Maine-NH bridge to be closed for inspection

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- One of the major bridges between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, is going to be closed for an inspection.

The Memorial Bridge is scheduled to be closed to all motor vehicle traffic Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Traffic in the river below will not be affected.

The bridge was built in 1923. A task force is looking for a way to replace it.

Tuesday's closure is so New Hampshire transportation officials can inspect the bridge's lift machinery. If the weather's bad, the work may be postponed.

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Bridge linking Maine, NH to close for inspection

CONCORD, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- The New Hampshire transportation department plans to close the bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery for eight hours for an inspection.

Memorial Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The bridge carries Route 1 traffic over the Piscataqua River between the two tourist destinations.

Transportation officials want to inspect the bridge's lift machinery. If the weather's bad, the work may be postponed.







Passport center opens doors to travelers with urgent travel needs

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- The National Passport Center, the largest passport processing facility in the country, has opened new public counters which will allow people to quickly get a passport to travel abroad when an emergency arises.

The public counters will be open to help people with urgent travel needs get or renew a passport and receive the passport often in the same day.

"This permits us to meet the needs of people who have emergencies which happen all the time,"stated Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services Brenda Sprague.  "People have last minute business deals.  Brides and grooms discover two hours before their destination wedding departure that their passport has expired.  So we are able to help people out with this sort of thing."

Funding for 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Grants

Plan a community volunteer service projects commemorating Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 17, in your community. Successful applicants will receive $500 to help implement projects.
The MCCS challenge to communities all over Maine is to develop volunteer service projects that; unite community sectors in service, address a problem or condition that impacts quality of life for individuals or a community, and provides those who serve an opportunity to reflect on the link between their service, the problem, and the local implications for the community residents.

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Art on the Hill celebrates local art

KITTERY (NEWS CENTER) --The 8th annual Art on the Hill Open Studios will take place from Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th in Kittery.

The event showcases  local artists and artisans from the Wentworth Dennett School.  Artists, jewelry designers, sculptors display their work. A crowd favorite, Elisa Maistrellis Ryng will be giving tarot card readings. Additionally, there is pilates and yoga to take part in.

On Sunday the sound of Swing a Cat, an all female band will perform from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information we have provided a link to the Wentworth Dennett Studio's website.


Laudholm Trust will hold its annual meeting in Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm on Wednesday, December 8 at 4 pm. The public is invited. Representatives from Laudholm Trust and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve-partners in research, education, stewardship, and preservation-will discuss activities of the past year and initiatives planned for 2011.

Laudholm Trust, a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Wells, is dedicated to advancing the coastal research, education, and stewardship programs of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, and to preserving its historic buildings. Laudholm strives to extend its unique legacy by galvanizing community support and inspiring actions that protect Maine's coastal environments.

The Wells Reserve is located at 342 Laudholm Farm Road in Wells. For more information, call 207-646-4521 or visit

Maine Companies receive over $2 Million

At its November meeting, the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Board of Directors approved six new Development Awards for Maine companies working in the areas of information technology, environmental technology, precision manufacturing and advanced technologies in forestry and agriculture. Awards ranged from $61,300 up to $500,000 combine for a total investment by MTI of $2,000,819.