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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Football season is upon us, Vermont Yankee to shut down

New Hampshire West's Tolbert Nemo, of Concord High School, runs with the ball during the second annual Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) All Stars Football game at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Players from across the state participated in the charity game, in which West defeated East in overtime by a score of 13-7.

(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

New Hampshire West's Tolbert Nemo, of Concord High School, runs with the ball during the second annual Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) All Stars Football game at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Players from across the state participated in the charity game, in which West defeated East in overtime by a score of 13-7. (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

It might just be my favorite time of the year – football season!

There’s nothing quite like it. The trees start to turn, the weather cools down just a bit and there’s always something on the TV during the weekend. Not to mention it always makes me miss my time at school.

If you follow college football at all, you may be familiar with the crazy realignments that have been going on between conferences. Well, it turns out the Granite State isn’t all that different. This is the first year the divisions in high school ball have been trimmed from six to three.

How’s your school going to do this year? Here’s one preview of how the seasons might turn out.

As one chapter in N.H. high school football opens, however, another closes. Chuck Lenahan’s 43rd season as Plymouth Regional High School’s head coach will be his last.

Speaking of realignment, though, the CAA conference knows plenty about it, and local schools are pumped to have more northeast rivals in the conference.

Here’s Fox Sports’s prediction of how the conference will finish. They have UNH finishing sixth.

UNH is already making plans for 2014, however, as they will open up that season at Toledo to take on the Rockets.

And of course the NFL is just around the corner, too. But more on that later.

What’s your favorite part about football season? Let me know!

In other news

∎ The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is closing its doors because it no longer “financially viable,” according to an official. However, emergency drills will still take place even after the news broke yesterday.

New Hampshire was the last state to officially recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

∎ A N.H. man was busted by the police for growing marijuana after they were tipped off by YouTube.

∎ More tourists are expected to head our way for the Labor Day weekend.

∎ The New Hampshire Supreme Court has rejected convicted sex offender William Decato’s amnesia claim.

∎ The High Court also ruled that intoxication must be determined to be the cause of an accident for it to be a defense against a workers’ compensation claim.

∎ A Manchester woman woke up to find a buglar in her apartment.

∎ A Newport man was arrested for stealing $1 and a gift card from a disabled man.

∎ Gov. Hassan will be donating blood at the Gail Singer Memorial Blood Drive in Manchester.

∎ Do Dunkin’ Donuts just seem to be multiplying? Well, they kind of are.

∎ Farmers are playing defense against a new brand of fruit fly.

(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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