The 17 expanded food stores offer all of the merchandise found in our general merchandise stores with the added convenience of fresh food. This new format has an open-market layout and features new food additions including basic fresh produce, fresh meat and bakery goods. Each expanded food format store employs 100-250 team members and is approximately 135,000 square feet.According to this SeacoastOnline article, the Greenland store has 123,688 square feet of space and employs 165 people. Also, the store has a Starbucks, Target Cafe, and a pharmacy.
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Taylor said one aspect of the price setting formula needs to change immediately because it's connected to commodity prices set by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange — which has become a proven ground for ever more-complicated derivative investment schemes designed to turn quick profits, not unlike the same ones that produced mortgage-backed securities and credit default swaps.
"It's fairly obvious there's speculation, we know there's speculation," Taylor said. And there's little the local dairy farmer can do to stop it.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
An influential coalition of East Coast governors and power companies fears that building wind and solar sites in the Midwest would cause their region to miss out on jobs and other economic benefits. The coalition is therefore trying to block a mandate for transcontinental lines.They want the wind farms built in rural New England and offshore from Massachusetts to Delaware, and for now it appears that they may get a chance to do that. They are campaigning to keep a provision out of the legislation that would mandate a huge super-high-voltage grid, with the cost spread among millions of electric customers.
And a weak grid helps some electric companies. Local generators have often been able to charge more by being in the right place at the right time, with no competition because the long-distance lines are already fully loaded, experts say.
“When you have a constrained transmission system and you seek to unconstrain it,” said Mary Ellen Paravalos, the vice president for transmission at National Grid, a New York and New England company, some local parties stand to lose. This is true “even if the wider societal benefit is net positive,” Ms. Paravalos said.
Anyhow, I suppose this is just another case of electricity in NH (and in the US) being anything but simple...
Monday, July 13, 2009
The Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, NH has been in the news recently due to concerns about its safety and because of the high cost of some long overdue repairs. The plan for its refurbishment was all set to go, but bids came in $15 million higher than expected. That turned out to be a 35% cost increase, and it put the project on hold.
On September 14th, 1920, proposals were asked for the construction of the foundations and superstructure, in two separate bids. The two bids exceeded the amount available, $1,500,000, and the contracts were not awarded.The original plans called for piers about 100 ft. long, with large sloping ice-breakers on the up-stream end, with a double Strauss lift bridge of 300 ft span. As the authorities were anxious to complete the bridge, further studies were made to reduce the cost. A Waddell lift span was substituted for the Strauss lift, and the piers were re-designed and made symmetrical by omitting the ice-breaker. The result of these studies was that contracts were let, the substructure being awarded to the Holbrook, Cabot and Rollins Corporation, and the superstructure to the American Bridge Company. The work was awarded in November, 1920, and the speaker's firm began immediately to get plant and material on the site.
Finally, a few parting links on the bridge and some community efforts to save it:
> Save Our Bridges community group> Hartford Courant Elevates Memorial Bridge - SeacoastNH.com (7/09)> Why Save Endangered Memorial Bridge? - SeacoastNH.com (12/08)> Joined, Divided by a Bridge - boston.com (12/08)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
View Sprague Energy Newington/Portsmouth NH in a larger map
> Five asphalt storage tanks (120,000 barrels total)> Eleven petroleum products storage tanks (diesel, kerosene, jet fuel - 845,500 barrels)> Two caustic-soda storage tanks (1.2 million gallons)> Six tallow tanks (2.1 million gallons)> One calcium-cloride storage tank (1.7 million gallons)> Two cement storage silos (30,000 tons)
> Seven asphalt storage tanks (218,000 barrels)> Five storage tanks for other petroleum products (466,650 barrels)> One Methyl-methacrylate tank (received only by rail)> Two liquefied-petroleum-gas storage tanks (owned and operated by Sea-3)