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Environment

Lyndeborough: ‘It just keeps on growing’

Monday, September 15, 2014

Over the top of Stew Ross’ porch spills the leafy green limbs of his Yellow Sungold cherry tomato plant. Within arm’s reach, green tomatoes are growing, and yellow buds are still sprouting in the mid-September morning. It wouldn’t be an uncommon sight for a backyard gardener — except for the fact that Ross’ porch is on the second floor, and the tomato plant is planted in the ground, 16 feet below. At 82 years old, Ross said he doesn’t have the ability to maintain and upkeep a big garden. But he is able to keep a small potted tomato plant on his porch, which he … 0

Peterborough: Task force to review town’s ‘picking’ policy

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — Town Administrator Pamela Brenner presented several scenarios about a 30-year-old copper pot at the Select Board’s meeting Tuesday to illustrate her office’s concerns about the practice of “picking” at the Recycling Center. In one scenario, a 53-year-old Peterborough resident tries to take home the pot, but the Recycling Center’s staff informs … 0

Peterborough: Two dams of cultural significance are up for inspection

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — When Rodney Bartlett first spoke to the public about inspecting the two-centuries-old Transcript Dam downtown and the North Village Dam, the director of public works proposed breaching one of the dams, if found too costly to repair. Breaching and flooding the dam would destroy it. At Tuesday’s Select Board meeting, Bartlett … 0

Peterborough: Recycled cassette is link to a family’s past

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Caitlin Selby and her 9-year-old daughter Lucy recently stumbled on a treasure while sifting through used cassette tapes at the Mini Mall, or swap shop at the Peterborough Recycling Center. In between used albums by Wham! and Sting … 0

Bobcat’s Tail: 100 years since the last passenger pigeon

Friday, August 22, 2014

Imagine for a minute a bird that flies in flocks so enormous that they blot out the sun, taking hours to pass and in such intensity of sound that you’d swear a freight train was passing near. Imagining … 0

Keene: Antioch alums beat back beech to help restore woods

Friday, August 22, 2014

The American beech is a stalwart of the New England forest and a favorite of wildlife who thrive on its mast crop, beechnuts. But today the beech, threatened by disease, often ends up as a scrubby and aggressive competitor and pushes out other tree species. An intern for … 0

Concord: New report: Electric cars are putting the brakes on pollution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Electric vehicles could prevent more than 162,000 metric tons of climate-changing carbon pollution annually in New Hampshire by 2025, according to a new Environment New Hampshire report. That’s the equivalent of saving more than 18 million gallons of gasoline per year, or eliminating tailpipe pollution from 34,000 of … 0

Peterborough/Sharon: Recyclers save 17k for town in July

Friday, August 22, 2014

Through the efforts of Peterborough and Sharon recyclers for the month of July, a total of 87.26 tons of recyclables were deposited. Newspaper: 5.12 tons Cardboard: 9.6 tons Mixed paper: 17.16 tons Plastics: 2.31 tons Aluminum cans: .58 tons Steel cans: 1.32 tons Food waste: 1.18 tons Glass: … 0

Manchester: Solar progress in New Hampshire fueled by strong state policies

Friday, August 22, 2014

Today, Environment New Hampshire Research & Policy Center released a new report, “Lighting the Way,” ranking states by their solar growth in 2013 and cumulatively. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local … 0

Wilton: Audit to target Town Hall’s energy usage

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WILTON — The town will be looking at ways to improve energy efficiency at the Town Hall, the Select Board decided Monday night. They will start with an energy audit, which could lead to a warrant request for … 0

Conservation: Watcher of the water

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meg Harrington looked frazzled late that August morning. The 22-year-old conservation biologist, on her last survey of the summer, combed Pleasant Pond in her kayak for over an hour. Harrington was searching for a pair of the blackish-blue … 0

Jaffrey: Farmers Market suspends operations with plans to reinvent in 2015

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Jaffrey Community Farmers Market is suspending operations for the remainder of the 2014 season. “A late crop season, a lack of market patrons coupled with a dwindling the number of available farmers at the Saturday time has led to an overall decline in weekly traffic at the … 0

Peterborough: Mini Mall remains mainstay in town

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In the Mini Mall at the Peterborough Recycling Center, Tracy Tomic-Craig and her children, Jack and Kate, rummaged through knick-knacks in boxes and on shelves, while another woman dropped off trinkets she was through with. This swap program … 0