With yet another storm bringing rain and snow and ice to New Hampshire, NHPR's Sean Hurley went into downtown Plymouth to see how folks there were holding up.
Standing out on Main Street in Plymouth, I heard variations on the theme of "Please oh please, will someone stop the snow from snowing." Except from the unusual Kayla Grimes clearing the sidewalk with her trusty shovel in front of Plymouth Ski and Sport where she works.
I love shoveling. Do you? Yeah! I don't ski or snowboard. You shovel. I shovel.
The annual town meeting at Hart's Location might be a small affair, but it usually attracts almost 80 per cent of its registered voters and this year was no different.
Not far from Bretton Woods and Mount Washington - the biggest ski area in the state and our highest mountain - sits the smallest town in New Hampshire - Hart's Location. Population, I'm told, just under 40.
Before the town meeting begins, Moderator Les Shoof announces the unofficial results of the just completed town election.
Those big stacks of wood pellets typically seen each fall in the parking lots of big box stores aren’t so easy to find right now. And, that’s posing a challenge for people like Andy Langlois of Berlin.
He heats with pellets and has become a hunter-gatherer.
“I had to start calling around as well as just stopping by places just to see if anybody has them and then how many they have,” he said.
Around the state stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot are often coming up short, spokeswomen for the companies acknowledged.
North Conway's Sean Doherty, at 18, is the youngest member of the US Olympic Biathlon team. While most people know the Biathlon combines skiing with shooting, the finer points are a little elusive. NHPR's Sean Hurley recently visited the Jackson Biathlon range - the only dedicated course in New Hampshire - to find out more about the sport.
Seven years ago 300 jobs were lost when the Wausau paper plant in Groveton closed. But now a Marlborough, Mass. company says it plans to open a new liquified natural gas plant at the site.
The new plant will cost about $100 million, says Evan Coleman, an official with Clear Energy, the developer.
“We take natural gas out of a pipeline, we cool it down to about negative 260 degrees which transforms the gas into a liquid and then we truck that product out to utility, industrial and transportation users within New England.”
The combination of fresh snow and February school vacation should mean brisk business for our New Hampshire ski areas. As the vacation week opens up, NHPR's Sean Hurley and his son Sam went to Loon Mountain and sends us this audio postcard.
Loon Mountain is capsized by high winds and cloudy torrents and the rough air means the gondola has been shut down for the day. But the early arriving vacationers don't seem to mind.
In the summer, the Road Agent in a small New Hampshire town will handle everything from ditches to tree-work to regrading. But in the winter, there's pretty much one job. Keeping the roads clear of snow and ice. As this winter storm bears down, NHPR's Sean Hurley caught up with the local Road Agent in his hometown of Thornton to see how the town plows will handle the fresh snow.
John Kubik, Road Agent for the Town of Thornton, glances down at the inch of snow gathering around his boots.
The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.
HAVERHILL CORNER LIBRARY PRESENTS PROGRAM ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Wednesdays February 12 and 19 at 7 PM at the Haverhill Congregational Church Parish Hall. Haverhill resident David Pruitt will present. Programs will explore aspects of Lincoln's life. For more information visit http://hliba.blogspot.com.
More than two years ago the Balsams closed, putting about 300 full and part-time employees out of work.
But now Les Otten, a Maine businessman and former owner of the American Skiing Company, is working on reopening the Balsams. He says he has an agreement with the resort’s two owners, Dan Hebert and Dan Dagesse.