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The towns of Peterborough and Jaffrey are considering a joint project to buy and manage a group of wells for their municipal water systems. 

 

A company based out of Chicago owns the parcel in question, named the Cold Stone Spring. It encompasses over 500 acres in Sharon and Jaffrey and includes three wells that have already received approval from the Department of Environmental Services to pump 577,000 gallons of water per day. Collectively, the towns expect to pump around 200,000 gallons per day.

 

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As New England College and New Hampshire Institute of Art finalize their merger, the schools say they plan to sell off a number of NHIA's properties.

The NHIA decided to join New England College last year, citing declining undergraduate enrollment. It is now renamed The Institute of Art and Design at New England College.  

A Conval Regional High School student allegedly involved in a school shooting threat last week is being held without bond in a Manchester jail.

According to police, Anthony Wheeler of Antrim posted a picture on Snapchat last week of another Conval student dressed up like one of the Columbine school shooters and holding guns.

A caption read: "Don’t go to school on Wednesday."

Police have not revealed whether the guns in the photo were real, but all district schools were closed on Wednesday as a result.

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All schools in the Con-Val Regional School District were closed today because of an online threat of school violence. 

At 6 this morning, Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders received a call from Peterborough police that they were investigating reports of a school shooting threat posted on social media. 

School buses already en route to school turned back and delivered students home. 

The superintendent told the Monadnock Ledger Transcript that police interviewed three Con-Val High School students believed to be involved in posting the threat.  

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The MacDowell Artists' Colony in Peterborough held a ceremony on Sunday to name its library for literary great James Baldwin.

 

Members of the public were welcome at the event, and several current and former MacDowell residents were in attendance.

 

 

Former fellow Kevin Young, now an award-winning poet and director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, believes there's a groundswell of interest in Baldwin of late.

 

 

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One of the country's top artist colonies is naming its library after James Baldwin.

The MacDowell Colony announced Wednesday that the James Baldwin Library will be dedicated Nov. 4, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Poet Kevin Young and educator-writer Florence Ladd are scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

Baldwin, who died in 1987, was known for such classic works as "The Fire Next Time" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain." He was a MacDowell resident in 1954, 1957 and 1960.

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After a long week of news, this seems like a good moment to turn off the television, to log off social media, and go out for a long walk in the woods.

In Peterborough, the local library has teamed up with the Harris Center to offer a guided approach to communing with nature. It’s called Forest Bathing.

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The Exchange is exploring the different regions of the state for our summer series, Going Local. For the Monadnock Region, we go to Keene State College to broadcast before a live audience. 

This show originally aired live from Keene State College on Thursday, August 16th, 2018. 

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Peterborough's community center is getting a bit of a makeover—with a honey bee mural.

It's part of a local group's effort to raise awareness about the role bees play in our food systems.

Each bee Matt Willey paints is about 3 feet long. By the time he's done, there'll be 200 on this wall.

"It's amazing to me how many people I meet don't even know what a pollinator is,” he said.

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Summer brings plenty of Summer Stock Theater to New Hampshire.  No matter where you reside, there is most likely a theater within driving distance. Many of the theaters have been in operation for over 80 years, and many are also housed in historic structures.  Here are five theaters, and five plays, to keep you entertained over three days.

The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasDerry Opera House.  The Derry Opera House is a Colonial Revival building designed by architect George G. Adams, and was completed in 1904.

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There’s a field in Peterborough that makes all the other fields jealous. It’s about a mile from downtown, roughly 20 acres, with a small stand of trees in the southwest corner.

It’s a great-looking field. Stand in the middle, and you’re rewarded with views of Mt. Monadnock.  

Stan Fry believes there’s just one thing missing from this place.

MUSIC EVENTS

Every Monday

>>>Wild Eagles Blues Jam at the Stone Church ~ Newmarket, NH ~ 7:30pm

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>>>Hootenanny at the Salt Hill Pub ~ Hanover, NH ~ 6pm ~ www.salthillpub.com

>>>Bluegrass Jam at McNeill’s Brewery ~ Brattleboro, VT ~ 8:30pm ~

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Holden Caulfield, Huckleberry Finn, and even Harry Potter are no strangers to controversy. The characters, and more precisely, the authors behind them, have been accused of including themes or language that some find offensive. 

Tonight at the Peterborough Town Library, controversial books and the authors who take written risks will instead be celebrated during what's being called a "banned book readout." The event is part of the American Library Association’s Banned Book Week, an annual event which the group says honors intellectual freedom.

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The MacDowell Colony, an artists’ retreat in Peterborough, has nurtured some of the most influential creative thinkers of the last century. This weekend, the colony will open its doors to the public for its annual Medal Day ceremony — where it plans to honor filmmaker David Lynch.

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One of New Hampshire’s most eclectic music and art festivals turns 10 this year.

The Thing in the Spring kicks off Wednesday in Peterborough, and continues to grow, adding a fifth day this year.

The festival features a wide range of independent musicians. There are art displays, film screenings, and even food trucks.

  Voters in Peterborough will decide Tuesday whether to designate the town as a "Sanctuary City."

The warrant article was put forth by a group of residents, and is one of several issues on the ballot for Town Meeting elections.

If the proposal passes, police officers and other town officials would be prohibited from inquiring about the immigration status of people they encounter in the routine performance of their duties.

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New Englanders, broadly speaking, are a thrifty bunch. Between garage sales, dump malls and Market Basket, we understand the value of a dollar. That makes the launch of a new Repair Café in Peterborough a natural fit.

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  One of New Hampshire’s oldest movie theaters could be yours for the right price.

The owner of the 102-year-old Peterborough Community Theatre announced this week that she’s putting it up for sale. The single-screen, 95-seat theater dates back to 1914.

Carol Nelson is the theatre’s owner, and is a longtime Peterborough resident.

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A long weekend calls for a road trip, and rumor has it the foliage in the western part of the state is glowing. 

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In a week where violence by and against police has dominated the news, from Louisiana to Minnesota to Texas, we thought we’d take a look at recent police shootings in New Hampshire.

Since the beginning of 2015, four people have died at the hands of police officers in the state, and two police officers have been been shot, both surviving those incidents.

The Attorney General's office says it is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead in Peterborough following a brief pursuit.

The incident happened at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday on Route 136. The man has not been identified.

No police officers were hurt.

It was not immediately clear how many officers were involved in the shooting. Further details were not available.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

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Here's a classic New Hampshire tale revolving around  neighbors in a small town, poetry, and the town dump's swap shop. Read the story here, which includes full transcripts of Swift's poetry, and listen to the full story through Caitlin and Swift's words below.

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Investigators say a chemical reaction is to blame for a February 10th explosion at a factory in Peterborough that injured 22 people, including 2 critically.

In a letter to employees, New Hampshire Ball Bearing President Gary Yomantas says nitric acid transferred into a 55-gallon drum containing a mixture of chemical waste sparked the blast. 

Monadnock Chorus

Mar 17, 2012
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The Monadnock Chorus has been sharing song and creating community for more than 50 years. Phyllis Scott joined the chorus in 1972.

PHYLLIS: Wherever I have lived I’ve felt the need to be singing. It’s just very fulfilling to me, it’s a wonderful way to make friends and it’s just part of me that’s all.