New England in Brief

Monday February 18, 2013

N.H. House voting whether lawmakers should ski free

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire’s House is voting this week whether lawmakers should get free ski passes for Cannon Mountain.

The majority of the Legislative Administration Committee is recommending killing a bill Wednesday that would grant the legislative perk. A one day lift ticket is $70 for an adult and the bill allowed unlimited free access.

Opponents say using the perk a half dozen times would be worth twice as much as lawmakers’ biennial salary.

Supporters argue that lawmakers have open access to state parks which promotes awareness of the locations. They say skiing at Cannon doesn’t add costs to the ski area and encourages members to experience that part of New Hampshire culture.

Hassan packs care packages for troops

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Gov. Maggie Hassan has helped a group of volunteers pack care packages to ship to troops serving in the Middle East.

Hassan joined about 50 volunteers Saturday at the Nashua National Guard Armory for a project called "Moore Mart." The group filled 750 boxes with candy, power bars, dental supplies, socks, hand warmers and other goodies, and topped them off with a handwritten thank-you note from area schools and churches.

"Moore Mart" was started four years ago by a family that was trying to gather supplies for a relative and his fellow soldiers in Iraq.

The project has expanded to include volunteers from the community, who send packages not just to troops but also to children in Iraq.

N.H. farmers, ranchers, encouraged to be counted

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- It’s not too late for farmers and ranchers to be represented in the national 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The census is conducted once every five years by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

It looks at land use and ownership, production practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers do business.

The deadline to submit information was Feb. 4, but farmers can still participate. Those who have not responded will receive a second copy of the form in the mail. They also can respond online at or request a questionnaire.

Gloria Steinem to speak in N.H.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Feminist leader Gloria Steinem is coming to New Hampshire to speak about equality.

RiverRun Bookstore says Steinem will speak April 19 at the South Church in downtown Portsmouth. The event is titled, "Steinem Speaks: Why Equality Matters to Everyone."

The 78-year-old Steinem is recognized as a leader of the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s and 1970s. She was a co-founder of Ms. Magazine and has written many books.

Condolences for Newtown head to storage

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Public viewing of mementos has ended and the memorabilia sent from around the world offering condolences after 20 children and six educators were shot dead at a Newtown elementary school now heads to storage.

Saturday was the final day for the public to view the items propped on tables or hanging on walls in Newtown Town Hall.

All items go to storage except those marked by the victims’ families or Newtown residents indicating they would like the gift.

Posters and cards were sorted and documented by volunteers at Town Hall. Some wrote thank-you notes to senders who provided return addresses.

Lynn Kovack, a clerk in the Building Department who sorted through cards and letters for weeks, said some of the items made her and others cry


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