NHEC, Liberty decrease electric rates

PLYMOUTH (AP) — New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Liberty Utilities say customers will see their bills decrease, effective May 1.

The change is the result of a decrease in the power rate.

For NHEC  customers, it comes out to about $23.67 less per month for a residential member using 500 kilowatts per month. For a customer using 1,000 kilowatts per month, it's about $47.33.

At Liberty, the reduction will mean a $46 decrease per month for an average residential customer.

The reductions signal an end to a winter period that saw residential bills increase last fall. The utilities say driving these wide price swings are seasonal variations in the price of natural gas, used to generate approximately half of the electricity produced in New England.

Two-state covered bridge due for repairs

CHARLESTOWN (AP) — A Connecticut River bridge connecting Charlestown, N.H., and Springfield, Vt., will be closed for five days this summer, followed by up to two months of work with one-lane traffic.

The Eagle Times reports the deck on the Route 11 bridge will be redone. Lane closures affect daytime hours; the bridge will be open to full traffic during non-working hours.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is planning a presentation about the work to be done on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Charlestown Selectboard's regular meeting.

Nashua police: You've been bagged

NASHUA (AP) — Police in Nashua are helping people who aren't watching out for their purses and wallets while shopping.

They conducted a crime prevention campaign over the weekend called "You've Been Bagged," by the police.

The department partnered with several supermarkets recently to raise awareness for protecting personal property. The officers made contact with more than 30 people who left their items unattended while shopping. They gave them tips on securing their valuables.

Police say it only takes seconds for someone to steal a purse or wallet, and most times, the thief is very nonchalant and will mix in with a crowd, rather than the typical misconception that they grab the item and run.

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