Environment

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, water quality, and room to roam for moose and bear — and humans, too. Our professional backgrounds include forestry, farm management, water resources, town planning, business, and teaching in a variety of fields. As the primaries approach, followed by the big election Nov. 8, it’s clear we “tree huggers” haven’t done a …

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. …

Peterborough/Francestown/New Ipswich: Solar growth slows down

Monday, July 27, 2015

Uncertainty about the future of solar energy subsidies has put the brakes on its popularity in the region. Utilities will soon reach the state mandated net-metering cap, and legislation that would raise the cap is not expected to pass. Also, Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of the Legislature’s two-year …

$230k available in state ‘moose plate’ grants

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee has announced that the 2016 conservation “moose plate” grant applications are available. Applications are due by Sept. 25, Eligible applicants include municipalities, county conservation districts, qualified nonprofit organizations engaged in conservation programs, public and private schools, county cooperative extension natural resource programs …

Peterborough: Recyclers salvage 77 tons

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

For the month of June Peterborough and Sharon residents recycled a total of 76.99 tons. Tons of: Newspaper: 3.84 Cardboard: 9.1 Mixed paper: 21.06 Plastics: 2.61 Aluminum cans: .29 Steel cans: .88 Food waste: 1.06 Glass: 21 Textiles: 4.96 Scrap metal: 8.37 By recycling a total of 76.99 …

Dublin: Dublin School’s solar project OK’d

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DUBLIN — Dublin School will move forward with their proposed 375-kilowatt solar array to fulfill all of the school’s energy needs after the Planning Board approved the project Thursday evening. Despite a reluctance to approve the project from …

Pipeline: Feeling the ripple effect

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Even though Cathy Lanigan doesn’t live in a town that will be traversed by Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, she defiantly displays several “Stop the Pipeline” signs on her lawn on Concord Street. “If I don’t …

Peterborough: Campers cut wood for those in need

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A dozen teenagers from the Barbara C. Harris Camp in Greenfield gathered at the River Center in Peterborough Tuesday to cut, split and stack firewood for needy families. The River Center Wood Bank has been operational for the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …