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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Spring officially kicks off, Kuster confident in other freshmen

Annie Kuster hugs a supporter on her way to file paperwork with the Secretary of State to appear on the ballot in her run for U.S. Congress; Thursday, June 7, 2012. Kuster faced Republican incumbent Charlie Bass.

(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor staff)

Annie Kuster hugs a supporter on her way to file paperwork with the Secretary of State to appear on the ballot in her run for U.S. Congress; Thursday, June 7, 2012. Kuster faced Republican incumbent Charlie Bass. (Alexander Cohn/ Monitor staff)

It’s officially “Spring in New Hampshire.”

That poem has been one of my favorites since I did a research project on the Harlem Renaissance when I was in eighth grade. It was written by Claude McKay, a Jamaican immigrant who was an influential voice for poets of the time, including Langston Hughes. It isn’t his most famous poem, but it always stood out to me.

Luckily, today is actually the first day of spring (not that you’d know it by looking outside), and so kicks off the Granite State’s spring activities.

There’s always maple season, which I recently saw hilariously described as “Maple Madness.” VisitNH.gov has compiled a list of areas you might want to hit if you look forward to it every year.

NH.com is also looking out for residents and visitors alike, compiling a list of activities and maps to take advantage of during the spring season including hikes, maps of covered bridges, recipes and, yes, maple season, too.

The state must be hoping the weather turns quickly, as the snow plowing and salt budget is already running short.

Spring is my favorite season. The snow melts and patios begin to open, baseball comes back, March Madness is afoot, and there's a birthday to celebrate almost everyday (including a special one today!). So here's to a happy season for everybody!

In other news:

∎ Rep. Annie Kuster has high hopes for other freshman in Congress.

∎ Two main proponents of this year’s casino bill, Sens. Lou D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, and Chuck Morse, a Salem Republican, sat down with the Nashua Telegraphs editorial board this morning.

∎ The police are looking for an armed suspect after a Keene shoe store was robbed last night.

∎ If you use the Merrimack tolls between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., you are about to be put on the honor system beginning Friday.

∎ A Nashua teacher is helping visually impaired seventh-grader Juliet Drobysh learn about Braille.

∎ A study by the Americans for the Arts Society reveals the importance of art and culture for New Hampshire’s economy.

 Getting towed in Manchester could get pricier.

∎ The UNH mens’ soccer team announced it will be holding four camps during its offseason.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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