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N.H. News Roundup: Ruby Tuesday waitress surprises Guard members, Abigail Hernandez used her phone

(Facebook photo)

(Facebook photo)

A cool thing happened last week in Concord.

Ruby Tuesday waitress Sarah Hoidahl surprised a few women who had been furloughed from the National Guard by picking up their lunch tab.

Hoidahl, a 21-year-old single mother of a 15-month-old, just said she wanted do something nice for the women since they protect our country but aren’t getting paid because of the government shutdown. So instead of a check, she left a note.

The New Hampshire National Guard was quick to recognize her good deed on their Facebook page (the photo above is currently its cover photo), and Ruby Tuesday congratulated its employee on its national Facebook page as well.

Hoidahl wasn’t looking for attention. She just wanted to so something nice. “Just seeing the reaction on their face was totally worth it,” she said.

She just chalked it up to doing a good deed. And it was.

I think it’s great that the little things folks do for others are getting attention.

And I’m happy to give it.

In other news

∎ The police say Abigail Hernandez used her cell phone in the hours after her disappearance.

∎ New Hampshire’s child poverty rate increased from 12 percent in 2011 to 15.6 percent in 2012.

∎ More people are riding Amtrak’s New England routes.

 A new Dartmouth College study has found differences between poor rural children and their urban counterparts when it comes to working memory.

∎ A Bennington woman has been collecting fresh produce for community suppers and food banks.

∎ Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Alderman Patrick Arnold will debate Wednesday morning.

∎ A car crashed into a Nashua building and closed a CVS pharmacy yesterday.

 Sunday was a day to remember for New England sports fans.

∎ What are the most popular colleges choices for New Hampshire high school students?

∎ Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith will visit UNH next Wednesday.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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