Community center steps up for nursing moms

This story was revised from the print version published April 27.

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Although the battle for passing legislation to protect women's rights to breast-feed in public is far from over, breast-feeding advocate Kate Frederick of Intervale is heartened by two recent developments.

kate-frederickStanding (from left): Kate Frederick, Jeb Bradley, Ed Butler and Karen Umberger. Seated: Krystina Robblee and baby Ryker Cram. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)The first was a vote by the North Conway Community Center board of directors earlier this month to offer one of the center's office rooms as a private lactation room.

"This means that visitors or people working in the village will have a safe place to come and nurse their babies," said Frederick.

The second development was the Workplace Breastfeeding Accommodations bill that made its way through the New Hampshire House and Senate.

That bill — SB 488, an "act establishing an advisory council on lactation" — was passed by the full Senate in March and the full House in April. Next the Senate will most likely concur with the House amendment and is anticipated to go to Gov. Hassan to be signed into law.

The amendment would create a lactation advisory council to work on legislation and policy.

Frederick was hoping for more in terms of protecting breast-feeding accommodations of women in the workplace — but she said, it's progress.

"The advisory council is a seed to start with. We still have a way to go, but it's better than nothing," said Frederick, the mother of a 3-year-old son.

She said the advisory council has been part of the bill for three years — all throughout, while it morphed from HB 1571 to SB 219 and to SB 488. What was amended in SB 499 was actually to leave in the advisory council and remove everything else, she said.  

Leadership 2016 creating new $3k scholarship program

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — It's no secret that tuition debt is saddling young people, driving many locals to seek employment out of the region following college for higher-paying jobs.

That, in turn, creates a sustainability problem for the area, making it a matter of concern for all in the valley.

Earth Week continues in the valley

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Earth Day may have officially taken place last Friday, but the Mount Washington Valley turned it into Earth Week, with a variety of activities for young and old.

The Earth Day Funergy Festival was presented Sunday by 4 Our Kids Recycling Services, Frase Electric, Cormack Construction Management Inc., the Young Professionals and the Mount Washington Valley Green Team on the grounds of the North Conway Community Center.

Wheels: Summer blend gas

By Eric Meltzer

There's no denying that we've been enjoying low gasoline prices lately. New technology in oilfield exploration and extraction, a slowing of world economic growth and a surplus of crude reserves have created something of a boost for those of us who rely on this precious fuel for everything from power generation to winter heating warmth.

Local programs being held in conjunction with Money Smart Week

EFFINGHAM — Barbara Young of Effingham Has been chosen as the new chairwoman for New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont for Money Smart Week.
She has announced a series of free financial programs during Money Smart Week, April 23-30. To sign up, visit
She will also be giving out 7,000 Money Smart Week comic books free to fiftth-grade kids throughout all of New Hampshire. This will done through a collaborative effort with the National Education Association of New Hampshire.
Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the American Library Association, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Money Smart Week events are free and open to the public at businesses, libraries and government agencies throughout the country on topics including kids, savings, insurance and retirement. To learn more about Money Smart Week visit
Programs will be held throughout the week at Effingham Public Library. They include:
• "Jobs in Insurance: How to Help People and Make Some Monday," on Saturday, April 23, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
• "Healthy Habits That Save," on Saturday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
• "Understanding Medicare," on Tuesday, April 26, from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
• "Learn About Medicare Advantage Plans," on Tuesday, April 26, from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
• "Understanding Medicare Supplement Plans," on Tuesday, April 26, from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
• "Retirement Planning: Understanding Long-Term Care," on Tuesday, April 26, from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
• "Final Expense Life Insurance and Wills," on Friday, April 29, from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
• "Final Expense Life Insurance and Wills," on Friday, April 29, from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
• "Jobs in Insurance," on Friday, April 29, from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Money Smart Week events are held in all 50 states. Of the 184,000 people who have attended over the years, 97 percent said they found the sessions valuable to very valuable.