New England in Brief

Monday November 26, 2012

Dartmouth theater professor appears in ‘Lincoln’

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- An associate theater professor at Dartmouth College has good reason to see the movie "Lincoln" multiple times -- he has a small role in the Steven Spielberg film.

After Jamie Horton appeared in a campus production last year, one of his co-star’s friends encouraged him to submit an audition tape. Months later, he was cast as U.S. Rep. Giles Stuart, a New York congressman who was bribed to help ensure passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery.

Horton acted and directed with the Denver Center Theatre Company for more than 20 years before he began teaching at Dartmouth in 2006. He said it was an amazing experience to be part of what he called an epic movie.

Program available to help small New Hampshire businesses

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A program designed to help small and medium-sized New Hampshire companies extend and expand into international markets is taking applications.

A webinar by the state’s International Trade Resource Center outlining the application process is being held Monday at 10 a.m. Those interested can register under .

The New Hampshire Matching Grant program offers up to $5,000 per company in a cash match. The aim of the grant is to encourage companies in the state to increase their exports by helping them to research overseas markets, comply with trade regulations and take part in trade missions.

Applications are due Dec. 10.

Utility worker punctured pipe in Mass. gas blast

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The state fire marshal says a gas company worker responding to reports of a natural gas leak in western Massachusetts punctured a pipe and an unknown spark ignited a massive explosion that injured 18 people.

Authorities on Sunday didn’t name the Columbia Gas Go. worker who pierced the high-pressure pipe in Springfield, one of New England’s largest cities. Friday’s explosion there damaged more than 40 buildings.

Some officials called it a miracle that no one was killed. The cause of the spark that ignited the explosion is still unknown.

Most of the injured were part of a group of gas workers, firefighters and police officers who ducked for cover behind a utility truck just before the blast.

The gas company planned a news conference for later Sunday afternoon.

Snowmobile trails would link Maine
wind farms

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine snowmobile enthusiasts and the wind power industry are working on a plan to link perhaps 10 wind farms with trails to give the sledders destinations for their wintertime rides.

Bob Meyers of the Maine Snowmobile Association says it’ll take some doing to get the network together, and it won’t be done this season. But Meyers says it’s looking probable.

The snowmobile group is working with First Wind, TransCanada and other wind power developers on the project. Organizers say snowmobilers like to have destinations for their rides and have shown interest in the past in sledding to wind power sites. They see the trail idea as a new tourism lure.

Meyers says about 98 percent of the 600-mile windmill trail would be on existing trails, which could be specially marked.

Minor earthquake recorded in Maine

BELFAST, Maine (AP) -- A minor earthquake has been reported near the coastal Maine city of Belfast.

Boston University’s Weston Observatory says Saturday morning’s quake was centered about 10 miles east of Belfast in Waldo County.

A county dispatcher says Maine State Police had confirmed word of seismic activity to local authorities.

No damage was reported.


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