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Peterborough: ConVal grad: ‘Sometimes all someone needs is to be heard’

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Since Army Spc. Jessica Arent graduated from ConVal in 2009, she has pounded nails for Habitat for Humanity, filled backpacks with school supplies for impoverished children in South Africa, and counseled soldiers during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Yet, the Peterborough native doesn’t believe she deserved the American Legion Auxiliary’s Servicewoman of the Year award. “I see how hard [other …

Nature's bounty: A look at fall foliage season

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There is no perfect day in the fall season. Leaves will fade and fall on one tree, while they will remain green on another. The beauty is in the unpredictability and uniqueness of each day. “It’s the change that happens that is amazing,” said Steve Roberge, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s Cheshire …

Kinder Morgan gas deal is OK’d

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

An important benchmark has been reached by developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline, leaving their opposition considering their options. On Friday, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission agreed to a settlement reached by PUC staffers and Liberty Utilities, to allow Liberty Utilities to purchase up to 115,000 dekatherms of gas from a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the southern …

Pipeline: Where do we stand, are we prepared for the worst?

Monday, October 5, 2015

How safe are natural gas pipelines and compressor stations? That’s a question foremost in peoples’ minds, as Kinder Morgan seeks federal approval for the Northeast Energy Direct project through southern New Hampshire. A study of pipeline safety released by the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal agency, …

The opposition: Pipeline is focal point for solidarity

Monday, October 5, 2015

The people of the Monadnock region are a tight-knit group, who rely on their Yankee work ethic and strong sense of community. Opposition to the southern New Hampshire route for a natural gas pipeline is a new focal …

Environment: A look at the land, water and air

Monday, October 5, 2015

The ebony boghaunter, a species of dragonfly. Turtle nesting. Rare snake habitat. These are among the wildlife in Rindge that need to be taken into account, The Monadnock Conservancy recently told federal authorities, as the Northeast Energy Direct …

Pipeline: Reading the politics of fuel in New Hampshire

Monday, October 5, 2015

Granite Staters love the land, the quiet pace and clean waters. They also value a thriving economy, services that make life palatable, and having their say at every level of government. Now as policymakers seek to lower energy …

D, the sunshine vitamin

Saturday, October 3, 2015

With the equinox last week and the leaves starting to change, it’s a good time to talk about vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. As the days get shorter and the nights longer, it becomes more difficult for us …

Letters: TImber harvest can help forest

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor written by Ms. Doreski, (“Logging disturbs peace,” Ledger-Transcript, Sept. 15) made reference to a well-known song by Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi.” She suggested that in timber harvesting we are “paving paradise to put up a parking lot.” However, …

Viewpoint: On solving moral problems in the political sphere

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Editor’s note: The following is the text of a letter written to Gov. Maggie Hassan. I was born in Temple and ended up in Peterborough from the 7th grade through the end of high school. My family currently …

Viewpoint: Kinder Morgan pipeline: A citizen’s perspective

Friday, October 2, 2015

Since this project was moved to Southern New Hampshire last December, we all have been inundated with information about it from all sides. I have attended several dozen informational sessions, hearings and community meetings. I have represented Temple …

Letter: More work needed in climate change

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: I read your coverage, “Pope to speak on climate change” (Ledger-Transcript, Sept. 24) of the pope’s recent visit to the United States. I’m pleased that the pope stressed the need to take serious action on climate change. Though President Obama has made significant efforts to …

Editorial: Just what is driving FERC?

Monday, October 5, 2015

The 1973 oil crisis, and the long gas lines that plagued that decade, brought attention to the fact that Americans need alternative sources of energy. At that time, price controls on natural gas — a readily available alternative — were too low to encourage its development. Something needed …