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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Birch syrup, starting a garden and long ski season

In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse  Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

In this Thursday, March 29, 2013 photo, Johanna Lake checks the evaporator at David Moore's Crooked Chimney sugarhouse Lee, N.H. Moore, New Hampshire’s only known commercial birch syrup producer, got his start in 2008, when he was a student at the University of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Today’s column is going to be dedicated to fake news! April Fool – no it isn’t. But there’s plenty going on in the state, including several stories involving the food industry.

New Hampshire doesn’t really have a staple when it comes to food. People travel far and wide for Maine lobster. The answer here could be in birch trees, though. Syrup is being made from the state tree, and it could be the unique taste the state has been waiting for.

In the restaurant industry, Tom Boucher, owner the T-Bones Great American Eatery locales and CEO-owner of Great New Hampshire Restaurants Inc., testified before a Congressional subcommittee about the impacts of Obama’s health care overhaul on behalf of the National Restaurant Association.

Have you always wanted to start your own garden? Here’s a guide to get you outside to begin growing and maintaining one.

Finally, do you have a restaurant or store that you think is the greatest in the Granite State? Voting is now open for the Best of N.H. 2013 for shops, service and people.

In other news:

∎ NHPR had a live blog this morning dedicated to the fate of the “Stand Your Ground” bill.

∎ Trying to convince friends or family to come visit month? Here’s five reasons.

∎ Jeffrey Rose of Goffstown was sworn in Monday by Gov. Maggie Hassan to lead the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

∎ $2.2 million is available this spring for grants to protect drinking water supply lands in the southern I-93 corridor.

∎ It’s been a long ski season, and there’s still plenty of places to go skiing or snowboarding.

∎ Where is the diverted N.H. highway fund money going?

∎ The American Independence Museum in Exeter has appointed Julie Hall Williams as the museum’s interim administrator.

∎ Sally Batton, Dartmouth College’s equestrian coach, became the latest recipient of the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

(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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