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May 25. 2012 1:11PM

NH news from around the web - Updated 5/25


Boxford, Mass. beer guzzling cows are from New Hampshire
Pat Canonica, who is hosting the cows at Rock Maple Farm in West Boxford, said the animals belong to his son, who has a farm in New Hampshire, and that he has fattened them up for the past few weeks. He said the cows were probably drawn to the bustle of the party.

Shaheen amendment clears way for more military abortions in cases of incest and rape
The amendment, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), passed as an addition to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

Milton man faces Vt. DUI

U.S. News and World Report names Hollis/Brookline best high school in the state
In order of ranking after Hollis they cite Bedford, Sunapee, Hanover, Lebanon, and Oyster River. Here is their survey of all high schools -
In terms of college preparedness, Laconia had lowest score. Charter school seem to have the lowest math/English proficiency ratings. Bottom of the back being Csi Charter in Penacook and Bud Carlson Academy in Rochester.

Robert Strout sentenced in connection with Maine triple homicide, drug crime
Strout was sentenced in Superior Court in Houlton in connection with the 2010 triple homicide in Amity. He will serve four years in prison for hindering apprehension, arson, aggravated furnishing of scheduled drugs and violation of bail.

In reversal, Army bans high-performance M4 rifle magazines
The Army has ordered that soldiers may use only government-issued magazines with their M4 carbines, a move that effectively bans one of the most dependable and widely used commercial-made magazines on today's battlefield.


Eight ways you can buy happiness

Another volley as U.S.-China trade battle intensifies
Chinese customs data, according to Solarbuzz, shows that in February and March of this year, tonnage of American polysilicon imported by China more than doubled the rate seen over previous months. That's because the price dropped rapidly since the end of last year, making it the cheapest option. In March, that price was $4.4 per kilogram less than the average import price.

Birch - New England's other syrup
Now you may be asking yourself the same question I was: "What's the stuff taste like? "Before you go hunting for a jar of birch syrup and start whipping up your favorite buttermilk batter, consider this: "It's kind of a waste to put it on pancakes," said one of Moore's best customers, Evan Mallett, chef at Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth. Mallett calls it a "dark flavor" and treats it a bit like molasses.

Top buys by Directors: Cosentino Jr.'s $588.7K bet on RGR
The directors of a company tend to have a unique inside view into the business, so when directors make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by company directors over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $588.7K by John A. Cosentino Jr., Director at Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

GT Advanced Technologies reiterates guidance following U.S. tariff decision

How crumbling U.S. dollars bailed out Zimbabwe
Using American dollars has created a host of bizarre issues. The bills are filthy, crumbling and often in short supply. There are no U.S. coins to make change, so chocolate is handed out instead. There is, oddly, an abundance of $2 bills.


Takako Kinoshita Woo, 76, was a pioneering leader of Budhist group Soka Gakkai International USA, 12M members worldwide
Woo passed away on Sunday, May 20, in Bedford.

SNL funnyman Seth Meyers sad over Kristen Wiig departure

Free Keene welcomes newest blogger - Emberlea
Emberlea relocated to NH from Tampa, Florida in late February 2012. She is a voluntaryist and an agorist who enjoys participating in protests. Emberlea is the coordinator for the Voluntaryist Volunteers national group.

Train to play Meadowbrook on Aug. 26

Collective Soul to bring dosage to Hampton Beach on June 30


NHPUC - PSNH Proposed Revised Alternative Default Energy Service Rate - Order Suspending Tariff and Scheduling Hearing Une 20
In Order No. 25,320, the Commission denied PSNH's initial petition to implement a proposed Rate ADE and directed PSN}T to file a redesigned Rate ADE by June 30, 2012.

NHPUC - Order approving Aquarion Water Co. issue of general mortgage $5M bond
Aquarion Water Company ofNew Hampshire, Inc. (Aquarion) is a regulated public utility pursuant to RSA 3 62:2 and RSA 362:4 and serves approximately 8,700 customers in the towns of Hampton. North Hampton, and Rye. Aquarion intends to use the proceeds of the bond to retire an existing $4 million debt
obligation, and to use the remaining $1 million for capital improvements.

NH driver among 45 National Association of the Deaf is seeking exemptions from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
The evidence report reached two conclusions regarding the matter of hearing loss and CMV driver safety: (1) No studies that examined the relationship between hearing loss and crash risk exclusively among CMV drivers were identified; and (2) evidence from studies of the private driver license holder population does not support the contention that individuals with hearing impairment are at an increased risk for a crash.

NH one of eight states eligible to split $10.4M in handouts as part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 <<< NH share is $824,616, but must apply by July 9
These funds, which were contributed by the Department of Education from appropriations for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), are available for the eligible states to use through June 30, 2014, to support innovative workforce development and education activities.

Coast Guard accepts oversight of tall ship visit to Portsmouth Harbour July 11-15 in vicinity of Castle Island
During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the Special Local Regulation area or Safety Zone without permission of the Captain of the Port. This action is necessary to protect marine traffic and spectators from the hazards associated with powerboat races, regattas, boat parades, rowing and paddling boat races, swim events, and fireworks displays.

Proposed debarment of man that defrauded Hollis Brookline SAU 41 libraries of $1,765 as part of a larger conspiracy netting $892K
On September 29, 2011, you pled guilty to committing fraudulent activities associated with the E-Rate program while you were owner and president of E-Rate Consulting Services, LLC (ECS) in Montgomery, Alabama. [7] ECS assisted schools and school districts in their efforts to qualify for E-Rate funding. [8] ECS arranged to receive through the mail its clients' E-Rate checks, and was supposed to forward those checks to the clients. [9] Between May 2006 and January 2009, however, you converted approximately $892,000 in E-Rate funds to your personal use without your clients' knowledge. [10] Specifically, you deposited E-Rate checks payable to your clients into an ECS bank account and, instead of transmitting the E-Rate funds to your clients, kept the money and used it largely for your personal expenses. [11] Your fraudulent scheme affected six schools and 14 school districts located in 13 states. [12] On January 6, 2012, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama sentenced you to serve 51 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. [13] The court also ordered you to pay a $100 special assessment. [14]

Montgomery Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing $892,000 from Schools in 13 States
According to court records, the E-rate program was created by the Federal Communications Commission and is financed by assessments on telecommunications companies. The program provides affordable telecommunications services to eligible schools and libraries, especially those in rural and economically disadvantaged areas. Slaughter owned and was the president of E-Rate Consulting Services, LLC (“ECS”) in Montgomery. ECS was in the business of assisting schools and libraries in their efforts to qualify for E-rate funding. As part of ECS's arrangement with its clients, ECS would receive via the mail checks payable to ECS's clients, and ECS was supposed to forward the checks to the client. However, between May 2006 and January 2009, Slaughter converted a number of these checks to his own use.


Co-Owner Of Pentagon Propaganda Contractor Admits Attacking Journalists
The co-owner of a propaganda firm that received about $120 million in Pentagon contracts since 2009 has admitted to running a misinformation campaign against USA Today journalists.


4 good things Bain Capital did on Mitt Romney's watch


WaPo - Eugene Robinson: Obama's shift on gay marriage - Why the delay?
The truth is that it should not have taken Obama so long to recognize that gays and lesbians should have the right to marry. I'm one of the many observers who never understood how his former opposition to same-sex marriage could be squared with the worldview that emerged from his speeches and actions. Plastic Is Fantastic
The Town Council, at the urging of a middle school student, passed a resolution asking the Maine Legislature to consider a statewide ban on plastic bags, with penalties for possession ranging from public heckling for a first offense to expulsion to New Hampshire for multiple convictions.

U.S. combat veteran Ronald Mitchell: Lynch drove me out of state
It was a tragedy for me and my family when Gov. John Lynch vetoed the medical marijuana bill in 2009. When an effort to override the veto passed the House but failed by two votes in the Senate, my hopes for a healthy future in New Hampshire were crushed.

Daily Kos: KEEPING SCORE - Kozlowski downfall set to Ayn Rand quotes
KOS blogger juxtaposes Ayn Rand quotes with Kozlowski's misdeeds at Tyco.

PRUDEN: The dark arts of race-baiting
Barack Obama and his friends in the mainstream media, so called, can't believe that anyone could vote against someone as wonderful as he is (and as they are). Only a bigot would vote against such a wonderful president. We're getting a scary preview of the wrath to come in the reaction to this week's presidential primary results in Arkansas and Kentucky.


Blue Jays' former president and CEO says AA affiliate should have been moved to Ottawa

Musketeers stock up on offense in USHL draft
Cameron Brown played two seasons for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Last season, the left-handed shooter scored 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) for the Junior Monarchs, then contributed one goal and seven assists in the playoffs.

Former Portmsouth football coach comes out of retirement for Maine team
Tom Daubney, 70, coached at Portsmouth (N.H.) High from 1970-92, leading the Clippers to six appearances in state championship games and three state titles.

Sox prospect Brentz adjusting to a diet of off-speed pitches

AMA Superbike star Eric Bostrom and Hall of Famer Cook Neilson at Ducati track day at NHMS on June 25

44th Annual Market Days Festival
Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Darci Lynne
Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

2nd Annual Amherst Food Truck Festival
Saturday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

14th Annual New England Brewfest
Saturday, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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