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A member of the team looking into the feasibility study for the Gasholder building points to the scaffolding near where the roof sustained damage from a tree falling during a storm in 2013.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Building held gas in a tank like an upside-down cup

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Building held gas in tank like an upside-down cup The Concord gasholder is so named because it held volatile gas, which was a major fuel for streetlights and heating before natural gas and electricity came to the fore. It was built in 1888 and used through 1952. Its round shape comes from its method of storing gas in a floating tank, a system often described as an upside-down cup. Here’s how it worked. The round brick gasholder building sits over a 24-foot-deep basement that was filled with water and held a floating metal tank that lacked a bottom – hence the upside-down cup comparison. The …

Survey: Residents willing to pay more for local produce

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A survey of New Hampshire residents shows that they are willing to pay more for locally grown fruits and vegetables, but they may not always know where to find it. Two hundred people were surveyed for the University of New Hampshire study, which said residents spend about 21 percent of their grocery budget on fresh produce. They’re willing to pay more for items …

Concord gasholder building is elegant, unique and expensive to fix

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

As unusual and disheveled as the historic Concord gasholder building looks on the outside, where the crooked cupola and three-story scaffolding clash with the building’s round shape and elegant brick windows, it’s even more so on the inside. The interior of the huge building, 88 feet in diameter and more than 30 feet …

Northern Pass headed back for environmental review

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy will reopen its environmental review of the controversial Northern Pass transmission line in order to study the project’s new route that would bury an additional 52 miles of the line beneath the White …

With greater need and fewer dollars, NH nonprofits compete for funds

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Friends Program in Concord used to receive more state funding for its four programs – a family homeless shelter, a foster grandparent program, a volunteer program for seniors and a youth mentoring program. But Executive Director Jerry Madden doesn’t like to reminisce. “I put a lot of …

Driving Sunday? Watch out for these NASCAR road closures

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Sylvania 300 NASCAR race in Loudon on Sunday afternoon is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles. Traffic will be most congested late Sunday afternoon and into early evening, according to the state Department of Transportation. Route 106 changes ∎ Sunday morning, Route 106 will …

Volkswagen CEO steps down amid scandal

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world’s top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure. No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a …

VW CEO: ‘I am endlessly sorry’ brand is tarnished

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Volkswagen AG’s smog-test troubles escalated Tuesday as the company acknowledged putting stealth software in millions of vehicles worldwide. The scandal has now cost VW more than $26 billion in market value. Volkwagen stunningly admitted that some 11 million …

N.H. inventor of the first modern video game getting his due

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It’s not entirely true, but perhaps not entirely false, to credit an indignant 8-year-old with public recognition of New Hampshire’s pivotal contribution to the video game industry. As his parents tell it, 8-year-old Alex Baer was taken to a talk in 2000 concerning the history of digital games, …

VW rocked by emissions scandal as prosecutors come calling

Monday, September 21, 2015

Volkswagen, the world’s top-selling automaker, lost a stunning 17.1 percent of its value Monday after admitting that it intentionally rigged nearly half a million cars to defeat U.S. smog tests. The Obama administration, meanwhile, announced it is expanding …

Apple withdraws some China apps after malware found

Monday, September 21, 2015

Apple Inc. has removed some applications from its App Store after developers in China were tricked into using software tools that added malicious code in an unusual security breach. Apple gave no details of which companies were affected. …

Session Wednesday to discuss Clean Power Plan for N.H. businesses

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Businesses in New Hampshire should get ready to adapt to climate change, which will affect logistics and marketing as much as loons and maple trees, and also try to benefit from the economic ripples of the federal Clean Power Plan trying to combat that change. That’s the message …

Business notes for Sept. 21, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Journey to Peace, a yoga studio and wellness center, will open at 1 Lyford Hill Road in Pittsfield. There will be an open house today from 3:30 to 7 p.m. North Branch Construction of Concord completed construction of a $4.4 million student success center at Great Bay Community …