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In this Friday, March 20, 2015 photo, a pothole is seen on Route 302 in Fryeburg, Maine. The expansion and contraction of asphalt during spring, when days are warm and nights are below freezing, will undoubtedly keep work crews busy repairing roads that have already been battered throughout the brutal winter experienced in northern New England. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

New England Steels Itself for Epic Mud Season

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New England’s own Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “Life is made up of marble and mud.” In the region’s northern reaches, life will soon be made up of mud, mud and more mud. Mud season is a rite of spring in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, when the snow and frozen ground melt, dirt roads turn into a mucky morass and …

N.H. Family Keeps Small-Time Sawmill Buzzing

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gilmanton, N.H. — On Bob Potter’s farm, the whine of a saw is heard over the grumbling of a diesel-powered engine as he and his boys carry on a family practice begun nearly half a century ago. Moving back and forth through the blade on a motorized carriage, long poplar logs that the …

Boston Area Expects Blizzard of Claims After Record Winter

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Boston — After the Big Dig-out, it’s time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial? New England’s epic winter is on pace to produce a corresponding number of claims as thousands of homeowners seek to repair damage. Successive storms dumped 110 inches of snowfall in Boston alone, a record …

Companies Tap Into Vt.’s Maple Potential

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Island Pond, Vt. — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, be as sweet? This isn’t the …

Municipal Managers Decry Cost-Shifting in N.H. Budget Plan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

West Lebanon — With the New Hampshire Legislature weighing sweeping cuts to the state budget, some of which could affect services relied upon by Upper Valley residents, municipal managers this week decried what they called the prospective “downshifting” of state costs onto local government and property owners . …

Vt. Thanked for Preparedness

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Burlington — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanked a group of Vermonters on Friday for preparing for climate change by looking for ways to reduce damage from future flooding. Jewell said people in some parts of the country …

State Bills Shield Police Cam Videos

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Iowa City, Iowa — State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law …

Woman: Hernandez Aggressive at Club Days Before Killing

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — A woman testified Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez that he abruptly became aggressive and agitated at a club two nights before the killing. Hernandez is on …

Vt. Grant to Train Food Stamp Users

Friday, March 20, 2015

Montpelier — With an $8.9 million federal grant, Vermont will take part in a national pilot program to provide specialized training to food stamp recipients with the goal of helping them get off the public assistance. The Vermont Department for Children and Families will oversee the training for …

N.H. Lawmakers Devise Plan to Avoid Transportation Cuts

Friday, March 20, 2015

Concord — Republican budget writers signed off on $88 million in cuts to the state highway fund Thursday, a move officials say will have devastating consequences on public safety and trigger nearly 700 layoffs at the state Department of Transportation. But now several of those same representatives are …

Vt. Dispatch Merger Criticized

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Montpelier — About 100 opponents of the Shumlin administration’s plan to close state police call centers in two rural areas voiced their displeasure at a public hearing Tuesday evening in Montpelier. The group, which included many Public Safety Answering Point, or call center, workers, told a joint hearing …

Vermont House Passes ‘Revenge Porn’ Crackdown Bill

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House passed a bill Wednesday cracking down on “revenge porn” — posting explicit photos or videos of an ex-partner on the Internet without permission. “The act of disclosing a private, sexually explicit image to someone other than the intended audience ... can accurately be …

N.H. House Delays Road Vote

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Concord — Top Republican budget writers in the New Hampshire House said Wednesday a tax or fee increase will be necessary to sustain the state’s highway fund, but they won’t propose the hike themselves as the House Finance Committee prepares to cut the transportation budget by more than …