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N.H. News Roundup: Easter weekend looks bright, UNH takes on Denver

A chocolate bunny nest is seen in this photo taken Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 in Concord, N.H. A blend of crunchy cereals and noodles with a blend of chocolate, marshmallow and peanut butter is used to create edible "nests" to store chocolate eggs and jelly beans.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A chocolate bunny nest is seen in this photo taken Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 in Concord, N.H. A blend of crunchy cereals and noodles with a blend of chocolate, marshmallow and peanut butter is used to create edible "nests" to store chocolate eggs and jelly beans. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Easter weekend is upon us, and I know for me at least, it always brings up good memories.

Every year before Mass on Easter Sunday, my three brothers and I would always scour the yard for eggs strategically placed by my mother the night before. As we got older and stayed out later, we were instructed to ignore any brightly colored plastic, but I’m sure I speak for the rest of the crew when I say I documented the exact locations of each prematurely found egg for the morning rush. Our eggs were ours to keep, assuming our bullish black Lab, Moose, didn’t find them first.

We also used to dye our eggs as a family in the weeks leading up. Then we’d eat the hard-boiled eggs during Easter brunch (and some later salads if we got dye-crazy).

To this day, my wonderful mother still sends me (and now my fiance too) an Easter basket. This year we each got a Snickers and a Crunch egg, some jelly beans, a chocolate bunny and decorations for our mantle. So in case I don’t say it enough, THANKS MOM!

Don’t be fooled if you think our household is hogging all the Easter fun, though – there’s plenty of Easter to go around this weekend here in the Granite State, too!

∎ There’s an Easter egg hunt to be had almost everywhere.

∎ If you’re into high-fashion eggs, check out these by Susie Choate.

∎ If you’re celebrating on the Seacoast, be on the lookout for a helicopter dropping eggs.

∎ Tired of the store-bought goodies, or just looking for another challenge in the kitchen? Try these DIY Easter treats.

 The weather looks like it’s going to cooperate, so have some fun outside if you get the chance!

In other news:

 UNH hockey plays Denver in the first round of the NCAA tournament tonight at 8 in Manchester.

∎ You’ve heard of solar power. What about solar salamanders?

 Sen. Kelly Ayotte spoke against a proposed internet sales tax.

∎ Was the ban on dodgeball at Windham schools directed at the boys?

∎ Brian Pearson, the former owner of Bella Sol restaurant in Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

∎ Mark Green, an assistant professor at Plymouth State University, was the lead author of a studt that suggests more productive forests might retain considerably less water.

∎ The Kimball Jenkins School of Art is looking for a number of committee members to help with the Paint the Town event scheduled for September.

(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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