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Record-breaking heat wave provides glimpse of NH’s possible climate future

07-19-2024 2:46 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire is at the tail end of a record-breaking heat wave, with communities across the state seeing their longest strings of sweltering days in recorded history.Concord saw temperatures at or above 90 degrees starting on July 6. July 16 marked...


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Electricity demand in New England peaked for the year in latest heat wave

07-23-2024 5:30 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

The longest heat wave recorded in parts of New Hampshire is letting up. And with the heat dissipating, so is demand on New England’s energy grid.This Tuesday, electricity demand on the grid hit its peak for the year so far at about 24,300 megawatts....


Goose Pond drawdown alters landscape

07-19-2024 6:32 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

CANAAN — During the recent warm, humid weather, any swimmer or boater headed for relief at Goose Pond would have been out of luck.Since the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service’s Dam Bureau began drawing down the water in Goose Pond in...


Vermont’s new Catholic bishop faces a litany of challenges

07-17-2024 5:01 PM

By KEVIN O’CONNOR

When John McDermott was ordained as a priest 35 years ago, both the new cleric and the nearly two-century-old Vermont Roman Catholic Diocese — the state’s largest religious denomination — were awash in historic highs.Standing before then-Bishop John...


Art Notes: Sculpturefest features work of Woodstock high alumna

07-17-2024 4:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

WOODSTOCK — Lela Jaacks’ interest in visual art dates to her years at Woodstock Union High School.After she graduated, in 1995, and before she headed off to Rhode Island School of Design, she helped Charlet Davenport with the myriad details involved...


Wasps offer hope for ash trees’ future

07-14-2024 7:46 PM

GRAFTON — Bill Davidson, a forest health specialist with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, stepped out of his truck and into the mid-morning heat and humidity at the Burnham Lot, a parcel owned by the University of New Hampshire.Across...


Art Notes: The Junction Dance Festival focuses on public participation

07-10-2024 6:00 PM

By ALEX HANSON

For a long time, the primary venue for dance in these parts was Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center.The college incubated Pilobolus, the celebrated, New England-based modern dance company, which itself produced spinoff companies that make regular stops...


These NH teachers wanted to make phonics fun. So they wrote their own comic books.

07-10-2024 5:01 PM

By SARAH GIBSON

Brittany McGuire got the idea from her 8-year-old son. He struggled to read and sometimes refused to do his reading homework. But he loved comic books.McGuire, a fourth grade teacher at Governor Wentworth Regional School District, turned to her...


Different art forms coexist at Opera North

07-10-2024 3:28 PM

By MARION UMPLEBY

As art forms go, opera, with its opulent venues and complicated storylines, can often risk intimidating and alienating all but its most avid fans.Since Evans Haile became the general director of Opera North 10 years ago, the company has been expanding...


On flood anniversary, Vermont again faces heavy — and potentially dangerous — rains

07-10-2024 9:06 AM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

On July 10 last year, heavy rains that had begun the night before unleashed catastrophic floods across Vermont. This Wednesday, exactly a year later, torrential downpours may once again threaten the state with flooding, according to a forecast issued...


Fish and Game rule would create special hunting weekend for active military, veterans

07-08-2024 3:59 PM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

A new Fish and Game Department rule would create a special waterfowl hunting weekend for active military members and veterans.This reserved hunting time would take place the first weekend after the close of the regular hunting season in all zones....


A Life: Gillian Tyler ‘was just sparkling’

07-07-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

THETFORD — At Smith College in the 1950s, Gillian Lewis majored in visual art and minored in theater. Those studies presaged the direction her life would take after she moved to Thetford in 1960.Art was major, at least at first, as she made woodcuts...


Claremont celebrates

07-04-2024 5:55 PM

Korin Korpi, middle, untangles balloons for her daughter Finley LaFont 6, right, and ErinLyn Flamma, 9, during an Independence Day gathering of family and neighbors on Chestnut Street in Claremont on Wednesday. The group, including from back left,...


Upper Valley Fourth of July celebrations

07-03-2024 10:01 PM

FIREWORKSGrafton: July 6, dusk, Grafton Recreation Field, Prescott Hill Road.Fairlee; July 4, around 9 p.m., over Lake Morey.Hartford/Wilder: July 4, between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m., Kilowatt South Park, 61 Passumpsic Ave. (Rain date: July 5)Hartland: July...


After long closure, Ruggles Mine reopens to public

07-03-2024 6:02 PM

By CAROLINE FROST and HALEY CLOUGH

GRAFTON — Following the closing of Ruggles Mine in 2016, there was much speculation in town about what the future held for what was once a hot spot for “rock hounds.” Many residents questioned whether the mine, which dates back to the early 1800s, had...


EPA: Pike Hill copper mine cleanup progresses

07-01-2024 6:31 PM

By HALEY CLOUGH

CORINTH — The cleanup of the abandoned Pike Hill Copper Mine, a federal Superfund site, is moving forward with the treatment of contaminated soil and sediment scheduled for late summer and early fall, the Environmental Protection Agency indicated last...


Making movies in White River Junction

06-29-2024 4:33 PM

Counselor and intern Drew Boyce, left, reviews a shot with JAM Camp participants, from second left, Milo Hallinan, 10, of Lebanon, Zachary Albecassis, 11, of Hanover, and Malcolm Sharlet, 10, of Norwich, while filming a scene for their spy film at the...


Treatment seeks to prevent algae blooms in Lake Morey

06-28-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — When Smith Reed and his wife, Ginny, were looking for a lake to live on around 15 years ago, Lake Morey stood out. “We wanted to find a lake that had clear water,” Reed said. “The water quality has been excellent.” In recent years, however,...


Out & About: Library puzzle contests aim to bring in new patrons

06-28-2024 4:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WINDSOR — Those who like jigsaw puzzles — and have an appetite for friendly competition — should consider taking part in a team contest at the Windsor Public Library.The Great Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge, scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Monday, July 15,...


Northern Stage prepares to break ground on White River Junction apartments

06-27-2024 7:57 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In a push to secure its future as a regional theater company, Northern Stage has announced that it will break ground in July on a new housing development at the end of Gates Street. The complex of 18 units, which will provide...


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