WGIR among three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District to oppose incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster this fall.

State Representative Marilinda Garcia of Salem said she visited the North Country recently and recognizes the opposition and concerns about the project involving private property rights and the benefits going to other states. 

Chris Jensen for NHPR

At 7:30 in the morning on the 4th of July Magdalena Randall is in her kitchen in Lancaster with mixing bowls, dough, a large baking oven and a dream...

Many people in the North Country couldn’t tell you her real name. To them she’s The Polish Princess, purveyor of European-style bread.

Randall started baking about six years ago. It was a way to supplement the family income and she missed the kind of bread she grew up eating in Poland.

She had zero experience but did some research and gave it a shot.

Faced with increasingly worrisome economic challenges, four North Country hospitals said Monday they have signed an agreement to work together to try and find ways to “improve quality, increase efficiencies and lower cost of health care delivery in the region.”

The hospitals said their problems range from growing healthcare costs to Medicaid payments that don’t always cover services provided to the poor.

And, the situation has been getting worse, said Russell Keene, the CEO at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

VTDarkStar / Flickr Creative Commons

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied New Hampshire's appeal for a major disaster declaration for April flooding in the North Country, saying the impact "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants" such a declaration.

Gov. Maggie Hassan had asked for funding assistance to help Carroll and Coos counties and hazard mitigation statewide. In her appeal letter to FEMA, she said current state and local FEMA-verified assessments exceeded $1.9 million, exceeding the thresholds needed to receive federal assistance.

North Country Events

Jul 17, 2014

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

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo

FARMERS' MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturday Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

Sam Hurley

Today, Here & Now broadcast one of our favorite stories by Sean Hurley, in which he discovers more than he expected about his neighbors. 

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor...and sometimes, they have helicopters.

Chris Jensen

The North Country economy is ever-changing and evolving. Laura Knoy went to the source to discuss this topic at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem.

  

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North Country Events

Jul 10, 2014

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM
Saturday Franconia 7 PM Dow Field
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo

FARMERS' MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturday Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM

Sean Hurley

Since 1996, the State Archeologist Dick Boisvert has led excavations at sites in Jefferson, uncovering tools and stone shards that tell the story of the Paleo-Indian people who lived in New Hampshire 12,000 years ago.  

By the road is an antique bed frame half-sunk in the dirt. 12,000 years from now a future archeologist may dig it up and speculate that we people of the 21st century liked to sleep under the stars on iron beds - and maybe never guess that the old frame was simply a lawn decoration for a local bed and breakfast.

Rescuers found a missing teenager in the woods near Jefferson just before midnight Monday, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Matthew Darr, who is 19 and has autism, had been staying at the Easter Seals Intensive Residential Treatment Facility in Lancaster.  But about 6:30 pm he ran away from his caregivers when their van stopped near a rest stop on Route 115.

Members of Fish and Game, State Police and local police began searching almost immediately and at one point a search dog from Fish and Game picked up the scent but then lost it in a swampy area.

Safety officials are expecting a large number of ATV enthusiasts will be following trails in the North Country over the holiday weekend and they’re saying safety patrols will be watching for reckless behavior...

The riders are being attracted by the new 1,000-mile network called Ride the Wilds, part of an economic development effort for the North Country.

“I’m asking them to drive safe. To be out there, to think about what they are doing,” said Fish and Game Lieutenant Wayne Saunders.  “Sober is huge.”

North Country Events

Jul 3, 2014

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FIREWORKS
Franconia and Twin Mountain Saturday July 5

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Thursday Whitefield 6 PM Town Common
Saturday Franconia 7 PM Dow Field
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the Town Gazebo

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