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10:12 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

ATV Riders Killed Saturday Were From The North Country

The two ATV riders killed Saturday in separate accidents were each from the North Country, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The first accident occurred on South Hill Road in Colebrook about 1:15 when David Howe, 40, of Colebrook was killed when he rolled his ATV.

The second accident occurred a little more than an hour later on the Dixville Peaks Trail where  Clifton Scott, 79, of Stewartstown missed a turn. His ATV also rolled.

So far this year three ATV riders have died in accidents in New Hampshire.

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North Country
4:09 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Two ATV Riders Killed In North Country

Two ATV riders were killed Saturday afternoon in separate accidents in the North Country, according to police and rescue reports.

One fatality occurred in the ski area near Dixville Notch and the other at South Hill Road in Colebrook.

At least one of the accidents involved a rollover.

No additional details were immediately available.

So far this year three ATV riders have died in the state.

In August a 56-year-old tourist was killed in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in the southern part of the state near Fremont.

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North Country
2:30 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Hiker Killed In Fall Was From Canada

The hiker killed Thursday in a fall on Mount Washington was from Canada, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

He was identified as Luc Paquette, age 25, of Boisbriand, Quebec.

Paquette was hiking was hiking with friends and left the Tuckerman Ravine trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet.

North Country
7:48 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Man Killed In Fall On Mount Washington

A 25-year-old hiker was fatally injured in a fall Thursday afternoon while coming down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Mount Washington, according to Sgt. Mark Ober of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The man was hiking with friends and left the trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet “landing on a small ledge approximately three quarters of the way up the Headwall," Ober wrote in a news release.

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North Country
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

75th Anniversary: New England's Greatest Hurricane

Flooding in Ware, Massachusetts effortlessly tore out a stone bridge.
Credit National Weather Service

That odd color of the sky.

On September 21, 1938 that’s what worried Beatrice Dorsey, a 10-year-old living in Plainfield, New Hampshire.

“The sky above my house was green. It was pretty scary, that ominous green,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey and many other New Englanders didn’t know that green sky meant the most damaging hurricane to hit New England was on its way.

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North Country
2:43 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

North Country Group Creates Community Forest

Courtesy of The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

A group of North Country towns working with the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust has purchased 844 acres to create the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton.

The group – which includes Easton, Franconia, Landaff and Sugar Hill - has been working to buy the land, which is adjacent to The White Mountain National Forest.

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North Country
6:27 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Search For Man Missing Along Baker River To Resume Monday Morning

A search for a man reported missing along the Baker River in Plymouth will resume Monday morning, says Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Michael Gatto, 51, of Thornton, was reported missing Saturday evening by a companion, with whom he had been camping along the banks of the river near the Plymouth High School.

The search Saturday night and Sunday included the waters and shorelines of the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.

North Country
5:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

North Country Firm Fined $420,000 Over Oil Storage Tanks

A North Country firm has been fined $420,000 for failing to comply with a court order to close above-ground oil storage tank facilities in Gorham to prevent the Androscoggin River from being polluted.

The company is Munce’s Superior Petroleum and Harold Munce, according to a news release from the attorney general’s Environmental Protection Bureau.

The fine represents $1,000 a day for 420 days, the amount of time since Munce was ordered to remedy the problem, which was completed last June.

North Country
3:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Heavy Rain Collapses Four-Story Building In Bethlehem

Heavy rain has collapsed part of an abandoned four-story building on Main Street in Bethlehem, forcing emergency crews to close Route 302.

No one has been injured. WMUR-TV reports a demolition crew is scheduled to arrive this morning to take down the rest of the building, which is over 100 years old. The building is 150 feet long by 50 feet wide.

The building started bowing Thursday afternoon after a strong storm and part of the roof eventually collapsed.

North Country
6:18 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Local Composer Wins The American Prize

Jonathan Santore at the piano
Sean Hurley

In 2006, Plymouth resident and PSU Music Professor Jonathan Santore was named New Hampshire Composer of the year.  Just last month, he was awarded The American Prize in Choral Composition for 2013. As he tells NHPR's Sean Hurley, he's come a long way since playing trumpet for his high school marching band in Tennessee. 

French composer Erik Satie once remarked, "Before I write a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself,"  It's a creative prelude that Plymouth composer Jonathan Santore finds absolutely necessary.

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North Country
11:56 am
Thu September 12, 2013

North Country Events

First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

FARMERS MARKETS
 

Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through September 19
 

Berlin Thursdays 3-7 PM through September 19
 

Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12
 

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12
 

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 1

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North Country
2:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Across Lakes And Through The Woods: Racing To Boost North Country's Economy

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Just before dawn at the First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg there’s the sound of a loon and competitors are gathering for the North Country Endurance Challenge.

It’s an all-day race combining kayaking, running forested trails and mountain biking. And it is an effort to boost the economy of the North Country.

Racers have a choice of courses and how they wish to tackle them.

The longer “premier” course will cover about 63 miles.

A “sprint” course is about 30 miles.

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North Country
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Northern Pass Hearing Moved To Colebrook

A public "scoping"  hearing on Northern Pass is being moved from West Stewartstown to Colebrook after the state’s Congressional delegation and Coos County Commissioner Rick Samson raised concerns.

The site is being changed “in response to public requests that raised concerns about insufficient capacity” at a restaurant in West Stewartstown, according to a statement from  the U.S. Department of Energy.

The meeting will now be held at the Colebrook Elementary School, 27 Dumont Street from 5 to 8 pm on September 26. 

North Country
6:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Congressional Delegation Seeks Change for Northern Pass Hearing

The New Hampshire Congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Department of Energy to move a scoping hearing on the Northern Pass project from West Stewartstown to Colebrook.

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North Country
8:11 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Muster in the Mountains

Al Cameron, trapper and maker of campfire hams.
Sean Hurley

Ringing with cannon fire and musket shots, the fields at the base of Mount Washington became a colonial encampment for dozens of reenactors at this weekend's "Muster in the Mountains".  As NHPR's Sean Hurley reports, French and Indian War militia men camped beside Revolutionary War "sutlers" and all of them hung out with the trappers and mountain men in this time traveling rendez-vous for 18th and 19th century roleplayers.

John Maxon, in French and Indian war era period garb describes the anachronistic scene playing out in the field behind him.

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North Country
6:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

'Scoping' Hearings On Northern Pass This Month

Those who favor and oppose the Northern Pass project will get their chance to testify about it before federal officials at the end of the month as the U.S. Department of Energy holds public “scoping” hearings.

The hearings are required because Northern Pass filed an amended route in July, changing its route through a portion of Coos County.

The meetings are to gather comments and information as the DOE considers whether to grant Northern Pass a Presidential Permit.

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North Country
12:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Banding Together, Farmers Hope To Grow Profits

Kitty Kerner of WinterGreens Farm & Aquaponics is a member of the co-op.
Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

At 7:30 on an August morning in Colebrook Julie Moran pulls up and bounds out of her pickup to greet waiting farmers.

“Hi, how ya doing,” she says.

Moran manages the North Country Farmer’s Co-op – which was incorporated earlier this year. Twenty farmers and two bakers are members.

It is part of an effort to make it easier for farmers to survive in the North Country and to help restaurants and businesses respond to the demand for local foods.

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North Country
11:54 am
Thu September 5, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

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

FARMERS MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through September 19

Berlin Thursdays 3-7 PM through September 19

Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 1
 

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North Country
1:08 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Federal Funds OK'd For Northcoast Railroad But Not North Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved one so-called Tiger grant in New Hampshire, providing $1.4 million to improve 42 miles of rail line between Rochester and Ossipee. But a request for funds for Coos Country failed.

The grants were sought under the federal government’s Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery program nicknamed "Tiger."

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation joined the state department of transportation in seeking several grants for the state.

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North Country
2:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Hassan In The North Country: State Must Work Together To Provide Healthcare For All

Photo by Chris Jensen

Some North Country Health officials told Gov. Hassan Thursday that increasing funding for psychiatric services and expanding Medicaid are vital for improving healthcare in the region.

Hassan met with workers at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services in Littleton.

Its executive director, Edward Shanshala, told Hassan it is good that she restored funding for primary preventive care.

And he is hopeful that Medicaid will be expanded to help low-income families in the North Country who can’t afford health insurance.

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North Country
9:24 am
Thu August 29, 2013

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS
Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common
Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo

FARMERS MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through September 19
Berlin Thursdays 3-7 PM through September 19 (not July 4)
Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12

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North Country
5:22 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR

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

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common

North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through September 19

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North Country
11:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Victim Of Crash In North Country Identified

New Hampshire State Police say the man killed in an accident Monday in the North Country was Harry Goodwin, 67, of Milan.

The accident happened about 10:40 am on Route 16 near the Appalachian Mountain Club Lodge in Pinkham’s Grant.

According to a news release from Troop F a Toyota Sienna minivan apparently crossed the center line and collided with a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Goodwin, who died at the scene.

North Country
11:12 am
Tue August 20, 2013

North Country's Nash Stream: Putting On The Environmental Wayback Machine

Jim MacCartney, left, and John Magee are trying to restore Nash Stream.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Almost 150 years ago loggers in the North Country began changing the course of Nash Stream to make it easier to float logs downstream to the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Stark. But an effort is underway to get Nash Stream back to what Mother Nature intended.

Nash Stream is almost 14 miles long. It runs through the state-owned Nash stream Forest and its problems began around 1870.

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North Country
5:18 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northern Pass Promises $7.5 Million Job Program - If Project Gets OK

Northern Pass official Gary Long spoke to reporters in Lancaster.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Northern Pass says it will provide $7.5 million to fund a job-creation effort in Coos County, but the money won’t be available unless the controversial project is approved.

Northern Pass wanted to do something beyond the estimated 1,200 construction jobs the project would create statewide, said Gary Long, the past president of Public Service and now an official with Northern Pass.

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North Country
11:43 am
Mon August 19, 2013

N.H. Congressional Delegation Questions DOE About Northern Pass Route

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Energy whether the federal agency’s evaluation of the Northern Pass Transmission project can proceed if Northern Pass doesn’t have permission to use some segments of its new route.

For the project to move ahead the D.O.E. must give a Presidential Permit allowing the hydro-electric power to be brought across the border from Canada.

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North Country
6:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Northern Pass Comment Period Opens, DOE Moves Closer To Hearings

The Federal Register Monday is publishing the official notice that a changed, proposed route for the Northern Pass Transmission project has been filed with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Northern Pass announced the route late in June, with the only substantial change being in Northern Coos Country.

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North Country
5:30 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Bethlehem Art Walk: A Cluster of Creativity

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Saturday was the second birthday of the Art Walk in Bethlehem and up and down Main Street dozens of artists from the region gathered to show, discuss, demonstrate and sell their art.

“The art walk is a celebration of creativity,” said Katherine Ferrier, who worked with Angel Larcom and other volunteers to organize it. “This area is rich with artists.”

At the gazebo local groups took turns providing mini concerts while locals and tourists lounged on the grass.

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North Country
10:19 am
Thu August 15, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen.

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

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common.

North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo.

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common.

FARMERS MARKETS

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North Country
4:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Copper Cannon's Free Summer Camp

Camp Director Peter Christnacht with Mt. Lafayette in the background.
Sean Hurley

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families. 

I'm only at Copper Cannon Camp for 30 seconds when Zach and Rob, two eleven year old boys, spot my recorder and come racing over.

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