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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: A wild lupine festival, UNH bomb threat called hoax

  • Dennis Simmons, Chrissy Simmons, and their daughters Jael, 5, and Addie, 3, of Plymouth, sit among Lupines and other flowers in the field across from Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill on Wednesday afternoon, June 6, 2013. The family, who recently moved to Plymouth, visited the area to see the flowers and have a picnic to celebrate Jael's birthday. Lupines are in bloom for the 20th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival which began June 1 and is running until June 15, 2013 throughout Franconia, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton, Easton, and Lisbon.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Dennis Simmons, Chrissy Simmons, and their daughters Jael, 5, and Addie, 3, of Plymouth, sit among Lupines and other flowers in the field across from Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill on Wednesday afternoon, June 6, 2013. The family, who recently moved to Plymouth, visited the area to see the flowers and have a picnic to celebrate Jael's birthday. Lupines are in bloom for the 20th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival which began June 1 and is running until June 15, 2013 throughout Franconia, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton, Easton, and Lisbon.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Heather Lord, of Bow, works on an oil painting in a field of lupine flowers along Sugar Hill Road in Sugar Hill on Friday, June 11, 2010.  Lord is part of the NHPleinAir artist collective.  "I was up here last year at the beginning of June, and now in the middle of June there are so many more lupines," said Lord.<br/><br/>Katie Barnes/ Monitor file

    Heather Lord, of Bow, works on an oil painting in a field of lupine flowers along Sugar Hill Road in Sugar Hill on Friday, June 11, 2010. Lord is part of the NHPleinAir artist collective. "I was up here last year at the beginning of June, and now in the middle of June there are so many more lupines," said Lord.

    Katie Barnes/ Monitor file

  • Dennis Simmons, Chrissy Simmons, and their daughters Jael, 5, and Addie, 3, of Plymouth, sit among Lupines and other flowers in the field across from Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill on Wednesday afternoon, June 6, 2013. The family, who recently moved to Plymouth, visited the area to see the flowers and have a picnic to celebrate Jael's birthday. Lupines are in bloom for the 20th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival which began June 1 and is running until June 15, 2013 throughout Franconia, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton, Easton, and Lisbon.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Heather Lord, of Bow, works on an oil painting in a field of lupine flowers along Sugar Hill Road in Sugar Hill on Friday, June 11, 2010.  Lord is part of the NHPleinAir artist collective.  "I was up here last year at the beginning of June, and now in the middle of June there are so many more lupines," said Lord.<br/><br/>Katie Barnes/ Monitor file

Maybe I should study up on my plants a little bit. Because I had no idea what a lupine was until late last week.

I’m sorry that was the case because the wild flower is beautiful (I’m going to blame it on the fact that Missouri – where I went to college – is one of only three states where the lupine doesn’t grow). It’s so beautiful, in fact, there’s actually a two-week festival every year up north to celebrate them. At least there has been for the last 20 years anyway.

Photographers – amatuer and pro – flock to the North Country during the Fields of Lupine Festival to snap a shot. The festival’s Facebook page is filled with fantastic shots. In case you didn’t click the link earlier in the post, here’s a few from Monitor photographer John Tully.

The festival also holds other events. For example, there was the Grandma’s Attic Sale by The Willing Workers of Sugar Hill or you could have bought some of the “world’s greatest" cheddar cheese from Herman’s during the Lupine Festival Open Air Market over the weekend.

Other sites to offer associated programs have been the Sugar Hill Historical Museum, New England Ski Museum, Franconia Heritage Museum, Iron Mine Furnace, Robert Frost Home and the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway.

If you’re wondering where else you might be able to spot a lupine in the Granite State, the USDA has a map for that.

For more information about upcoming events and more from the festival, check out the Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce’s website or the Fields of Lupine Festival website.

In other news

∎ The non-specific UNH bomb threat yesterday was determined by the police to be a hoax. Princeton University also recieved a bomb threat.

∎ Planned Parenthood is one organization that is advocating for expanded Medicaid coverage in New Hampshire.

∎ According to a poll, 62 percent of Granite Staters would like to see the Guantanamo Bay detention facility stay open.

∎ A Granite State small business has helped other small businesses get into the wedding registry game.

∎ The Keene parking battle between the parking meter officers and a group called “Robin Hood and his Merry Men” has been extended 20 days.

∎ The victim of the fatal one-car crash on Interstate 93 in Salem was identified as 34-year-old Cornelius V. Stanley of Lawrence, Mass.

∎ The police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a string of N.H. burglaries.

 Scott Brown could be within four points of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen if he decided to run for her senate seat, according to a poll.

∎ Skateboarders in Nashua are hoping a new skate park might open soon.

∎ Do you love to pick fresh strawberries and blueberries? Check out these various locations across the state.

∎ And – let’s call him my criminal of the week – a man was arrested for trying to cash a paycheck that actually belonged to the bank teller.

(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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