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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …