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.

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NH News
10:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Keene Residents Discuss Riots, Weigh Future Of Pumpkin Festival

Keene resident Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated Thursday night's forum
Credit Melanie Plenda for NHPR

For many Keene residents, the wounds are still fresh.

"This is an emotional issue," said Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated a forum Thursday night focused on the events of that weekend. "We were hurt. We were embarrassed. Embarrassed is a big one."

On Oct. 18 and 19, more than 2,000 college-aged adults overwhelmed police, started street fires, threw full liquor bottles at emergency officials tending to the injured, toppled light poles and tipped cars for more than eight hours.

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Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Haunted Hillsboro: Trip To Haunted Pond In Francestown

Author Eric Stanway
Virginia Prescott NHPR

It was a sparkling fall day with trees ablaze in Francestown, New Hampshire.

Senior Producer, Maureen McMurray and I, met historian Eric Stanway on the town green in Francestown just as the bells of the white clapboard community church pealed noon. From there we then followed him to a small beach at Haunted Pond; a lovely, shallow pond rimmed with summer cottages, birches and pines -- the picture of serenity despite the number of people who met their ends there. Listen to the spooky story below.

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NH News
1:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Chichester Man Faces Felony Charge For Alleged Role In Keene Riot

Jacob Clark
Credit Keene Police Department

 

Keene police have made the first arrest as a result of asking the public for photos of the violent disturbances during a family-friendly pumpkin festival last weekend.

Police say 19-year-old Jacob Clark of Chichester threw a beer bottle at a police officer. He was charged Thursday with a felony count of reckless conduct. He was released on $500 bail and is due back in court Nov. 6.

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NH News
4:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Keene Police May Seek Subpoenas To ID Riot Culprits On Social Media

Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Keene police say they may pursue subpoenas as they work to identify those responsible for the mayhem that occurred during last weekend’s Pumpkin Festival.

Police say the subpoenas will be used to identify account subscriber information for phone numbers and social media accounts.

Officials say social media played a significant role in the riots that occurred in Keene Saturday and into Sunday morning.

And that’s where they’re now looking for evidence.

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Health
4:46 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Two Families Allege Abuse At Crotched Mountain School

Credit Vanderbuilt.edu

When her son came home from school one day last March, Jessica Giberson was disturbed. She noticed her son’s genitals were bruised and swollen. Giberson’s son is developmentally delayed.  

"He is nine years old. He’s more like a three year old in a nine year old’s body," says Giberson.

Giberson says she complained to the Crotched Mountain Foundation School, but that nothing ever came of it. Then in June, she got a call from the school.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

10.23.14: Using Social Media To Solve Crime & Nosferatu's Live Soundtrack

Credit West Midlands Police via flickr Creative Commons

Police officials in Keene have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to track down the major players in last weekend’s riots, and want the public to help them track down additional perpetrators. On today’s show: how police departments across the nation are using social media to fight crime and bolster their image. 

Plus: the 1922 version of Nosferatu still tops lists as one of the greatest horror films of all time. We’ll find out what goes into scoring this silent classic for a live audience.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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NH News
11:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Keene Police Release Riot Photos, Ask Public To Help ID Suspects

Keene Police Department

Keene police have released two dozen photos from this weekend's riots and are asking the public to help identify the suspects.

"These subjects can be seen engaging in criminal acts, if identified, will be arrested and charged accordingly," the department said. 

Police said earlier this week they've already made 84 arrests connected to the riots, which took place Saturday afternoon and escalated again later that night and into Sunday morning.

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NH News
6:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

After 84 Arrests, Keene Police Ask For Help Tracking Down Riot's 'Heavy Hitters'

Officials in Keene hold a press conference Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

There have already been 84 arrests made in connection with the riots in Keene over the weekend, as police continue to scour video and photos on social media for additional culprits.

At a press conference in Keene City Hall, Police Chief Ken Meola said there’s been trouble at Pumpkin Festival in the past, but nothing like what the city saw this weekend.

“These were gatherings that occurred on public property, disrupting traffic, disrupting people’s lives, disrupting the quality of life, putting people in potential for some serious harm.”

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NH News
6:01 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Is Party Company 'FinnaRage' To Blame For Keene Riots?

FinnaRage TV has been blamed for encouraging outsiders to come to Keene ready for a huge drunken party.
Credit FinnaRageTV.com

This weekend, Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival ended in chaos.

The main part of the festival downtown was mostly untouched. But just down the road, in a neighborhood abutting Keene State College, young people charged through the streets, hurling beer bottles at police in riot gear.

And city and state officials are laying at least some of the blame on social media, and they've named one small party-hosting company. 

So, how in the world did Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival - a subdued, family event - turn into this…

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NH News
10:02 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Pop-Up Party Company Under Scrutiny For Role In Keene Riots

Police in riot gear barricade streets of Keene.
Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Governor Maggie Hassan says a company may have staged the massive house parties that broke out into riots in Keene Saturday and early Sunday morning.

After meeting with officials from the city and Keene State College Sunday, Hassan explained the parties were broadcast on social media.

"As far as we can tell," Hassan says, "there are companies now that advertise parties around certain events often near college campuses, attract people there, and the people are encouraged to do things that are then videotaped and put on social media."

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NH News
7:48 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Slideshow: Before The Riots, It Was All About The Pumpkins In Keene

Melanie Plenda for NHPR

Before riots overshadowed the festivities in Keene on Saturday, thousands gathered in the city's downtown for the annual spectacle of thousands of jack-o'-lanterns lining Main Street.

Click above to see a gallery of some of the pumpkins, which include corporate-sponsored carvings, political messages, and at least one marriage proposal. 

NH News
5:09 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Keene State Students Clean Up After Mayhem Near Pumpkin Fest

Keene State College students and friends clean the backyard of a house on Winchester Court on Sunday morning, the site of a large party on Saturday that was broken up by police.
Credit Michael Moore / Keene Sentinel

 

Keene State College students are cleaning up from a chaotic weekend after parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival turned violent.

Dozens of people were injured and arrested as crowds overturned cars, set fires and hurled bottles at police, who responded with riot gear and tear gas.

Police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department's police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday and made at least 49 arrests.

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NH News
9:51 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Police In Riot Gear Clash With Crowd In Keene, Several Injuries Reported

Police formed a barricade on Winchester Street to deal with the huge crowds.
Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Police turned out in riot gear to try to quell the violence that erupted in the neighborhoods surrounding the Pumpkin Festival in Keene Saturday.

Initial police and fire reports indicate that police and EMTs had to dodge bottles and other debris from the hostile crowd as they tried to tend to the injured.

Stephanie Konopka of Swanzey was visiting the festival with her 12-year-old daughter Saturday afternoon, and said her car was surrounded by a mob of hundreds of college age students while driving down Winchester Street at about 2 p.m.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hillsborough County Court Not Awarded Drug Court Grant, Wins HOPE Grant

Credit Michael Flanagan/Flickr CC

The Bureau of Justice Administration has approved funding for a new drug court in Nashua, but has rejected a grant for the same program in Manchester.

Hillsborough County Superior Court had applied for two three-year, $325,000 grants.

Each would have funded drug courts in the state’s two largest cities, but, earlier this month, only Nashua’s was approved.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Ken Brown says while he’s disappointed, the Manchester court did receive funding for a similar program called Project HOPE.

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Health
4:30 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Cheshire Lands $1.1 Million Grant For Healthy Monadnock Plan

Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene

A plan to make the Monadnock region one of the healthiest communities in the country has received a financial boost from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.1 million to Healthy Monadnock 2020, an initiative of Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene. The hospital is working with schools, farmers and other private and public entities to prevent some of the leading causes of death, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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