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Peterborough: Storybook walk through Saturday

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

All are invited to take a self-guided storybook walk along an easy section of the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail in Peterborough. The featured book is “Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow,” written by Joyce Sinclair and illustrated by local artist Beth Krommes. Pages from the story are laid out along the trail to read as you go, providing … 0

Dublin: ConCom battles invasives

Monday, June 22, 2015

DUBLIN — The Conservation Commission is working toward the eradication of two invasive plant species. Plans to quell the growth of Japanese knotweed and purple loosestrife were discussed at Wednesday’s meeting, with the Conservation Commission deciding to use herbicides to fight knotweed and insects to battle loosestrife. “The effect of last year’s spraying … 0

Francestown: Residential solar options expand

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Residents in Francestown will soon be able to install solar panels on or next to their homes for an average of $1,500 less than standard installation costs, as a part of a new solar pilot program. Francestown will host a Solar Up launch event on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town offices. The event will give interested residents an opportunity to meet … 1

Peterborough: Climate scientists visit town

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Peterborough earned statewide and national recognition for building the largest solar array in New Hampshire. Now, the town, with a population of less than 7,000, has gained international attention. Eight experts in climate change and renewable energy visited … 0

Dublin: Con Comm works to fight knotweed

Monday, June 15, 2015

The battle against invasive Japanese knotweed in Dublin has been going on over the past four years, and a recent survey of the town by the Conservation Commission shows it has yielded great results. The knotweed problem in … 0

Grants critical for solar

Monday, June 15, 2015

Five Monadnock region projects are currently competing for grant or rebate funding from N.H. Public Utilities Commission for solar projects, totaling $2.92 million in requested funds to offset approximately $7.71 million in projected project costs. These grants and rebates are a part of a three-tiered program offered by … 0

Greenfield / Peterborough / Mason: the state of bees:

Monday, June 15, 2015

Every year, Jodi Turner of The Monadnock Beekeepers Association receives the same call from a handful of other beekeepers. Hundreds of honeybees are outside the hive. The bees are on the ground, face up, with their feet in … 0

Greenfield: My inside look at beekeeping

Monday, June 15, 2015

GREENFIELD – I was never afraid of bees or wasps. One of my first memories was slapping a yellow jacket with my bare hand. And yet, their buzzing has always unnerved me. When beekeepers Jodi Turner and Melissa … 0

Hancock: Harris Center: No cat trapping

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Harris Center has taken a stand against bobcat trapping, challenging N.H. Fish and Game Department’s rationale for considering reinstating a season. Meanwhile, the department’s commission has tabled the proposal because it recognizes the subject is controversial, said Fish and Game Wildlife Division Chief Mark Ellingwood. “We do … 0

Dublin: Solar project moves forward

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DUBLIN — Yankee Publishing is moving forward with finalizing engineering plans for a proposed solar project, after the Planning Board granted two waivers Thursday. With the waivers in place — which minimizes the amount of land surveying that needs to be completed — Yankee Publishing is now working … 0

Peterborough: Arsenic levels high in local water

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — Water from over 20 percent of artesian wells tested for arsenic has levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendation of 10 parts per billion. “That wasn’t a surprise,” said Chair of the Water Resources Advisory Committee Beth Alpaugh-Cote, since this percentage is equivalent to the … 0

Rindge: Warning issued for Lake Monomonac

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A cyanobacteria warning was issued for Lake Monomonac by the Department of Environmental Services Monday afternoon, discouraging any contact with the water by residents or pets. This warning is intended as a precautionary measure to prevent short-term exposure to cyanobacteria toxins, which can cause irritation of skin and … 0

Their passion is in the woods

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

In Karen Bennett’s profession, many clients aren’t quite sure what they want. “Many people, when they call the county forester, they don’t know what they want — and those are some of my favorite visits. You can give … 0