Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

New Hampshire's long-anticiated presidential primary takes place on Tuesday. Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama won the Iowa caucus last week, putting pressure on their competitors, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Republican race and Sen. Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, to make a strong showing in the Granite State.

The Senate meets in a formal session Wednesday to focus on passing its version of a House-approved clean energy bill, with Patrick hoping the branches can settle differences quickly and put perhaps the most significant bill of the two-year session on his desk. A bill requiring the use of safer alternatives to toxic products is also expected in the Senate.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association holds its annual meeting Friday and Saturday in Boston, when scores of aldermen, mayors, selectmen and myriad other local officials look forward to hearing from Gov. Deval Patrick about what to expect in the coming months. Patrick is due to deliver remarks at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hynes Convention Center.

Senate President Therese Murray, a Plymouth Democrat, delivers a speech to the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Friday morning at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.

The annual New England Boat Show, which is expected to attract 50,000 attendees, begins Saturday at the Boston convention and Exhibition Center and runs through Sunday, Jan. 20. The cost of admission is $13 for adults and $7 for children between the ages of 6 and 12.