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Ian McCluskey, farm manager at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord, inspects one of the few remaining basil plants at the farm Sunday. Rather than use chemicals to combat a disease that infected the crops, the farm opted to throw out this year's harvest.
(IAIN WILSON / Monitor staff)

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 manages the property. But the herb’s popularity didn’t keep Presby from deciding to scrap this year’s crop, which was suffering from a …

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 debate sponsored by the Essex town Republican committee, but he chose not to go. “They …

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 and former state Rep. Jim Lawrence. Another candidate, ex-Concord City Council member Mike Little, didn’t …

Making Life Better for Bees: VLS Bans Suspect Pesticide To Highlight Pollinators’ Plight

Friday, August 15, 2014

South Royalton — Without bees and other pollinators, 70 percent of plants would be unable to reproduce or provide food, according to the Center for Food Safety, a national non profit public interest group. Of the 100 crop …

Ethan Allen: A Man Too Complex to Fit Into History’s Portrayals

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inventing Ethan Allen By John J. Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III University Press of New England 304 pages, paperback, $29.95 Say what you want about Ethan Allen. Call him a hero for capturing Fort Ticonderoga. Call him …

N.H. Man Sentenced for Beating Boy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Brentwood, n.h. — A man accused of inflicting a “reign of terror” on his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son before fleeing to a Florida amusement park was sentenced Thursday to up to 67 years in prison on assault and other …

Vt. Officers and Staff Will Be Searched to Curb Drugs in Prison

Friday, August 15, 2014

Montpelier — Corrections officers and other prison staff in Vermont soon will be subject to search as they enter the facilities in an effort to curb drugs and other contraband. Deputy Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard and other department officials appeared before the legislative committee that oversees the prison …

Gov. Hassan Declares State Of Emergency

Friday, August 15, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan moved to stem the sale of synthetic marijuana Thursday, declaring a state of emergency one day after authorities in Manchester and Concord reported a surge in nonfatal overdoses from the drug, also known as spice. The governor said in a joint statement that …

Man Gets Life For UNH Killing

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dover, N.H. — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was taken on Mother’s Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family’s pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped …

Gov. Patrick: End Feuding Over Grocer

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Boston — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith …

Vt. Lawmakers Revise Budget Cuts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Montpelier — Human services programs won’t be hit as hard as Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin had requested, while a new business development fund will have a bigger bite taken out of it than he wanted. That’s the upshot from Wednesday’s decisions by the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee on …

Lawyers: N.H. Teen Suffered While Held

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Conway, N.H. — The North Country teenager who returned nine months after she vanished on the way home from school was violently abducted by a stranger and “suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence” for many months, her lawyers …

11 Cases of Salmonella Arise in N.H.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Concord — At least 11 people in the state have become sick after being contaminated by chickens they were raising, all linked to problems at a hatchery in Ohio. The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services is using the case to alert people to the risks of …