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In 2011, the historic Balsams Resort shut its doors after more than a hundred years operating in the tiny town of Dixville Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. With the closure, hundreds of North Country citizens lost their jobs, and the town, which had become well known for being one of the first places to cast ballots in the state’s presidential primary — at midnight at the resort — found a beloved tradition in jeopardy.

Now there are plans for the resort to undergo a significant renovation and expansion in the coming years. The plans include a new wing, upgrades to the once world-class golf course and the addition of 1,000 additional acres to the ski area, which would make it the largest downhill ski area in the Northeast.

With assistance from UNH Cooperative Extension, North Country residents are working to fully understand what the proposed redevelopment of the iconic resort could mean for their part of the state.

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Longtime Candia residents gathered at the Smyth Public Library last week for a storytelling circle to reminisce, and consider how they would like to see their community in the future. They shared memories of well-loved Dr. Sanders, the annual Fourth of July celebration, Saturday night dances at the Fireman’s Hall, trips to Philips General Store in East Candia, and growing up riding bikes with other kids in the neighborhood.

It is apparent Candia’s residents love where they live. Betty Sabean, Candia Community Profile steering committee member and participant in the storytelling circle, explained why she and her husband live in the small New Hampshire town, "Candia still meets our needs…it’s quiet, peaceful. Anytime someone needs something, someone is there."

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April 1 & 2 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont

This year's Summit will include interactive mobile workshops, peer exchanges, a highly-acclaimed keynote, and a variety of dynamic presentations and topics including advocacy and education, public safety, economic development, and the built environment. The Vermont Walk/Bike Summit is an excellent opportunity to connect with community members, employers, planners and various professionals from throughout the state for in-depth sharing on current efforts, new ideas, and networking to advance more livable communities. The registration cost ranges from free to $25 depending on the activities you choose.

Register now at WalkBikeSummitVT.com


Please note that the April 23, 2016 Office of Energy & Planning's Zoning Conference has been postponed. A new date will be posted soon. Check www.nh.gov/oep for more information. 

From Politico Magazine: "When Hunter S. Thompson came to New Hampshire’s largest city to cover the 1972 presidential campaign, he described it as “a broken down mill town with an aggressive Chamber of Commerce and America’s worst newspaper. There’s nothing much else to say for it.” Manchester’s downtown business district was drying up, its sewers poured excrement into the Merrimack River and most of the massive brick mills sandwiched in between were empty husks, awaiting a revival of U.S. manufacturing that would never arrive. For a quarter-century thereafter, there was little to prompt the casual visitor to reappraise this fallen industrial city of 110,000, an hour north of Boston.

But today there’s no missing that Manchester—laid out in the 19th century as an American manufacturing utopia—has gotten its groove back, successfully resurrecting its massive riverside mill district into a teeming knowledge industry hive..." Read more here

March 17 & 18, 8am to 4pm Concord; May 19 & 20, 8am to 4pm Highland Center, Crawford Notch. This two day workshop will help you develop skills and strategies to more effectively and efficiently facilitate work groups, community groups, coalitions, and collaborations. Through this training, participants will learn to:

  • Create collaborative relationships
  • Design and customize processes to meet the needs of specific groups.
  • Develop intentional facilitation practices and use facilitation mapping to design meetings.
  • Identify behaviors that hinder and help a group process.
  • Strengthen participatory and interpersonal skills, and increase ability to manage group conflict.

Cost is $120. Registration fee covers meals and materials. The fee may be reduced or waived for students and those with financial need. For additional information on either training, please contact sue.cagle@unh.edu or Sharon.cowen@unh.edu

January - February 2016

In January and February 2016, UNH Cooperative Extension will host a four-part series, Community Training in Ecological Design, which will present community planning solutions that use ecological design to integration biodiversity, secure food production, sustainable water and energy systems, infrastructure, and economy. The results is homes, businesses, and communities that use less energy, create less waste, and recycle more resources. Register Here! 

3S Artspace in Portsmouth will host Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21) on Thursday January 28 in what begins a two day information and workshop session on affordable housing. The presentation on Thursday will be led by author Jennifer Hurley ('A Smart Growth Guide to Creating Affordable Housing.') This event will be followed by an interactive workshop on Friday at the Portsmouth Public Library beginning at noon. Visit http://ps21.org for more information.