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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Happy Independence Day! Flooding – a N.H. state of emergency

  • A fireworks display is seen from the golf course as it lights up the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., July 28, 2002, to celebrate it's 100th anniversary. In the last few years, grand hotels appear to reversed what seemed to be a slow slide out of existence. (AP file photo)

    A fireworks display is seen from the golf course as it lights up the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., July 28, 2002, to celebrate it's 100th anniversary. In the last few years, grand hotels appear to reversed what seemed to be a slow slide out of existence. (AP file photo)

  • Fourth of July fireworks are set off on Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. (AP file photo)

    Fourth of July fireworks are set off on Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. (AP file photo)

  • A fireworks display is seen from the golf course as it lights up the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., July 28, 2002, to celebrate it's 100th anniversary. In the last few years, grand hotels appear to reversed what seemed to be a slow slide out of existence. (AP file photo)
  • Fourth of July fireworks are set off on Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. (AP file photo)

It’s July 4th weekend! (I know it’s only Wednesday, but I’m heading out of town for the holiday – so weekend it is!)

Independence Day – the day the United States officially became its own country. It’s also the day Americans head to the store and pick up some brewskis.

The Union Leader reported today that “according to the American Beer Institute, during the days surrounding July 4 last year, $1.36 billion worth of beer was sold in America, and in 2012, the average Granite Stater consumed 44 gallons of beer, good for the second-highest rate in the country.”

Glad to know I helped.

But you know what is also in full swing during the Fourth? The police’s presence. Alcohol doesn’t mix well with driving and boating, and the police are going to do their best to make sure the two don’t mix at all.

Also special for the holiday is (of course) fireworks. Legal in the Granite State, amateur fireworks retailers say Massachusetts is missing out because of the state’s ban.

But there’s definitely a reason some states ban amateur fireworks. They can be dangerous. A N.H. family has agreed to do safety videos after an accident last year ignited a residential deck and left them severely burned.

In an effort to boost safety, the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office and the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs held a consumer fireworks safety demonstration for members of the media in Concord yesterday.

However, the event was abruptly stopped after heavy rain caused one of the explosives to malfunction.

So before you shoot fireworks, check the local guidelines and ordinances (and remember, alcohol probably doesn’t mix too well with fireworks, either).

And if you’re still looking for a place to catch the best fireworks, maybe one of these locations works for you.

So have fun, stay safe and I’ll catch everybody next week!

In other news

 Gov. Hassan has declared a state of emergency after heavy flooding in some areas of the state this week. There’s another flash flood watch in effect tonight.

∎ The Granite State has been in the front of the line recently when it comes to change in the United States.

∎ 2016 alert: Former Florida Congressman Allen West is coming to New Hampshire to speak with Republicans in Nashua.

∎ Forclosures in the Granite State are still on the decline.

 Southern New Hampshire University will host an August forum for business owners who want to learn more about the wide-ranging effects of the federal Affordable Care Act.

∎ A Massachusetts woman is dead after she was swept up by the Swift River.

∎ A man who shoplifted goods like audiobooks and Legos in New Hampshire and surrounding states and sold them online has been arrested.

∎ Massachusetts’s new cigarette tax (an additional $1) could boost tobacco business in the Granite State.

 New Hampshire’s Shana Stack Band won Country Band of the Year and Fan’s Choice awards at the 2nd Annual Independent Country Music Association Awards.

∎ There’s plenty of great places to get "lost" 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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