'The Supreme Court ruled... that states cannot be mandated to sign on for Medicaid expansion, and about half the states have decided to not join up...'
'Governor Maggie Hassan is a strong advocate of expanding Medicaid...' 'The House also supports expansion...' '...expansion could add between 40,000 and 63,000 to the 130,000 residents who already receive Medicaid benefits.'
'...local school districts over the years have added $1.5 billion dollars to property tax payers' burden for the promise not kept by Washington.'
'[Congregate housing services program] costs were to be shared... 40 percent by the federal government...' 'Federal funding ended and all government costs were shifted to the state.'
'...can [the Federal government] be trusted to not shift costs for Medicaid expansion back to states?'
'If the Senate decides to not go along, then Medicaid expansion could be the biggest issue separating Republicans from Democrats, and the Senate from the House and Governor...'
'The communist world is a place where all people are good, kind and generous.' 'No one has private ambitions or agendas.' '...flow with the good feelings it generates and ignore reality.'
'Those countries that still retain 'communism' have altered the system.' '...they no longer try to follow the communist manifesto...'
'Pravda said our society is illiterate.' 'If you don't understand what you read or hear, how could you possibly be able to analyze it?'
'The communists and socialists leading our education system have worked to accomplish... the unthinking acceptance of whatever is presented by an authority figure'...'
'If you have imbibed the drink of illusion, it is not hopeless.' 'Even though reality may not create a good emotional feeling, knowing reality is the only way we will be able to fix the problems here...'
'Nobody is predicting which way the [casino bill] vote will go.' 'The vote will be bipartisan for and against.'
'In the short time that the House committee has been evaluating the bill, the committee discovered all sorts of problems....
but one month was not enough time to find solutions.'
'...opponents think that the words of that bill are badly flawed.'
'...lottery machines are allowed in thousands of businesses all over the state.' 'A casino would be a state-protected monopoly allowed in just one place.'
'Very few casino customers would come from Massachusetts where there will be bigger and brighter casinos.'
'The proposed casino location is very close to the Mass border and workers could easily commute from Mass....'
'If [Governor Hassan] is like too many politicians she will promise one thing to one representative, something else to another, promising whatever it takes to get the member's vote...'
'Democrats want to gradually decrease spending, and increase revenue, so that the two balance somewhere near 21% of GDP.'
'During the Clinton budget years (1994-2001), federal outlays as a percentage of GDP declined from 21% to 18.2%. During the following eight Bush budget years (2002-2009), that percentage rose from 19.1% to 25.2%...'
'A balanced approach of revenue increases and benefits adjustments makes sense to many - unless you are a Republican sworn to oppose all tax increases...'
'The fight is over money, but the larger debate is over the size and scope of the government.'
'The defense budget can be cut by eliminating weapons the Pentagon does not want, and by bringing home troops that are stationed in countries that no longer need our military assistance.'
'...we could eliminate special tax rates for hedge fund managers and investment income, enact a financial transaction tax... and limit or eliminate deductions for luxuries, such as the mortgage interest deduction on second homes and mansions.'
'Families here in Sullivan County have been struggling to make ends meet while their salaries have remained stagnant, and the price of everything has gone up.'
'This country began with a fight over taxation without
representation.' 'We Representatives are your oversight on government spending.' '...the Democrat leadership in Finance wants us to give up that power to Governor Hassan. This is not how NH government is supposed to work.'
'Jeanine Notter, a Merrimack Republican... has what she initially called a "shrine" to Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.' '[Lee] was responsible for the deaths of almost 5,000 New Hampshiremen alone...' '...nowadays, enemy generals who oversee that kind of destruction end up before war crimes tribunals.'
'[Judd Gregg] almost immediately found himself revolving over to Goldman Sachs... [and is] reportedly the leading contender for the job as CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association – one of the very Wall Street lobbying firms that had then-Senator Gregg's ear in '08.' '...benefits and compensation of $3 million or so.' '...an interesting choice for the man who was the leading Republican author of the TARP bailout...'
'Kelly Ayotte: It doesn't help when you're singled out as 'Stooge of the Night' by David Letterman.'
'Bobby Jindal: The Louisiana governor takes his 'stop being the stupid party' tour to Manchester, where he denies claims he was testing the 2016 presidential waters.'
'Wouldn't it be a kick in the pants if the gambling bill actually does make its way through the legislative process – and the casino ISN'T built in Salem?'
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May 22 - Marrimack County ash wood
quarantine now permanent
State officials have made permanent a quarantine put in place after the invasive
emerald ash borer beetle was detected in Concord in March. The quarantine prohibits movement of ash
wood from Merrimack County.
The quarantine is aimed at limiting the human-assisted spread of all life
stages of the insect, and includes:
hardwood firewood (non-coniferous)—split or unsplit—of less than four feet in length;
all species of Fraxinus (ash): nursery stock, green lumber, logs, any other material living, dead, cut or fallen, including chips, bark, stumps, branches, roots and debris;
woodchips consisting in any part of Fraxinus (ash) chips, and
any article, product or means of conveyance not listed above if an inspector determines that it presents a risk of spreading emerald ash borer.
The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle that attacks and kills North American species of true ash.
NH is the
19th state in which the insect has been detected.
These insects are distinctive with
an inch-long, bullet-shaped, metallic emerald green body, and
should not be confused with several other insects with similar
| May 22 - Air Force chooses Pease for air tanker unit (seacoastonline)
The Air Force announced today that it has selected Pease Air National Guard Base's 157th Air Refueling Wing as the top choice to receive the new KC-46A refueling tanker.
Pease was selected from among five Air National Guard installations across the country. The other finalists were Forbes Air Guard Station in Kansas, Joint-Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Pittsburgh International Airport Air Guard Station in Pennsylvania and Rickenbacker Air Guard Station in Ohio.
Pending results of an environmental impact study, Pease will be the first Air National Guard unit to receive the next generation tanker.
| May 22 - Oaklahoma tornado claims countless animal lives (DVM360)
To help, organizations such as the Animal Resource Center in Oklahoma City is accepting donations on its website to help support the influx of animals as a result of the tornado. The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health
Sciences is providing medical services for animals injured in the tornado. Donations to support the relief effort can be made online at or by calling (405) 385-5607.
Editor's note: Animal Resource Center is not tracked by Charity
Navigator because they "do not meet our criteria of having at least $1 million in revenues."
I checked their IRS non-profit filing form and noted that the president
and the other three officers are not compensated in any way.
May 21 - Charity
Navigator's guide to helping tornado victims
As the list grows, first consider the nature of the charity's work. Not every charity is responding in the same way. Some are providing temporary shelter while others are providing food, water and medical assistance. Others are focused on long term rebuilding,
and some are simply fundraising on behalf of other charities. Think about what it is you want your donation to accomplish and then
be sure to select the charity that is doing that type of work.
Make sure you can find evidence of
a response by the charity and not just the charity stating that it is preparing
for a response ("standing at the ready").
info and the continually updated list.
May 19 - Randy Willey's not in the Philippines asking you for money
If you are in Lake Sunapee Plumbing & Heating's
customer database, you might have received an email from "Randy
Willey" saying he's in the Philippines, "in
a fix" and needing "your financial assistance". The email
looks legitimate, with the business info and the actual email address.
But... it's a fake!
Suspicious of it, I contacted Randy
through a different email address and his response was, "I am not in
the Philippines. I apparently opened a link that was supposed to be
from Yahoo but wasn't, that said I needed to update . I
spent most of the day yesterday having Yahoo remove the hackers from
my computer system."
May 15 - Adventure Park reopens next week
The Adventure Park at Mount Sunapee
opens its second season on May 25 for weekends and holidays, and beginning
June 22 it will be open every day through Labor Day, Sep. 2. The fall schedule is weekends and holidays from
Sep. 7 through Oct. 14.
The Park features a 2 ½ hour Canopy Zip-Line Tour, an Aerial Challenge Course, off-road Segway® PT Excursions, an 18-hole Championship Disc Golf Course, an 18-hole Miniature Golf Course and chairlift rides to the top of South Peak.
| May 15 - New London Town Meeting tonight
The annual Town Meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Kearsarge Learning Campus
Gym. The pre-meeting pot luck dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Kearsarge
Regional Elementary School multi-purpose room.
| May 10 - Local talent in the spotlight in "Hedda Gabler"
The Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company presents Henrik Ibsen’s
drama, "Hedda Gabler" at Colby-Sawyer College May 30-31, June 1-2 and June 6-8.
The production includes the talents of many local people including
actors Cindy Johnson, a long-time resident of the Kearsarge area, Judy
Wallace, of New London, and Ellen Wassell, of Sunapee. Local production folks include former Grantham resident and costume designer Susan Montmagny, scenic and lighting designer Michael Lovell, of
Croydon, and Sutton resident and composer Will Ögmundson.
For the full story, see Lori McClory's May 10
May 9 - Trustees of Dartmouth College largest
non-profit in NH
ProPublica launched its Nonprofit
Explorer today where you can look up
organizations and see details like their executive compensation, revenue
and expenses, as well as download their tax filings going back as far as
At the top of the list of New Hampshire's 3,286 non-profit oganizations
is Trustees of Dartmouth College. In the second spot of the top five is
Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, followed by Concord Hospital,
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and the Elliot Hospital of the city of
| Apr. 29 - Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn milk allergy recall
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
This recall is limited to Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn flavor ready-to-eat popcorn packaged in 5.0-ounce and 1.5-ounce red poly bags
with UPC and Sell By dates listed below. The UPC code is on the back of
the bag, in the lower left corner. The Sell By date is on the back of the bag, in the upper right corner.
Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn 5.0-ounce packages
Case UPC: 27000 52321
Unit UPC: 0 27000 52321 6
Lot Codes: 5486234100, 5486234200, 5486234300
Best By Dates: SEP 02 2013, SEP 03 2013, SEP 04 2013
Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn 1.5-ounce packages
Case UPC: 27000 52325
Unit UPC: 0 27000 52325 4
Lot Codes: 5486234200, 5486234300
Best By Dates: SEP 03 2013, SEP 04 2013
| Apr. 22 - Natura Pet
This pet food recall applies to all
package sizes, UPC barcodes and lot codes with expiration dates up to and
including March 24, 2014.
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All ferret food varieties
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All dry dog food varieties
20 - Helping Boston bombing victims
If you're asked to make a charitable donation to support victims of the bombing in Boston, consider these tips:
Donate only to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with
Ask if a caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and what percentage of your donation goes to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don't get a clear answer — or if you don't like the answer you get —
Don't give out personal or financial information
such as credit card, social security or bank account numbers unless you
are positive that you're in contact with a charity that you know and
trust. Better yet, you call them at the phone number you
have, not the one they give you.
Never send cash: you can't be sure the organization will receive your donation, and you won't have a record for tax purposes.
Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau's (BBB)
Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
of charities registered in New Hampshire.
Apr. 15 -
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27 (NHDES)
On April 27, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., law enforcement agencies and the DEA will
offer an opportunity to help prevent environmental pollution from
discarded medications, medication abuse and theft, by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
When drugs are not stored safely, diverted to unauthorized users or disposed of improperly, drug abuse, accidental drug poisoning and/or contamination of
our water resources can occur. Deaths caused by drug use has quadrupled over the last
15 years in New Hampshire.
Over the last three years, nine tons
of unexpired or unwanted medications have been collected through this
program, including more than two tons just last September.
is a list of collection locations in our area.
Apr. 9 - Hearing today on revoking free state park admission for seniors
The House Resources,
Recreation and Development Committee is holding a public hearing today at
1 p.m. on SB190, a bill that would eliminate free admission for NH
residents 65 and above to state parks and historical sites. It would allow
those persons to purchase a season pass for $20 instead of the usual
$60. The bill also eliminates the discount coupon books that are
8 - Heartworm medication recalled (Sandy Jongeward, DVM)
Verbac Animal Health has recalled six lot numbers of
Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables. "Product testing has determined
that the ivermectin potency has failed to meet stability specifications
during the life of the product."
Please call your veterinarian if you have one of these affected lot
numbers: 120844, 120196, 120202, 120856, 120076, 120086.
4 - Bears are out; tips to keep safe
Bears are out looking for food. Take in your
bird feeders. If you have your trash picked up, don’t leave it out
overnight. There is great information on the
state's website www.wildlife.state.nh.us/wildlife/Somethings_Bruin.htm.
31 - Natura Pet Products recalls multi-branded food
A long list of dry pet foods with
five different brand names has been recalled by the manufacturer because
of possible Salmonella contamination. Brands affected are Innova, EVO, California Natural,
HealthWise and Karma.
including brands, sizes, UPC and lot codes.
| Mar. 19 - Protein bar recall (FDA)
ProtiDiet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bar bars are being recalled
because of possible Salmonella contamination. The product is 210 gram (7.4 oz.) packages, 7 bars per package, bearing UPC 6 21498 42238 1, lot code CR 18 13B, and Best Before date of 2015-08.
14 - Dog and cat food recall (FDA)
Bravo! is voluntarily recalling its 2 lb tubes of Bravo!
Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats, product code: 21-102, batch
ID code 6 14 12, because of potential for Salmonella.
The recall involves 2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet tubes
(chubs) made on June 14, 2012. Routine testing by the Minnesota Department
of Agriculture of product collected from a single retail location tested
positive for presence of salmonella. The company has received no reports
of illness in either people or animals associated with this product.
Pet owners should return unopened frozen tubes of food to the store where
purchased for a full refund. Pet owners should dispose of opened tubes of
product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle)
and return the washed plastic batch ID tag to the store where purchased
for a full refund.
| Mar. 12 - One of ProPublica's "Dollars for Docs" is in NH (ProPublica)
"When Dollars for Docs first launched in 2010, ProPublica spoke with several of the dozens of doctors who had earned more than $200,000 from their speaking and consulting work for drug companies. Now, with records from more companies and more years of data, we’ve identified 22 doctors who’ve earned at least $500,000 since 2009 — including one, Jon Draud, who was paid more than $1 million."
| Mar. 12 - Azithromycin drug safety warning
FDA is warning the public that
azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) can cause abnormal changes in the
electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal
irregular heart rhythm.
| Mar. 12 - N.L. and Dartmouth hospitals tops in staff flu vaccinations
NH Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today released the 2011 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Report based on data from the 31
hospitals in the State. The report shows that 98.5% of
Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospital staff received flu vaccinations, the highest
in the state. New London Hospital was second highest at 98.4%. Nine of the
566 NL Hospital staff did not get the vaccine.
Most of the report looks at the rates of specific HAIs, including
central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections following heart, colon, and knee surgeries. The report also
provides data on hospitals’ compliance with measures to protect patients from acquiring infections in the hospital.
Overall, statewide infection rates are showing improvement compared with
national data. The overall observed number of HAIs in NH hospitals was 40% lower than expected, based on national
Download and view the report here.
| Mar. 11 - Cat food recalled (FDA)
Diamond Pet Foods has recalled several varieties of their cat foods in
many states, but the only one shipped to New Hampshire is " 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula" 5 lb. and
18 lb. bags, code #NGF0802, Best by "14-Aug-2013" and "18-Aug-2013".
Tests by the company indicated the products might have a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).
Cats fed affected products exclusively for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, falling, circling and seizures.
Cat owners should contact their veterinarians immediately the cat is displaying any of these signs. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency typically is reversible.
| Mar. 8 - Chicken of the Sea tuna recalled (FDA)
Tri-Union Seafoods LLC has recalled some 5 oz. cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna in oil and 5 oz. chunk white albacore tuna in water.
Seams on the can lids do not meet quality standards and could result in product contamination which could lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses to date.
UPC (bar) code 0 48000 00195 5 is on the label and "Best By" date, on the bottom of the can, is 01/15/17.
Mar. 8 - Dog food recall (FDA)
Steve’s Real Food of Murray, Utah is recalling its 5 lb.
bags of "Turducken Canine Diet" 8oz. Patties due to potential
contamination of Salmonella. The product is in green and cream colored
biodegradable film bags with lot number 209-10-27-13 and expiration date
of October 27, 2013. Distribution was between Oct. 2012 and Jan. 2013 to
retail stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New
York , California, Minnesota and Tennessee.
| Mar. 6 - Charity Navigator's Top 10 lists updated
Charity Navigator has published its latest Top 10 lists
10 Charities Overpaying their For-Profit Fundraisers
These 10 charities are not living up to their missions. Each spends more than 50% of its budget paying for-profit fundraising professionals to solicit your hard-earned money. As a result, very little of the charity's spending is directed towards its programs and services.
10 Highly-Rated Charities with Low Paid CEOs
The leaders of these 10 organizations run highly-rated charities, yet they earn far less than the average compensation of $150,000 reported by the over 5,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator.
Less than 20% of your dollars are going to such costs as fundraising and
administration, including the salary of the CEO.
10 Highly Paid CEOs at Low-Rated Charities
The leaders of these 10 organizations are taking high salaries at the expense of spending dollars on the charity's programs. Despite receiving more than $200,000 in annual pay, these CEOs run organizations that devote less than 60% of their budgets to their programs and services.
Ast least 40% of your dollars are going to such costs as fundraising and administration, including the salary of the CEO.
| Mar. 6 - Bumble Bee tuna recall (FDA)
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, has issued a voluntary recall on specific codes of 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna
products. Loose seals or seams could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reports to date of any illness associated with these products.
including UPC codes and "Best by" dates.
| Mar. 3 - Kearsarge Regional School District voting (Kim Hallquist)
Tuesday, March 12 is voting day in New Hampshire. (Whipple Memorial Town
Hall in New London and various locations in other towns.) Polls will be open
8a.m. - 7.pm. Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk's Office through Monday, March 11th
Sample ballots for Newbury are: Newbury
Town Election; Kearsarge School
New London tax bills are due. A gentle reminder that the 4th quarterly tax payment of your 2012 real estate tax bill is due on Friday, March 29th . After that date, interest will be charged at 12% per annum so please avoid these additional costs by paying on or before March 29th.
| Feb 26 - Free forclosure relief clinic (Linda
The NH Bar Association will hold a free one-on-one with an attorney for
homeowners concerned about foreclosure, Thu., Mar. 14, 3 to 5 p.m.
"Together you can come up with a solution!"
The clinic will be in Concord at the New Hampshire Bar Center, 2
Pillsbury St., Suite 300. Contact Vanessa at 603-715-3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
| Feb. 22 - Kasel pet treats recalled (FDA)
Kasel Associates Industries is recalling all pet treats it manufactured from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination. Boots and Barkley, Colorado Naturals and Nature's Deli some of the brands affected. The products are sold at various retailers, including Target, Petco, Sam's Club and Costco. Most of the products have a two-year shelf life. Kasel has issued three previous recall notices for specific products manufactured during this time period.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel pet treat product and found it to be positive for Salmonella. FDA's follow-up inspection found that all of the finished pet treat samples and 48 of 87 environmental samples tested positive. More than 10 different species of Salmonella were found in the firm's products and manufacturing facility.
People and animals can contract Salmonellosis from handling or eating contaminated products. People handling dry pet treats should thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the treats as well as any surfaces exposed to these products.
Consumers who have any of these products, or who are unsure of the manufacturing date of their pet treats, should dispose of them in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.
All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA's ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China.
more info. and a list of products and where sold.
| Feb. 22 - Granola cereals recalled (FDA)
Heartland® Brands has recalled two varieties of its granola cereals because of possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh. The two cereals are:
Heartland® Harvest Spice Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090394; Best If Used By dates from 20130326 (March 26, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013).
Heartland® Fruit & Nut Harvest Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090387; Best If Used By dates from 20130325 (March 25, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013).
No other Heartland® brand products are involved in this recall. No consumer complaints or injuries have been reported.
| Feb. 22 - Sniff your bottled water (DHHS)
If you bought three or five gallon Poland Spring water since Nov. 1, NH Dept. of Health and Human
Services (DHHS) recommends that you check the water for gasoline odors. Other sizes of bottled water are not affected.
Some residents in areas struck by Super Storm Sandy used containers such as large water bottles to transport gasoline. A small number of
used contaminated bottles are believed to have made it through the detection process. Exposure levels involved are not likely to result in long-term health effects.
If you find a water bottle with an odor, do not drink or use the water. Call your bottled water provider to make arrangements to get a replacement.
19 - Nature's Variety dog and cat food recalled (FDA)
One batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a "Best if Used By" date of
10/04/13 has been recalled because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.
The source of the issue was identified and resolved. To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.
| Feb. 15 - Newbury: More money for school dist.? Who's running for office?
If you don't vote on March 12, you know what will happen
to your non-vote. Absentee ballots work just fine if you're out of town.
Preview the ballots here: Newbury
Town Election; Kearsarge School
Feb. 13 - "Pease Greeters" running out of money
For the past eight years, day and night,
regardless of the weather, armed forces men and women on their way to or
from overseas duty have been met at the Portsmouth International Airport
with hot drinks, warm food, a cell phone to call home, and the sense that
the rest of us care about them. Thanks to the all-volunteer Pease
This week alone, more than 1,200 troops
are scheduled to arrive on nine flights, according to an airport official.
With the scheduled acceleration of troops returning from Afghanistan,
numbers like that are expected to increase dramatically, and the timing
couldn't be worse for the dwindling funds. Charles Cove, chairman of the Pease Greeters, said the organization's funding
has hit an all-time low.
at seacoastonline. Donate
now to help support the Pease Greeters.
Feb. 11 - Lean Cuisine recall (FDA)
There could be glass fragments in Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli, UPC 13800-58358. The affected production codes are 2311587812 and 2312587812, with "best before date" DEC 2013. The production code is located near the gray "proof of purchase" on the right end flap of the package, below the ingredient statement.
If you have it, contact Nestlé Consumer Services at 866-586-9424 or email@example.com. Nestlé will provide a replacement coupon and also may make arrangements to retrieve the product for further examination.
Feb. 11 - Save $5 - $15 a month on electricity?
Those ads that claim to save you money on your electricity bill are
Deregulation has dropped the price of producing electricity with natural
gas, but PSNH, Unitil and New Hampshire Electric Cooperative can't take
advantage of it, at least for now. That opened an opportunity for
intermediaries to offer reduced rates.
Amanda Noonan, Consumer Affairs director for the NH PUC, estimated that about 40,000 home and business customers in the state have switched from their default provider, and there haven't been many complaints about it.
Repairs and upgrades remains the same. If you loose power, the same repair crews take care of it.
More, including how to choose, at the Nashua Telegraph.
Jan. 31 - Bill could roll back Obamacare for NH (Gayle Hedrington)
The Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee has scheduled a legislative committee hearing
next Tuesday, Feb. 5, on House Bill 271, one of the few bills this session that will push back on
Obamacare in NH. Deliberations will begin at 10 a.m. in Representative Hall
at the State House.
Sponsored by ex-Speaker of the House William O'Brien, the bill would prohibit the state from
expanding Medicaid. NH’s option to reject Medicaid expansion was one of the few
choices that the U.S. Supreme Court left to the states last June when it upheld Obamacare.
Jan. 23 - Annie's frozen pizza recalled (FDA)
All varieties of Annie’s RISING CRUST FROZEN PIZZA with a best by date including
"09Jan13" through "14Sep13" are affected. Recalled varieties are:
Organic Four Cheese Pizza, 23.5 oz UPC 013562 200016
Organic Pepperoni Pizza, 23.6 oz UPC 013562 200009
Organic Supreme Pizza, 25.4 oz UPC 013562 200023
Organic Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, 25.0 oz UPC 013562 200054
Four Cheese Pizza, 22.5 oz UPC 013562 200078
Pepperoni Pizza, 22.6 oz UPC 013562 200061
BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza, 23.1 oz UPC 013562 200092
The company announced the recall after learning a fine metal mesh screen failed at a third-party flour mill and fragments of flexible metal mesh were found in the flour and pizza dough. Pieces of
fine wire were too small to be detected and could have found their way into the finished product. While no metal has been found in Annie’s finished product, as a precaution, Annie's initiated this voluntary recall. There have been no consumer complaints, illnesses or injuries reported to date.
Jan. 22 - Welfare a "drug-free
zone" in NH?
State Reps. Donald LeBrun, R-Nashua, and Jeanine Notter,
R-Merrimack authored a bill (to be heard in the legislature today) that
would require people applying for temporary welfare assistance to pass a
The Department of Health and Human Services would determine what drugs the test would screen for.
Applicants would pay for the drug test, and if they pass, the cost would
be refunded in their first benefit check.
at the Union Leader.
Jan. 15 - Tiny hole almost sank the Kearsarge (seacoastonline.com)
The MV Kearsarge dinner cruise boat anchored in Sunapee harbor
partially sank last week because of an "eraser-sized hole in the
coupling from a sea valve to the port engine".
Owned by the Fenton family, Tim Fenton said that the boat was floating again
yesterday on its own, but may require further repairs. He said that he expects the vessel
to be ready in time for the 2013 season.
Jan. 11 - LGC to refund less than half to over-charged communities
Last summer, a hearing officer ruled that the Local Government Center (LGC) had over-charged communities for health insurance premiums, and
ordered the return of more than $52 million to participating communities. The LGC is appealing the order to the state Supreme Court. However, the LGC board
has authorized the return of $22.5 million.
The LGC originally planned to offer credit for more insurance, but that met with opposition from some communities. Now, member communities can get their
refunds in cash or credit.
Below are approximate totals due back to towns, water and school districts in our area:
Town of Bradford - $25,256.79
Croydon School District - $169.55
Town of Croydon - $1,242.05
Town of Goshen - $8,666.70
Goshen-Lempster Sau #71 - $34,209.73
Town of Grantham - $1,781.97
Grantham Sau #75 - $22,615.25
Town of Sutton - $23,797.47
Town of Lempster - $9,557.69
Town of Newbury - $33,904.80
Town of New London - $54,629.25
New London Springfield Water Prec - $6,265.33
Town of Newport - $45,482.23
Newport Economic Corporation - $424.08
Newport School District - $8,509.80
Newport Sau #43 - $105,153.03
Town of Springfield - $8,690.42
Town of Sunapee - $57,501.11
Sunapee Sau #85 - $61,617.70
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Rpc - $1,080.85
including state-wide database, at npr.org.
Jan. 8 - Air quality advisory expands to four counties
Unhealthy levels of air pollution are
expected in populated valley areas of Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Sullivan counties
tonight and into tomorrow afternoon. This advisory expands the area of concern from the southwestern corner of
NH, including Keene, to valley communities further north and east, including those along the Merrimack River Valley between Manchester and Franklin.
Sensitive individuals include children, older adults, and anyone with heart or lung disease such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.
Healthy individuals may experience mild health effects and should consider limiting strenuous or prolonged activities.
Unhealthy air quality is caused by locally emitted pollution stagnating under temperature inversions
that occur during calm, cold nights when warm air above traps cold air below. Much of
it is from heating devices, especially wood burning fireplaces, stoves and boilers.
Conditions are expected to improve by Wednesday afternoon as wind speeds
Jan. 2 - Ayotte opposes Obama-approved pay raise for
Senator Kelly Ayotte said that she will introduce legislation to stop the salary increase for Members of Congress and other high-ranking federal officials that President Obama authorized last week. Senators and House members are set to receive a pay hike after March 27.
Ayotte said, "With our country $16 trillion in debt and every American facing a tax increase, it's astounding that the president would approve a pay raise for Congress and others serving at the highest levels of government."
Dec. 27 - Kearsarge Regional School District meeting
Please make plans to attend the Deliberative Session of the Kearsarge Regional School District Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 9:00 a.m. at the Kearsarge Regional High School in Sutton.
To review information and explanation of the articles to be considered at the Deliberative Session, please
download material prepared by the School District here.
Dec. 26 - Pet owners win anti-freeze battle (DVM Newsmagazine)
It took decades, but finally the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund
(HSLF) jointly announced that US manufactured
anti-freeze and engine coolant will contain a bittering agent to make the
products less attractive to animals, including humans.
HSLF estimates that up to 90,000 animals are poisoned every year from ingesting ethylene glycol, the toxic substance in antifreeze.
Dec. 25 -
Merry Christmas from
Dec. 21 - Dangerous imported drug deceptively relabeled
Some distributors have deliberately relabeled the dangerous drug Reumofan Plus with new names, including widely-distributed "WOW".
Earlier this year, the FDA warned consumers about Reumofan Plus which was marketed as a "natural" dietary supplement for
treating many conditions, including arthritis and bone cancer. It contains undeclared active ingredients found in prescription drugs.
One of the hidden ingredients is dexamethasone, a corticosteroid. Anyone who abruptly stops taking it after long-term use or high doses runs the risk of withdrawal syndrome and life-threatening adrenal suppression.
Immediately consult a health care professional if you are taking Reumofan Plus. Do not use any products with "Riger Naturals S.A." on the bottom of the bottle. Reumofan Plus is manufactured in Mexico by Riger Naturals.
Dec. 19 - Zicam nasal spray recall (FDA)
Zicam non-drip liquid nasal gel decongestant in a 0.5 oz. spray bottle with NDC number 62750-005-10 could be contaminated with burkholderia cepacia. It could cause respiratory infections in individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic lung conditions. The organism is resistant to many antibiotics and may be difficult to eradicate
if an infection occurs.
Dec. 15 - Smoked salmon recalled (FDA)
“Nathan’s Brand 3oz Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon”
and “LASCCO Cold Smoked Nova Atlantic Salmon 4 oz” have been recalled
because of possible Listeria contamination. Potentially affected products
have UPC codes "0 72840 01751 7" or "0 73030 80368 2".
Consumers with the products should not eat them and should discard open packages.
Return unopened packages to the place of purchase for a refund.
13 - PetSmart recalls holiday dog treats (FDA)
7.5 oz. bags of DogCandy® Holiday Hound Cake and Blueberry Hound Cake
have been recalled because of potential mold. These treats were manufactured specifically for PetSmart Corporation
by Claudia’s Canine Cuisine®. If you purchased these items, please return them to
any PetSmart store for a full refund.
The product is in a paw print bag with a best by date of
08-2015 on the ingredient label on the back of the package just above the UPC bar code. The UPC for the Blueberry Hound Cake is: 692614010058; The UPC for the Holiday Hound Cake is: 692614010041.
Dec. 7 - More than 2,300 Americans killed on this day
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II. More than 2,300 Americans were killed.
Dec. 6 - "Cares & Shares" at Mount Sunapee
In an effort to stock local food shelves for the holidays, Mount Sunapee is hosting Cares & Shares Day Sunday, December 16.
Skiers and snowboarders who bring five non-perishable food items to the ticket window can ski or ride all day for
$35. Generally, more than a ton of food is collected and distributed to food shelves in nearby towns.
| Dec. 4 - Meatless burgers recalled (FDA)
The Stop & Shop Supermarkets has recalled 9 ounce packages of Veggie Patch Ultimate Meatless Burger, UPC 61012900211,
with a January 12, 2013 sell-by date. Packages were removed from sale
because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.
Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and
take their receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.
Nov. 9 - Nestlé Chocolate Powder recalled
Nestlé USA is recalling some of
their Nesquik® Chocolate Powder in 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canisters
because of possible salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of any illnesses or adverse health effects associated with the
The affected powder was produced during early October, 2012.
For the production code, consumers should look on the bottom of the canister, adjacent to the consumer expiration date.
Affected products have an expiration date of BEST BEFORE Oct 2014.
| Oct. 20 - Banana Boat skin care products recalled (FDA)
A market withdrawal of the continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products
was announced today because of a potential risk of the product igniting on the skin if contact is made with an of ignition
source before the product is completely dry.
from the FDA and list of Banana Boat products recalled.
| Oct. 19 - Rx drug discount for all County residents (Lorie McClory)
Sullivan [and Merrimack] County have a
Prescription Drug Discount Card Program that any county resident can use.
The program currently is providing an average of 24% discount on
prescription drugs. There are no claim forms to fill out, no
membership fees, and the card can be used for the whole family - even pets
being prescribed a medication that is also used by humans.
The cards may be picked up at County
offices, Town Clerk offices and various senior centers.
You can print your Prescription Discount Card
and check to see if your pharmacy participates: http://www.nacorx.org.
Oct. 17 - Dog treats recalled (FDA)
Distributed through Target retail
stores, Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots &
Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats have been recalled because of
The Roasted Pig Ears product is in a clear plastic bag
with 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158. The Variety Pack product
is in a 32 ounce clear plastic bag with UPC bar code 490830400086. "BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN"
are for both products.
| Oct. 14 - Hannaford recalls truffle cakes (FDA)
Because of a label printing error, Red Velvet Cake Truffle (UPC #20335800000) and Triple Chocolate Cake Truffle (UPC # 20335700000) sold in
Hannaford's bakery department may contain undeclared allergens. People sensitive to egg, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy and tree nuts should not consume these products.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this. Customers may return them to the store for a full refund.
Oct. 12 - Nut butter and whole peanut recall widens considerably
Editor's note: As with the mango recall last month, the nut butter
recall now includes whole peanuts, and has reached into products such as ice cream, candy, baking
ingredients and many other foods that include nut butters, particularly
peanut, distributed by Sunland, Inc. Every day, more companies using
Sunland's nut butters are removing their products from the market, in fact
too many to report here. Consequently, my personal decision is to not buy
peanuts nor anything with peanut and other nut butters
listed in the ingredients for the next month or two.
| Oct. 9 - Kellogg’s Bite-Size Mini-Wheats Recall (Co-op Food Stores)
Kellogg’s has voluntarily recalled select packages of Frosted and Unfrosted Bite-Size Mini-Wheats due to the possible presence of metal fragments caused by a faulty manufacturing part from a single Kellogg's plant. Exposure to this product may result in minor cuts. No injuries have been reported.
Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP, or FK before or after the “Best If Used Before” date. The impacted products are:
KELLOGG VARIETY PK, 12/9.63 oz, Date Code FK 04013 – FK 09213, UPC 00038000053320
KELLOGG FRST MINI WHEAT B-SZ, 16/18.00 oz, Date Code APR 01 2013 KB – SEP 21 2013 KB, UPC 00038000318290
KELLOGG FRST MINI WHEAT B-SZ, 14/24.00 oz, Date Code APR 01 2013 KP – SEP 21 2013 KB, UPC 00038000318344
KELLOGG UNFRST MINI WHT B-SZ PK, 16/18.00 oz, Date Code APR 01 2013KB – SEP 21 2013 KB, UPC 00038000359828
8 - In what country is this "Third World" corruption legal?
A politician helped secure tax breaks for racehorse owners, then
bought seven horses for himself when the new rules kicked in. Another
politician co-sponsored legislation to double the life span of government grazing permits
for ranchers, including her husband. Another politician co-sponsored a natural gas bill
resulting in millions for his wife's shares in two natural gas companies.
Find out where this is and More
at The Washington Post
| Oct. 5 - Jerky treats for dogs and cats still risky (FDA)
FDA investigators found Salmonella bacteria in Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats at Kasel Associated Industries of
Denver, during a routine sampling inspection this week. Notified of the results, the company recalled and ceased distribution of its product.
The FDA reminds pet owners that commercially produced pet food is very
safe and contains all the nutrients that pets need. Jerky pet treats have
no nutritional value, so eliminating them is harmless, and removes a
potential source of disease.
The FDA advises pet owners who still choose to feed their pets jerky treat products to watch their pets closely for any
signs of disease that may occur within hours to days of feeding jerky pet
treats: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. If your pet shows any of these signs, stop feeding the
product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours.
5 - Popcorn recall (DHHS)
Dale and Thomas Popcorn is recalling
some of its ready-to-eat bags of Indiana-brand popcorn because of possible
Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Recalled products are in various
size red bags and distributed on or after August 8, 2012 with Best By dates of February 4, 2013 through March 12, 2013. A list of
recalled items is at http://www.popcornindiana.com/recall-list.
Products involved in the recall should be discarded or returned to the
original point of purchase for a full refund or replacement.
Oct. 4 - Open forum about New London school building (NL Admin.)
The New London Board of Selectmen invite citizens of New London to
discuss and share thoughts on the future of the 1941 Central School Building.
The public forum for this important community issue will be Sat., Oct. 6,
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Whipple Memorial Town Hall. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Town Office at 526-4821 ext 10
Oct. 4 - New London Town Clerk closure correction (Linda Hardy)
The ad that ran in the Oct. 2 Intertown Record showing closure days for the New London Town Clerk and Tax Collector was
incorrect. The correct day that the Town Clerk and Collector's Office will be closed
is Tuesday November 6 for the State General Election.
Oct. 2 - More nut butter products recalled (FDA)
Newman's Own Organics announced that due to the expanded scope of Sunland, Inc.'s recall of nut butter products (peanut butter in particular),
they are initiating a recall of certain lots of Peanut Butter Newman-O's Sandwich Crème Cookies, with expiration dates 27MAY13 and
3MAY13. The products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Oct 1 - CU says "not yet" to
Fluzone High-Dose for seniors
Consumers Union recommends that
adults 65 and older should get the "regular flu shot" instead of
the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine. "Initially we hoped this high-dose vaccine might particularly help seniors who are very ill or have compromised immune systems, but given the lack of clinical trial data, and that there is a risk of making sick people even sicker, our medical consultants don't advise it for anyone at this time. Until more is known about how protective the high-dose shot is for all seniors, the regular flu vaccine remains the best option."
at Consumer Reports
| Sep 25 - New London Hospital physician receives award
New London Hospital Internal Medicine primary care physician Jeffrey Powell received this year's NH Hospital Association Medical Staff of the Year Award. Dr. Powell recently celebrated his 34th year on the NLH Medical Staff.
Since 2005, Dr. Powell has been a driving force to implement electronic medical records (EMR) in the New London Physician Practices. As Co-Chair of the task force, he was instrumental in evaluating, recommending and testing the technology that has become a critical tool in improving patient care.
Sep 25 -
Twenty-nine sickened by nut butters; recall expanded (FDA & NHDHHS)
A complete list of recalled nut butter products is available here. These products were distributed nationwide including New Hampshire and online.
You should not eat any of these products and discard them immediately.
"Food that is contaminated is always a concern," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, "and while there have been many recalls in the news lately, it is important to be aware of all food recalls because the implications can be serious, even deadly. Please take the few minutes now and in the future to check for these products."
Twenty-nine people are reported to have Salmonella Bredeney in approximately 18 states.
| Sep 24 - Leaf peeping perfection may be on the way
Warm, dry days and cool, longer nights create conditions to promote the brightest of colors, according to Kevin Smith, Ph.D., project leader and plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service office in Durham.
Overall, the weather has been good this year, with no devastating storms or severe drought conditions. Smith said
that another positive sign is that trees are healthier this year. "Last year, some maples, birches and beeches across the state experienced a foliage disease that left leaves brown and crinkly, and unable to change
color", he said.
at the Union Leader / NH.com
| Sep 20 - EEE identified in Fitzwilliam and Derry (DHHS)
The NH Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced positive test results for eastern equine
encephalitis (EEE) in two emus in the Cheshire County town of Fitzwilliam
and in a horse in the Hillsborough County town of Derry. These findings
necessitate the elevation of the risk level in those communities from
"remote" to "high."
Updated Sep. 4 Aug. 31 - DHHS warns about potentially contaminated mangoes (DHHS)
NH DHHS is warning against eating Daniella brand mangoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Mangoes being recalled were packed in Mexico and sold between July 12 and August
29 by stores throughout the US. Individual fruit have "Daniella" stickers on them and a small sticker with one of the following codes: 4051, 4959, 4311, 4584 or 3114.
If you have purchased these mangoes, throw them away. Do not try to wash off the harmful bacteria because the fruit could be contaminated on the inside as well.
Sep. 4 Update: (Ken
Schuster) Literally every day, two or three more companies are
reporting long lists of recalled products that contain Daniella brand
mangoes. Generally, about 10 per cent of the those products are
distributed in NH. Listing everything that I have received from the FDA
would take up most of this front page. I have decided to discontinue
publishing them. Personally... based on what I have read from federal and
state sources, I am comfortable with buying fresh mangoes, except Daniella
brand, but will not buy any brand of canned or frozen food that contains
mangoes for the next two months.
Sep. 2 Update: Many
companies have recalled products in which Daniella mangoes are used.
Listed below are two of those distributed in New Hampshire:
Ready Pac® Gourmet FruitBowl, 64oz, codes 77745-22620,
sell-by 9/9/2012 or earlier.
Starbucks® Seasonal HarvestFruit Blend, 6oz, codes 62111-71390,
sell-by 8/22/2012 through 9/7/2012.
|Aug. 31 - Gun club proposal commentary by
NH Rep. Bowers (Spec Bowers)
The majority of my constituents firmly believe in the 2nd Amendment. Many engage in hunting or target shooting. Many others, women especially, are buying firearms in record numbers for self-defense. All need a place to shoot and become or remain proficient.
Now, the Mountain View Gun Club proposes to build a state-of-the-art gun range in Newport on land zoned for industrial use. The Ruger company is willing to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to make this the safest and quietest gun range in New Hampshire. With baffles to block stray bullets and to reduce noise, this operation will not be cheap, but the best never is.
Some of the neighbors have concerns, but much of the resistance is engendered by a "no guns" mindset. I encourage all in Sullivan County to look as this potential range with open eyes and see that it is much better to have a safe and quiet recreational shooting facility on land specifically zoned for even noisier uses than it would be to have people shooting in their back yards or on other not-so-safe places.
31 - Saturday walkabout series begins next
week (Lorie McClory)
The Sunapee Ragged
Kearsarge Greenway begins its fall Saturday walkabouts Sep. 8. Details
about the September walks are in the Grantham column here.
More about SRKG.
Aug. 30 - Eastern equine encephalitis arrives in NH (DHHS)
NH Dept. of Health and Human Services announced today that mosquitoes from Sandown have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is in addition to the 38 batches of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus this season.
"This is the first identified positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New Hampshire this season, but unfortunately it is not unexpected," said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. "What is different is that the U.S. is seeing an unprecedented outbreak of West Nile Virus this year and that is even more reason why people should take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes."
EEE is a more serious disease that carries a high mortality rate for those who contract the serious encephalitis form of the illness. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and sore throat. There is no treatment for the disease, which can lead to seizures and coma. Symptoms usually occur four to 10 days after being bitten.
24 - New voter ID requirements (Linda
Beginning with the Sep. 11 primary,
voters are required to show some form of personal identification. Click here to download the information.
24 - Licorice and protein drink mixes recalled (FDA)
American Licorice Company is recalling 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists due to elevated levels of lead. Only the
16 oz. bag with "Best Before Date" of 020413 are affected.
Protica Inc. has recalled four products including
Body Choice Protein Shots, Nutritional Resources Protein Wave, ProBalance
Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte and Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum,
which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Do not use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
For a list of products, dates and lot numbers, click here.
| Aug. 13 - Melons and packaged food with apples recalled
Melons: Some cantaloupes and honeydew melons may remain on the market, or have been purchased by consumers that possibly may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The whole cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading
"Burch Farms" or "Cottle Strawberry, Inc." referencing PLU # 4319.
Honeydew melons involved in this recall do not bear identifying stickers. Consumers who may have purchased
honeydew melons should contact the store where they purchased them for information about whether the melons are part of this recall.
There have been no illnesses reported to date.
Fruit, vegetable, and sandwhich products containing apples: Ready Pac Foods, Inc.,
is recalling some fruit, vegetable, and sandwich products containing apples with Use-by dates of July 8 through August 20, 2012, because they contain diced or sliced apples that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Distributors of some of the products include Hannaford, Burger King,
McDonalds and Ready Pac. No illnesses have been reported to date.
For the full product list, visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm315249.htm?source=govdelivery
Aug. 4 - Blodgett's Landing water
advisory removed (NHDES)
NHDES reports the fecal bacteria
advisory was removed today.
| Aug. 2 - Local recreational water tests mostly good (NHDES)
An advisory has been issued due to elevated levels of
fecal bacteria at Blodgett's Landing, Newbury. The beach will be resampled
tomorrow, Aug. 3, and results will be available the next day. When the bacteria results are below the state standard, the advisory will be removed.
A cyanobacteria advisory remains at French Pond Beach and Boat Launch,
Henniker, since July 31. Resampling will be next week.
The following beaches were sampled yesterday,
Aug. 1, with good test results:
Tannery Pond Beach, Wilmot
Georges Mills Town Beach on Lake Sunapee, Sunapee
Dewey Town Beach on Lake Sunapee, Sunapee
Sunapee State Park Beach, Newbury
Rand Pond Public Way Beach, Goshen
Depot Town Beach on Lake Sunapee, Newbury
Wadleigh SP – Kezar Lake Sutton
Town Beach on Silver Lake Reservoir, Warner
French’s Park Town Beach on Lake Massasecum, Bradford
Lake Massasecum Casino Beach on Lake Massasecum, Bradford
Aug. 2 - Lake Sunapee Bank to merge with The Nashua Bank
Once the merger is complete, The Nashua Bank will
add “a division of Lake Sunapee Bank” to its title. The combined
assets will be $1.3 billion and 28 branches in NH and VT. The deal is expected
to close by the end of the fourth quarter, contingent on regulatory and
bank shareholder approval.
at Nashua Telegraph
Aug. 1 - Cantaloupes and antiseptics recalled (NHDHHS
Cantaloupes: Burch Farms of North Carolina has recalled their Athena
cantaloupes because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Hannaford supermarkets has removed the product from its shelves.
NH Department of Health and Human
Services is not aware of any illnesses associated with this recall.
Cantaloupes with stickers labeled “Cantaloupe PLU 4319” should not
be eaten. The sticker can be taken to the store of purchase for a full
Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic Wipes: Dukal Corp. is recalling
selected lots of benzalkonium chloride swabs and antiseptic wipes because
of potential microbial contamination. Use of contaminated wipes could lead to infections, some of which pose health risks in immune-suppressed patients. For average healthy people, the presence of Burkholderia cepacia on the swab is not likely to cause serious health risks. To date, there have been no reported incidents involving these products.
info and list of affected lots.