Mark Ericson found this survey that said elevator buttons carry more germs than other things like money, or even public restrooms.  So, we posed this question to you during The Morning Waking Crew this morning. Many, many people emailed, tweeted, called in and posted on Facebook.  A good amount of you don't like touching bathroom door handles, railings, and gas pumps.  I'm right there with you.  As one of our Facebook fans wrote, "paper towels are a girls best friend!"

Seek The Peak

Mark was live from "Studio North" this morning.

We had Krissy Fraser on the air talking about this weekend's "Seek the Peak" hike-a-thon.  If you're a hiker and want to help out the Mt. Washington Observatory.  You should register.  You get lots of goodies too!  Speaking of Mark being in North Conway, big shout-out to the "Wyatt House Inn." Mark's home away from home!

Maureen Hancock

Maureen's "Postcards from Heaven" event is coming to Portsmouth in just a few weeks.  You should probably get your tickets now.


Mostly sunny and less humid, high 82, 77 in the North Country.

Top News Stories

Halfway Through Temporary Cease-Fire
A five-hour humanitarian cease-fire is in effect between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas group in the Gaza Strip, but Israel insists it will respond to any rocket fire or other attacks. The Bank of Palestine opened one of its branches in Gaza and the pause is leading time for Palestinians to stock up on necessities. Israeli police say two rockets have been fired across the border during the pause.

GOP Challenges $25K Contribution To Hassan
The New Hampshire Republican Party has filed a complaint with the attorney general's office about a $25,000 contribution to Gov. Maggie Hassan from a labor union's political action committee.The complaint says the donation violates the state's political contribution limits.

Ex-Officer Dies From Motorcycle Crash
A former police officer involved in a motorcycle accident in Augusta earlier this month has died of her injuries. Karen Nightingale's husband, Jared, said his wife died Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 53. Karen Nightingale started with the U.S. Border Patrol and worked for the Waterville, Skowhegan and Fairfield police departments. She started a new job last year as a Department of Health and Human Services investigator.

Stupid News

Yuppie puppies will feel right at home. Standard Pacific Homes is building houses that offer a pet suite as an option. The company has 27 developments from Florida to California. The most upscale doggie digs include a step-in wash station, automatic feeder, large bunk-style bed and even a flat screen TV. Company vice president Jeffrey Lake says pets are family. Standard Pacific's newest community is about 25 miles south of Los Angeles. Homes there start at $710,000.Lake says the pet spa option adds 35-K to the price.

Joke du Jour

At the trial concerning a car accident, one of the witnesses was on the stand.  The lawer asked: did you actually see the wreck?
"Yes, I did."
How close were you to the collision?
"Twenty-eight feet, eleven and one quarter inches."
How do you know that?
"After the accident, I got out a tape measure because I knew some lawyer would ask me that exact question!"

Coming Up Friday

Since the Stratham Fair is this weekend, tell us about your favorite fair food!  YUMMY!!

credit Getty Images, Karl Walter

We will also have the final pair of tickets to Saturday night's "Night of Fire" at New England Dragway.

credit Getty Images Rusty Jarret

Plus, one of our daily winners this week will be upgraded to a New England Dragway VIP package!!