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Although many orchards throughout New Hampshire suffered an average season at best, Norway Hill Orchard experienced an almost perfect season, owner Peg McLeod said Friday.

Hancock/Mason: Orchards fare better here

Monday, October 20, 2014

It wasn’t just last winter’s record snowfall and cold that affected apple production in New Hampshire, according to a state agricultural expert. George Hamilton, a University of New Hampshire field specialist, recently explained it was also the severe snaps of warm weather and cold weather and vice versa from the fall through the spring. “I don’t want to say there’s … 0

Hancock: Tipping the scales

Monday, October 20, 2014

Peg McLeod, owner of Norway Hill Orchard in Hancock, was greeted with a gift one morning about two weeks ago. A worker picking apples earlier that morning put a larger than normal apple on top of a crate inside her farm stand. McLeod quickly noticed this apple wasn’t just any larger, wider apple. … 0

Greenfield: Ayotte to speak, hike at Crotched today

Monday, October 20, 2014

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte will join stakeholders from New Hampshire’s outdoor industry and forestry industry, members of the conservation community, and local officials for a roundtable discussion today at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield at 9:30 a.m. The focus will be on the economic benefit of preserving New Hampshire’s natural resources and protecting outdoor recreational lands. Ayotte will discuss her efforts to … 0

Lyndeborough: ‘Significant Trees’ group works to restore preservation

Monday, October 13, 2014

A local group has turned its eye to a state-preserved stand of dogwood trees, to discuss the best ways to bring the overgrown area back to its former glory. The Significant Trees of Wilton and Lyndeborough group originally formed after the cutting of a 200-year-old oak tree in … 0

Jaffrey: Cutting to the Corps

Monday, September 29, 2014

JAFFREY — A short walk from the entrance to Children’s Woods on Stratton Road, there are a group of people busily working among huge logs of hemlock. The logs have been felled and dragged to their current location … 0

Reimer’s REason: Don’t let nuisance law come down on you

Friday, September 26, 2014

You have probably heard of the legal concept of “nuisance.” Maybe your neighbor’s rooster seems like a nuisance. Maybe the noise, traffic, and dust from the quarry next door are bothersome. Maybe someone has called your unruly dog a nuisance. You don’t want to be a nuisance. Being … 0

Bobcat’s Tail: The speckled beauty: Hope in a stream of challenges

Friday, September 26, 2014

As birds are flying south and deer are in the rut, another species is moving in the quest to fulfill its life cycle. The Eastern brook trout is swimming its way upstream, into little brooks that wind through … 0

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 … 1

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 … 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 … 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