Maureen O'Reilly beams with pride as she shows a visitor around Grafton, N.H., a town so small it doesn't even have a traffic light.
"Have a look at this," O'Reilly says, pointing to a postcard view of hilly rural New England. "How beautiful is this? It's really pretty in the fall, really, really pretty."
But behind the beautiful view, locals are dividing into opposing camps. About 50 Libertarians have moved into Grafton from around the country, splitting the town over their push to shrink its government.
President Barack Obama came to Connecticut on Wednesday to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He spoke to a friendly crowd at Central Connecticut State University this afternoon telling them, "It's time to give America a raise."
Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 4:17 pm
The Northeast is in for another winter punch, with the National Weather Service calling for more than a foot of accumulation in many areas through early Sunday. The double-whammy comes even as many areas are still digging out from the last assault a mere two days ago.
Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:16 am
Here's the good news: The weather's about to get better from the Mid-Atlantic up through New England.
"The big nor'easter which recently delivered heavy snow and ice to much of the southern and eastern states will bring heavy snow and coastal rain to New England before exiting the region by Friday afternoon," the National Weather Service says.
Snow was piling up along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue early Thursday morning.
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Snow falls in front of the U.S. Capitol building. The federal government's offices are closed Thursday, and more than 6,000 flights within the U.S. have been canceled.
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Travelers at Raleigh-Durham International Airport check on canceled departures, displayed in red, on Wednesday in Morrisville, N.C. More than 100 flights were canceled by 2 p.m. because of the winter storm hitting the area.
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Milo Kortemeier runs away from John Staton after pelting him with a snowball in Decatur, Ga. Icy road conditions caused some businesses and schools to shut down in the greater metro Atlanta region.
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A Highway Patrol officer checks on the safety of a stranded motorist in Raleigh, N.C.
Good Samaritans help push a stranded motorist stuck in deep snow in Bethlehem, Pa.
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A commuter makes his way through heavy snow in New York City.
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A man jumps over a puddle in Washington, D.C. By midday Thursday, there were at least 20 weather-related deaths, according to The Associated Press.
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Multiple crews work to restore power after a winter storm brought down lines and continues to blow transformers in Fairburn, Ga. As crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Georgians, forecasters hoped warmer temperatures Thursday and a few rays of sunshine would melt ice-coated roads across the state.
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Chris Starace works to clear snow from his home's roof in Ossining, N.Y. According to the National Weather Service, "a wide swath of heavy snow accumulations are expected with this storm" Thursday and Friday from Maryland through Pennsylvania and New York and then on to Massachusetts and farther north.
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A woman pulls her child in a sled through the snow in Brooklyn on Thursday. Snow and sleet are falling along the East Coast, from North Carolina to New England, a day after sleet, snow and ice bombarded the Southeast.
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A pedestrian braces against the wind and snow on her way into Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday in Morrisville, N.C. Flights were canceled across the region because of weather.
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A man clears snow in front of DC Meat Market in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City.
Ask locals to describe the landscape in the tiny town of Stockholm, up near the tip of northern Maine, and more than one will call it a winter wonderland. Woods dot the landscape of rolling white fields, and snow-covered spruce trees nestle roadways.
Winter is a long season, and you've got to find something fun to make it through — like skiing.
While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.
That's because it may have been cold enough in some areas to freeze and kill some damaging invasive species of insects, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:58 am
The deaths of at least 21 people are now being blamed on the winter storms and severe cold weather that have gripped much of the nation since late last week, The Associated Press reported early Wednesday.
At least half have been attributed to weather-related traffic accidents. The wire service adds that:
Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 11:29 pm
Updated 11:30 p.m. ET
The Associated Press reports: "The National Weather Service said 21 inches of snow had fallen in Boxford, just north of Boston, by Thursday night, while other parts of the state had 17 or 18 inches. It said parts of upstate New York had 18 inches."
Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 1:25 pm
A massive post-Christmas package of precipitation is headed up the East Coast today. The storm is predicted to dump snow and ice from Boston on up and promises to vex residents already a week without power since the last winter storm.
The storm is carrying drenching rain through the Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic and southern New England during the day. The downpour will reduce visibility and make travel difficult, according to Accuweather.com.
A winter storm is hitting an area from Virginia to New England, snarling traffic and closing schools. On Sunday, heavy snowfall changed the look of an NFL game in Baltimore, Md., where Ravens players stood for the national anthem at 1 p.m.
Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:24 pm
Winter won't officially begin for nearly two more weeks, but a winter storm continued to plow across much of the eastern part of the U.S. on Monday, bringing a dangerous mix of snow, ice and freezing rain. The storm knocked out power in some areas, fouled morning commutes and caused more than a thousand flights to be cancelled.
"Heavy snow fell Sunday in the Mid-Atlantic, with more than 8 inches reported in Philadelphia and a foot in nearby Newark, Del.," The Associated Press reports.
Last week, NASA astronaut and Waterbury native Rick Mastracchio blasted off into space and boarded the International Space Station. On Wednesday afternoon, he tweeted a photo of his home state from the ISS. He said the station's altitude is around 400 km, and the view is magnificent.
The news for moose is not good across the country's northern tier and in some parts of Canada. A recent and rapid decline of moose populations in many states may be linked to climate change, and to the parasites that benefit from it.
In Minnesota, moose populations have dropped from a high of more than 12,000 two decades ago to fewer than 3,000 now. Moose in some parts of Manitoba have declined by 50 percent and more.
The state of Connecticut is choosing two clean energy projects to help diversify its energy portfolio. Governor Dannel Malloy announced Friday that a solar installation planned in Sprague and Lisbon, and a wind energy farm in Maine, have signed long-term contracts with electricity distributors Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating. The contracts require regulatory approval, and together will provide 3.5 percent of Connecticut’s total energy load.
After years of litigation and political jousting, Vermont is set to close its only nuclear power plant by the end of next year. As John Dillon of Vermont Public Radio reports, the plant's closure is a sign of how much the country's energy market is changing.
When you think of early Jewish life in America, you usually think of immigrants who settled in urban centers like the Lower East Side of New York and in Baltimore. But archaeologists and historians are abuzz about recent findings at an excavation site in rural Connecticut.
Old Chesterfield is home to the remains of a 19th century Jewish farming community. There is a synagogue and, surprisingly, a ritual bath called a 'mikveh', which is rarely seen outside of cities.
The state of Maine has never been considered a “diverse” place - the population of blacks has always been less than one percent. And as you can imagine, this minority group hasn’t always been treated well. Today we'll talk to a radio producer who dug into the history of one very small mixed race community - 45 adults and children - who lived on Malaga Island in Southern Maine, after the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century.
Our beloved New England. Scenic coastline...lobster pots and clam shacks...Green Mountains, White Mountains...a long river valley filled with Yankees who take their long winters as a point of pride...history, culture...it’s all right here.
So, here’ sa question...what if New England wasn’t a collection of tiny, picture-postcard colonies...but one, giant state? One whose economic and political power would put us in a league with New York, Texas and Florida?
It flows from the upper reaches of New Hampshire through the heart of New England...and winds its way through our state - twisting, turning, sometimes flooding, and eventually emptying into Long Island Sound.
The 410-mile-long Connecticut River was recently designated America’s first National Blueway.