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May 9, 2013

Potato nears finish line to become state vegetable

Hot potato Vegetable edges closer to official state status

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O’Connor then visited Derry Village classes to explain the state law process to students.

Classrooms are now buzzing with potato talk.

“I think it’s exciting,” 10-year-old Tiffany Snipes said. “I think it’s great that Derry Village School fourth-graders figured out that we didn’t have a state vegetable.”

Brenna Kimball, 9, agreed.

“And the potato is the only vegetable I like,” she said.

Landry said taking the students to Concord helped them learn how bills are turned into laws.

“They learned the process, how long it takes and how tedious it sometimes it is to make a law,” Landry said.

Brenna said being at the Statehouse helped her understand how laws are created.

“It was a really cool process,” she said.

Landry pointed out the checklist hanging on the classroom door, where various legislative benchmarks of potato success were marked off. Only one more to go and that’s the official signature from the governor.

Representatives for the governor said she is ready to sign the bill into law. That might include inviting Derry Village students back to witness the event.

“Gov. Hassan believes that the civic engagement displayed by Derry’s students in their efforts to pass this legislation reflects the best traditions of New Hampshire,” communications director Marc Goldberg said. “She looks forward to having the students join her as she signs the bill into law.”

Staff writer John Toole contributed to this report.

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