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Plymouth State University will hold a conference Saturday to raise awareness about human trafficking.

 

"Even the victims themselves oftentimes don't recognize themselves as victims,” said Stephanie Halter, associate professor of criminal justice at Plymouth State University, member of the N.H. Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force. “So it's kind of helping people understand what this really looks like and helping them see this as a crime."

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A sewage facility in the works in the town of Plymouth will give the state a new market for recycled cooking oils, fats and grease.

There's only one plant in New Hampshire that currently processes what's known as FOG, which comes from places like commercial kitchens. FOG can cause costly, unsanitary sewer overflows and gum up standard wastewater treatment systems.

The state’s existing FOG disposal facility is in Allenstown.

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The town of Plymouth is getting $5.5 million in federal grants and more than $7 million in loans to upgrade its aging water and sewer systems.

The money is from the rural development arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation praised the funding in a joint statement this week.

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New Hampshire has put the brakes on the Northern Pass energy project for now, but some towns are still prepared to block it with local laws asserting their view on big utility development.

Plymouth is the latest municipality to approve an ordinance saying certain energy projects, while allowed under state law, are harmful to local health and environment.

When such laws are enforced, developers either have to go elsewhere, or sue to build in town.

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Plymouth will soon be home to the state's first small solar panel arrays designed to help low-income families. The nonprofit behind the project hopes other towns will follow suit.  

Solar Shares has raised more $115,000 for the arrays and plans to break ground on the first one, near the Common Man Inn, in the spring.

About 1,000 New Hampshire students who apply to Keene State College and Plymouth State University are not offered admission — and now, those two institutions are offering them alternative pathways through future enrollment.

The Public Promise initiative provides paths including associate degree programs, Dual Admission options and targeted coursework. Once completed, the options would allow students to transfer into the institution of their choice.

Public Promise will start in May with outreach to applicants wanting to attend college in fall 2017.

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  Officials at Plymouth State University are still working to remove cars that were caught in a student parking lot that flooded over the weekend.

More than two hundred vehicles were in the parking lot along Route 175 in Holderness Sunday morning when the nearby Pemigewasset River overflowed due to an ice dam downstream.

Plan to head north this weekend? Take a side trip to Plymouth and check out the current exhibit at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University. 

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Last week the top ski jumpers from high schools across New Hampshire gathered for the Ski Jump State Championship in Plymouth.  But as NHPR's Sean Hurley reports, the event almost didn't happen.

15 year old Plymouth sophomore Luke Johnstone remembers the old ski jump. "I didn't like it too much," he says. "It was pretty scary.  Little wobbly up at the top there. So I didn't really like it too much."

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A 35-year-old popular high school ski jump in New Hampshire has been demolished after an engineer deemed it unsafe.

The jump was built by the Plymouth High School ski team in 1979. It was demolished Wednesday, despite an effort on Facebook to save it.

A fundraiser for the project raised most of the $50,000 goal.

The State Jump Meet will be held at the Plymouth jump in February, so organizers hope to have a new structure built by the end of the year.

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Local Foods Plymouth has been connecting area residents with local farmers and bakers via their online farmer's market since 2006. Members can order meat, vegetables, bread, hot sauce, even hand-made soaps online and collect their goods at a local pick-up spot.  Last year, they made it even easier with a delivery service they call "Farm to Desk" as NHPR's Sean Hurley reports.

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Law enforcement officials say Dr. David Landseadel, 48, was found near Stinson Lake in Rumney Sunday evening.

An autopsy determined Landseadel died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Investigators say the cause of death has bene ruled a homicide.

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Last Saturday Plymouth joined 800 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day. The general idea - music performed by anyone, anywhere they like.  

Bob King has a day job but he hosts open mics at Tony's Restaurant on Thursdays. Today, he's standing in front of Thomas Roberts Hair Salon playing some of his favorite songs.

"It must be beautiful for people to walk around town and hear a different song every ten feet."