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This 1840s portrait by William Matthew Prior is of Nancy Lawson, a minister's wife.  Courtesy of Shelburne Museum

Art Notes: Shelburne Museum’s Exhibit Frames the Narrative of a Nation Coming of Age

Thursday, August 21, 2014

T hanks to its founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., seven miles south of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, is one of this country’s great repositories of Americana, a catch-all category that includes folk art and curios, historic buildings, furniture and textiles and genre paintings of rural scenes. A staggering 150,000 objects in all are on exhibit, which doesn’t even speak to the museum’s entire holdings. It’s a kind of Noah’s ark of American art. Webb, who was born in 1888 and died in 1960, had eclectic taste and a keen instinct for what and when to collect. Sometimes …

Vt. Environmental Official: Make Permit Process Simpler

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s environmental permit review process must be changed, according to a top state regulatory enforcement official. David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, told members of the Associated Industry of Vermont on Tuesday that the state must make it easier for developers to apply for environmental permits such as those for stormwater, septic and wetlands. “I remain utterly, completely …

Vermont Public Money Gives Progressive Fundraising Edge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Montpelier — Public campaign financing has left Vermont’s incumbent Republican lieutenant governor in an unusual position — trying to catch up in the campaign money race against a Progressive Party challenger. Former Progressive lawmaker Dean Corren qualified for public financing by more than meeting the requirement that he raise $17,500 in donations of no more than $50 by June. That qualified him for …

Governor: Grocery Chain Fight at ‘Critical Point’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Boston — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he was hopeful that a family fight over the Market Basket grocery store chain that has sparked an employee walkout and a customer boycott can be resolved soon. Patrick told reporters he was hoping to speak with warring cousins Arthur T. …

N.H. Minority Student Population Grows

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keene — New Hampshire ranks consistently as one of the most racially homogeneous states in the nation. Census data show that more than 92 percent of residents are white. But just like the rest of the country, the Granite State’s population, particularly its youth, has grown more diverse …

Basil Blight Wipes Out Crop at N.H. Farm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Folks at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord don’t mince words when talk turns to one of their most popular crops. “We sell lots and lots and lots of basil every year,” said Jane Presby, a seventh-generation farmer who …

Milne to Skip Primary Debate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Montpelier — The Republican gubernatorial hopeful considered to be the candidate of the Vermont party establishment said Tuesday he would not attend an Essex debate with three other candidates seeking the nomination in next week’s primary election. Scott Milne said Tuesday he had been invited to attend the …

N.H. GOP Rivals for U.S. House Discuss Immigration in Debate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rindge, n.h. — Three Republican candidates for the state’s 2nd Congressional District debated at Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, tackling issues including campaign advertising and national border security. The debate, the second in the university’s Monadnock Debates series, featured state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, former state Sen. Gary Lambert …

Women’s Prison Breaks Ground

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Concord — About 100 people, including Gov. Maggie Hassan and several state legislators, gathered yesterday behind the Concord state prison to mark a moment more than 20 years in the making: the groundbreaking for New Hampshire’s first permanent, …

Armored Vehicle Is Punchline in Keene

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Comedian John Oliver weighed in on Keene’s much-talked-about armored vehicle during a segment about the militarization of local police forces Sunday night. The BearCat was used as an example on Oliver’s weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight of how local police departments, like the ones …

Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boston — As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a …

Former U.S. Senator Dies; Moderate Served Over 30 Years

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Montpelier — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, …

Beautiful, Bizarre Burying Beetles Act as Nature’s Undertakers

Monday, August 18, 2014

I don’t often shake down my cat for a dead mouse, but I did think it was fair, considering that he is always shaking me down for his cat food. I wasn’t going to eat his mouse. I …