New England in Brief

Monday October 8, 2012

Vermont native Grace Potter to sing for fair trade coffee

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont singer Grace Potter is going to be promoting fair trade coffee with a live, online concert.

The concert at Joe’s Pub in New York will be streamed live Wednesday, beginning at 9 p.m., on the Facebook page of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Potter is working with the Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee as part of the "Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Pass it On" campaign.

The campaign is a part of Fair Trade Month, which is designed to increase awareness for fair trade, a practice that gives farmers in the developing world fair prices for their products.

Vt. considering changes to baitfish rules

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont anglers are going to have the opportunity to weigh in on plans to change the rules about baitfish.

The Fish and Wildlife Board is considering regulation changes intended to minimize the risk associated with the use and movement of baitfish while providing more flexibility with the species they can use as bait.

They will also clarify how and where they can transport baitfish.

The primary changes to the regulation add pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass, and banded killifish to the statewide approved baitfish list. It will also allow alewife and white perch to be used on Lake Champlain.

Hearings are scheduled for Oct. 22, in Newport, Oct. 23 in Bomoseen and Oct. 24 in St. Albans. All the hearings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vt. lieutenant governor campaigns by bicycle

BENNINGTON (AP) -- A 500-mile, 14-county bicycle tour is giving Vermont’s lieutenant governor a new perspective on the state as he campaigns for a second term, not to mention plenty of time to think about the issues.

Republican Phil Scott said that anyone running for statewide office has to cross-cross the state -- he’s just taking a different approach to slow down the pace.

Scott, who is being challenged by Democrat Cassandra Gekas, began his tour last week in the Northeast Kingdom, which recently announced a $500 million development project using the EB-5 foreign visa program. The program provides a visa to foreign investors for capital that creates jobs, and Scott says he’d like to see it used in other parts of the state.

N.H. Farm Bureau offers lecture on farming history MILTON, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Farm Bureau and New Hampshire Farm Museum are teaming up to present a seminar for educators on the state’s agricultural history.

State officials say everything from the stone walls scattered across the Granite State to the absence of wolves relate to the state’s agricultural past.

Educators who sign up for the seminar -- to be held Thursday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton -- will meet some Merino sheep and learn simple methods for spinning wool into yarn.

The goal of the seminar is to make history come alive for students and integrate math and science into lessons on the state’s farming economy.

UNH earns outstanding community tree
farm award

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The University of New Hampshire has been recognized by the state for its role in managing 3,800 acres of working forests.

The New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee recently recognized UNH for its efforts to educate the public on sustainable forestry. The award goes to an outstanding tree farm owned by a town, school or other organization.

Almost half of the working forest is in Durham, nearly half in Carroll County, and the rest in several other properties scattered across the state. Every year there are on average 5,000 educational visits to the woodlands and research on areas including the growth and health of white pine trees, climate impacts on forest ecosystems, and air quality monitoring.

World champs win Maine wife carrying contest

NEWRY, Maine (AP) -- A Finnish couple has added to their victories with a first-place in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Maine’s Sunday River ski resort.

Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen traveled from Helsinki, Finland -- where they won the World Wife Carrying Championship -- for Saturday’s contest. The couple finished with a time of 52.58 seconds on a course that includes hurdles, sand traps and a water hole.

In addition to $350, the top prize included the wife’s weight in beer, which the winners shared with the second and third place finishers -- Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault of South Paris and David and Lacey Castro of Lewiston.

Gay marriage foes launch TV campaign

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gay marriage opponents are going on the airwaves with an ad featuring a high school guidance counselor who claims he was targeted for supporting "traditional marriage."

One of the two ads by Protect Marriage Maine features former school counselor Donald Mendell, who came under fire in 2009 after appearing on TV in opposition to same-sex marriage.

A complaint was filed with Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, questioning the guidance counselor’s fitness to continue serving as a licensed social worker in Maine.

The ad says people like Mendell who opposed gay marriage have "fired, sued, fined and punished" in places where same-sex marriage has been legalized. Mendell has since retired from Nokomis High School.

2 suffer minor injuries in Maine small plane crash

LYMAN, Maine (AP) -- Two people have suffered minor injuries in a small plane crash in Lyman, Maine.

The crash was reported at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the home-built plane had taken off from Eliot in the western part of the state and was headed to Wiscasset, northeast of Portland.

Peters said the plane developed an engine problem and the pilot tried to divert it to Sanford.

The two people on board were taken Southern Maine Medical Center.


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