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This Week in N.H. News: Finding Holiday Cheer (and Chocolate) in Unlikely Places

You made it to the weekend! (Almost, at least.) Congratulations. And some good news: We only have three more Fridays left in 2016. In the meantime, catch up on some of the most interesting stories unfolding all across New Hampshire as the year starts to wind down. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletters to get these and other headlines delivered straight to your inbox each week .

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A report from the U.S. Surgeon General is prompting health officials in New Hampshire to warn the public of the dangers of youth using e-cigarettes, also known as vaping. The U.S. Surgeon General describes e-cigarette use as a major public health concern for youth and young adults. Over five years, e-cig use jumped 900 percent among high school students nationally, surpassing cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. The Department of Health and Human Services says one-in-four New Hampshire...

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A new peer recovery center for addiction has opened its doors in Manchester. In the past week, the nonprofit Hope for New Hampshire Recovery has seen roughly 230 people a day.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that the town of Durham can tax parking spaces rented for profit by a religious institution. At issue were 24 parking spots that the St. George’s Episcopal Church in Durham rents to UNH students for 300 dollars a semester. Churches are generally tax-exempt, but New Hampshire’s highest court ruled the parking spaces are taxable because they were rented to students for “their own private and secular purpose.” Todd Selig, Town Administrator of Durham, said ...

You made it to the weekend! (Almost, at least.) Congratulations. And some good news: We only have three more Fridays left in 2016. In the meantime, catch up on some of the most interesting stories unfolding all across New Hampshire as the year starts to wind down. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletters to get these and other headlines delivered straight to your inbox each week .

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Exeter, N.H. author Brendan DuBois has just published his tenth mystery novel featuring the magazine writer and former Department of Defense analyst Lewis Cole. It’s called Storm Cell .

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The state’s highest court has affirmed the public’s access to a beach in Rye across land owned by the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, but the court overturned a court order that would have forced the club’s owner owner, Bill Binnie, to pay the plaintiffs legal fees. The decision is the final turn in a legal fight that started in 2012, when Wentworth by the sea owner Bill Binnie used boulders bushes and a fence to blocked public access to Little Harbor Beach via Sanders Poynt. Sanders Poynt...

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If you need a break from baking, wrapping and card-writing, you can immerse yourself in one of the many seasonal performances on offer this weekend. Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln is presenting The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Musical , on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. An adaptation of the children’s book by Barbara Robinson, this “bad kids crash local Christmas pageant and chaos ensues” is high energy and madcap. What is the holiday season without Scrooge and sugar plum fairies? Prescott Park...

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The developer who wants to build a 35 room hotel along Mount Washington's Cog Railway made his initial pitch to the Coos Planning Board in Lancaster Thursday night. Developer Wayne Presby said the hotel would be built at 5,000 feet on a 99 foot wide strip of private land on which the Cog runs, and no public money would be used. He said the hotel would be good for tourism, but he didn't have any drawings to present to the board. "You know we're kicking around ideas ourselves, we don't even...

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Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event. Kneena Ellis, of Seabrook, and Kelly Eaton of Peabody, Massachusetts, claim in their Dec. 1 suit that they suffered permanent physical and emotional injury as a result of the Aug. 8 incident. The suit says Barry Billcliff had flown the drone to take pictures at his wedding reception at Searles Castle in Windham. It says the...

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As we hunker down for the winter weather, we’re frequently too preoccupied with what is in our front yards that we tend not to notice what isn’t there. The snow and ice have muscled out the grass, and the chilly sounds of the north wind have blown away the dawn chorus that woke us this summer. And short of finding a postcard in your mailbox from a warm exotic location, signed by your friendly neighborhood phoebe , you probably haven’t thought much about the birds that flitted through your yard just months ago.

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