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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: MHT needs to soar, Hollis Brookline High closed

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., second from left, shakes hands with officer Adam Dyer at Manchester-Boston Airport in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., second from left, shakes hands with officer Adam Dyer at Manchester-Boston Airport in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

It’s been a few weeks since it was announced that Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) would be adding more flights.

I personally couldn’t be more thrilled. First, because two of the new flights are to Charlotte, where I spent my summers growing up and visit frequently. But also because it means there could be even more new flights coming soon.

I prefer MHT to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) any day of the week. It’s obviously more convenient to get there from Concord, the lines are less crowded, and people have usually been friendlier. Prices do, however, seem to be a toss-up.

I’d also love to have the added flexibility of more flights as a traveler, but there’s more on the line for the Granite State than easier flying. Economically, more flights make the airport increasingly competitive in New England, and that can only mean good things for the state.

MHT is seeing more competition, though. For the first time since 2011, Worcester (Mass.) Regional Airport is getting commercial flights.

As a traveler in New Hampshire, more flights are No. 1 on my wish list – followed closely by bus service to MHT.

Plus, if MHT is cool enough for President Obama to fly through (pictured above), why shouldn't everybody else want to?

In other news:

∎ Hollis Brookline High School was closed this morning after an unrecognized odor was reported in the school.

∎ Divers will take their turn inspecting the Sarah Long Bridge today.

∎ Does the state’s House budget rely on tobacco money to balance?

∎ Have you been on the Weeks Act Legacy Trail? Take a driving tour of the White Mountain National Forest.

∎ There’s several job openings for New Hampshire state parks.

∎ Are you bummed that it appears the ski season could be on its last legs? Well, there’s always next year.

∎ UNH hockey sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was named to the 2012-13 New England Men’s Division I All-Stars.

(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.)

$462 Manchester to NYC...$183 Boston to NYC...more work needed.

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