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February 2019

Porto Santo, the little sister of Portugal’s Madeira, may be one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. While Madeira is a lush, green island, Porto Santo is a dry crescent with a six-mile long beach on its central bay. The light yellow sand is rich in magnetic rock and that same sand has a healing power. And, with the doubling of TAP flights from the US to Portugal this summer, connecting to Porto Santo is easy. Golden sand beach, deep blue Atlantic waters, palm trees and rugged volcanic sandstone landscapes welcome visitors looking for a beach escape away from the crowds. Oh, and the weather is warm year-round with summer lasting May to October. With a mean temperature of 70 degrees the sea around Porto Santo is inviting year-round. The dry and stable climate and the warm sea make this island an ideal beach location 12 months a year. Read more →


Reaching Higher NH has announced new hires, Greg Bird and Laura Gates. Bird will serve as Reaching Higher’s Senior Data Analyst, where he will play a leading role in informing statewide conversations around public education through analysis and data modeling. Gates will serve as the Director of Research and Implementation, where she will lead the organization’s research initiatives as well as the implementation of Reaching Higher’s community engagement work. Read more →


In the Governor’s Executive Budget Summary release this week, the N.H. State Council on the Arts’ General Fund Arts Development Grants Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020 is $505,000 which is $282,000 more than in 2019. Read more →


A new benchmark report shows that New Hampshire communities own more than 180,000 acres of undeveloped forests, fields and wetlands that generate nearly $146 million a year in economic benefits. Three organizations developed the statewide forest inventory. Read more →


To honor outstanding work in its field, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is seeking nominations for its annual Preservation Achievement Awards.  The awards recognize individuals, organizations, or businesses in the categories of restoration and stewardship, rehabilitation and adaptive use, compatible new construction, public policy, and educational and planning initiatives. Read more →


Hellenic American University, a New Hampshire university with campuses in Nashua and Athens, Greece, has announced that enrollment is now open for its rolling cohort of its international executive MBA program.  The flexible, globally focused MBA program, based in New Hampshire was designed with working professionals in mind. The tuition for the 18-month program is $11,000 (plus $3,000 international business practicum). Students can enroll and apply for financial aid. Read more →


The manufacturing partners see this program as a way to not only train young workers and hopefully set them on a path for a long career, but to also give students an understanding of the expectations they will face in the working world and to make important connections they can use when looking for a job after graduation Read more →


A new benchmark report shows that New Hampshire communities own more than 180,000 acres of undeveloped forests, fields and wetlands that generate nearly $146 million a year in economic benefits. Three organizations developed the statewide forest inventory. Read more →