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November 19, 2013

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF

Sundial dedicated to Union veterans

CONCORD (AP) — A New Hampshire group used the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to dedicate a sundial to Union veterans of the Civil War.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is related to the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans group that formed after the war. Members are direct descendants of Civil War veterans.

The descendants held a dedication ceremony for a new sundial yesterday under bright sunshine at the State House Plaza. Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, which was read at the ceremony.

Man charged with assaulting police

MANCHESTER (AP) — A man has been accused of punching two police officers in Manchester following a robbery at a convenience store.

A clerk at the Gulf Express said a man came into the store around 12:15 a.m. yesterday and pretended to buy something. But when the clerk opened the register, the man reached over the counter, grabbed the money and fled.

Officers later found a man fitting the description of the suspect. But when they tried to detain him, he struggled and assaulted two of them. One was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police said the man, identified as 19-year-old Gedeon Karasi of Manchester, was charged with theft, simple assault and resisting arrest.

Hampton Beach station demolished

HAMPTON (AP) — The fire station used at New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach for 90 years has been demolished after the department moved into its new home two weeks ago.

The old station had asbestos, a leaky roof and small garage door openings.

Voters approved a replacement in 2012. The new station was built behind the old one.

WMUR-TV reported the station demolished Monday was built in 1923 to replace the original one after it burned to the ground.

“Buildings take a lot of maintenance, and this took more than most,” Deputy fire Chief Jamie Ayotte said. “At the end of the day, it had seen 90 years on a beach front, 90 mph winds, salt air — it took a beating.”

Retired Capt. Rusty Bridle said for nearly 30 years, the station was his second home.

“It’s kind of bittersweet to see it go, but it’s progress,” he said.

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