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VOLUME 19, NO. 16

THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

COMPLIMENTARY

EDITORIAL

IS AMERICA LOSING “THE RIGHT STUFF”?

by John J. Metzler

Syndicated Columnist

NH Cheesemakers Guild has developed their own logo, above. Valerie Jarvis of Heart Song Farm in Gilmanton was one of the state’s cheese makers taking part in a sampling at the Common Man in Concord last week.

ROGER AMSDEN PHOTOS

NH CHEESEMAKERS CARVING OUT THEIR OWN NICHE MARKET

by Roger Amsden

News Correspondent

CONCORD - Members of the New Hampshire Cheesemakers Guild gathered at the Common Man Restaurant in Con- cord last week to offer samples of their cheeses to restaurant owners and food distributors from around the state as part of a promotional campaign to raise awareness of the availability of the excel- lent local cheeses made right here in New Hampshire. The guild got its start a year

ago with help from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture and Granite State Dairy Promotion, a nonprofit funded by the state’s dairy farmers, with the goal of expanding the market for lo-

Kids at Via Lactea Farm in Brookfield.

cally made cheeses. “There’s a tremendous in-

terest in local cheese on the part of consumers and restaurant owners,” says Gail McWilliam Jellie, direc- tor, New Hampshire Divi- sion of Agricultural Develop- ment. “Some chefs are put- ting cheese plates together featuring New Hampshire cheeses. There were a lot of winter farmers’ markets this

year around the state and local products of all kinds are hot right now.” Charlie Burke of San- bornton, president of the NH Farm to Restaurant Connection, says that the guild is a much-needed addition to the state’s agricultural scene and will allow Granite State cheesemakers to com- pete more effectively with neighboring states of Ver-

mont and Maine, both of which have strong marketing campaigns for their cheese- makers. “We’ve tried to make res- taurant owners aware of the high quality cheeses being made right in their back yard. I remember a few years ago when Sebastian Carosi was putting on a dinner at Can- terbury

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UNITED NATIONS—

Wel l -r enow n members of the American astro- naut program, the U.S. Congress, and scientific commu- nity have warned that planned cuts and changes by the Obama Ad- ministration to the American space program “destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature.” In a scathing let- ter signed by 27 NASA veterans including Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, James Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, Eugene Cer- nan, commander of Apollo 17, and Gene Kranz, legendary flight director, implored President Barack Obama to reconsider his “misguided proposal,” concerning the future of manned space flight. The National Aeronautics and Space Ad-

ministration (NASA) is under political assault. NASA, which traces its roots to the Eisenhower Administration’s scientific “wake up call” from the Soviet Sputnik launch, and was later su- percharged by President John F. Kennedy’s call for putting an American on the Moon “within the decade,” used to be the PR savvy, slick and “can do” agency which put cutting- edge sci- ence on par with prestige and made American achievement almost a given. Today after many setbacks and a minuscule

0.5% share of the burgeoning federal budget, NASA faces a future away from manned space flight to far more mundane programs. As with

so many other things, NASA now faces a new “vision of change.” I vividly recall the Lu-

nar Landing on 20 July 1969—I viewed the

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