In The News

May 13, 2010

U.S. DOT rep. to visit aging Memorial Bridge

by Geoff Cunningham, Jr.

PORTSMOUTH - A high-ranking U.S. Department of Transportation representative will join transportation leaders at Memorial Bridge on Friday for a meeting officials hope will boost New Hampshire's chances of obtaining federal stimulus money to help replace the deteriorating structure. Efforts to secure funding for the bridge cleared one hurdle on Wednesday when members of the New Hampshire Senate voted to approve an amendment to the Department of Transportation's ten-year-plan that seeks to… Continue Reading

May 13, 2010

Hampstead receives $475K grant

by Jillian Jorgensen

HAMPSTEAD - A $475,000 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security will buy a new firetruck for the Fire Department, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office announced yesterday. "It's great news for the town," fire Chief Michael Carrier said. The grant was awarded through the vehicle acquisition program, part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, according to Shaheen's office. Carrier said the money will help the town purchase a "quint" - a firetruck that serves severa… Continue Reading

May 12, 2010

Some qualify for federal energy-efficient upgrades

by Albert McKeon

HUDSON - Phil Prescott feels like he won the lottery. He didn't play Powerball, though. Prescott won the economic stimulus lottery. During several days last week, a crew of workers have poked and prodded his house with all manner of materials and tools to make the structure more energy efficient. It was expected that by the time they were finished - they were expected to be done May 7 - Prescott's 6 Rega St. home would be ready to keep cool in summer and retain heat in winter - reducing … Continue Reading

May 10, 2010

Shippensburg University graduates more than 1,000

by Julia Stein

Shippensburg University celebrated its undergraduate commencement on Saturday at Seth Grove Stadium. A total of 1,008 undergraduates participated in the bachelor's degree ceremony. SU awarded 484 degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences, 247 degrees from the College of Education and Human Services and 277 degrees from the John L. Grove College of Business. Several representatives from the SU class of 1960 led the class procession to infuse a "past meets present" theme. This year's a… Continue Reading

May 09, 2010

Wall Street reform is critical to Main Street

by Jeanne Shaheen

The recent financial crisis underscores how interconnected our economy is. The irresponsible decisions made by Wall Street had a ripple effect across our economy and the consequences have been severe. The savings, home values, jobs, and businesses of millions of Americans have been adversely impacted. That is why the Senate is taking action on Wall Street reform legislation to prevent another crisis that threatens the entire economy. Almost 34,000 private sector jobs have been lost in New… Continue Reading

May 04, 2010

Job creation touted at Thermo Fisher

by Charles McMahon

NEWINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., emphasized the importance of job creation and U.S. exports to sustain a global flow of products during a Monday morning tour of Thermo Fisher Scientific. The former New Hampshire governor said she never had the opportunity to tour the 139,000-square-foot facility when she held the top post in the state and considered her visit on Monday to be a great opportunity to get a peek inside one of the state's leading research and development companies. "T… Continue Reading

May 04, 2010

Shaheen lauds ThermoFisher for company's continued growth

by Geoff Cunningham Jr.

NEWINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen got a primer in the high-tech workings of thermostatic baths and chillers during a Monday visit to ThermoFisher Scientific, but the lawmaker left the local division of the Fortune 500 company saying she was most impressed by a trend that has the business continuing to grow as it pursues opportunities in expanding Asian markets. Shaheen visited ThermoFisher's 25 Nimble Hill Road plant in an attempt to learn more about the company and to find out what steps sh… Continue Reading

May 01, 2010

Shaheen sells financial reform

by Maddie Hanna

After three New Hampshire residents told stories of hardship that she attributed to "reckless" Wall Street behavior, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen called for tighter regulations on financial institutions during a press conference yesterday in Concord. "We need to pass financial regulatory reform," Shaheen said, speaking yesterday morning to employees at Cobb Hill Construction. "Never again should American taxpayers have to bail out banks and financial institutions." Shaheen made her remarks… Continue Reading

April 24, 2010

Indian ambassador visits Nashua business

by Albert McKeon

NASHUA - Here is the word from India to its many natives who have moved to New Hampshire: Get involved in your new community. That was the message from India's ambassador to the U.S., Meera Shankar, who on Friday toured the sort of company she believes can help her country grow, as well as benefit commerce in New Hampshire. The company, ARC Energy, was founded by Kedar Gupta, one of New Hampshire's best-known entrepreneurs. Gupta, who moved to the United States from India in 1968, sho… Continue Reading

April 21, 2010

3 N.H. cities to share $10M for energy efficiency

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is getting $10 million in federal money to make buildings in Berlin, Nashua and Plymouth more energy efficient. The funding was announced Wednesday as part of the Department of Energy's Retrofit Ramp-up initiative for 25 communities nationwide. The money will be used for residential, commercial, municipal and industrial buildings. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who along with Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, wrote to the Energy Secretary Steven Chu in supp… Continue Reading

April 18, 2010

NH's Shaheen asks help for dairy farmers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase price supports for dairy farmers. Shaheen says prices have remained too low for dairy farmers to make ends meet and are projected to remain below the cost of production. She notes the USDA took several steps to help farmers last year, and requested similar action this year.… Continue Reading

April 17, 2010

Checking in on ARRA work

by Gail Ober

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., toured the Wingate Village Apartments Friday afternoon to champion the efforts of weatherization projects made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 88-unit project being managed by the Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties entails insulating the basements and attics, wrapping the hot water pipes and sealing air holes. The $220,000 project was funded in part by ARRA, as well as by Public Service of New Hampshire, N-G… Continue Reading

April 14, 2010

Volunteer steps up to maintain memorial to fallen officers

by Dan O’Brien

EPSOM - It's been two years since a memorial at the Epsom Traffic Circle was dedicated to the memory of Jeremy Charron and Michael Briggs, police officers killed in the line of duty. But not long after the dedication ceremonies ended and the photo ops were over, the site around the memorial fell into disrepair. The neglect quickly caught the attention of Mike Dempsey, an Epsom resident who knew both officers well. The military veteran and retired Valley Street jail corrections officer as… Continue Reading

April 14, 2010

Shaheen, five others fight airlines on carryon bag charges

ATLANTA (AP) - New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and five other Democratic senators want to tax any U.S. airline that tries to charge passengers for their carryon bags. The legislation announced Wednesday comes after a small Florida airline, Spirit Airlines, said recently that it plans to begin charging its customers as much as $45 to bring a bag aboard its aircraft and put it in an overhead bin. Air travelers have been forced to pay a barrage of fees for once-free amenities since 2008. … Continue Reading

April 07, 2010

Long-gone GIs belatedly earn medals

by Albert McKeon

They died in prison camps in Germany, Japan and Korea. Now, decades later, 28 New Hampshire men will each posthumously receive a Purple Heart, a prestigious military decoration. The state's four federal legislators announced Tuesday that family members of the World War II and Korean War veterans will soon receive the medals. Three Nashua natives and a Lyndeborough native are among those who will be recognized. "It's the one medal you don't want to get. You either got a wound or got kille… Continue Reading

April 07, 2010

28 Purple Hearts to be awarded posthumously in N.H.

by Kathy McCormack

CONCORD, N.H. - Jennie Laleme remembers how handsome her older brother was and how much he loved to sing, especially the old cowboy classic "Mule Train.'' Herbert Hesseltine of Littleton - everyone called him "Herbie'' - joined the Army and fought in the Korean War. On her 11th birthday, Nov. 30, 1950, Laleme had just come home from skating when she learned that he had been taken captive and was in a POW camp. "It was the first time I saw my father cry and I'll never forget it,'' said L… Continue Reading

April 01, 2010

Local, female World War II pilot honored posthumously for service

by Joshua Clark

EXETER - When the late Frederica McAfee Richardson took to the skies over 65 years ago, she did so as a pioneer, a patriot and a hero. On Wednesday afternoon, she was honored for her service to the country with its highest civilian honor. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Wednesday presented Richardson's husband of over 50 years, Artemas, with the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Frederica's service as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women in history who were trained to … Continue Reading

April 01, 2010

Shaheen tours, praises Salem company

by Jillian Jorgensen

SALEM - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen made an example out of LNX Corp. yesterday - a good example. Shaheen toured the radar and communication company's facilities as part of a push for local small businesses to pursue exporting as a way to expand their companies and the state's economy. "One of the reasons I wanted to come here today is because of the success you have had with exporting," Shaheen, D-N.H., told employees before the tour. The company, which has designed and manufactured various… Continue Reading

April 01, 2010

New Durham Fire Department gets $64,000 federal grant

by Jake O'Donnell

NEW DURHAM - The town Fire Department has been awarded $64,600 from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for the purpose of operations and safety. The awarding of the grant was announced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Wednesday. "Our firefighters and first responders deserve the best training and equipment we can offer, and this grant will provide an important boost in resources for the New Durham Fire Department," said Shaheen in a statement." These b… Continue Reading

March 30, 2010

Shaheen praises reform of nation's health care

by Shira Schoenberg

The effects of health care reform will help Granite Staters immediately, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said yesterday. Shaheen spoke at a press conference at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic in Concord attended by several dozen health care advocates and analysts. "We've been trying to do this for about 70 years," Shaheen said. "Within six months, individuals in New Hampshire will benefit from insurance market reforms that will end the practices that are hardest for people in the insurance… Continue Reading

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