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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Tourism season kicks off, Miller’s spelling run ends

FILE - In this Sunday, May 23, 2010 file photo, Jude Stohl leads Leigha Cicchetto, and his son Ethan Stohl on a ride through Jericho Park's trail system in Berlin, N.H. In New Hampshire, a new interconnected all-terrain vehicle trail system dubbed "Ride the Wilds" will officially open June 15, 2013 capping years of work by more than a dozen off-road vehicle clubs who worked with state agencies and local communities to link 1,000 miles of trails across Coos County. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, May 23, 2010 file photo, Jude Stohl leads Leigha Cicchetto, and his son Ethan Stohl on a ride through Jericho Park's trail system in Berlin, N.H. In New Hampshire, a new interconnected all-terrain vehicle trail system dubbed "Ride the Wilds" will officially open June 15, 2013 capping years of work by more than a dozen off-road vehicle clubs who worked with state agencies and local communities to link 1,000 miles of trails across Coos County. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Memorial Day weekend has passed, which means it’s the unofficial kick off for summer and tourism season here in the Granite State and New England in general. More than 500,000 people were expected to visit New Hampshire during the long weekend.

It’s been a strong start to the season, and local businesses are hoping the customers keep coming.

Discover New England, a marketing cooperative funded by the six New England states, is trying to boost the international visitors as well.

If you think the beaches are the best part of the season, other businesses implore you to look more inland.

But if you do decide to hit a hiking trail or two, remember to bring the essentials.

If you’re more of a scenic crowd, there’s plenty to do by taking a road trip, too, if that’s what you prefer. But don’t forget about the mountain region if you take to the open road.

Sugar Hill is located in a corner of the White Mountains, but Yankee magazine says it is the must-see location in Northern New England during June.

I didn’t mention anything that stikes your fancy? There’s still plenty more to see and do in the Granite State.

In other news

 Concord’s Hannah Miller was not among a list of 42 spellers who survived a fourth round (a computer test) in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

∎ Obama’s health care overhaul is in hot water in New Hampshire.

 Sweet-filled school parties are going to be limited to one per month in Manchester.

∎ The Special Olympics flame came through Concord on its way to the Special Olympics Summer Games at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

∎ Sharon Day, the co-chair of the Republican National Committee, will speak next month in New Hampshire on gender politics.

 State jobless rates seem to be improving after the New Hampshire Employment Security released its April unemployment rates last week.

∎ Laconia Harley-Davidson and New Hampshire Motor Speedway are shooting for a Guiness world record next month.

∎ There has been an increasing number of river herring in the Granite State since 2000.

∎ Lori Collins has been selected as Hampstead Middle School’s new assistant principal.

∎ Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts homered twice for the Portland Sea Dogs to doom the Fisher Cats.

(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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