N.H. News Roundup: Miss New Hampshire falls short, grants awarded to prevent substance abuse
This Sept. 10, 2013 photo released by the Miss America Organization shows Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo participating in the talent competition during first night of preliminaries for the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. Russo won by singing a Barbra Streisand song from the musical "Funny Girl." A tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks will open the second night of preliminary competition on Wednesday night and a new Miss America will be crowned on Sunday. (AP Photo/Miss America Organization)
Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo dances while walking with other contestants during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo, left, and Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick pose for photographers after winning the first night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Russo won the talent competition while Rick won the swimsuit competition. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
A New Miss America was named over the weekend.
However, our very own Miss New Hampshire, Samantha Russo, wasn’t crowned. She had a fast start, however, winning the talent competiton on the first night of events.
The 23-year-old Nashua native was just proud to compete, and I think she has a lot to be proud of.
It was pretty cool however, that the very first Indian-American winner was crowned. Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, beat out the 52 other contestants to win.
In other news
∎ New Hampshire groups got several grants to battle substance abuse.
∎ Federal records put 23 of New Hampshire’s 2,493 bridges in “fracture critical” and “structurally deficient” categories.
∎ Advocates want the Granite State join 46 other states in offering tax incentives to lure filmmakers.
∎ UNH has opened its school of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.
∎ New Hampshire’s ethics laws are among the most permissive in the nation according to the Nashua Telegraph.
∎ Some Manchester Celtic Festival goers got their heads shaved for a good cause over the weekend.
∎ Teams from Maine and New Hampshire teamed up to save an injured hiker.
∎ A Charlestown board is reviewing a proposal that would put new store on the historic site and save the Stephen Hasham House.
∎ There’s been a decreasing number of loons hatched this year.
∎ Longtime Connecticut utilities executive Bill Quinlan will take over for Gary Long at PSNH.
∎ The Great New Hampshire Pie Festival at the New Hampshire Farm Museum is Sunday. Yum.
∎ Brett Wilson won the Mid-Amateur Championship golf tournament at Cocheco Country Club in Dover.
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