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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. …

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 Route 32, at the edge of Harvard University’s sprawling research forest. Inside you’ll see an …

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 Ledger-Transcript, after he spoke to the Select Board about results of the program at its …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Peterborough: Recycling numbers for month of April

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Peterborough and Sharon residents recycled a total of 66.36 tons in the month of April. Tons of: Newspaper - 3.84 Cardboard - 7.8 Mixed Paper - 21.06 Plastics - 3.42 Aluminum cans - .58 Steel Cans - 1.32 Food Waste - 1.14 Glass -21 Textiles - 6.2 By …

Bobcat’s Tail: Game cameras: a tool for research, conservation

Friday, May 22, 2015

Game cameras are one of the coolest gadgets to reach the wildlife—lovers’ market. These handy motion—activated cameras have come a long way in the past 15 years, evolving from clunky film relics to high—tech tools with apps that …

Peterborough: Three-strikes policy at Recycling Center

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — New policies in place at the Recycling Center regulate how residents turn another’s trash into their treasure. The Recycling Center task force, formed in fall of 2014, developed policies for how items discarded at the Recycling Center are reserved. It also established a three-strike rule, approved …

Bobcat’s Tail: Hanging in the balance: support for Fish and Game

Friday, April 24, 2015

While our streams and forests are springing to life, the Statehouse halls in Concord are stirring with conversations about New Hampshire’s commitment to wildlife. In the N.H. Senate, the House and the governor’s office, they’re talking about how …