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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Tourists making way to Granite State, Gas prices decreasing

People are seen at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, N.H., Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Good weather is expected for the Memorial Day weekend, the start of the state's summer tourism season. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

People are seen at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, N.H., Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Good weather is expected for the Memorial Day weekend, the start of the state's summer tourism season. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Since I moved to town a couple years ago, I’ve heard one thing over and over again about New Hampshire summers:

“The summers here make the winters almost worth it.”

Well, I don’t know if this past winter counts as usual. And if the rain doesn’t stop soon, I might have to put my personal kibosh the statement entirely! (Please stop soon rain, I really do enjoy my summers here.)

But Granite Staters aren’t the only one’s who love to brag about the summer up here. Plenty of folks have to feel the same way since tourism is the state’s second-largest industry. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was at the Common Man in Portsmouth to make sure others were aware of it, too.

Tourism is expected to bring 13.6 million out-of-state visitors this summer who are expected spend about $1.9 billion here.

Some of the heaviest marketing efforts to bring outsiders up during the season are in Boston (not surprisingly), Philadelphia and New York City. Canada is heavily targeted as well.

It’s going to be a busy week, as the Fourth of July is consistently New Hampshire’s most popular holiday for tourism, and $128 million is expected to be spent here this weekend alone.

For the record, the rain is supposed to head out of town as our new friends come in.

In other news

∎ The average gas prices in the Granite State have dropped to $3.44 per gallon.

 New Hampshire has its own specialized fire fighting team that is ready to help with the wildfires out west if called.

∎ The opening date for the bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is expected to be in a few weeks.

∎ Concord isn’t the only place in the Granite State that has aspirations to redesign its downtown.

∎ The supermarkets’ battles are benefitting the customers.

∎ 24 N.H. businesses filed for debt-related bankruptcy in June.

∎ Tesla was a big winner after New Hampshire passed legislation last week that strengthens local dealerships against automakers.

∎ The Granite State got a B rating for attractiveness to manufacturers.

∎ Be on the lookout for some local bands at New Boston’s 82nd annual Fourth of July celebration.

∎ UNH defenseman Brett Pesce was the first college (and 66th overall) player selected during the NHL Draft over the weekend, going to the Carolina Hurricane in the third round.

(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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