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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Charity in the Granite State; the mom’s right to breast-feed?

Roy Roy of Boscawen stacks food items in the Immaculate Conception Church in Penacook on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Janet Perusse, who manages the church's food pantry, said the church serves approximately 200 people.

(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

Roy Roy of Boscawen stacks food items in the Immaculate Conception Church in Penacook on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Janet Perusse, who manages the church's food pantry, said the church serves approximately 200 people. (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

I’ve been under the weather a bit since the end of the weekend, so I’m about at that point where I’m getting bummed out about it. So that’s why today I wanted to cheer myself up, and read about some of the recent charitable events here in the Granite State.

It seems that every weekend there’s something going on, and I love that. A 5K, the Special Olympics, collections for folks, etc.

Recently, Kerin Fiore of Bartlett decided she wanted to do an some kind of Ironman competition after taking up running and swimming. As soon as the Make-A-Wish New Hampshire foundation came calling, Fiore knew which event she’d participate in.

Fiore raised $2,400 for the foundation and finished the event at Ellacoya Beach in Gilford yesterday in 5 hours, 55 minutes, 38 seconds.

70 total folks donated their time and energy and Make-A-Wish said a total of $92,000 was raised. Incredible.

The Nottingham Farmers Market also did its part for charity yesterday as it hosted the vegetable mandala. Visitors brought and bought local produce and artistically arranged the donations to create a large-scale design. Creative and thoughtful!

And in another of many, many example of what charity means in the Granite State, the New Hampshire Troopers Association raised $15,000 for Boston Marathon bombing victims through T-shirt sales.

There’s nothing that’s considered too small when it comes to charity, and I think N.H. really gets that.

In other news

∎ One N.H. mother is fighting for the right to breast-feed during work hours, not just to pump milk.

∎ A video from the BearCat discussion at the latest Concord City Council meeting has gone viral.

∎ Where will the N.H. GOP be headed in the future?

∎ People who were infected with hepatitis C are still looking for accountability.

∎ Former N.H. Bob Smith could be making a run for Senate in 2014.

∎ Americans for Prosperity has scheduled rallies against the Affordable Care Act today in Laconia, Thursday in New Castle and Saturday in Hollis.

∎ An Andover man and an 8-year-old girl were injured on Lake Winnipesaukee when a jet ski exploded.

∎ A 600-acre development in Londonderry is nearing approval.

∎ Chester Nez, the last of the 29 Navajo Code Talkers in World War II, spoke in Portsmouth yesterday.

∎ Have you seen any of these huts while hiking in the White Mountains?

∎ You could be seeing this endangered blue butterfly make a comeback 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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