N.H. News Roundup: Laconia Bike Week revving up, Ayotte to back immigration overhaul
In this photo taken Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Laconia, N.H. venders set up at Weirs Beach getting ready for the thousands of motorcyclists who will visit the area for "Bike Week" starting this weekend. The 90th year of the annual event has mellowed from the riots, raunch and public drinking of decades past to a family affair. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Happy dreary Tuesday everybody!
There’s definitely one event in the state that has to hope the rain clears soon. We’re smackdab in the middle of Laconia Motorcycle Week, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and close to 75 other state leaders helped kick off the event on Thursday, which officially started on Saturday and goes through Sunday.
Bike Week, which used to be known for hundreds of potential arrests in one night (and a lot of accidents), has mellowed in recent years, but it still draws a huge crowd.
Last year, the event brought in close to $100 million.
Something you should have circled on your calendar for tonight: The Tattoo Contest & Hot Legs Contest at Lobster Pound’s Bud Light Platinum build-off tent.
In other news
∎ More rain (and potential flooding) is coming to the Granite State.
∎ A Connecticut gun manufacturer could be considering relocating to New Hampshire.
∎ Cumberland Farms announced yesterday that it will convert 35 percent of its part-time employees to full-time status.
∎ Pelham officials are looking for a unique name for the short road located behind the former fire station.
∎ The police say a man who was shot to death in Manchester on Sunday had kicked in an apartment door and rushed at the occupant.
∎ The New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists and the Exeter Camera Club of Exeter, England, have teamed up for an exibit at the N.H. State Library.
∎ If you’re interested in the Civil War and find yourself in Conway tonight, Bill Marvel, well known local and Civil War historian, will speak on New Hampshire in the Civil War.
∎ A N.H. man who was arrested in Massachusetts for trying to videotape an auction has been paid $5,000 by the town as part of a settlement agreement.
∎ UNH’s newest hockey commitment has come from defenseman Nick Nonis, who is expected to join the team in 2015 or 2016.
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