Farm that lost 20,000 quails will start over

The owners of a Vermont game farm who lost more than 20,000 quails and 30 pigs in a fire say they have enough insurance to get some new sows and start re-breeding quail.

In the meantime, brothers Rick and Bill Thompson of Cavendish Game in Springfield say they plan to buy and sell turkeys, guinea hens and pheasant.

The March 13 fire destroyed a 19th century barn at the game bird farm.


Early Monet painting gets rare showing at museum

An early Claude Monet painting that has been on public view only once is on display at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

Created in 1867 when Monet was 27, the painting shows Monet’s father reading a newspaper under a canopy of shade trees, near a sunlit, flowering garden. It remained in the artist’s family until 2004 and was on display just once, two years ago in Paris as part of a major retrospective exhibition of Monet’s work.

Susan Strickler, director of the Currier, says this is a rare opportunity for visitors to see the work of one of the greatest French Impressionists just as he began to emerge as an innovator.

The painting will return to its owner in July. No further public showings are scheduled.


Governor picks former majority leader for AG

Former state Sen. Joseph Foster, a lawyer from Nashua, is Gov. Maggie Hassan’s choice to become New Hampshire’s next attorney general.

Hassan announced her nomination Monday, saying Foster’s judgment and experience makes him the ideal candidate.

Foster, 53, currently leads the bankruptcy practice for the McLane Law Firm, one of the state’s largest firms. He served as a state senator from 2002 to 2008 and held the position of majority leader in 2007.


Crime lab chemist faces new drugs charges

A state crime lab chemist accused of stealing drug evidence faces new charges.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said 35-year-old Sonja Farak of Northampton was indicted Monday on four counts of theft of a controlled substance, four counts of tampering with evidence, and two counts of possession of a Class B substance.

Farak pleaded not guilty in January to two counts of evidence tampering and drug possession.

Prosecutors say in two cases, Farak mixed drug evidence with counterfeit drugs to hide her theft. In two others, the drugs were missing. Investigators say they found material believed to be cocaine at her work station and in her car. Farak’s case isn’t connected with that of Annie Dookhan, who’s accused of faking test results at a Boston lab.


Historical society database puts state museum online

The New Hampshire Historical Society has a new digitized database of 23,000 museum objects online.

The Concord Monitor reports each item has information about where it came from and how it was acquired.

For example, if you type in “football,” you will find a dark leather helmet made by the Draper-Maynard company in Plymouth between 1920 and 1940, and a sketch of the Civilian Conservation Corps tossing a pigskin from years ago. The collection represents just a fraction of the society’s entire physical offerings, which include thousands of objects, photos and manuscripts.

The project is part of a $10 million campaign to create a more detailed web presence featuring virtual museum galleries, guided tours and lesson plans.