The Monadnock Region

Unlike some other parts of New Hampshire, it’s hard to capture an overarching picture of the Monadnock region through economic and demographic information.  In fact, looking at US Census numbers, both Cheshire and Hillsborough Counties could be described as “overwhelmingly average” compared to the state as a whole.  The only major economic deviation from the state’s overall numbers appears to be a single tier of home prices.  While 28.2 percent of New Hampshire homes fall into the $300 thousand to $499,999 price range, Cheshire County reports less than half that figure.

The real economic picture of the Monadnock Region is much more subtle.

Like much of New Hampshire, manufacturing is a major source of jobs.  In fact, Cheshire County is only second to Sullivan County in the Dartmouth-Sunapee region for the percent of area wages paid by factories.  Hillsborough County comes in a close third.

Despite the heavy industrial presence, the Monadnock region maintains a largely rural character.  It’s home to the oldest–and longest-running–artists’ colony in the nation.  The countryside also supports a number of small-scale organic farms.  And the region’s shared border with Vermont has made for some interesting cross-state collaboration in the local foods movement.

Summary provided by StateImpact NH

NH News
11:29 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Police Ask For Help From Public In Keene Homicide Investigation

The state's Attorney General and Keene police are asking for the public's help in the investigation of an apparent homicide discovered Saturday evening.

Responding to a call for medical assistance, Keene police found David Wheelock, 48.

Police say he was the apparent victim of a homicide.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The investigation is in its early stages and authorities are asking  for the public's help.

NH News
3:02 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Judge Dismisses Keene's Lawsuits Against 'Robin Hooders'

Credit YouTube.com

A Cheshire County Superior Court judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by the city of Keene against a group of people calling themselves “Robin Hooders.”

Members of the group fill parking meters and videotape parking enforcement officers.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

With A Little Help, N.H. Hopes Unemployed Can Create Their Own Jobs

Holly Morin wants to call her pet store The Fuzzy Dog in honor of her Keeshond Anika.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

  After citing the latest unemployment statistics, many media reports add a note about the number not including “discouraged workers.”  Those are people who gave up after months of unemployment.  But there is another, much smaller group of people who have decided to make their own jobs, by starting a business.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Robin Hooders Case To Continue

The city of Keene’s lawsuit against a group known as the Robin Hooders will go forward. The group has gained attention for filling empty parking meters in the city, as well as for allegations of harassing parking attendants. This week, they had their first day in court.

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NH News
3:45 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Corrections Officer Charged with Smuggling

A corrections officer at the Cheshire County Jail has been arrested for smuggling drugs into the facility.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Greyhound Cuts Could Leave Riders Stranded

Susan VonStade waits for the Greyhound bus in Keene.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Greyhound used to be the symbol of American mobility; of transportation for all. To prove it, they made killer commercials.

…Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us !! America is discovering the comfort and convenience of Greyhound…   [jingle]

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Monadnock Chorus

Todd Bookman, NHPR

The Monadnock Chorus has been sharing song and creating community for more than 50 years. Phyllis Scott joined the chorus in 1972.

PHYLLIS: Wherever I have lived I’ve felt the need to be singing. It’s just very fulfilling to me, it’s a wonderful way to make friends and it’s just part of me that’s all.

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Folk Show
10:46 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Folk Show Playlist 1.15.12

Song/ Artist/Album/Label

Halley's Comet/ Gathering Time/Songs of Hope and Freedom/Gathering Time

Bound For Freedom/Pat Humphries/ Hands/Appleseed Records

Three Fishers/The Duhks/Songs From Sing Out! Winter 2007 v.50 #4/www.singout.org

Cold Winter Blues/Pat Donohue/Nobody's Fault/ Bluesky Records

One Little Step Towards Freedom/Kim & Reggie Harris/Get On Board! Underground Railroad & Civil Rights Freedom Songs, Volume 2/Appleseed Records

Circle The Wagons/Julie Snow/If Words Were Stones/  Julie Snow

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Campaign 2012
6:27 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Paul Talks Banks After "Occupy"-Style Interruption

Ron Paul is in the midst of a two day campaign swing through the Granite State.

The Texas Congressman’s town hall meeting at Keene State College was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street.

The protesters used their call-and-response technique to say "there is something wrong with the system" and "we are the 99 percent." When they were done, Ron Paul said "I hope you feel better," and there was laughter and applause. And then he said when it came to the power of big banks, he agreed with the protesters.