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Officials: Remains of adult woman found in woods

UNITY, N.H. (AP) -- Authorities say the body of an adult woman has been found in a wooded area in Unity, and they suspect that the remains are that of a woman who hasn't been seen in about two weeks.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game and New England K-9 Search and Rescue found the body Saturday. Officials say, based on information gathered in their investigation, it's suspected that the remains are those of Kelly Robarge.

The 42-year-old Robarge, of Charlestown, N.H., has not been seen since June 27. New Hampshire authorities have said they fear she suffered serious injury or death.

Deputy state's attorney for Windham County in Vermont, Steven Brown, has confirmed that James Robarge, Kelly Robarge's estranged husband, is a suspect in a missing persons case in New Hampshire.

An autopsy is to be done Sunday.

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Vt. Health Dept. urges swimming hole safety

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Health Department is urging swimmers to take precautions when swimming in a river or stream.

The advice comes after multiple suspected drownings in Vermont rivers over the last several days that were at least partly attributed to the high running water caused by heavy summer rains.

Last week a 16-year-old boy drowned in a river in Barre. On Thursday a 26-year-old man drowned in a Bristol river and a Massachusetts man drowned in Lake Groton.

Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says many swim areas that are usually not hazardous are now unsafe and even the strongest, expert swimmer can be swept away.

Mike Cannon of Colchester Technical Rescue says the rivers are wild now. He is urging people to stay out of areas with fast moving water.

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N.H. officials warn of dangerous rivers, streams

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Marine Patrol officials are urging residents and visitors to be extremely cautious on rivers and streams, which are running at high levels after recent heavy rain.

Officials say while it is tempting to cool off in rivers and streams during this hot weather, they urge people to head to lakes or ponds where there are designated swimming areas with lifeguards on duty. Marine Patrol says anyone going out on a river or stream should wear a lifejacket regardless of how calm the water looks, because dangerous currents can be lurking just below the surface.

The warning comes after a Concord man drowned in the Merrimack River.

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Rains bring Lake Champlain to record high level

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The heavy rains over the past week have brought Lake Champlain to a record high level and close to flooding.

The lake reached 99.38 feet on July 4, breaking the previous record on that date, and continued to rise to record levels on July 5 and July 6.

The National Weather Service records date back to 1908.

The agency says the lake level was 99.63 feet on Saturday.

The Burlington Free Press reports ( ) that flood stage is 100 feet.

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Low-income seniors to get N.H. produce

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A statewide program will soon start distributing fresh produce to more than 4,500 low-income seniors in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Farm Fresh Delivery Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Nutrition Service, provides seniors with locally grown fruits and vegetables from 18 farmers in the state.

Each bundle has a value of about $18 and includes at least four different fruits and vegetables, ranging from apples to zucchini.

Fruits and vegetables will be distributed to seniors from mid-July through mid-September at more than 60 food program sites in New Hampshire.

Qualifying seniors are age 60 and older. Income guidelines are up to $1,245 monthly for a senior living alone and $1,681 monthly for a family of two.

Seniors are enrolled through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides a monthly food benefit that includes canned meats, fruits, cereal, pasta, and other items. That's administered by the state Health Department.

"Public health nutrition programs like these provide nutrition services to low-income seniors who may have a difficult time finding affordable fresh fruits and vegetables," said José Montero, director of public health at the state Department of Health and Human Services. "By providing these foods and education to seniors, we hope to prevent the onset of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes."

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Vt. police say teenager charged with 2 fires

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont fire investigators say a 16-year-old boy is facing charges he set two fires at the Ladd Farm in St. Albans.

The first fire was reported at about 10:30 p.m. June 30 and involved a fire in a hay barn. The second fire was reported Tuesday in a vacant double-wide mobile home at the farm.

Investigators determined both fires were arson.

Police say the youth was arraigned Friday on two counts of arson.

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N.H. wood pellet project to save fuel costs

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) -- A project to install wood pellet boilers in northern New Hampshire has reached out to an apartment complex in Berlin.

The Berlin Housing Authority's Welch apartment complex expects to save $11,000 a year on heating fuel with the installation of the boilers.

The project is part of the Berlin Model Neighborhood Project, which is helping the region move away from dependence on imported oil toward a local energy source to help create jobs and strengthen the forest economy.

The housing complex also plans to upgrade its hot water system, insulate crawlspaces, add water conservation features and program thermostats.

The Neighborhood Project has funded installation of the boilers in 37 homes and the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts.

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Man injured in Tilton, N.H., fireworks accident

TILTON, N.H. (AP) -- A man who was struck in the face with a firework in Tilton, N.H., remains hospitalized with a serious eye injury.

WMUR-TV reports ( that the 48-year-old man was leaning over the tube holding the fireworks when one went off shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. Police said he was taken to a Boston hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

The man's name has not been released, and police said no charges are expected.

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N.H. first gentleman continues volunteerism campaign

DERRY, N.H. (AP) -- Gov. Maggie Hassan's husband is continuing his campaign to promote volunteer opportunities in New Hampshire with stops in Derry and Salem.

Tom Hassan plans to meet with members of the Community Alliance for Teen Safety in Derry and with volunteers at the Salemhaven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday. The Salem stop also features bingo and ice cream in celebration of Independence Day.

Tom Hassan last month launched his campaign to highlight and promote New Hampshire's tradition of community service with a visit to the Upper Valley Human Society's Mobile Adoption Day in Lebanon.

He plans to visit volunteer groups in each of the state's 10 counties. His next stops will be to several Coos County towns to promote several volunteer projects there.

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N.H. man dies in truck crash

AUBURN, N.H. (AP) -- A Manchester, N.H., man has died in a crash in Auburn.

Fire officials say the 35-year-old, whose name has not been released, lost control of his truck on Chester Road before it rolled over and hit an embankment.

WMUR-TV reports ( ) the man was thrown from the vehicle.

Police say the crash is being investigated.

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N.H. motorcyclist killed in crash

EXETER, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire motorcyclist has died in a crash in Exeter.

Police say it appears that 20-year-old Christopher Buxton of Exeter fell off his motorcycle into the oncoming lane where was struck by a sports utility vehicle on Friday afternoon.

The Portsmouth Herald reports ( that Buxton was flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say it appears that Buxton was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the SUV was not injured.

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