EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 2, 2013

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Federal block grants go to three towns

ROCHESTER (AP) — Several New Hampshire homeless shelters, food pantries and adult learning facilities are benefiting from a $224,000 federal grant.

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., announced the Community Development Block Grant yesterday for Rochester, Dover and Portsmouth.

The recipients include the UNH Small Business Development Center, which is getting $12,000 to support entrepreneurs and business development in Rochester.

Shea-Porter has argued against efforts to further decrease the amount of money distributed under such grants.

Teenager held on $250,000 bail

NOTTINGHAM (AP) — A Nottingham teenager accused of breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a woman has been ordered held on $250,000 bail.

Seventeen-year-old Zachary Lajoie was arraigned yesterday on two counts of sexual assault, one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of burglary.

WMUR-TV reported Lajoie agreed with the bail amount sought by prosecutors, and told the judge that after what he had done, it was appropriate for him to remain in jail.

Lajoie is accused of breaking into the home of a 44-year-old woman on Wednesday and assaulting her.

Controversial incinerator will shut down

CLAREMONT (AP) — An incinerator that turns trash from New Hampshire and Vermont into energy is shutting down.

The Valley News reported Wheelabrator Technologies will stop accepting waste at its Claremont facility on Sept. 16, and the plant will close on Sept. 30.

The company said the decision was a financial one and not influenced by critics who have long tried to have the plant shut down. Opponents have argued that the plant produces dangerous levels of dioxins and heavy metals, but the company maintains it has consistently complied with state and federal environmental standards.

The plant, which has about two dozen employees, pays the city about $275,000 a year in taxes and another $240,000 for water. City Manager Guy Santagate said officials are considering their options for future waste disposal.

USS Zuni will become artificial reef

NEW CASTLE (AP) — A historic ship that once called New Hampshire home appears destined to be sunk.

The USS Zuni is the only ship remaining from the Battle of Iwo Jima. But its most famous work was depicted in the book and movie “The Perfect Storm.”

Then known as the Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa, and based in New Castle, the ship rescued three people from a sinking sailboat and a crew of National Guardsmen after their helicopter crashed in 1991.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that a Richmond, Va., nonprofit group is giving up on efforts to raise money to preserve the shop. Tom Robinson of the Zuni Maritime Foundation says the ship likely will be sunk off the coast of Delaware or New Jersey to become an artificial reef.

USNH claims $10M in savings

DURHAM (AP) — The University System of New Hampshire says it has saved $10 million in the last fiscal year, thanks in large part to its switch to a self-insured health plan for its employees.

USNH Chancellor Todd Leach said the savings will be re-invested in efforts to help the state meet growing demands for skilled workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Those efforts include expanding programs in biostatistics and neuroscience at UNH in Durham and improving computer science and engineering facilities at UNH Manchester.

Keene State College, meanwhile, is working with middle and high schools to encourage college-bound students to pursue STEM-related studies.

By moving to a self-insured health plan in 2012, the university system has reduced administrative costs and negotiated discounts with insurance and prescription providers.