For 100 years the library in Bethlehem occupied three small rooms in Town Hall. But over the weekend that changed with opening of a new library on Main Street. It was the conclusion of a tale involving a mystery donor, a brother who moved far away and a sister who stayed in the North Country.
At the tale’s center were two people.
One was Muriel Brown, who for more than three decades was the town’s beloved librarian.
The other was her brother, Arthur Jobin, known to the family as “Bud.”
Utah has one. Colorado does too. And now New Hampshire has its very own Ice Castle open to the public at Loon Mountain. It's taken Mother Nature and 20 workers about a month to turn tons of homemade icicles into a glacial maze of frozen caverns and clear blue coliseums. NHPR's Sean Hurley recently took a tour of the nearly completed castle and sends us this report.
Courtesy of US Forest Service: This is the Lip area as it looked on Dec 24. The Lip is the section in the upper right corner. A previous avalanche crown line is visible at the top of this snowfield. This is the approximate location of where the recent avalanche was triggered.
For projects like wind farms or the Northern Pass to be built in New Hampshire they must be approved by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee. By the end of the month the state’s Office of Energy and Planning has to submit a report to the legislature on what changes – if any – should be made to the Site Evaluation Committee.
At just after 8 am the National Weather Service was reporting freezing rain is finally starting to fall in some parts of the state.
While most of the state has been relatively warm temperatures are now beginning to drop says John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
“Well, right now we have cold air funneling into eastern NH and that is causing temperatures to fall to at or below freezing and we are beginning to pick up some accumulating icing conditions over eastern New Hampshire," says Cannon.
For the last 3 years, NHPR's Sean Hurley and his family get a $5 permit to cut down their Christmas Tree in the White Mountain National Forest and every year, as Sean explains in this audio postcard, they run into the same problem.
We walk beside an ice snagged brook looking for the balsam fir we tagged with a purple ribbon the month before. My wife Lois leads us along, interpreting the wildlife signs as we go.
Tuesday night in Plymouth the state’s Office of Energy and Planning held its last public hearing on possible changes to the state’s Site Evaluation Committee - which is responsible for approving utility projects ranging from wind farms to Northern Pass - and the theme was that the SEC needs a significant and wide-ranging overhaul before it can be trusted.
About three dozen people attended and their concerns echoed those voiced at previous meetings around the state.
A central issue was that all fifteen members of the SEC are officials from state agencies.