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Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Marine Patrol Urges Caution After Crashes Laconia, n.h. — New Hampshire Marine Patrol officials have been busy responding to crashes this weekend, and they’re reminding boaters to be careful. Marine Patrol, State Police and local authorities all responded Saturday night when two boats collided on Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton. Officials say one person was hurt when two powerboats crashed around 9:30 p.m. Alcohol was not a factor in that crash, …

Maine Family Has Hike of a Lifetime chian Trail a rarity

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bowdoin College Grant East Township, Maine — A Maine family with two young children may make the record books with its 2,160-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. David, Emily, Nathan and Maddy Kallin, who began their journey in Georgia at the end of March, are expected to complete the end-to-end hike of the trail on Monday, becoming just the 16th family with young …

Unions Claim FairPoint Not Playing Fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have known it had to come to an end. Terms of their Verizon contract had carried over when FairPoint purchased the company’s land-based telephone operations and had been mostly unchanged for 10 years. Workers knew FairPoint, which is struggling to become profitable, would want to save money by reducing benefits. But …

Yoga Pioneer Remembered in Lebanon

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lebanon — Upper Valley yoga practitioners were among the many devotees worldwide who mourned B.K.S. Iyengar’s death last week. The Indian guru was known for bringing yoga to the West and making it widely accessible through the use …

Bishop: Foley Revealed to Us War’s Suffering

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rochester, n.h. — Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor. Bishop Peter Libasci said even after Foley was captured for …

Farmers’ Almanac: Cold, Snowy Again

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lewiston, Maine — The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it. Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t …

Vt. Primary Options Prove Interesting

Monday, August 25, 2014

Montpelier — Voters in this year’s Vermont primary election can be excused for feeling confused: A Libertarian wants the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and a Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor seeks Democrats’ support. Either Libertarian Dan Feliciano or Progressive Dean Corren could win a major party nomination if he …

American Held in Syria Is Now Free

Monday, August 25, 2014

Washington — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vermont Official Cautions About Political Signs Montpelier — Vermont officials are issuing their biennial reminder cautioning political campaigns about not posting signs in state highway rights-of-way. Transportation Secretary Brian Searles says Vermont law bans signs within about 50 feet of the road’s center line that aren’t connected to …

2 Vying in Republican Primary for Odell Seat

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Newport — JP Marzullo might not be a household name, but for anyone living in Senate District 8, which includes Newport, New London, Weare and Deering, the blue-and-gold bow ties are probably familiar by now. Between the fliers, …

Some Growers Win, Some Lose in Market Basket Battle

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Concord — From farmers markets teeming with new customers in New Hampshire to a Massachusetts flower grower desperately seeking new buyers for tens of thousands of mums, fallout from the Market Basket supermarket stalemate has been a mixed bag. The 2-month-old employee revolt at the 71-store New England …

Sununu Touts Perry in N.H.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stratham, N.H. — Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s swing through a key early presidential voting state continued Saturday with a boost from a Republican with direct ties to the Oval Office. John H. Sununu, a former New Hampshire …

New Train Rails Being Installed in Western Vermont

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Montpelier — Work on installing new rails in the western Vermont rail corridor will begin soon as part of the long-term goal of restoring passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington. Quarter-mile-long sections of rail were delivered earlier this month to Burlington ahead of their installment on the …