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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Documentaries and the Granite State, 2016 primary catch-up

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 picture shows copies of J.D. Salinger's classic novel "The Catcher in the Rye" as well as his volume of short stories called "Nine Stories" at the Orange Public Library in Orange Village, Ohio. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, died Wednesday at the age of  91. At left is a 1951 photo of the author. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 picture shows copies of J.D. Salinger's classic novel "The Catcher in the Rye" as well as his volume of short stories called "Nine Stories" at the Orange Public Library in Orange Village, Ohio. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, died Wednesday at the age of 91. At left is a 1951 photo of the author. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Documentaries aren’t new to New Hampshire. In fact, when I think “documentary” the first name that pops in my head is N.H. native Ken Burns. His Baseball series is my all-time favorite.

But there’s more documentarians out there, too. Some have been making the news recently.

The first is a father/son duo have a love for history and, more specifically, the Gettysburg and other Civil War battlefields. Jim and Sean Conant traveled to all five places that held original copies of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and film their trip for a documentary titled, The Gettysburg Address. The duo is expecting to finish the film in October for a November release.

Next is a N.H. native who originally filmed a 20-minute short film detailing the comedy scene in Manchester. Lisa Romagnoli followed “Wicked Funny” up with a full-length sequel titled, Wicked Funny 2, which debuted at Red River Theatres last month. Catch the trailer for the film here.

The next two are actually documentaries about Granite Staters.

The first, Thunder Road, aims to follow N.H. native and solider Nick Carbonell and his experience in Iraq. However, the filmmakers still need to raise $750,000 to bring the project to life.

And finally, one of the most famous Granite Staters, J.D. Salinger, gets the documentary treatment, but details around, “Salinger,” are just as secretive as the novelist was. The film is just a couple weeks away from its targeted release date.

In other news

∎ In 2016 news, Iowa Rep. Steve King tweeted a photo of himself in Dixville Notch. Also, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has passed on an invitation to speak at a dinner hosted by Cornerstone Policy Research and Cornerstone-Action, who then invited Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

∎ Portsmouth International Airport at Pease will offer nonstop service to Orlando through Allegiant Airlines, beginning Oct. 25.

∎ Vice President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser for N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan in York, Maine.

∎ If the Northern Pass project is approved, it says it will create a $7.5 million fund for a job-creation effort in Coos County.

∎ The first batch of mosquitoes this year has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

∎ A World War II B-17 bomber is being displayed in the Manchester airport.

∎ A player for the Claremont Cardinals baseball team died in a traffic accident hours after being named MVP of a tournament.

∎ Check out this crisp graphic about the amount of drugs seized in Manchester during the past 5 years.

∎ A Hooksett woman was arrested for calling 911 and asking for a pen.

∎ A record 239 motorcycles participated in the 11th annual Brenda’s Ride with Friends on Saturday.

∎ Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole hosted its first annual pulled pork contest earlier this month.

(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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