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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: It’s Market Days Eve! GOP fundraiser lands big names

  • North Main Street, Concord during Market Days; Thursday, July 19, 2012.<br/><br/>(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor file)

    North Main Street, Concord during Market Days; Thursday, July 19, 2012.

    (Alexander Cohn/ Monitor file)

  • Kevin Deane of Concord (left), Evan Torkos of California (center) and Lee Roggenkamp of South Carolina enjoy some Greek food at Concord Market Days on Saturday July 21, 2012. (Courtesy photo)

    Kevin Deane of Concord (left), Evan Torkos of California (center) and Lee Roggenkamp of South Carolina enjoy some Greek food at Concord Market Days on Saturday July 21, 2012. (Courtesy photo)

  • North Main Street, Concord during Market Days; Thursday, July 19, 2012.<br/><br/>(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor file)
  • Kevin Deane of Concord (left), Evan Torkos of California (center) and Lee Roggenkamp of South Carolina enjoy some Greek food at Concord Market Days on Saturday July 21, 2012. (Courtesy photo)

It’s quite possibly my favorite weekend of the year here in Concord.

Ugh! I wish I could enjoy it again this year, but sadly, I’ll be out of town for a wedding.

But don’t feel too sorry for me – just promise to think of me while you’re having a blast at the city’s yearly block party (and be sure to follow these tips from Concord police Chief John Duval)!

Last year I had some old friends wait specifically for Market Days weekend to venture to the Granite State, and it didn’t disappoint.

It introduced the beer tent for the first time, there was a wing eating contest, the music was fantastic and the weather was as cooperative as I’ve ever seen it.

Our editorial board sure seemed to think the guys in charge did a great job.

This year, the Thursday-through-Sunday event will have 160 vendors and 35 live music performances (and a mechanical bull – so be sure to bring your leather pants and cowboy hat).

It will run from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.

As mentioned earlier, the music scene has always been a popular one at Market Days, and this year’s expanded slate should be no different.

Among the artists hitting the street, Pat and the Hats and George Belli and the Retroactivists.

You can check out the full schedule of events at Intown Concord’s website, and be sure to check back with the Monitor and ConcordMonitor.com for more coverage of the event.

In other news

∎ The New Hampshire GOP fundraiser has landed more than a few big out-of-state guests. But the appearances are sure to be mutually beneficial.

∎ 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough is expected to enter a guilty plea in the case of Elizabeth Marriott, who went missing from UNH last year.

∎ The Seabrook mother who is accused of forcing her young children to drink bleach is being held on $250,000 cash-only bail.

∎ The New Hampshire Department of Justice has ended its investigation into filmmaker James O’Keefe.

∎ Along with the temperatures, beach advisories have increased.

∎ The New Hampshire Department of Employment Security is increasing the number of job fairs in the Granite State.

∎ A new school in Unity won’t be available to open until at least October.

∎ Trying to remove a dying maple tree seems like a difficult task.

∎ Velcro Industries has opened up shop in Boston, but that isn’t likely to affect the N.H. offices.

∎ Those in Manchester trying to beat the heat in summer school were probably disappointed today.

∎ Yogi Bear seems to have ditched the pic-i-nic baskets and moved up the crime ladder here in the Granite State.

(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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