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    No Jobs? – Myths of the North Country

    A common refrain that I hear from people in other parts of the state is that there are no jobs in the North Country.  A common refrain I hear from employers up here is that there are not enough workers in the North Country to fill all the jobs.  There are those who seem to think that there is nothing up here except mountains and some businesses that cater to tourists.  There are also people who are slightly more informed about the area, but believe that ever since the big mills up here closed, there haven’t been any new jobs or businesses.  Those ideas are completely wrong.  It is true…

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    Myths of the North Country – Life Does Exist North of the Notches

    Littleton is a town that sits “North of the Notches”. The Notches refers to Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch and Pinkham Notch, the mountain passes that contain the main thoroughfares between the North Country and the rest of New Hampshire. There are a lot of misperceptions about life North of the Notches and to hear many New Hampshirites talk about it, you wouldn’t think anyone would ever choose to live this far north. There is this kind of myth in New Hampshire that northern New Hampshire is this frozen wasteland with bad schools and no money or jobs, that is completely cut off from civilization.  There is a belief that everyone…