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Cap on net metering before House

Monday, February 8, 2016

PETERBOROUGH — David Fisch, a former Wall Street compliance officer, assessed a solar installation on his home as he would any stock or bond. “Spending money on this was a better return than if I invested my money in a bank and earned less than 1 percent interest,” said Fisch, whose 12.5 kilowatt solar installation was completed in December. “In …

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, …

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 …

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 …

ML: Healthy changes in the ongoing food discourse

Friday, April 24, 2015

This month I’d like to give the spotlight to Samantha Bureau, a Franklin Pierce University psychology student and athlete with whom I had the pleasure of presenting at the first Farm to Institution New England Summit on April …

ML: MtBE: The gas additive that is hard to remove

Friday, April 24, 2015

I barely remember leaded gasoline. All I really remember is being in the backseat of my mother’s Pinto and the question being posed: “Leaded or unleaded?” Lead is harmful to humans, so the federal Clean Air Act required …

Keene: Wildflower walk at Horatio Colony

Friday, April 24, 2015

Before trees fully develop their leaves, which shade the understory, ephemeral spring wildflowers grow and bloom. On May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, discover some of these New England floral gems on a hike with Emily Hague of the Monadnock Conservancy and Antioch University intern. This hike …

New Ipswich: Skinny Cat Rd. land for sale

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kinder Morgan has been tight-lipped about possible locations for compressor stations that would serve its proposed natural gas pipeline, but concern is high that a property in New Ipswich may fit the bill. The nearly 300-acre property at 40 Skinny Cat Rd. in New Ipswich is currently on …

Rindge: A pilgrimage for climate change

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Deeply rooted in religious practices, a group of Quakers from New England and beyond have converged at the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline route on a pilgrimage for climate change. A nearly 150-mile and 12-day journey across all …

PETERBOROUGH: Arsenic tests available to residents

Monday, April 6, 2015

Like many Granite Staters, Jamie Trowbridge of Peterborough assumed water from his home’s artesian well was clean. But after media reports encouraged the Trowbridges to test their drinking water, they discovered it harbored an unhealthy level of arsenic — a carcinogen that is the most common well-water contaminant …