Up all night

State resources added in underage drinking initiative in college towns

They begin trickling into the streets Saturday about 9 p.m. in ones and twos, eagerly making their way to early parties or heading to downtown bars.

By shortly after 10 p.m., the groups of college students have swelled into the dozens. They pass in waves along the narrow streets surrounding the Keene State College campus — a mass of the freshly primped marching to the cadence of clicking heels, excited chatter and laughter.
It’s a common weekend sight in Keene during the school year.
In the first few weeks of classes, the Keene Police Department typically brings on two extra officers to patrol on weekend nights, said Lt. Steven M. Stewart, a supervisor in the department’s patrol bureau.
This weekend, they had extra backup in the form of a “saturation” detail by the N.H. State Liquor Commission aimed at combating underage drinking. Continue reading