Monthly Archives: September 2013

2011, 2012, 2013 NENPA Awards

VTica_COMMONS_PR 1st place arts and entertainment NENPA 2011

YOUNG GAY AND BULLIED – 2010 – 3rd Place – NENPA Feature Writing Social Issues 2011

INTO THE WOODS – 2012 – 2nd Place – NENPA Feature Writing Social Issues

TURMOIL AT THE RFPL – 2013 – 2nd Place NENPA Government Reporting 2014


News More hungry people, fewer resources Area agencies grapple with the realities of serving people in need in a brutal economy

Originally published in the #170 issue of the Commons, Sept. 19, 2012, it is as relevant a year later as it was then.

As R. Buckminster Fuller said, “There is no energy crisis, food crisis or environmental crisis. There is only a crisis of ignorance.”

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A local photographer looks for the rich, warm detail of the wild horses living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

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As anyone with a pet and camera knows, photographing animals is an exercise in patience. Just need that one perfect shot…

When the subjects are wild horses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, that challenge is quadrupled. Just in getting near enough to get the shots, dealing with weather, tides, and the mood and trust of the herds, Dorset photographer Lisa Cueman has her work cut out for her.
But Cueman says she doesn’t see it just that way. For her, this photography is a labor of passion and love, and so she’ll wait to get that one shot in a thousand — and will keep returning to the Outer Banks again and again to photograph wild horses, whose
lineage traces back 500 years to the time of the first Spanish explorers….

Scientists Preserve a Key Four-State Waterway

The Connecticut River valley has been in use by humans for at least 11,000 years, as evidenced by the rock petroglyphs on its Vermont shoreline in Bellows Falls. It provided verdant land and good hunting grounds for early indigenous peoples. Indian corn fields flourished on both sides of the river in the rich floodplains along its entire length. The river, whose Mohican name, quinnitukqut, means “long tidal river,” was the principle north-south travel route before roads and trains.

Today, with 22 dams along its 410-mile length, models that describe the flow pattern of the Connecticut River are being completed for the first time ever. The whole system is being studied and mapped, with five of the river’s hydroelectric dams up for relicensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Three of these dams are in Vermont and New Hampshire, and two in Massachusetts.

The FERC relicensing process has spurred a four-state collaborative process, involving Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, with state and federal agencies and non-profits all gathering data and assessing the Connecticut River’s watershed and uses. The states have agreed to keep four things in mind: the ecology and effects of the flow of the river, recreational uses, erosion, and the temperature of the water.

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