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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 …

Doctors See Little DCF Response

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Montpelier — Doctors around the state say they’re not being heard by the Department for Children and Families when they report suspected child abuse, the former president of the Vermont Academy of Pediatrics testified Tuesday before a legislative committee investigating issues of child protection following two infant deaths. …

Vt. Human Services Chief Fired

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Montpelier — After a troubled year at multiple departments within the Vermont Agency of Human Services, Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday announced the departure of agency Secretary Doug Racine. “These decisions are difficult, but the Governor felt a …

GOP Governor Hopefuls Compete in N.H. Debate

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rindge, n.h. — Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor said at a debate Tuesday night that the economy is the key issue facing New Hampshire. Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway and Jonathan Smolin debated at The Monadnock Debates at Franklin Pierce University. Answering questions submitted by residents, all …

Shaheen, Brown on the Trail

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Concord — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday touted parts of the health care overhaul federal law that help seniors, while one of the Republicans hoping to unseat her repeated his call to repeal it entirely. Shaheen, a Democrat seeking a second term, held a round-table discussion Tuesday …

Convicted Murderer of UNH Student Asks to Skip Sentencing

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dover, n.h. — A man who faces life imprisonment for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 does not want to appear for his sentencing this week. Seth Mazzaglia was convicted June 27 of first-degree murder and other felonies in the death of Elizabeth …

Former Legislator Marion Milne Dies at 79

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Washington, Vt. — Marion Milne, a former state representative and founder of Milne Travel, died unexpectedly Monday morning at her home in Washington. She was 79. Milne is the wife of Don Milne, clerk of the Vermont House of Representatives. Her son, Scott Milne, is the front-runner in …

Vermont Lawmakers Asked For Budget Cuts

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration asked a legislative committee on Monday for budget cuts that would leave seven vacant state trooper positions open and require reductions in Medicaid funding in a range of human services programs. “Today’s situation is caused by revenue that continues to grow, but at …

Keeping the Music Alive

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Williamstown, Mass. — After 75 years, a little-known music publishing business is still chugging along in a nearly forgotten former elementary school in the hills of northern Williamstown. Housed inside the classrooms and hallways of what used to …

CEO as Rock Star

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Boston — The saintly visage of Arthur T. Demoulas hangs over the New England summer like a rock star. His balding head and five o’clock shadow are plastered on posters and placards, his name scrawled across the back …

Professor’s Suicide Raises Waiting Period Issue

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The suicide of Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna — two days after she was released from a psychiatric ward and one day after she bought the handgun she turned on herself — is raising questions about whether …