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    The Nature Conservancy Preserves a Site Once Targeted for Industrial Wind

    Here's a reason to celebrate: The Conservacy is permanently protecting Kimball Hill, a 2,700-acre parcel of undeveloped land in the area of Sculptured Rocks. "This land would have been a component of the proposed Spruce Ridge Wind facility," according to an announcement by New Hampshire Wind Watch.

    The land will be managed for wildlife habitat and recreation; a conservation easement will prohibit industrial wind, transmission lines, and cell towers.

    The Nature Conservation is using $2.1 million, much of it in the form of a loan, to buy the land. The organization is seeking $500,000 in donoations, and says that more than half has already been collected.

    TNC and NH Wind Watch are planning to celebrate the purchase on Please join us for a very special event on Saturday, December 2, 4-6 PM, at the Inn on Newfound Lake, 1030 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater, with appetisers and cash bar. RSVP here by November 26 if you plan to come. 



    27,000 Still Without Power

    We've been following NH Electric Coop on Twitter. Last night they posted that 27,000 customers were still without power--a bit less than half of the total who went down a bit after midnight yesterday. 

    The crews headed home at 10 last night for mandatory rest, and plan to return at 6 this morning.


    Roads Out

    Sandi reports that as of 11:20am today (Monday), Burnt Hill Road is closed from a washout. Scott Sanborn, our road agent, hopes to have it passable before the afternoon commute.

    At the same time, Cardigan Mountain Road was flooded at the intersection with 118. Only vehicles with high clearance can get through.

    In the East Neighborhood, River Road through Grafton was impassable this morning. The only way out is by Gifford Hill to Wild Meadows--"precarious but passable," Sandi says.

    122 of the 124 NH Electric Coop customers in our town remain without power.



    This Outage Could Last Days

    NH Electric Coop says it will take a day or two just to assess the damage. Its website says 60,000 people in the state are without power. Meanwhile, our dirt roads have been hit hard by the storm. 

    If you hear any reliable news, please email Jay to put it up on this site.


    New uploads on Orangenh

    We're seeing a big uptick in the use of the town's website, thanks to the new forms page. Some users were having problems with the Intent to Cut form, so we did new scans of the instructions and the form itself.

    And the history page has a great new addition. Andrew Terhune offered the September 10, 1969 Mascoma Week newspaper commemorating the Orange Bicentennial. He is donating the original paper to the Orange Historical Commission. The issue has plenty of great stuff about the mountain, the town, and the people. You can read the whole thing here.

    Finally, we've gotten caught up with Select Board minutes. This page contains official records of meetings going back four years. While it doesn't all make great bedside reading (Sandi does do a brilliant job of it!), we think it's important to have an online archive, just for the record.

    If you have any ideas, information, or photos for the site--or just want to tell us what we're doing wrong--you can email Jay here.