Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


Families Separated By The Travel Ban Reunite In A Border Library

December 13, 2018

A library that sits on the border between the United States and Canada is offering a solution for families separated by the travel ban. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House, in Derby Line, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec, is serving as a space where Iranian families can reunite.

A Love Of Arabic Music Brings Western Massachusetts Ensemble To Life

December 13, 2018

The startup of the Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble was mentioned in an announcement a few months ago in a western Massachusetts newspaper. No audition was necessary — just an interest, an instrument and a willingness to be directed.

Amid Increasing Immigration Tensions, Mexicans In Middlebury, Vermont Find Taste Of Home

December 13, 2018

A little bit of Mexico came to Middlebury, Vermont last weekend. Officials from the Mexican government were in town to help its citizens renew passports or obtain other documents.

Despite Protections, Rhode Island’s Lower-Income Utility Customers Risk Losing Power

December 13, 2018

Temperatures are dropping and for many people, that means higher gas bills to heat their homes. But not everyone can easily afford those bills, and missing payments puts some people at risk of getting their power shut off.

How Do You Measure How Much Carbon Is In A Tree?

December 5, 2018

The latest national climate assessment says forests play a key role in keeping our air clean. According to the report, America’s forests stored the equivalent of 11 percent of the country’s C-O-2 emissions over a 25 year period. That’s because when trees breathe they suck up carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and store that leftover carbon in their trunks. But how scientists determine the amount of carbon stored in a tree is a question open for debate.

Former President George H. W. Bush Remembered in Maine

December 1, 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush died late Friday. For many in the community surrounding Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine, the former president was much more than the leader of the free world — he was their beloved friend and neighbor.

Why This Invasive Plant Has A Shot At Some Redemption

November 27, 2018

Robert Buchsbaum walks into a salt marsh on Boston’s North Shore. Around him towers a stand of bushy-topped Phragmites australis, an invasive plant commonly known as the common reed. Or, as some call it: the all-too-common reed.

5 Takeaways For New England From The U.S. Climate Report

November 26, 2018

Climate change will hit the Northeast hard and soon, bringing threats to our health — and to fruit crops, ski resorts and the Atlantic cod.

In New England, These Exonerated Prisoners Take A Leap Of Faith

November 26, 2018

On Memorial Day, Darrell Jones was standing with a group of men who hardly knew each, but who share an unenviable life experience as former prisoners.

The Last Chocolate Turkeys: New Hampshire Farmer Ends Effort To Sustain Endangered Breed

November 21, 2018

A farmer in Loudon, New Hampshire is calling it quits on a years-long project – to breed a rare type of turkey called the Chocolate turkey.


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