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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Summer camps in the Granite State, meet Miss New Hampshire

Virgil Prettyman established Camp Moosilauke for Boys in 1904 on Upper Baker Pond in Orford. Camp Moosilauke photo

Virgil Prettyman established Camp Moosilauke for Boys in 1904 on Upper Baker Pond in Orford. Camp Moosilauke photo

My experience with summer camps has been nothing but awesome. I went to the YMCA Camp Thunderbird outside of Charlotte, N.C., as a youngster until I was old enough to be a counselor – and then I joined the director’s staff for a summer. All-in-all I was there for 12 years.

After that I was forced to start my life in the real world, but I’m still always thinking about that place, especially during the summers.

The friendships I’ve made are life-long ones, and I still go back every St. Patrick’s Day to reconnect with the same crew.

I know not everyone has been so lucky to find a place like that, but New Hampshire definitely offers plenty of opportunities.

Brantwood Camp on the border of Peterborough and Greenfield has been running for 100 years. That’s a lot of memories! It's made an impression on at least one group: it just recieved a $750 donation from the Peterborough Rotary Club.

Copper Cannon Camp in Franconia Notch sits on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest and is free for children from low income families.

The Upper Valley also has a long history of summer camps that stretches early into the 20th century.

And that’s only a few of the many, many places across the state.

It’s easy to take advantage of the wonderful Granite State summers, so as a proponent of summer camps everywhere, I hope every gets to enjoy the experience (and it definitely is an experience) at least once.

In other news

 Samantha Russo is preparing to take on the rest of the nation for the title of Miss America next month on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

∎ New Hampshire residents are feeling more secure about their financial situations.

∎ U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster announced a $250,000 federal grant to help process DNA samples more quickly for the state police.

∎ According to a report, if Medicaid expands in the Granite State, state hospitals stand to lose big.

∎ There’s been an unusually high rate of turnover of college leadership positions in New Hampshire.

∎ A man who N.H. police have been looking for about 2 years was arrested in Maine.

 Several cars participating in a Salem car show were keyed over the weekend.

∎ A date night in 2007 has led one Hollis couple to sell more that 100,000 jars of “Red Gravy.”

 Everybody loves a ukulele.

(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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