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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Spring is bear season, old Exeter Town Hall catches fire

In this photo provided by Ben Kilham orphaned black bears are seen inside an 8-acre forested enclosure, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Lyme, N.H. Ben Kilham is the state's only licensed bear rehabilitator. Typically he cares for three to five black bear cubs each winter. But when a bad year for feeding followed a good one for breeding, he ended up with 27 orphaned bears to to take care of for the winter. (AP Photo)

In this photo provided by Ben Kilham orphaned black bears are seen inside an 8-acre forested enclosure, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Lyme, N.H. Ben Kilham is the state's only licensed bear rehabilitator. Typically he cares for three to five black bear cubs each winter. But when a bad year for feeding followed a good one for breeding, he ended up with 27 orphaned bears to to take care of for the winter. (AP Photo)

I don’t mean to alarm you – or maybe I do – but the first bear has been sighted this season.

The bear was eating out of a bird feeder in a Merrimack backyard. What would you do if you encountered a bear?

Unsure? Don’t worry. New Hampshire Fish and Game has compiled an FAQ specifically for this situation.

Here’s just a taste:

If you get too close to a bear, it may slap the ground, huff, blow and chomp its teeth or rush you (this is referred to as “bluff charge”) in an attempt to get you to move a more comfortable distance away. If this occurs, maintain eye contact with the bear, speak in a soft, calm voice and slowly back away from the bear.

Funny, no where in there does it say to burst into tears and yell for my mother. Who knew?

But if you think lots of bear sightings means that there’s a ton of hungry bears out there, you’d be mistaken.

If you have chickens, bears might decide to dine at your establishment. One way to keep them out: Bacon grease on an electric fence.

Here’s to hoping my spring is bear-free.

In other news:

∎ A fire in the old Exeter Town Hall was reported this morning and estinguished less than an hour later.

∎ The Nashua Telegraph was sold to West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers. The Telegraph’s staff were informed the new owners would most likely be downsizing.

∎ A New Hampshire grandmother was charged with endangering her three-month-old grandson, for whom she is the legal guardian, after leaving him in an unlocked car while she went shopping.

 May 3 marks the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of the Old Man on the Mountain.

∎ A Dover mother spoke to middle schoolers about her son who died of a fatal drug overdose. She wrote a book about the experience from the viewpoint of the family dog.

∎ A Microspec Corp. (based in Peterborough) employee found that his company’s product helped him through surgery last month.

∎ Beaver Meadow Golf Course opens for the season tomorrow. If the sport isn’t your game, the bar and grill opens today.

∎ Chaz Bono spoke at Keene State University last night.

(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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