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Cap on net metering before House

Monday, February 8, 2016

PETERBOROUGH — David Fisch, a former Wall Street compliance officer, assessed a solar installation on his home as he would any stock or bond. “Spending money on this was a better return than if I invested my money in a bank and earned less than 1 percent interest,” said Fisch, whose 12.5 kilowatt solar installation was completed in December. “In …

Conservation series: ‘We have to engage many more people’

Friday, January 15, 2016

I’m pleased to write about conservation and the environment through the eyes of a town conservation commission member — Peterborough’s ConCom, in my case. Our work is natural resource protection, no small task. Members are volunteers who by varying paths have come to know the importance of taking care of forest and farmland, …

Reimers Reason: On selling food that you make in your kitchen

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Over the holidays, a friend gave us nicely jarred strawberry jam that she made at home. Another friend spent a Sunday in our kitchen pickling various vegetables, including cauliflower, golden beets, candy cane beets (that was the first I ever heard of those), and radishes. I heard someone tell each of these people …

Francestown: Dinsmore Brook Conservation Area

Friday, November 20, 2015

“While hiking with the dogs, we discovered a beautiful granite gorge within the Dinsmore Brook Conservation Area, and there was a skim coating of ice on the brook itself. Very cool indeed!” said Deb McGrath of Francestown. …

Conservation series: ‘Conservancy sees apathy as a threat’

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It is readily apparent that the Monadnock region enjoys an abundance of open green space. We have a good thing going, thanks to citizens and local governments that value the rural character of our towns and villages. We …

Peterborough: Sludge no more

Monday, November 9, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — It wasn’t easy turning a six-acre sewage lagoon into a solar array. The N.H. Public Utilities Commission denied the grant application the town and Borrego Solar submitted the first time they applied. The sludge workers encountered …

The Bobcat’s tail: Stepping into our land’s time machine

Friday, November 20, 2015

If you want to see how our forests have changed over the past 300 years, just drive down to Petersham, Massachusetts, 30 minutes south of Rindge. The Fisher Museum looks like a small, simple academic building, just off …

Francestown: Increase seen in solar installations

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

FRANCESTOWN — A program to encourage solar energy use tripled the number of installations on homes this summer. Solar Up New Hampshire facilitated the installation of 8 more solar arrays, raising the total in town from 4 to 12. “I though it went fantastic,” Jack Mann told the …

Climate change conference for NH voters

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

On Nov. 14, Citizens’ Climate Lobby is sponsoring a free public teach-in for New Hampshire voters to “Make Climate Change THE Issue in 2016.” The teach-in will feature speakers, a panel discussion, and group sessions. Speakers will include world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and other climate change …

Sharon: Reminiscing about Temple Mountain

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Friends of the Wapack held their annual meeting at the Sharon Meetinghouse last Saturday. Mike Beebe talked about the evolution of ski equipment and changes in the sport over the years. …

Hancock: Volunteers are Harris’s heroes

Monday, October 19, 2015

HANCOCK — Citizen scientists for the Harris Center for Conservation Education assemble a brigade that carries migrating salamanders across highways, hunts fickle vernal pools and scans the skies for the endangered nighthawk. Parents and teachers team up with …

Nature's bounty: A look at fall foliage season

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There is no perfect day in the fall season. Leaves will fade and fall on one tree, while they will remain green on another. The beauty is in the unpredictability and uniqueness of each day. “It’s the change …

Jaffrey: Green thumb on campus

Monday, September 28, 2015

As Shannon Tremblay sits on a bench in front of the Jaffrey Grade School, she notices something out of the corner of her eye and immediately becomes distracted. “That will definitely be on my list for things to …