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New Hampshire

May 13, 2010

NH lawmakers deem cider the state beverage


The bill was drafted by Jaffrey Grade School students as a way for the state's younger residents to learn the legislative process.

"There are probably more important things they could be doing," said Kim Sobotka, 35, of Derry. "I think there can be other ways to teach kids about government."

Wall agreed the vote didn't really have a purpose, but said he appreciated the news.

"I think people sit around bored and name things," Wall said. "But it's interesting. I'm a fact person. I know all kinds of random facts. It's just something more to know."

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It's officially New Hampshire

Beverage: cider

Bird: purple finch

Flower: purple lilac

Wildflower: pink lady's slipper

Animal: whitetail deer

Insect: ladybug

Amphibian: spotted newt

Dog: chinook

Freshwater fish: brook trout

Saltwater fish: striped bass

Mineral: beryl

Gem: smoky quartz

Rock: granite

Fruit: pumpkin

Sport: skiing

Tree: white birch

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