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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Famous Granite State products, An end to distracted driving?

Gov. Jeanne Shaheen smiles as she rides the "Segway" around in the Executive Council Chambers in Concord, N.H., Friday, Feb. 15, 2002. Shaheen signed a bill that makes riding Segway legal on state sidewalks. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Gov. Jeanne Shaheen smiles as she rides the "Segway" around in the Executive Council Chambers in Concord, N.H., Friday, Feb. 15, 2002. Shaheen signed a bill that makes riding Segway legal on state sidewalks. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

I was scrolling through the latest issue of New Hampshire Magazine, and found myself very intrigued by one its articles.

It was called “Famous Products Made in New Hampshire,” and it listed 25 companies and/or products that New Hampshire could claim as its own.

As a transplant to the state, I was super intrigued. Some products I knew, of course (Stonyfield yogurt, Timberland), and some I had no clue about (Velcro USA, Globe fire suits).

But it got me thinking about what else has come from the Granite State.

Of course another item from the list that took me by surprise was the Segway. (You can tell I’m a recent transplant because of my lack of knowledge.)

That stand-up scooter was invented by Bedford’s Dean Kamen. It’s now an icon in pop culture history, as well as an efficient transportation device.

Also, there was Earl Tupper's (of Berlin) Tupperware. Ah, Tupperware. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t use you. School lunches, trading cards, my current junk drawer. There’s always something new you’ll be able to do. Oh yeah, and it also keeps food fresher, longer.

There’s also the American globe. Another staple in my childhood. It was invented by New Hampshire-native James Wilson in 1810, (although it was manufactured in Albany, N.Y.)

And let’s not forget my personal favorite, the spork. 50 percent spoon, 50 percent fork. 100 percent awesome. George Laramy of New Hampshire, patented the first table utensil resembling the spork in 1907.

Is there something I missed? Let me know!

In other news

∎ Distracted driving was a major topic during the Legislative sessions yesterday. Currently texting and driving is the only form of distracted driving banned by state law. However police officials say even that is hard to enforce and prosecute.

∎ Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is already seeing some attack ads 10 months before the midterm elections.

∎ Have you heard of bitcoin? The digital currency can fetch plenty in the N.H. market.

∎ The Sarah Long Bridge connecting Maine and New Hampshire is expected to cause traffic delays during daytime hours as it is being repaired for the next six to eight weeks.

∎ A Texas columnist says N.H. congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia is someone to keep an eye on.

∎ Two men have been taken into custody after a Hampton Falls standoff yesterday.

∎ A group of snowmobilers take their job of maintaining the trails seriously.

∎ Some Ospreys were tracked from the Granite State all the way to the Amazon.

∎ The New Hampshire Northern Cyclones defeated Duxbury Youth Hockey in the quarterfinals of the 8-and-under boys bracket of the TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 tournament.

∎ And be sure to catch the Monitor’s coverage of the House session today. It has a packed agenda: The bills awaiting action would address issues including GMO labeling, decriminalizing marijuana, drug testing for medical workers and establishing Keno as a lottery game.

(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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