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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: It’s Memorial Day weekend, next steps for N.H. casino?

Marine Corps veteran Chase Thomas from Beaver Falls helps put flags on veterans graves. Veterans from Beaver Falls American Legion Post 261 and other volunteers made their annual trek to Grandview Cemetery in Big Beaver to place American flags on the graves of veterans in honor of Veterans Day.  Thomas served two tours in Iraq from 2004-2008. (AP Photo/Beaver County Times, Lucy Schaly)

Marine Corps veteran Chase Thomas from Beaver Falls helps put flags on veterans graves. Veterans from Beaver Falls American Legion Post 261 and other volunteers made their annual trek to Grandview Cemetery in Big Beaver to place American flags on the graves of veterans in honor of Veterans Day. Thomas served two tours in Iraq from 2004-2008. (AP Photo/Beaver County Times, Lucy Schaly)

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend, “the official start of summer” – seriously.

The weather might not be cooperating, but tourism is expected to boom this weekend with nearly half a million folks estimated to venture into the Granite State. $88 million is expected to spent by the out-of-towners.

If you’re from out of town – or staying in town and looking for something to do – check out these events happening over the weekend.

Try to stay dry, however, because four inches of rain are expected to fall between yesterday and Sunday over certain areas of the state.

And if your plan is to venture up north, you might even see some snow.

If you’d like to put the boat in the water at Newfound lake soon, this is the weekend. Officials are closing the Newfound Lake boat access ramp at Wellington State Park after the weekend for repairs.

The weather is a specifically a bummer for me since I love to plant myself in front of a grill during the long weekend. At least one other Granite Stater has BBQ on the mind this weekend (and more specifically next month), too.

Just remember, whatever you decide to do, to be safe and responsible. The police will be out in droves and there’s going to be DWI patrols as well.

And don't forget to honor the soldiers in your life!

In other news

∎ If you’ve been living under a rock this week, you might not know the N.H. House killed the Senate-endorsed casino bill on Wednesday. Some Salem residents were pretty disappointed. The relationship between the branches of the Legistature could also become more strenuous. However, this might not be the last we hear of a casino in the Granite State.

∎ Before Sunday’s game, the Boston Red Sox will announce their 35 recipients of the 2013 New Hampshire Red Sox Scholarship program.

∎ New Hampshire home sales continued to rise in April. 1,073 homes were sold in the state, which was up 9.2 percent from the 983 in April 2012.

∎ The trees in White Mountain National Forest are among the last to leaf-out.

∎ Republican Joe Osgood and Democrat Larry Converse are vying for Claremont Ward II’s vacated N.H. House seat.

∎ A UNH mathematician has found himself to be a minor celebrity in his field after Annals of Mathematics accepted his paper.

∎ State Fish and Game officials say a woman who shot a bear in her neighbor’s yard acted appropriately.

∎ The New Hampshire Rivals won the girls’ New Hampshire eighth-grade AAU Division 1 basketball tournament.

∎ A little boy from Epping saved his money to buy a calf. It promptly hopped his family’s fence.

∎ The Granite State will be the new home of Ottawa’s Hometown Diner as of next week.

(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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