Monson Village. Milford, NH. Large on Black.
Ioka future unclear: The Ioka Theater, an Exeter landmark, will close its doors after a final showing of the Nutcracker on Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. An open house and celebration of the theater will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. with a showing of "Miracle on 34th Street." President Roger Detzler said the future of the theater is unknown. He said he hopes an entity will come forward with a goal of continuing the theater as an arts venue by the end of January.
NOV 28-DEC 2O AND 24 | 'THE NUTCRACKER' THE FILM, showing Saturdays at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 20 with special Christmas Eve presentation at 7 p.m., $15, possibly last chance to see a film at the Ioka, Water Street, Exeter, www.iokatheater.com.
Facebook group forms to support saving Exeter's Ioka Theater
A group has come together on the Internet to save a precious Exeter landmark, the Ioka Theater.
A Facebook group spearheaded by Selectman Joe Pace was started to examine ways of saving the Ioka, which recently announced its closing on Dec. 24 after 93 years. What began with a few friends has grown to 300 since late last week.
"On Friday (Nov. 28), I sort of said it would be a shame for the Ioka to go away and become vacant or turn into apartments," Pace said. "It's such a historic landmark and an integral piece of the downtown. It would be a shame. So I started to reach out to friends of mine using the outstanding technology of online networking and this conversation started taking off." (More...)
On Facebook. Join the group.
So, in the past 10 days, we have had the worst ice storm with well over a .25 million people without power (some still without), and two snow storms (one that's just winding down and we are bracing for another one tomorrow. So what d New Englanders do? The get out and play!! :D
New England, Love it or Leave it!
This was a rather wierd scene we'd come across a couple of times - the ice that had frozen to a sign overnight would melt come morning and slide off. This is taken right outside of my high school.
(for Chelzilla) Please view large on white.
This spans the Connecticut River between Charlestown, NH and Springfield, VT. It ceased to be a toll bridge in 2001.
The first Cheshire Bridge, completed in 1806, was a wooden covered bridge established according to a ferry charter granted by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1772. All who crossed it paid a toll. Four-wheeled carriages were charged 25 cents, a horse and a rider six cents and pedestrians one cent.
In 1896, the Springfield Electric Railway Company purchased the Cheshire Toll Bridge and the ferry charter for $8,400. The wooden bridge was replaced with a steel truss structure which cost the company $225,000. The current Cheshire Toll Bridge was built in 1930 and completely rehabilitated in 1992 following its purchase by the State of New Hampshire.
Approximately 4,000 vehicles a day cross the Cheshire Bridge. In fiscal year 2000, tolls and user fees on the bridge generated $495,823 in income. The toll rate for a two-axle vehicle has been 35 cents.
Okay, so some of you caught me publishing a photo in my sleep. Or perhaps it was because I was in Maine yesterday that I got confused. In any case, I hope this little guy will help you smile and say Thank You for keeping me on track. :)
President Elect Barack Obama
November 2nd, 2008
Last Waltz for McCain in New Hampshire?
Posted by: Andy Sullivan
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — On Sunday night, John McCain returned to where it all began.
The Republican presidential candidate flew to New Hampshire for one last question-and-answer session with the voters who put him on the map in 2000 and brought his campaign back from the dead in January of this year.
“I come to the people of New Hampshire … and ask again to let me go on one more mission,” McCain said at the Peterborough town hall.
Peterborough has a special significance for McCain. It hosted his last town hall meeting in 2000, when he won the Republican primary over frontrunner George W. Bush. Peterborough also hosted McCain’s 100th town hall gathering last year, at a time when his campaign was out of cash and on the rocks.
“There was a time not that long ago that I was riding on a well known airline, Group C in the middle seat, from Baltimore to Manchester, so we’ve come a long way thanks to you,” he said, referring to a period when he would fly on discount Southwest Airlines to get to campaign events.
Now McCain has two private jets to carry around his entourage.
The question-and-answer session had a more casual feel from the amped-up, tightly scripted rallies that dominate his schedule in the campaign’s final stretch. No teleprompters were in sight as the Arizona senator fielded questions from an enthusiastic crowd on immigration, student loans and energy.
McCain was joined by a posse of senators – Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Judd Gregg and John Sununu of New Hampshire, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Sam Brownback of Kansas — but was introduced by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a demigod of sorts in Sox-crazed New England.
New Hampshire may have rescuscitated McCain’s career twice before, but it might not help him on Tuesday. The former Republican stronghold has been trending Democratic in recent years, and polls show McCain trailing Democratic rival Barack Obama by an average of 11 percentage points.
Tellingly, senior aide Charlie Black didn’t mention New Hampshire as he sketched out a possible victory scenario to reporters on the plane earlier in the day.
Dear Tracy Lee:
Thank you for sharing this information with me. I am one of the five selectmen who will be discussing this tonight. I am also the person who encouraged my late mother's private foundation to provide the necessary funds to repair and restore the ice house for the benefit of our current residents as well as future generations.
I can not speak for all of the board, but my sense is that there is not a considerable appetite to demolish this historic building - but rather one to repair and restore.
Mark A. LeDoux
Thanks very much for letting me know about this discussion of the Woodmont Orchards Ice House. Many of the comments reflect my own sentiments. I can assure you that the Woodmont Orchard Ice House is not going to be demolished on my watch.
Selectman, Town of Hollis
Thank you for your email. I believe there has been some miscommunication in the newspapers. The intent was never to demolish the Ice House. The intent was to restore or reconstruct an exact replica. Either way it is the intent of the Board of Selectmen to ensure that the Woodmont Orchard Ice house will remain a Hollis Landmark in perpetuity.
Vice Chairman, Board of Selectmen
Town of Hollis
As you may know (and I am sorry to tell you if you don't know), the ice house has been demolished. I resigned from office in late August because I will be relocating out of state. Before I resigned, I made sure that there was a contractor to repair the ice house and money to pay for it. I also lined up selectmen support for this plan. Immediately after I resigned the town reversed course. A "replica" is being built at a cost of five times the bid for the repairs.
Mark Everett Johnson
Article published Oct 19, 2008
NH's true colors come in all shapes, numbers
By DAVID BROOKS Staff Writer
Millions of people come to New Hampshire each fall to see our leaves. They gasp in awe. They take photographs; maybe they slip a sample into the luggage to show Aunt Tillie back home, but there's one thing they never do:
They never count them.
Let's fix that oversight, shall we?
The question to be considered as another gorgeous leaf-peeping season winds down is this: How many leaves change color in New Hampshire each autumn? A million? A trillion? ("Wicked lots" isn't an appropriate answer.)
More important, is there any way to really know?"I've been in the tree business for 30, 35 years, and I've never been asked that question," Kevin Fredette of Gate City Tree Service said when queried about how many leaves a tree has.
Fortunately, there are folks who measure this sort of thing: those who run landfills.
Many landfills, including Nashua's, separate leaves and compost them, which is cheaper and more useful than burying them.
Unfortunately for us, the leaves are composted with grass clippings and other organic "soft waste" (i.e., not branches or trunks) brought in by homeowners and landscapers."Last year, we had 6,900 tons of soft waste," said Sally Hyland, Nashua recycling coordinator. "This time of year, (the pile) does get colorful!"
If we guesstimate that one-third of that 6,900 tons consists of leaves, and each leaf weighs one-tenth of an ounce, then 736 million leaves were raked up in the city last year.
That number includes non-peeped-at leaves such as oak, and it doesn't include leaves composting in backyards or rotting in Mine Falls Park, but we have to start somewhere.
It isn't much of a start, though, because urban Nashua is hardly representative of leaf-peeping land as a whole.
So let's try another source: the U.S. Forest Service. Those folks love to count trees.
The service says in its New Hampshire's Forest Resources report that there were 4 billion live trees in New Hampshire in 2006 that were 1 inch in diameter or bigger. (Actually, it's 3.996 billion, but let's not be picky.)It also says almost exactly one-sixth of the forest land in the state is taken up by sugar maple, yellow birch and beech trees, which are the heart of peeping targets. That makes 666 million peep-able trees.
Unfortunately, the Forest Service was born of logging, so it doesn't care much about leaves.
The report estimates the "dry biomass" of live trees in the state (300 million tons) and their total volume (9.5 billion square feet), but that's wood. There's nothing about what researchers call foliar biomass, which North Country hotel owners call foliage.
"Our biomass estimates are estimates of aboveground biomass, excluding the foliage – in other words, the wood," said Randall Morin, a research forester with the Northern Research Station, based in Pennsylvania. "We definitely don't have data" about leaves.
But we aren't done yet. Fortunately for us – if not so fortunately for the planet – the specter of global warming exists.
It's fortunate because calculating the ebb and flow of carbon in the atmosphere requires figuring out growth patterns in forests, and a lot of that growth, from the carbon-consumption point of view, happens in leaves.
As part of their research, scientists have developed a formula for estimating "foliar biomass" based on the aboveground biomass estimates developed for foresters. Notable, I was told, is work by Jennifer Jenkins of the University of Vermont, whose Web site lists "measuring and monitoring forest carbon" as a top research topic.
It isn't straightforward, because the ratio depends on the size of the tree, but I got some help from the friendly folks at the Forest Service in Durham, who asked not to be identified, probably because they should have been doing something useful instead of helping answer this quirky question.
They crunched the numbers last week and concluded there are 0.73 tons – 1,460 pounds – of leaves per acre of sugar maple, birch and beech trees.
Fourteen hundred pounds of leaves per acre! No wonder raking makes my back hurt.
Multiply that figure by 2.6 million acres of maple/beech/birch in New Hampshire, estimated by the Forest Service, and you get 1.9 million tons of peep-able leaves.
At a tenth of an ounce per leaf, that's 608 billion leaves in New Hampshire.
Six hundred billion explosions of orange, red, yellow and pink – not bad! No wonder people come from all over the world to see it.
As a mild check of this back-of-the-envelope estimate, notice that it implies the average peep-able tree in New Hampshire has 800 leaves. This sounds a little low, but within a reasonable margin of error.
So, the next time somebody wonders why you live through New Hampshire winters and mud season and black flies, tell them you have 608 billion good reasons.
Happy peeping season!
David Brooks can be reached at 594-5831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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