Buying local: Retailers form White Mountain Independents

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Taking a page from the Valley Originals independent restaurants' playbook, a group of locally owned and operated retail businesses are coordinating their joint marketing under an umbrella organization to be known as the White Mountain Independents.

Wheels: Rachel's road trip

By Eric Meltzer

Let me tell you about a road trip gone wrong. This particular trip originated in central Ohio. It was to be a direct drive to Fryeburg, Maine, and to be fair, there were car issues ahead of time that were understood but still workable in order to complete the journey.

Chillin' out/Ice castles, ice bars and frozen Winter Gardens make most of season

By Tom Eastman

jakes-seafood-holiday-light-walkJake's Seafood in West Ossipee is offering a lighted walk in the woods. (COURTESY PHOTO)OSSIPEE — It's winter, and ice is back in a good way, as Jake's Seafood's of West Ossipee again is offering its "Explore Winter Gardens" lights attraction, Thursday through Sunday nights.

Plus, Stonehurst Manor of North Conway will host its third annual Ice Bar on Friday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

"Explore Winter Gardens" can be seen behind Jake's Seafood from dusk to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and until 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, according to restaurant owner Alan Prentice and family.

Last year's efforts were stymied by the unseasonably warm winter, but this season things are much chillier, making for good ice.

This year's attraction features a half-mile walk through the pines on the banks of the Bearcamp River. The trail is adorned with more than 100,000 colorful LED bulbs. Music accentuates the scene for visitors, with a warming fire adding to the mood.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

Jake's Seafood and Grill is located on Route 16 in West Ossipee, just south of Conway and Chocorua. The restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information, call (603) 323-2805.

2 new members of Board of Realtors

new-board-of-realtorsFrom left: Lyndsay Byron Bergeron, Theresa Bernhardt, Michele Jordon and White Mountain Board of Realtors President Ken Schiller. (COURTESY PHOTO)CONWAY — The White Mountain Board of Realtors welcomed Lyndsay Byron Bergeron and Michele Jordon as the new agents took the Realtor oath at the board meeting last Tuesday at the North Conway Grand Hotel.

White Mountain Board of Realtors President Ken Schiller and Theresa Bernhardt of Pinkham Real Estate presented the new agents with the Realtor pin.

Bergeron said she loves Mount Washington Valley as only someone who has left the area for a few years and decided to come home. Currently, the administrative assistant for the Tarberry Co., Bergeron is experienced in commercial and residential rentals.

"Getting my real estate license has been something I wanted for several years and was a natural progression with my job," said Bergeron. She intends to develop her real estate career with Attitash Realty.

She moved to the Mount Washington Valley at the age of 6, attended John Fuller Elementary and graduated from Kennett High School with the Class of 2007.

Meanwhile, Michele Jordan joined Badger Realty in the fall of 2016.

Jordan is licensed both in New Hampshire and Maine. Jordan has bought and sold properties for herself including owning rental property. After 13 years as a Maine Realtor focusing on the mid-coast area, Jordan's focus is expanding to Fryeburg, Lovell, Brownfied and Bridgton, Maine, and the North Conway area.

Jordan enjoys helping first-time home buyers. "I love their excitement and enthusiasm," she said. "I take pride in being conscientious, hard-working, being honest and solution-oriented and always advocating well for my clients."

A lover of outdoor activities, Jordan enjoys riding her Harley, hiking, kayaking and climbing. With a paralegal background, Jordan also volunteers with the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, a non-profit that provides free legal information.