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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: N.H.’s best school mascot; ‘Schindler’s List’ documents sold

The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Hillsboro-Deering 41-34 on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

The Mascenic girls basketball team defeated Hillsboro-Deering 41-34 on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Mascots are great. A good mascot name and you’re set. A bad one and you become the laughing stock of the league.

In high school (in Dublin, Ohio) we were the Celtics (pronounced Kel-ticks – nobody ever got it right). I personally loved it. It represented a battle driven people related to the name of our town. Not everyone felt that way, though. It was really hard to get over that pronunciation.

Lately, USA Today has reached out and tried to find the best high school mascot names in each state across the United States. So naturally, it was the Granite State’s turn.

Five schools were nominated: the Colebrook Academy Mohawks, the Franklin Tornadoes, the Hillsboro-Deering Hillcats, the Manchester Central Little Green and the Newmarket Mules.

The Hillcats actually ran away from the pack in voting, but I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with most of them. Personally (with no background knowledge), I think they’re all creative, but the Tornadoes just doesn’t strike my fancy – all this way away from Tornado Alley in the Midwest.

One columnist disagrees with the way things went down, however.

There were only five schools to choose from though. Do you think your school’s mascot is better? Let me know!

But while we’re bringing up mascots, it might be a good time to mention high school football is just around the corner!

In other news

∎ A couple of documents linked to Oskar Schindler – of Schindler’s List fame – were sold at auction in the Granite State for $122,000.

∎ Nashua has begun installing 16 new solar-powered electronic parking payment stations downtown.

∎ The extradition to New Hampshire of James Robarge, who is charged with reckless second-degree murder in the death of his wife, was approved by Vermont’s governor.

∎ Six Stop & Shop grocery stores and three gas stations in New Hampshire will close for good tomorrow.

∎ Hendrick Motorsports was at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to test ahead of next month’s race.

∎ The Monadnock Half Marathon celebrated its third year and saw its first repeat winner.

∎ The New Hampshire Fisher Cats found an interesting way to lose a game Tuesday night.

∎ Welcome to the Hanover Inn.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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