NH DMV Announces A New Phone Number For Real Id Information

The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles is pleased to announce a new phone number available to assist customers with REAL ID questions and information, 603-4-REALID (603-473-2543). Customers can call 603-4-REALID to learn more about REAL ID and the required documents needed to get a REAL ID before they visit the DMV.

“The DMV continues to offer new products and services like 603-4-REALID and Saturday hours to streamline the process of getting a REAL ID,” said DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki. “Currently, only 30 percent of those eligible for a REAL ID have gotten one and we encourage everyone not to wait until the last minute so as to avoid longer than normal wait times just before the October 2020 deadline.”

Federally compliant identification, like a REAL ID, will be required to board domestic flights after the October 2020 deadline. Getting a REAL ID is voluntary, and other federally compliant identification, such as a passport, may also be used for domestic air travel. However, time is running out and we encourage New Hampshire residents who wish to obtain a REAL ID to do so as soon as possible. REAL ID applications must be submitted in person.

The following New Hampshire DMV locations are open the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for REAL ID transactions only: Concord, Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Newport, and Twin Mountain.

Additional documentation is required when applying for REAL ID and should be gathered prior to your visit to the DMV. Documentation related to name changes due to marriage, divorce, adoption, etc., must be presented at the time of the transaction.

For detailed documentation requirements and facts about REAL ID, visit www.getREAL.nh.gov. To speak to a DMV customer service representative about REAL ID and the documents required to obtain a REAL ID, call 603-4-REALID (603-473-2543).

Cornerstone VNA Achieves We Honor Veterans Partner Level Four

Cornerstone VNA Achieves We Honor Veterans Partner Level FourRochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA, nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, is proud to announce that their Hospice Care program has achieved Level Four status with the We Honor Veterans program, the highest recognition level of this important program.  This special recognition reflects Cornerstone VNA’s commitment to ensuring veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. According to Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC, ACHPN, Hospice & Palliative Care Director at Cornerstone VNA, “This hospice specific program allows us to better care for Veterans at end-of-life.” 

We Honor Veterans is a national Hospice provider awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Cornerstone VNA is better prepared to build organizational capacity to provide quality care for veterans and to strengthen partnerships with veteran organizations. In addition, they strive to increase access to hospice and palliative care for veterans living in their community and to network with other hospices across the country to learn about best practice models.

According to The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Hospices can “earn their stars” and the matching logo by completing activities for each of four levels of commitment. This allows VA staff and Veterans to easily identify hospices that have made a commitment to offering veteran-specific care and services provided by a competent and highly skilled workforce.

According to Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Nicolazzo, "At Cornerstone VNA, we are privileged to do whatever we can to honor veterans and their family members, and to express our gratitude to them for their gallantry at the end of their lives." Cornerstone VNA has many Hospice Volunteers, including Paula Carr and Brue Larrabee, who are both veterans.  According to Bruce Larrabee, “Veterans aren’t looking for a handout, they’re looking for a hand.” As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Cornerstone VNA is proud to give veterans a helping hand and the support they need at end-of-life.

For more information about the We Honor Veterans program at Cornerstone VNA, contact Nancy Nicolazzo, Chaplain/Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 603-332-1133 x1239 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

UNH Research Finds Awareness of Winter Warming Depends on Political Identity

DURHAM, N.H.—Fewer than half of New Hampshire residents are aware that average winter temperatures have risen in the state, according to new research released by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Although many residents have not noticed, their winters have been warming about twice as fast as global warming. The researchers also found that awareness of warming is no higher among people who participate in winter sports, nor are there significant differences by age, sex or level of education.

But winter-warming awareness does vary with political identity. Liberals and moderates are significantly more likely than conservatives to acknowledge the warming trend, according to the researchers.

While average winter temperatures are clearly rising, trends in snowfall (which can be heaviest when it is just below freezing) appear less clear-cut. “It’s possible the lack of consistent trends in winter snowfall and snow cover over the past 20 years may cause some residents to believe there has been little change in temperature,” they noted. Future studies might consider whether different types of winter sports participation affect perceptions of winter warming. For example, studies of skiers’ perceptions about changing winters have been limited and focused on adaptive responses such as snowmaking rather than climate change itself.

This research was conducted by Elizabeth Burakowski, a research assistant professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology and senior fellow in the Carsey School.

The Carsey School of Public Policy is nationally recognized for research, policy education and bringing people together for thoughtful dialogue to address important societal challenges. The school develops and facilitates innovative, responsive and equitable solutions at all levels of government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

The University of New Hampshire inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation, and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top-ranked programs in business, engineering, law, health and human services, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. As one of the nation’s highest-performing research universities, UNH partners with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, and receives more than $110 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea, and space. 

UNH Research Finds Non-Picky Eaters More Effective at Spreading Spores than Previously Thought

Ryan Stephens analyzes one of more than 1,200 scat samples collected from small mammals at the Bartlett Experimental Station in the White Mountain National Forest to determine the types and amounts of spores they are dispersing. (Credit: UNH)DURHAM, N.H.—Small mammals such as mice and chipmunks who are not picky eaters play a more important role than previously known in dispersing the spores of wild mushrooms and truffles, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.

Mushrooms and truffles colonize the roots of plants and assist with water and nutrient uptake. They also play a fundamental role in helping reestablish plants following disturbances such as wildfires, volcanic eruptions and the retreat of melting glaciers.

The research was conducted by Ryan Stephens, a postdoctoral researcher, and Rebecca Rowe, associate professor of natural resources and the environment. More than 1,200 scat samples were collected from small mammals in the White Mountain National Forest and analyzed. The researchers found that rodent species that consume a wide variety of food items can be important dispersers of the spores produced in fruiting bodies such as mushrooms and truffles. They are especially effective when their population increases.

“When generalist rodent populations are on the rise, they can disperse more fungal spores than dietary specialists such as the southern red-backed vole that consumes fungi as their main food source,” said Stephens. “Because they use a wide variety of habitats, they can also disperse spores to areas that dietary specialists rarely inhabit.”

Generalist rodents such as this deer mouse disperse fungal spores at a time when many seeds are germinating. (Credit: UNH)In addition, these mice and chipmunks disperse fungal spores at a time when many seeds are germinating, which is key for the survival and growth of the tree seedlings.

Scientists long thought specialists such as northern flying squirrels and southern red-backed voles that consume fungi as their main food were the most important dispersers of mycorrhizal fungi. These new findings are important as mycorrhizal fungi are key components to forest sustainability and health. Fungi colonize plant roots and assist with water and nutrition uptake. All tree species in New England form this mutualistic association, and some tree species cannot survive without it.

This research is presented in the journal Ecology. It is based upon work supported by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, through joint funding of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award numbers 1016133 and 1006881, and the state of New Hampshire. Additional support was provided by the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, University of New Hampshire Natural Resources and the Environment Student Support Fund, American Society of Mammalogists, and the Mycological Society of America: Forest Fungal Ecology Research Award.

Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission.

The University of New Hampshire inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation, and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top-ranked programs in business, engineering, law, health and human services, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. As one of the nation’s highest-performing research universities, UNH partners with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, and receives more than $110 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea, and space. 


Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce Open House – January 2020

The annual Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce Open House was held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the new office location of 748 Calef Highway, Barrington NH 03825.  The turnout this year was greater than expected - there were over 35 people in attendance this year.  It was a packed open house, full of current members, past members, and people who wanted to know more and become new members.  Membership rates are determined by the type of organization and the number of employees within the organization. 

Membership benefits not only cover the networking and business connections that a person makes within the chamber but also include the community building, a virtual team of other business owners, direct email and marketing blasts to other chamber members, member discounts and the ability to use the actual chamber offices for meetings.

The focus of the open house (besides networking) was to engage chamber members in participating in the annual events sponsored by the chamber.  There are several annual chamber events such as the Peepers 5K Run/Walk, the annual Golf Tournament, the Barrington Village Festival, the Scholarship committee, the Bingo event, and the annual dinner.  

Each event has a specific purpose and will be covered in more detail in future articles. Since the Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization, the money raised in each event is used for specific reasons. The upcoming next few events are as follows:

Peepers 5k Run/Walk: This event is used to fund the scholarship program in the Barrington chamber, which actually gives away more scholarship money than any of the other Regional Chamber of Commerces in our area. Volunteers are needed for race day, sponsoring opportunities, and runners the day of the event.  This year’s event is May 9, 2020 – Registration begins at 8 am.

The Annual Golf Tournament:  The golf tournament helps fund the operating expenditures of the greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce Dues in the chamber is the lowest in the region, so annual events help offset costs.  The next golf tournament is Friday, June 5th, 2020 - 8:00 am.

“On the first Friday, each June The Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce is proud to host what is arguably the most fun golf tournament in southern NH. This event is hosted at the Nippo Lake Golf Club, In Barrington. Golfers are encouraged to dress to coincide with the theme of the year. Some notable past themes have included, Circus, Baseball, Roaring 20s, and Woodstock.”  --(The Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce Web Site)

The Scholarship Awards: Scholarship Awards are to be held on May 14th, 2019 at Nippo Lake Golf Club. The Chamber awards up to three (3) $1000 scholarships, one (1) $500 scholarship and one (1) $250 annually. Students in Barrington and family members of Chamber members are eligible to apply.  Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 8, 2019.  Applications can be downloaded here.

The new website was also reviewed at the open house, with a walkthrough of the uses and benefits for chamber members.  This is a banner year for the Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce, with much more yet to come.

Legislation for Property Owners on Private Roads Introduced

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, House Bill (HB) 1490 to establish a committee to study the taxation of property owners on private roads was introduced to the House Committee on Municipal and County Government by Dover Representative Peter Schmidt and co-sponsored by State Senator David Watters. HB 1490 came about through the efforts of the New Hampshire Private Road Taxpayers Alliance (NHPVRTA), a non-profit organization trying to unite property owners on private roads on a state-wide basis to support their efforts to rectify the unfair tax treatment of property owners on private roads. The NHPVRTA can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

After introduction of HB 1490 several private residents from different parts of New Hampshire including the President of the NHPVRTA spoke to the committee in support of the bill. These residents owned property on private roads that were of all types, dirt, gravel, stone and paved and only one was from age-restricted community development. There were approximately 18 members of the Municipal and County Government Committee (MCGC) present and an equal number of individuals present supporting the bill.

The common theme in support of HB 1490 was that although owners of properties on private roads were assessed and paid taxes equal to owners of properties on public roads they had substantial additional costs for snowplowing, maintenance and replacement of those roads that other taxpayers did not. It was mentioned by one supporter that all 11 of the senior communities in Londonderry are situated on private roads.

Some private road property owners talked about safety issues in the event of a need for emergency services stating that their private roads although acknowledged by the local authority and required to meet certain minimum standards were incapable of access by certain types of emergency equipment. A retired Fire Captain addressed his concerns about the existence of certain inaccessible private roads. A City Councilor also addressed the committee about his take on the issue of private roads but he concluded that since there is an apparent proliferation and concern about issues surrounding private roads that it would probably be a good idea to study the problems.

The MCGC members were very respectful of the supporters of HB 1490 and quite a few committee members asked very good follow-up questions but many of those questions could not be answered as there was insufficient research done to this point about certain relevant facts. One example of an unanswered question was “what percentage of NH roads are private roads?”

The committee now needs to deliberate on HB 1490 and a decision should be made in about 2 weeks.

Presidential Primary Results for Barrington, New Hampshire

Turnout was much higher for Democrats than Republicans, according to the City Clerk’s certified results. 1,137 Republicans voted, while 2,153 Democrats voted in Barrington. The Democrats also had more absentee ballots than the Republicans – Democrats sent in 117 Absentee ballots, while Republicans only sent in 42 Absentee ballots. Of the 1137 votes on the Republican side, only 980 were for President Trump or approximately 86% of the votes – so 14% of Republicans didn’t vote for President Trump in Barrington, NH. The only other major candidate on the Republican side was Bill Weld, who got 120 votes. There were 15 other Republican challengers, with no one of them receiving more votes than Mary Maxwell, who got 11 votes in Barrington, NH. Five of the fifteen Republican challengers received no votes in Barrington.

Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were neck and neck with each other in Barrington, with Bernie winning the popular vote by just 34 votes. Bernie Sanders got 587 votes in Barrington, while Pete Buttigieg came in second with 553 votes. Next was Amy Klobuchar, who had a great debate performance recently, surging her votes to 404 for 3rd place. In 4th place was Elizabeth Warren with 207 votes, Joe Biden in 5th place with 147 votes, Tom Steyer in 6th place with 85 votes, and close behind in 7th place was Tulsi Gabbard with 83 votes. Tulsi Gabbard was the only Democratic candidate to visit Barrington, NH during the primary season.

Andrew Yang, who recently dropped out of the race, received 68 votes in Barrington, NH for 8th place, while Deval Patrick received only 12 votes. There were 24 other Democratic candidates for President in the New Hampshire Primary, not one of which received over 4 votes, and most of which received 0 votes. Barrington’s voter turnout was 44.88%, according to Town Administrator Conner MacIver. We asked him if he had any information about how Independents voted, and he said, “At the Primary Election, undeclared voters must choose a Republican or Democratic ballot. After voting, individuals are able to change their registration back to undeclared.”

You can see the full tabulation of results here.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray’s Statement Regarding Sanctuary Cities

CONCORD- Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr addressed the dangers that sanctuary cities and sanctuary policies pose to the general public.  In jurisdictions that have adopted these policies, local law enforcement officers are restrained from working with their federal law enforcement partners.  The result is that federal law enforcement officers are hampered in their efforts to locate, arrest, and remove people who are in the United States illegally.  This may include individuals who are actively engaged in criminal conduct.

Barr’s remarks resonate in New Hampshire, where the opioid crisis has been fueled by foreign drug cartels who exploit our citizens for the sake of making a profit.  Their lethal drugs reach our state through a network of traffickers who often employ criminal aliens as dealers to sell drugs in our communities.  To shield themselves from arrest, criminal aliens often reside outside of our state, sometimes living in sanctuary cities where they feel safe.        

The highest obligation of the government is to protect its citizens, especially from victimization by criminals.  This requires coordination on the part of law enforcement at all levels. When local communities adopt sanctuary policies, those policies can jeopardize public safety by preventing the federal government from arresting and prosecuting removable aliens.  While reasonable people can debate the merits of various immigration policies, few would contest that those who commit serious criminal offenses while unlawfully inside this country should be prosecuted and then removed from the United States. When a sanctuary jurisdiction refuses to honor an immigration detainer and releases a felon onto the street, all of our citizens are endangered.  These policies also endanger the brave law enforcement officers who must try to identify and arrest criminal aliens after they have been released by sanctuary cities.

Here in New Hampshire, we frequently prosecute criminals who are unlawfully in this country, including those who have taken up residency in sanctuary cities in other states.  Many of these criminal aliens have distributed fentanyl, heroin, and other dangerous drugs, thereby causing great suffering. It is not uncommon to encounter criminal aliens who use fraudulent documents to mask their true identity and immigration status.  If these criminals are released before they can be removed from the United States, it can be challenging to locate them again.  Enforcing our laws is a complicated and difficult undertaking and sanctuary policies only make it more difficult to protect our citizens.

While New Hampshire has not been at the forefront of the sanctuary movement, it is important to realize that we are negatively impacted by the adoption of these policies in other states.  The reality is that criminals can shelter behind sanctuary policies to the detriment of everyone else in society.  This is especially true if you are an interstate drug dealer looking for a place to hide while hooking Granite Staters on your deadly product.

UNH Finds Residues from Brewery Industry Show Promise as Dairy Heifer Feed

UNH Finds Residues from Brewery Industry Show Promise as Dairy Heifer FeedDURHAM, N.H.—Wet brewers’ grains, the abundant residues of the brewery industry, show promise as a potentially cost-effective, high-nutrient feed replacement for dairy heifers, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.

The study is led by Peter Erickson, professor of agriculture, nutrition and food systems and extension dairy specialist, and Eric Hatungimana, a doctoral student in dairy science.

“The cost of energy and protein feeds, especially corn and soybean, has been rising and dairy farmers are looking for alternative feed sources,” said Hatungimana. “One strategy is to use less expensive feeds such as wet brewers’ grains, which appears to be feasible due to their nutritional value, availability and low cost. Our project evaluated the effect of replacing corn and soybean meal with wet brewers’ grains on the growth performance of dairy heifers.”

The brewery industry uses mostly malted barley to produce beer, leaving behind a protein-rich residue known as “beer waste” that is suitable for dairy cattle feeding. While farmers have been feeding wet brewers’ grains to cows for years, there is limited data on feeding it to heifers—young female cows that have not borne a calf. Erickson and Hatungimana found that including these wet brewers’ grains in the diet of dairy heifers at a rate of 20% can completely replace soybean or corn-based feed and provide similar growth performance compared to diets using those concentrates. Moreover, replacing corn and soybean meal with wet brewers’ grains considerably reduces the feeding cost for raising dairy heifers.

“These findings are so important for dairy producers who are currently facing low milk prices,” said Hatungimana. “Since the cost of feeds accounts for 70% to 80% of the total production in any dairy farm, using nutritious and cheaper by-products will help dairy farmers increase returns while improving animal performance. Using wet brewers’ grains is also an economically and environmentally sound way for food processors to reduce waste.”

Raising heifers is expensive as they do not provide farm income until they calve at 22 to 24 months and start producing milk. Incorporating wet brewers’ grains into their diet would reduce the cost of production while achieving the desired growth until the first calving. There are approximately 800 breweries around the Northeast; these produce an ample supply of wet brewers grains.

The researchers also evaluated the effect on the storage of wet brewers’ grains with a commercial preservative or salt on yeast and mold growth. They found that treating wet brewers’ grains with salt not only improved dry matter, fiber, and protein digestibility but also reduced spoilage by mold and yeast. Salt is less expensive than commercial preservatives and is easily accessible to farmers.

This research is based upon work supported by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, through joint funding of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 1016574, and the state of New Hampshire. It is supported by Agri-King Company, Fulton, Ill., which provided the commercial preservative. Rock River Laboratory helped in the analysis of wet brewers’ grains nutrients, and Bad Lab Brewery, Stuart Farm and Scruton Farm provided fresh wet brewers’ grains for the study.

Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission.

The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and the world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top-ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts, and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF, and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea, and space.

Crews Work to Restore Power Outages as Temperatures Drop

CONCORD, N.H. – As of Saturday morning, approximately 15,000 power outages remain across the state. At its peak, over 35,000 outages were reported in more than 115 cities and towns statewide. Hundreds of utility crews are working around the clock to assess the damage and restore power.

Power utility providers expect the majority of outages to be restored by this evening, but for anyone without power, take time now to prepare for an outage possibly lasting into Sunday.

“Before temperatures drop to dangerous lows tonight, everyone is encouraged to take time to prepare,” said state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jennifer Harper. “Have a plan so you know what to do and where to go should temperatures in your home get too cold.”

NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management is working closely with the Public Utilities Commission to monitor outages and provide resources to affected communities as needed. During outages, the Public Utilities Commission continuously monitors utility issues and works closely with all agencies involved in the coordinated restoration effort.

“Power utility crews have been working around the clock to restore power to all affected areas,” Public Utilities Commission Chairwoman Dianne Martin said. “Given the forecasted winds and cold temperatures today, we expect the number of outages to fluctuate, but be assured that Commission safety staff and power crews remain working to restore all outages.”

Customers are reminded to report outages to their utility provider at least once daily until power is restored:

Eversource............................. 1-800-662-7764

Liberty Utilities..................... 1-855-349-9455

NH Electric Co-Op................ 1-800-343-6432

Unitil..................................... 1-888-301-7700

Harper and Martin ask that everyone check on friends and neighbors when it is safe to do so, especially the elderly or those who may need additional assistance. Follow these tips to help stay safe until power is restored:

  • Visit ReadyNH.gov to learn more about keeping safe during emergencies.
  • Signup for NH Alerts, the State’s emergency notification system to receive location-specific safety information. Also, download the app for iPhone and Android devices.
  • Monitor National Weather Service radio or broadcast weather reports to keep track of changing conditions.
  • If you encounter a downed power line, stay away and call 9-1-1.
  • Do not use a gas range or oven as an alternative source of heat.
  • If you use a generator, do NOT run it inside a home or garage, and ensure it is at least 20 feet away from any doors, windows or vents.
  • Electric power outages can affect gas furnaces and other appliances. Call a professional for service if you experience any issues. If you smell gas, have everyone leave the building and call 9-1-1 immediately. Stay outside until help arrives.

The US Department of Agriculture notes that your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power. A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours or 24 hours if it is half-full as long as the door remains closed. Never taste food to determine its safety. When in doubt, throw it out!

For emergencies, call 9-1-1. If you can’t call, you can text 9-1-1 for emergencies in New Hampshire.