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Regional Briefs For Nov. 4

Overdue hunter found in northern NH woods

PITTSBURG, N.H. (AP) -- A 68-year-old hunter was found cold and wet but in good condition after getting lost in the northern New Hampshire woods.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Norman Colburn of Laconia was last seen by a hunting companion Saturday morning while hunting deer in Pittsburg. When Colburn failed to appear in the afternoon, his companion called for assistance.

Conservation officers on all-terrain vehicles eventually located Colburn about 10:25 p.m., cold but in good shape.

Officials say he'd been overcome by darkness, wet falling snow and steep terrain and had decided to settle in for the night under a tree.

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Vt. seeks memories of youth hunting for contest


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking submissions of youth hunting memories for its annual contest.

This year the contest will include drawings, paintings, photographs and videos.

The department says submissions should show a memorable hunting experience and why hunting is important to the young hunter.

Entries will be judged on creativity and qualities like a strong display of hunter ethics, good landowner relations, an appreciation for wildlife, strong hunting skills and a connection to family.

This year hunters 9 and under are asked to submit a drawing or painting. Hunters from 10 to 12 should submit a photograph, while those 13 to 16 are asked to submit a YouTube video at least three minutes long.

Entrants may also include a short essay. The deadline is Jan. 1.

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Vermont lists consumer protection violators

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now listing on its website businesses that have violated consumer protection regulations that it enforces.

The agency's consumer protection division inspects and tests gas pumps, grocery scanners, deli scales and other weights and measures devices. It also inspects the quality and grading of agricultural products like apples, eggs and maple syrup.

Violators get an official notice and must send back a report detailing the action taken to correct the problem. If problems continue, the business could face a penalty or legal action.

The list is online at

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Chronic illness seminar offered by NH university

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Franklin Pierce University is offering a seminar on the prevention of chronic illnesses for older New Hampshire adults.

The seminar is being held Wednesday at the Cashin Senior Activity Center in Manchester from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. It's being offered by the university's doctor of physical therapy program.

The seminar will provide participants the opportunity to learn about effective and simple ways to improve their health and prevent illnesses.

Participants will receive details on the health impacts of chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and others.

The program is free, but preregistration is required. Information is available at

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Vermont police charge unclothed man with burglary

PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont police say they've filed charges against a man who was found unclothed in another person's house.

State police were dispatched to a house in Putney at about 12:05 a.m. Sunday after receiving an alarm.

Upon arriving, police found signs of forced entry to a glass door leading inside. They then found a man who wasn't wearing clothes sitting on top of a bathroom sink in an apparent attempt to hide. In a release, authorities say the man was bleeding from numerous cuts over his body.

Police charged 52-year-old Fred Houghton, of Putney, with burglary and unlawful mischief. He's being held on $10,000 bail.

Houghton's scheduled to appear in court on Monday, but it's not known if he has a lawyer.

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Vt. Fish & Wildlife watershed grants available

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says it's not too late to apply for 2014 watershed protection grants.

Rick Hopkins of the Department of Environmental Conservation says the grants can be awarded for projects that include the protection or restoration of water quality, shorelines or fish and wildlife habitats.

The grants are available to municipalities, local or regional governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and water-related citizen groups. For 2014, $100,000 is available.

The Watershed Grants Program is run by Fish and Wildlife and Environmental Conservation. It's funded through sales of Vermont conservation license plates.

Since 1998 the program has funded almost 320 projects.

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2nd panda-name eatery causes flap in Vermont town

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- Plans for a second panda-named restaurant in a southern Vermont town are creating a flap.

The owners of Panda North restaurant in Brattleboro are upset that a new restaurant named Panda West is opening in town.

Ting Ting says she and her family have spent 25 years building a loyal following at Panda North and feel like the Panda West owner is stealing their name.

Panda West's owner says he owned the former Panda Chinese Restaurant in Keene, N.H., and doesn't think the Panda West name will confuse people when he opens in a few weeks.

He's also registered the name with the Secretary of State's office, which tells the Brattleboro Reformer ( ) that the new restaurant is within its rights to use the Panda West name.

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GMP workers head to Quebec to help with outages

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Green Mountain Power has sent 35 line workers to Quebec to help restore power knocked out by a wind storm.

The utility says Hydro Quebec requested the help.

The first convoy of bucket trucks and diggers left Vermont on Saturday afternoon headed for Granby, Quebec, where 78,000 were without power.

The same wind storm caused thousands of outages in Vermont on Friday. The service has since been restored.

The GMP line workers are expected to be needed in Quebec for one to two days.

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Winter shelter in Vt town opening due to more need

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- A winter shelter for the homeless in Brattleboro will open Sunday, a month earlier than usual because of increased demand that some say was brought about by federal budget cuts.

Lucie Fortier who runs the daytime shelter at the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center said that when she arrives at 8 each morning there is usually a crowd of up to 10 people waiting to get in.

"A lot of them are sleeping along the river bank, some are camping under the bridges," she said. "Our people need to have a safe place to sleep."

The Drop In Center also sponsors the overnight winter shelter in the Baptist Church on Main Street, Vermont Public Radio reports. It's funded by donations and a state grant and it's run by volunteers, social service agencies and the local interfaith clergy group.

People are calling wanting to know when the shelter will be open and asking if there is any place else they can stay until it opens, Fortier said.

"The demand is just there," Fortier said.

But there aren't many options because programs have been squeezed by federal budget cuts and federal housing subsidies are frozen, she said. In Brattleboro an anti-camping ordinance and a crackdown on railroad property has made it even harder to live outside.

While the numbers of homeless people were fairly level statewide over the past year, in Brattleboro the number has gone up 12 percent, said Angus Chaney, who chairs the Vermont Council on Homelessness.

The Brattleboro winter shelter served 172 people in the six months it was open last year, including five families and at least eight children, Fortier said.

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Vt. judge raises bail for church arson suspect

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont judge has raised the bail for a Burlington man charged with setting fire to a church steeple.

Judge Michael Kupersmith said Friday that he increased the bail to from $25,000 to $250,000 to assure that Aliaksandr Bychkou, 32, who is accused of being in the country illegally, would remain in state custody.

An immigration official testified that if Bychkou were released from a Vermont jail he would be placed in federal custody in Boston pending the outcome of his deportation proceeding, the Burlington Free Press reported ( ).

"I do not trust the federal government to honor any state orders," Kupersmith said to Mark Kaplan, Bychkou's lawyer.

Bychkou has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree arson and burglary accusing him of setting fire to the College Street Congregational Church on Oct 23.

A psychologist has determined that he is mentally competent to stand trial, Kupersmith said.

If Bychkou posts the $250,000 bail he would have to provide the name of a "responsible adult" who could assume custody of him. That person could not be his wife, Tatiana Yakusheva, because she is also facing deportation proceedings, Deputy Chittenden County State's Attorney Mary Morrissey told Kupersmith.

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Vermont gov to speak at Maine Dems fundraiser

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is delivering the keynote speech at the Maine Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

About 200 people are expected at this year's fundraiser, which is being held Saturday night at The Portland Club in Portland. Shumlin is the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree are also expected to be on hand.

Also attending are Shenna Bellows, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and state Sens. Troy Jackson and Emily Cain, who are running for the 2nd District seat being vacated by Michaud.

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Vt gov to serve on national climate panel

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The White House has announced that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will serve on a nationwide task force on "Climate Preparedness and Resilience."

A total of 26 officials from around the country, including eight governors, local officials and two tribal representatives, have been named to the panel.

Vermont Public Radio reports ( ) that the White House says the task force members will use their firsthand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform national policy decisions about climate change and natural disasters.

Shumlin's experience comes from Tropical Storm Irene which caused severe flooding in Vermont and more than $200 million in damage.

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Vt. Fish & Wildlife reminds of later deer seasons

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's chief game warden Col. Dave LeCours says some of the state's hunters have been confused about the dates for the firearms deer hunting seasons this year.

Due to the late date of Thanksgiving, this year's firearms' seasons are later than most years.

Youth weekend is Nov. 9 -10 while rifle season begins Nov. 16, both one weekend later than normal.

Muzzleloader season begins Dec. 7.

The November rifle deer hunting season and weekend dates are set by law and revolve around Thanksgiving.

Nearly two weeks will have elapsed between the close of archery season and youth weekend this year. Normally the gap is less than a week.

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Grant to help NH centers caring for wolf-dogs

CHATHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is giving a $50,000 grant to a New Hampshire shelter to help with 25 wolf-dogs rescued last month from a property in Bristol.

The money will allow the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center to care for other wolf-dogs rescued from across the eastern United States at a newly established facility, the New England Wolf Advocacy and Rescue Center in Chatham.

The center was opened in August after the center acquired a 70-acre property and began building habitats for wolf-dogs rescued in cruelty cases.

The animals that are being treated will undergo neuter surgery, vaccinations and antibiotic regimens until they are well enough to live in their outdoor habitats funded by the ASPCA.

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Police arrest NH man on numerous warrants

DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Police have arrested a 22-year-old New Hampshire man who was being sought on numerous arrest warrants.

Members of the U.S. Marshals-N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force arrested Justin Collier, of Rochester, on Saturday night in Dover.

Officials say Collier was wanted on arrest warrants for probation violations stemming from a burglary conviction, three counts of assault, unauthorized taking and operating after suspension. Authorities say Collier's also a suspect in some burglaries in the Rochester area.

After issuing a plea seeking the public's help last week, authorities received tips that led them to an apartment in Dover, where they found Collier hiding inside a bathroom.

It was unclear Collier had an attorney.

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NH woman arrested in fatal hit and run

KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- Police say a Keene, N.H., woman has been arrested in a fatal hit and run that killed a bicyclist.

Forty-one-year-old Tracy A. Burroughs was arrested Saturday on charges of negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Police say 48-year-old Keon E. Ioannou was found dead by medical personal who responded to the accident on Route 101 shortly before 2 a.m.

Burroughs was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

It was not immediately known if she was being represented by a lawyer.

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NH man accused of firing gun into air outside bar

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire man is accused of firing a gun into the air outside of a Manchester bar after getting into a fight.

Police say Kenneth Errico has been charged with felony reckless conduct.

WMUR-TV reports that police say they saw Errico fire the gun at least once into the air on Friday night.

He was arrested a short time later. Authorities say they found the gun in the car.

Errico could not be reached for comment.

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NH Fish and Game offers trail riding manual

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire trail riders have a new source of information about the rules of the road, registering their snowmobiles and off-highway recreational vehicles and riding responsibly.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's OHRV and Snowmobile Digest of Regulations is a free publication that can be picked up at Fish and Game offices and elsewhere around the state or downloaded from the department's website.

It includes new information about rules for minors operating off-highway recreational vehicles -- they must be at least 12, possess a safety certificate and be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license. Snowmobile youth requirements remain unchanged.

The booklet also includes information about larger vehicles that are now allowed on approved state-owned ATV trails in Coos and Grafton counties, and updates riders that temporary OHRV registrations and vanity registrations are no longer available.

New Hampshire has more than 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails and 1,000 miles of OHRV trails. In his introductory message, Fish and Game Director Glenn Normandeau urges riders to wear helmets, sign up for safety education classes and respect the limits of their machines and own riding experience.

"Whatever season of the year you are cruising the trails, ride responsibly and have a great time," he wrote.

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Telehealth program aimed at NH stroke patients

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Two New Hampshire hospitals are working together to provider better access to specialists for stroke patients.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has created a "telestroke" program so that patients have access to a specialist at any hour. Catholic Medical Center in Manchester will be the first site in the region to offer the service, which will connect its patients to vascular neurologists not only from Dartmouth-Hitchcock but from the Mayo Clinic.

Officials say minutes can make the difference between life and death after a stroke, and that access to a vascular neurologist significantly reduces mortality or the damaging effects of a stroke. The new program will bring the expertise of a stroke center to a patient's bedside, improving outcomes and lowering costs through more timely and accurate diagnoses, said Dr. James Weinstein, president and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. Specialists will use technology to evaluate patients from a distant site and help determine the best treatment plan.

"New technologies are making it possible for us to deliver care in ways never before imagined," he said. "This program will allow us to give communities and care providers throughout our region access to experts who can work with them in real time to provide the care the patient needs, close to home."

Dr. Joseph Pepe, president and CEO of Catholic Medical Center, said he looks forward to bringing the expertise of Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Telehealth to his patients and community.

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Police: NH state senator hits pedestrian

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire police say a state senator may have suffered a medical problem before her car went over a curb and struck a pedestrian in Portsmouth.

Police say the 67-year-old pedestrian was taken to the hospital Friday night with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. She was released on Saturday.

Police say 71-year-old Sen. Martha Fuller Clark allegedly blacked out before the accident.

Authorities say she was alert and conscious when police arrived.

Police told the Portsmouth Herald ( that Fuller Clark was not being charged and showed no signs of impairment.

Fuller Clark also was involved in a single car crash in September. Police say she drove onto a median and hit a road sign. She wasn't cited for the collision.

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Ex-Sen. Scott Brown to stump for NH Republicans

DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is back in New Hampshire to campaign with mayoral candidates and help raise funds for Republicans.

Brown will stump with Fred Leonard, who's running for mayor in Rochester, Saturday morning at Radloff's Cigar Bar. Then he'll join Somersworth Mayor Matt Spencer and wave campaign signs at a Burger King restaurant.

Later, he's scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Strafford County GOP.

In 2010, Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat held for decades by Edward M. Kennedy. Brown lost the seat in 2012 to Elizabeth Warren.

He's stirred speculation about his political future by putting his Massachusetts house on the market while keeping a house in Rye, N.H. He recently launched a political action committee in New Hampshire.

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NH small businesses hold 'open doors' events

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Small businesses across New Hampshire welcomed visitors this weekend as part of a big open house.

The idea behind "NH Open Doors" was to give people an appreciation for locally made items -- and take some home.

Artisans, shopkeepers, farmers, bed and breakfast owners and others were hoping to get the attention of tourists, and a jump on the holiday shopping season.

Visitors to the event's website could plan their outings using selected itineraries and participating businesses by region.

Some businesses were holding demonstrations, such as basket-weaving, pottery-making and jewelry design. There are also wine, beer and food tastings.

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New supercomputer to make its debut at UNH

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The University of New Hampshire's new supercomputer is making its debut.

The supercomputer, dubbed "Trillian" after a character in the comic science fiction series, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," is being introduced in a ceremony Monday at the school's Morse Hall.

The computer is housed at the school's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and will enable leading-edge research in multiple facets of modern physics. It was made possible by an award of nearly $535,000 from the National Science Foundation.

The Cray XE6m supercomputer is roughly 1,000 times more powerful than a typical desktop computer.

Trillian replaces the older Zaphod, which is now retired after eight years of operation. While Zaphod has enabled numerous studies and some breakthroughs in computational physics, the new system will be at least 15 times faster and more powerful.

"With Trillian, we can do bigger, more accurate simulations faster," says Space Science Center astrophysicist Joachim "Jimmy" Raeder, lead UNH scientist on the MRI grant. "And one basic advantage of having a supercomputer here is the quick turnaround -- we don't have to buy time on a remote supercomputer or move data, we can store it locally and efficiently."

The computer will be used to study such subjects as solar wind and its properties, turbulence in fluids and plasmas, and space weather.

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Suit claims fire caused by NH-made light bulb

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court.

In the complaint, the insurer for Kimberly-Clark de Mexico claims a light bulb manufactured at an Osram Sylvania plant in Manchester is responsible for a 2012 fire at a Kimberley-Clark plant in Morelia, Mexico.

The insurer, Allianz Mexico, is seeking compensation for the money it paid to Kimberley-Clark to cover damages from the fire.

The lawsuit was originally filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court. The Concord Monitor ( ) reports that the suit was moved last week to U.S. District Court in Concord because it involves a foreign company.

Osram Sylvania hasn't filed a formal response to Allianz's lawsuit.

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Chronic illness seminar offered by NH university

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Franklin Pierce University is offering a seminar on the prevention of chronic illnesses for older New Hampshire adults.

The seminar is being held Wednesday at the Cashin Senior Activity Center in Manchester from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. It's being offered by the university's doctor of physical therapy program.

The seminar will provide participants the opportunity to learn about effective and simple ways to improve their health and prevent illnesses.

Participants will receive details on the health impacts of chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and others.

The program is free, but preregistration is required. Information is available at

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