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David Yerkes of Chershire, Conn., followed by his friend Charlie Darling of Andover, round a corner of the Northern Rail Trail in Andover during the Rail Trail Run & Ride on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

(JULIE BYRD-JENKINS  / Monitor staff)

Ceremony to celebrate completion of 2-mile stretch of Northern Rail Trail in Boscawen

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

For the first time ever, a biker or jogger can hop on the Northern Rail Trail in Lebanon and get to the Boscawen/Concord line without setting foot on a road. After a decade of work that included hundreds of hours of trail clearing, grant writing and community outreach, officials from the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County … 3

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

Monday, September 29, 2014

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars from the … 1

Downtown: Despite financial challenges, Intown Concord hopes to broaden its scope downtown

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three months ago, the owner of Pitchfork Records on South Main Street sat down before the Concord City Council and slammed Intown Concord for a lack of transparency. “What I would hope for is once you remove this cloak of secrecy, you’ll see a number of other merchants joining this organization,” Michael Cohen … 1

Hayfield is test ground for crop-soil health

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Researchers are testing the use of cover crops such as grasses and legumes on a 1-acre hayfield in Dover to help farmers improve soil health. University of New Hampshire scientists have teamed up with the Strafford County Conservation District to try out different combinations of the crops. The … 0

Don’t use smart phones while walking, experts say

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A 14-year-old boy was injured when he walked off a 6-foot-high bridge into a ditch while talking on his phone. A 23-year-old man was hit by a car while walking down the middle of a road talking on his phone. The dangers of distracted driving are well-known and … 0

Yahoo cashes in with Alibaba investment

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon. The latest windfall came with Alibaba’s record-setting IPO completed late Thursday, in which … 0

On race weekend, NHMS general manager Gappens 'does everything'

Friday, September 19, 2014

The white Toyota with “NHMS 1” license plates was getting a lot of looks as it passed through a sea of RVs yesterday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The Sylvania 300 green flag doesn’t drop … 9

UNH program brings family businesses together to learn from experts, each other

Friday, September 19, 2014

The time to patch the roof is when the sun is shining. And the time to write a buy-sell agreement with your family members and business partners is before someone throws the cranberry sauce at the wall on Thanksgiving. Writing a buy-sell agreement has been one of the … 0

5 businesses getting $163K in solar project grants

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Five New Hampshire small businesses are getting over $163,000 in USDA grants for solar projects estimated to power about 180 homes a year. The businesses are 959 Boys of Portsmouth, Conner Bottling Works of Newfields, Furlone of Spofford L.A. Borchu Inc. of Concord and The Storage Barn in … 0

Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Home Depot said yesterday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers. The … 0

August unemployment rate unchanged from July, down from 2013

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Hampshire’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.4 percent, unchanged from July. The August 2013 seasonally adjusted rate was 5.3 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, a decrease of 1.1 percentage points from August 2013. … 0

PSNH says overall electric bills may increase slightly

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Public Service of New Hampshire is anticipating that customers will see little change this winter in their overall electricity bills. But the state’s largest utility also cautions that its forecast, released yesterday, could change depending on the region’s volatile energy market and ongoing legal proceedings that could affect … 0

Concord company Geneia on the cutting edge of home health monitoring

Monday, September 15, 2014

With its little blinking lights and constant presence above her heart, @home is a reassuring presence in Heather Lavoie’s life. She’s hoping it will be that and more to people at high risk of hospitalization. Lavoie is a … 1