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N.H. News Roundup: It's maple season, why 1763 was important to the Granite State

(Photo credit: Twitter, @VisitNH)

(Photo credit: Twitter, @VisitNH)

Happy Monday everybody!

The days have been sunny and warm(er), but the nights are still cold. That can only mean one thing – it’s maple season!

As my second winter in New Hampshire draws to an end, I’ll admit that I had no idea how big a deal maple season is around here. I’m not much for sweets, and I really had no clue about anything maple to tell you the truth – until my Twitter feed started blowing up about two weeks ago with excited Granite Staters counting down the minutes until the trees were ready to tap.

I never would have guessed syrup would be such a hot tourism draw, but I get it. I’m always excited to see how things are made, and a great outdoorsy scene can only help.

The process has been occurring for centuries, but it looks like there’s still room for innovation and fresh ideas.

Some places are already boiling sap (like Folsom’s Sugar House pictured above from Twitter), and more than a hundred places are gearing up for the 18th annual New Hampshire Weekend on March 23 and 24.

For a list of sugar houses close to you (and some maybe not so close if that’s your preference) check out the N.H. Maple Producers website.

If maple season is just a front for you to do for some sweet cooking, enter to win a two-night vacation by sharing your favorite maple recipe in NH.com’s contest.

In other news:

∎ 1763 was a special year for New Hampshire.

∎ The Winni Dip at Lake Winnipesaukee raised more than $60,000 for the N.H. Special Olympics.

∎ A former postal carrier who allowed children to play in his truck pleaded guilty on a single misdemeanor of simple assault.

∎ There are two regional hearings tonight on the state budget – one in Whitefield and one in Nashua.

∎ Looking for an usual place to stay? Here’s five in the Granite State.

∎ Plymouth State University and the N.H. Preservation Alliance are hosting the Historic Preservation Conference on March 22.

∎ 200 customers waited for the doors to open at a new Rochester pet shop.

∎ Is your child great at telling stories? The NHPTV-PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is open until March 25.

(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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