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Some NH small businesses can apply for drought relief loans by May 1

CONCORD (AP) — Small businesses in New Hampshire's Carroll, Rockingham and Strafford counties have until May 1 to file for federal economic injury disaster loans as a result of a drought that started last summer.

The counties are adjacent to primary counties in Maine that were named in the declaration.

Under this declaration, the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of the drought. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.6 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.


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Police warn of phone scam seeking money to clear warrants

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities are warning Massachusetts residents about hoax telephone calls that are meant to look like they're coming from police.

Massachusetts State Police say they've received numerous complaints about calls that appear to come from a phone number for the department's South Boston barracks. The caller is identified as an officer and then instructs victims to meet at local shopping centers to provide money to clear up police warrants.

Some calls have demanded thousands of dollars.

Police say not to go anywhere as a result of an unsolicited phone call, and that anyone who receives a similar call should immediately hang up.


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Police: Wanted man found with crack cocaine, heroin in Rochester

ROCHESTER — Police allegedly found crack cocaine and heroin on a man wanted on an arrest warrant.

An off-duty probation officer called the Rochester Police Department after observing a suspicious man on Flagg Road Saturday.

Officers responded to the area and located Tino Marino. While on the scene, police learned that Tino had an active warrant issued out of the Strafford County Sheriff's Office.

A search incident led to the finding of the illegal drugs, prompting additional charges to be filed against Marino.

Marino was held without bail and transported to the Strafford County Jail where he awaits his arraignment.


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NH Fish and Game accepting applications for moose hunt lottery

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire is accepting applications for this year's moose hunt lottery.

Applications for the lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents and are available online at huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game Department license agent. The deadline is May 26.

New Hampshire proposes to issue 51 permits this year, the lowest number since the state started its current lottery system in 1988.

Permits have declined in recent years, partly because of the impact of parasites, both winter tick and brainworm, on moose. Last year, 71 lottery permits were issued at the June lottery.

This year's hunt runs from Oct. 17 to 29.

 


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New Hampshire plans accessible trail near Old Man of the Mountain site

FRANCONIA NOTCH (AP) — New Hampshire is planning a new, universally accessible trail near the plaza dedicated to its famous fallen icon, the Old Man of the Mountain.

The Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza in Franconia Notch was dedicated in 2011, eight years after the 40-foot-tall granite formation resembling a man's face fell 1,200 feet to the ground. The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation wants to build a trail between the viewing place and the Profile Lake boat launch along the Franconia Notch Parkway, with a boardwalk in areas where there is not enough space between the road and the lake.

The project would be funded by the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund. The parks division is presenting its plans April 6 at the Franconia Notch State Park headquarters.


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Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare.

On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!"

The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The bill was pulled from the House floor Friday in a humiliating political defeat for the president.

Trump initially focused his blame on Democrats for the failure and predicted a dire future for the current law.

Before the bill was pulled, Trump tweeted at the Freedom Caucus, saying Planned Parenthood funding would continue if they blocked the legislation.


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Woman claims she crashed into a deer because she saw a sasquatch

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho woman told police she crashed into a deer because she was distracted by a sasquatch in her rearview mirror.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the 50-year-old Tensed woman was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 on Wednesday when she struck a deer near Potlatch.

The woman told Benewah County Sheriff's officials that she saw a sasquatch chasing a deer on the side of the road while driving. She says she checked one of her mirrors to get a second look at the beast and when she looked up, the deer ran in front of her.

Sheriff's officials marked the incident as a vehicle versus deer collision but did not report any evidence of Bigfoot.


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Man who bound dog's muzzle with tape sentenced to 5 years

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog's muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Media outlets report William Dodson's sentence Friday represented the state's maximum for animal cruelty. However, it will run simultaneously with a 15-year sentence on a federal gun charge. Dodson's treatment of Caitlyn won't extend his prison time.

Judge Markley Dennis told the 43-year-old North Charleston man, "I wish I could give you more."

Charleston Animal Society director Aldwin Roman says the sentence still sends a message that animal cruelty won't be tolerated.

Caitlyn was found in critical condition. The tape cut off blood flow to her tongue.

The case sparked international outrage after photos of Caitlyn's tightly bound snout spread on social media.


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'SNL' star doesn't back away from Boston racism comment

BOSTON (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che (CHAY) is not backing away from comments he made about Boston, when he called it the "most racist city" he has ever visited.

The Boston Globe reports that the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" told a Boston University crowd Thursday about how he received angry messages on social media after he made the comment on "SNL" the night before the Super Bowl.

He responded to one woman by urging her to "talk to your closest black friend and ask them to explain it to you." He says the woman responded by answering, "Touche."

Che, who often jokes about President Donald Trump on the NBC show, told the audience he never apologizes for language or controversial statements because he's "just trying to be more presidential."


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Hold up: Bill would let small municipal boards meet remotely

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Dozens of Maine governmental entities are holding meetings by phone.

But it's not clear whether the practice is actually allowed by current law, as the state's Freedom of Access Act is silent on remote participation.

Lawmakers might be weighing in on the issue this week. A Republican legislator's bill would allow municipal governing boards of 3 members to perform official duties through remote meetings.

Lawmakers will deal with the bill at a Wednesday work session.

Critics say the practice could shut the public out of key discussions.


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Police cite Massachusetts sixth-grader for trespassing

WEST HARWICH, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have served a sixth-grader with no-trespass orders after neighbors grew wary of the girl cutting through their properties to get to and from her school bus stop.

The mother of 11-year-old Autumn Blanchard tells the Cape Cod Times her daughter received three pink no-trespass notices from the Harwich Police Department on March 2. Krystal Blanchard says she was unaware neighbors had an issue until the police arrived at her door. She questioned why she wasn't informed by the neighbors.

Autumn says the cut-through shortened her route and she "just wanted to get home and be warm."

But one neighbor says she was previously sued because a girl fell in her yard and became concerned when she saw Autumn climbing over debris from a fallen tree.


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Family escapes log cabin blaze unharmed, two cats still unaccounted for

ROCHESTER — A two-alarm blaze significantly damaged a log cabin home and left two of the family's cats unaccounted for on Friday.

The Rochester Fire Department said they responded to 38 Betts Road at about 5:40 p.m. for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, a second alarm was immediately struck, and additional units and mutual aid from surrounding communities responded to the scene.

Fire officials said a task force of five tanker trucks for extra water was needed because the home was located outside the city's water district, and there were no fire hydrants in the area.

Three family members who were home at the time of the fire were able to escape unharmed, but two cats remained unaccounted for as of Saturday afternoon.

The Rochester Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.


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Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce to honor local businesses at annual breakfast

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 recipients of their Business Pillar Awards to be honored at the Ninth Annual Economic Development Breakfast in April.

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce's Business Pillar Awards recognize and honor businesses for their outstanding achievements in their industry and significant contributions to the community at large.

The local honorees include the Common Man Restaurant for large business, RMON Networks Inc. for small business, Carrier Family Funeral Home and Crematory for new business, and Field of Dreams Park and Playground for nonprofit business.

The event will also focus on the 2017 economic outlook regarding Workforce in New Hampshire.

Steve Norton, Executive Director of the NH Center for Public Policy Studies, will address the latest economic insights regarding the tight labor market and the need for good, qualified workers.

Governor Chris Sununu will also share his perspective on attracting, training and retaining a quality workforce in New Hampshire.

The Ninth Annual Economic Development Breakfast will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham.

Event tickets are $25 if purchased by April 7, 2017, and $30 if purchased after April 7th.

For more information about the event or The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, visit www.gschamber.com.

 


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Nearly 100 sugar houses open to public for Maple Weekend

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's "Maple Month" peaks this weekend, when nearly 100 sugar houses are opening their doors to the public.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association's Maple Sugaring Month started March 11 and runs through April 2, with this weekend being the most elaborate.

Many sugar houses will be offering free samples of fresh syrup, maple candies, coffee and doughnuts. Some locations offer tours.

New Hampshire produced 707,000 gallons of syrup last year, up from 601,000 gallons in 2015. Vermont is by far the country's largest producer, yielding 1.9 million gallons last year.


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Annual BodeFest benefits Olympic skier's nonprofit group

FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain is hosting its 12th annual BodeFest.

The event Saturday benefits the Turtle Ridge Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by Olympic medalist and four-time world skiing champion Bode Miller and his family. The organization supports adaptive and youth athletic programs.

This year's BodeFest includes a "Kids Ski with Bode" run, a race and a private autograph session. There's also a live and silent auction.


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Anti-harassment display removed by UNH sparks controversy

DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire removed a display highlighting street harassment shortly after it was put up, but some students who helped create the display are speaking out.

WMUR reported that students and the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program worked together to create a wall of quotes submitted by students who said they experienced verbal harassment while walking down the street.

The display was only up in the Memorial Union Building at the UNH Durham campus for a few hours before UNH officials removed it for violating its language standards.

UNH told WMUR that the anti-harassment display didn't adhere to their standards for materials posted in common spaces where profane and vulgar language is banned.

The controversy drew the attention of the N.H. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and students said they plan to put up more posters around campus and hold a rally next month.

 

 

 

 

 


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Accident prompts fire chief to promote safe driving, seat-belts

DUBLIN — A family walked away from the scene of an accident unharmed, and it's all thanks to their seatbelts. 

The family members were able to self-evacuate from their car after it rolled over on Lower Jaffery Road in Dublin as the snow was steadily falling Saturday. 

Fortunately, all of occupants were wearing their seatbelts, and were cleared of any injuries on scene, according to Chief Walker of the Peterborough Fire Rescue. 

With this weather, "Make sure you slow down and wear your seatbelts," Walker emphasized. "It seems silly, but they really do save lives."

This was the first accident his fire rescue team dispatched to, but said there were several around the area Saturday morning. 

 


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Korean War soldier from New England to get final farewell

HOLYOKE, Mass. — A Korean War soldier from Massachusetts is finally getting a proper farewell 67 years after he was reported missing in action.

The remains of Cpl. Jules Hauterman are scheduled to return to Holyoke on Wednesday.

Calling hours at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home are Thursday.

On Friday, a funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, followed by burial at St. Jerome's Cemetery.

Hauterman was a medic attached to the 31st Regimental Combat Team who went missing in December 1950 during the fierce fighting against Chinese forces at the Chosin Reservoir.

His remains were actually discovered in 1954 but not positively identified until last year.

Because Hauterman has so few living relatives, Holyoke's veterans' service department is asking citizens to turn out to show their respects.


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NBA bans Joakim Noah 20 games for drug violation

Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks was suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, the league said Saturday.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and likely was to miss the Knicks' final 10 games this season because of a left knee injury. The NBA said Noah's suspension "will begin with the first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play."

At minimum, that means the suspension will carry over into at least the first 10 games of next season and likely longer, since Noah is not currently able to play.

The league cited Noah for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has said that the substance, known as SARMs, has "similar properties to anabolic agents, but ... the lack of steroid-related side effects."

The World Anti-Doping Agency has SARMs on its prohibited at-all-times list. USADA has issued warnings in the past that products containing the illegal compound are "being sold illegally as dietary supplements."

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the last two seasons.

The Knicks play in San Antonio on Saturday night, and began the day eight games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


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Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands protested Saturday under sunny skies in London against plans for Britain to withdraw from the European Union.

The Unite for Europe march, which saw many people carrying bright blue EU flags, came just days before Britain is expected to begin its formal separation from the other 27 nations in the EU.

The crowds observed a minute of silence at Parliament Square as a tribute to the four victims killed and dozens wounded in an attack Wednesday on Parliament. Many bowed their heads as Big Ben chimed and placed flowers at Parliament's gate to honor the victims.

Police did not provide a crowd estimate. Organizers said more than 25,000 people were present. There was also a smaller anti-Brexit protest march in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Organizers considered delaying the long-planned march because of the attack — in part to avoid putting extra strain on British police — but decided to go ahead.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told the crowd that "democracy continues" despite the assault.

"We stand in defiance of that attack," he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to trigger Article 50 of the EU treaty on Wednesday, setting the Brexit process in motion. Negotiations are expected to take at least two years.

Britain voted in a June 23 referendum to leave the EU.


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