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Drive Time Interview: Arts Council of Tamworth

by Tony Zore on September 21, 2018

Tony Zore sits down with Carly Goss to discuss the Arts Council of Tamworth’s Seasonal Preview, Tasting and Tour. It happens Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 6-8pm at the Sap House Meadery in Center Ossipee.

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Teens Injured In North Conway Rollover

by Christian Mower on September 20, 2018

Two teens were injured when a vehicle they were in rolled over in North Conway September 18th. ~ Photo courtesy of Conway Police

 
NORTH CONWAY, NH – A group of teens were injured during a Conway car accident on Tuesday. According to Conway Police Lt. Christopher Mattei Police responded to a rollover at the intersection of Randall Farm Road and Beechnut Road in North Conway at around 6:09 pm.

Lt. Mattie said that though the accident remains under investigation it appears that the 16-year-old driver was headed down Beechnut and was unable to navigate the turn onto Randall Farm Road. The car then allegedly went across the road, striking a large rock. It rolled over and came to a rest on the passenger side, trapping two of the occupants inside.

Authorities said that two of the juveniles were transported to Memorial Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. 

The names of the driver and passenger were not released due to their age, but police did say that all three were from the Conway area.

Lt. Mattie said that speed does appear to be a factor in the crash and that charges may be pending.

 

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DURHAM, N.H. – If past banner leaf peeping seasons are an indication of future years’ color, this year could be a favorable year for New England’s fall foliage season, according to a scientist with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.

Experiment station researcher Heidi Asbjornsen, associate professor of natural resources and the environment in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, explains that in the fall when leaves start to senesce, chlorophyll is degraded. This allows carotenoids, which have yellow, orange, and sometimes red colors, to be expressed. During this time, anthocyanin concentrations, which have darker red to purple colors, also can increase in the leaves.

Historical trends suggest that, in general, good foliage years occur when springs are fairly mild and wet, sufficient rainfall occurs in the summer, and in particular, late summer and early autumn have lots of warm, sunny days and clear, cool nights. Thus far, New Hampshire has continued to experience unseasonably warm days with abundant sunshine, while nighttime temperatures have overall been above average. The forecast for the New England region calls for a continuation of above-normal temperatures associated with the El Nino that NOAA predicts will strengthen this fall and into the winter of 2018-19, since this would keep the polar jet stream further north than usual.

“This year has been relatively wet, with the exception of periods of moderately dry conditions and periods without substantial rainfall between May and July. Certainly, in August we saw frequent rainstorms and overall wet conditions. We also experienced unusually hot and humid conditions this year, but in general, rainfall and sunshine tend to be more important factors determining fall foliage colors than temperature,” Asbjornsen says. “Leaves also have remained relatively healthy this year, due to a lack of widespread pest or pathogen outbreaks, which would tend to support more favorable fall foliage.”

Asbjornsen is also interested in the possible effects that drought may have on NH forests, including potential implications for fall foliage. “There is some evidence from recent studies suggesting that more drought in the autumn can delay peak of redness for some species such as red maple, white oak, while other species may exhibit earlier redness peaks. These include sugar maple, black birch, shagbark hickory, beech, red oak,” Asbjornsen says. “For sugar maple in particular, warmer temperatures during September and October appear to be especially important in producing higher intensity of red leaves. In contrast, more frosts in October tend to reduce red intensities.”

Additionally, certain types of stress, such as droughts, can cause more of these anthocyanins to build up in the leaves, resulting in more intense and vibrant fall foliage colors. Although scientists don’t yet have a good understanding about how the timing and severity of drought may affect anthocyanin production and foliage colors, in general scientists expect that some drought stress during the growing season may lead to enhanced foliage colors.

“Although there hasn’t been much work specifically focused on the effects of moisture stress on fall foliage colors, it’s interesting to note that despite the severe drought that we experienced throughout much of New England in late summer of 2016, the display of foliage colors that year was still quite spectacular,” she says.

Asbjornsen says that the understanding of interactions between all the various environmental factors that affect anthocyanin production and expression is still very poor. “The factors that influence foliage color are complex. For example, there are other pigments in the leaves that interact with anthocyanins and can affect color expression while different species also may show very different responses to the same environmental conditions.”

Going forward, she says the possible effects of climate change – especially increases in the frequency and severity of drought — on foliage color timing and intensity is especially important for ecotourism, and more research is needed in this area.

This material is based upon work supported by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, through joint funding of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 1003450, and the state of New Hampshire.

Story Contributed by:
Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station

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Escaped Maine Murderer Found After Thursday Escape

by Christian Mower on September 18, 2018

65-year-old Arnold Nash has been found after escaping from a minimum security prison in Maine on Thursday. ~ Photo courtesy of the Maine Department of Corrections.

 

PORTLAND, ME (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped for a third time from prison has been captured, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday.

A sheriff’s deputy found 65-year-old Arnold Nash walking along a road Tuesday morning in Dover-Foxcroft, in Piscataquis County, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. He was last seen Thursday evening at the minimum-security unit at Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston, several miles down the road from where he was found.

Nash was serving a 45-year sentence for killing his former neighbor in 1991. He was due to be released last year and had previously escaped from Maine Correctional Center in Windham in 1973 and from the Maine State Prison in 1981.

Nash was taken to Piscataquis County Jail, McCausland said. The Maine Department of Corrections will attempt to determine where Nash has been since Thursday night, he said.

“The corrections officials can learn where he has been, and whether our search efforts were close. They were extensive over the weekend,” McCausland said, adding that bloodhounds were used to try to find Nash. “Having that information would be helpful as we prepare for future searches and manhunts.”

Nash has been charged with escape, which is a felony, said Piscataquis County Sheriff Robert Young. He has been transferred to the custody of the Department of Corrections, Young said.

It was unclear on Tuesday morning what Nash’s next stop would be or whether he was represented by a lawyer, he said.

Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick floated the theory on Monday that Nash had spent much of his life in prison and that his escape may have been his way of ensuring he would go back to prison.

But Young said on Tuesday that Nash “wasn’t trying to run, but he wasn’t trying to be caught,” and that the apprehension was a case of a deputy “being in the right place at the right time.”

Fitzpatrick had called on the public to offer any tips they had about Nash’s whereabouts, and stressed that “we do consider Mr. Nash dangerous.”

Nash was due to be released in December 2019, thanks to credits for time served in jail and good behavior. He was convicted of killing the neighbor in North Sullivan, a small community about 145 miles northwest of Portland.

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Drive Time Interview: Friends 4 Seasons

by Tony Zore September 17, 2018 Drive Time Interviews

Tony Zore sits down with Julia Marchetti to discuss Friends 4 Seasons’ upcoming Pancake Breakfast and Auction on Saturday, Sept. 22nd, from 8-11am at the John Fueller Elementary School Cafeteria. Click Here if audio fails. Click Here for more information. This Drive Time Interview was made possible by   Drive Time Interviews are a specialty […]

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Names Of Drivers Involved In Fryeburg Rollover Released

by Christian Mower September 17, 2018 Front Page News

A 29-year-old pregnant woman from Denmark, Maine and an 8-year-old boy were severly injured in a Saturday morning car accident in Fryeburg. ~ Photo courtesy of Fryeburg Police FRYEBURG , ME – A pregnant woman and an 8-year-old boy are in critical condition after a serious car accident in Fryeburg Saturday morning. According to Fryeburg […]

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