New England in Brief
N.H. Institute of Art merges with Sharon Arts Center
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Institute of Art is merging with the Sharon Arts Center to combine and expand their academic programs, exhibits and outreach efforts.
The institute, based in Manchester, will assume the management of the arts center in Sharon and Peterborough. Officials say the agreement will broaden learning opportunities in the visual arts, and that both organizations will offer joint continuing education courses, degree-granting classes and public programs.
The Institute plans to expand academically and offer a variety of masters in fine arts classes in Peterborough including visual arts, photography, and creative writing, and writing for stage and screen.
Deer gores N.H. hunter after being shot
CORNISH, N.H. (AP) -- A 54-year-old New Hampshire deer hunter is recovering after an eight-point buck gored him with an antler after being shot.
Everett Gray of Cornish shot the deer near his home Thursday afternoon and then moved in to finish the kill with a knife.
He said that’s when the white-tail lunged at him, piercing his abdomen with an antler point and lifting him off the ground.
Gray said the deer rammed its head into his stomach and pushed him down a slope before he managed dislodge the antler point from his side.
While Gray was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, his brother and a few friends went into the woods and dragged the buck back to his house and hung it in his garage.
N.H. offers snowmobile safety classes
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are offering free snowmobile safety classes at locations around the state.
The daylong class is required for all snowmobile riders who don’t have a valid driver’s license.
Officials say those under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult when operating a snowmobile, unless they are on their own property.
Fish and Game officials say that more than 2,500 snowmobilers take the safety class each year.
Moratorium possible for New England shrimp season
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Regulators say the Gulf of Maine shrimp population is in such poor shape that the upcoming shrimp-fishing season should be called off.
In its 2012 assessment report, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s shrimp technical committee is recommending that a fishing moratorium be enacted for the upcoming season. If a season is allowed to go forward, the committee says it shouldn’t start until at least half of the shrimp have hatched their brood, which typically happens around mid-February.
The commission’s shrimp-regulating panel, which includes representatives from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is scheduled to meet Monday in Portland and decide what the season should look like or whether to have one.
Shrimp provide a small but valuable fishery for hundreds of New England fishermen, mostly from Maine.
400 expected for Maine’s Lobster Dip fundraiser
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) -- Special Olympics Maine says an estimated 400 people are expected to take part in its annual Lobster Dip fundraising ocean plunge on New Year’s Day.
Registration is now open for the event, which takes place at noon at Old Orchard Beach.
The Lobster Dip was Maine’s original cold-water fundraiser when it began in 1988 with about 15 participants.
It’s now the largest such fundraising event in the state. Last year it raised nearly $100,000 for Special Olympics Maine’s sports training and athletic competitions serving more than 3,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Skiing Santas hit the slopes in Maine
NEWRY, Maine (AP) -- A bunch of Santas are taking a break from toy-making to hit the slopes at a Maine ski resort.
Nearly 300 skiers and snowboarders decked out in red and white were gathering at the Sunday River resort for the annual "Santa Sunday" event. Spokeswoman Darcy Morse says 292 of them pre-registered.
The 13th annual event raises money for the Bethel Rotary Club’s annual holiday toy drive.
Those who registered have to show up in a Santa outfit and donate $10 or more to the toy drive. Participants get to ski free for the day while also receiving another lift ticket good through Dec. 14.
U.S. Sen.-elect Warren: Limit use of filibusters
BOSTON (AP) -- Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren is vowing to join with other Democrats in Washington to limit the use of the filibuster -- a move she said will help break gridlock by curbing the ability of Republicans to block votes.
In what would be one of her first official acts after taking office in January, Warren says she’ll vote to require Senators who want to filibuster to stand on the Senate floor and speak continuously instead of merely threatening to do so.
Minority parties in the Senate use filibusters to slow or kill legislation. They can only be ended by 60 votes. Democrats will command a 55-45 majority in the chamber in the new session.
Warren says without the changes, Republicans frustrate the work she says she was sent to Washington to do.
Seafood still mislabeled at Mass. eateries
BOSTON (AP) -- A published report says new DNA testing shows that restaurants and stores across Massachusetts are still mislabeling their seafood, a year after the problem was disclosed.
Restaurants and stores continue to sell cheaper, lower-quality fish wrongly labeled as more expensive and higher-quality varieties. An investigation by the Boston Globe published last year prompted promises by state health officials to discourage the mislabeling of seafood.
The newspaper reported Sunday that the results of a new round of DNA tests on fish underscores an ongoing lack of regulation in the nation’s seafood trade.
The test results showed a host of mislabeling, including the mismarking of Pacific cod as the more expensive Atlantic species, hybrid bass as the higher quality striped bass and tilapia as red snapper.
Mass. officials hope for revenue reversal
BOSTON (AP) -- State officials and legislators will be keeping a close eye on the latest report due out in the coming week on Massachusetts tax revenues.
The news so far has been disappointing in the fiscal year that started July 1. Tax collections have missed the state’s benchmarks in all four months and are currently running $256 million below projections.
If the November report fails to show improvement, it could prompt Gov. Deval Patrick to consider spending cuts. His administration has already ordered tighter controls on spending and hiring.
A mid-month report from the revenue department showed November tax collections running 6.3 percent above the same period a year ago. The state’s benchmark for the month is just below $1.4 billion. That would be a 2.5 percent increase over November 2011 collections.
2013 hunting licenses go on sale in Mass.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says hunting, sporting, fishing and trapping licenses for 2013 are now for sale.
The licenses are available for purchase at www.mass.gov/massfishhunt and at various vendor locations and MassWildlife offices.
State officials are reminding online shoppers to check the proper box for a 2013 license, since 2012 licenses are also still available.
Anyone 15 years old or older needs a license to fish in fresh water or hunt.
Freshwater fishing licenses for teens ages 15 to 17 are free, but can’t be bought online.
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