Monthly Archives: August 2014

Durham’s Budget Challenge

Some have suggested that I was impertinent to challenge the Durham Town Council to a dose of fiscal responsibility, as if a lowly taxpayer has no place at court, and even less right to question their betters. Let me clarify … Continue reading

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Analyzing Property Tax Rates

Conventional wisdom has the Oyster River Cooperative School District (ORCSD) as the bane of every Durham taxpayer. They refused to cede budget authority to the Town Council and continue operating as a semi-autonomous taxing authority. Hoots and hollers in a … Continue reading

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Looking for a House?

Have you have outgrown your current residence? Do have a generous down payment available and good credit? You got there by watching your expenses and following reasonable budgets. You work hard. You don’t waste your money. You have $9,000 allocated … Continue reading

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Tomato Hornworm

When it comes to gardening, not every predator is evil and those flying little stingers might just be your BFF. Tomato Hornworms can do substantial damage, if not detected (like the 2 3/4 inch one below) and removed early,  left … Continue reading

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Nasturtiums

I have been planting nasturtiums for quite a few years. They grow with little to no attention, look fine and flower early through the killing frost in the fall. Two years ago I increased the plantings to attract and support … Continue reading

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Future of New Hampshire’s Food System

Help Shape the Future of New Hampshire’s Food System! If you spend your professional or civic life focused on food or the food system, join this conversation. Attend a New Hampshire Regional Gathering where you will •have the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Blackberry Pest

I showed our friend Grace how to make blackberry jelly yesterday. She scoured the canes and managed to collect a large bucket of berries, which yielded over 850 grams of blackberry juice after seeding, enough for 2 pints of jelly. … Continue reading

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Zoning Variances

Live Free or Die! Okay, maybe not so free. Over the years we have enacted numerous ordinances attempting to socially engineer our neighborhoods and keep out the riffraff. One of Durham, NH’s ordinances is a prohibition on drive-thru windows/service for … Continue reading

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What do you want to be?

Now that we know what you are, we only need to settle on price, an old joke’s punch line. You might say that Durham is that old joke but I never would. Durham is in the final construction phase of … Continue reading

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Libertarians Unite

Libertarians take heart, your government may have sold you into a Orwellian society, you may only feel safe in Canada, you might want to move into a cave but a new Mad Max is on his way, fighting the good … Continue reading

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