Zeb's Charitable Foundation aids three local charities

CONWAY — Three charities will receive grants from Zeb's General Store Charitable Fund as part of its program of weekly donations in the month of July to commemorate Zeb's General Store of North Conway's 25th anniversary.
The recipients are Children Unlimited ($2,000), Mount Washington Valley Children's Museum ($1,000) and the Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy ($2,000).
"Each of these organizations have terrific programs for children, which is a key element of the mission statement for the Zeb's Charitable Fund," said Peter Edwards, co-owner of Zeb's General Store. "We are very pleased to be able to add them to our list of charities that have received donations as part of our program of weekly donations in our anniversary month of July. This will be the final week of this program, which will total $20,000 in donations."
The money for the Laura Foundation will be used to assist in a program to teens in the autism spectrum called "Friday Cafe: Making Food and Friends." Friday Cafe was designated to target areas that have been highlighted as problems for autistic teens as they approach adulthood and are impaired in their efforts to secure employment and make friends.
Children Unlimited offers a variety of programs and services for children ages birth to 6 years old. Its staff offers therapeutic development, educational and support services for families with children who have development challenges.
Funds received for Zeb's Charitable Fund will be used to purchase the Creative Curriculum for its preschool classrooms. This will assist its staff in implementing instruction and assessment across classrooms.
The MWV Children's Museum has been a familiar name with the Zeb's Charitable Fund. Its programs have been enjoyed by thousands of local and visiting families. The funding will be applied towards its operating budget.
For more information on each organization visit www.zebs.com, www.childrenunlimtedinc.org, www.thelaurafoundation.org and www.wmvchildrensmuseum.org.

Book sale nets $4,000 for North Conway library

CONWAY — The North Conway Public Library raised over $4,000 at its annual book and art sale, which took place the second weekend in July, Library Director Andrea Masters said Monday.
She said the great success of the sale was due to the volunteers, donors and shoppers who helped make it happen.
"People donated thousands of cherished books, DVDs, and music CDs. The volunteers who helped with setup, take-down and running of the sale also played an integral part," Masters said. "Not to mention the book lovers who came and bought books.
"This year, we had over 7,000 books for sale, all in excellent shape, as usual. But we also had hundreds of music CDs this year, thanks to the generosity of several local music lovers who downsized their collections and donated them to the library. It was incredible."
"This was one of the most successful sales we ever had," Masters added. "And all this despite the bad weather with lots of rain. Or maybe because of?" she mused.
"When the rain let up on Sunday, I think everybody had cabin fever and wanted to get out. Luckily, they came to our book sale. Our books were either inside or completely covered under huge tents."
The tents were courtesy of the White Mountain Milers, the local running club, who lent their huge canopies to the library as part of a long-term collaboration between the two non-profits.
After the sale, some leftover books were donated back to the community as "thank-you freebies" for a couple of days until nonprofit organization "Rolling Thunder" picked them up to repurpose them.
The North Conway Library will again be accepting book donations again for next year's sale throughout the whole year.
The North Conway Public Library is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public. The library receives no regular funding from the town, state or federal government, and depends on donations and fundraising programs such as the annual sale to raise funds. Visit www.NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information.

'Crazy busy:' New Taco Bell opens to steady stream of cars Monday

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Taco Bell's opening day at its new restaurant in North Conway this week was a phenomenal one for the company, with so many cars waiting for the drive-through Monday that the line of vehicles stretched, bumper to bumper, around the building.

7-18-16-Taco-Bell-3Cars line up at the just opened Taco Bell in North Conway Monday. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)But, according to Assistant Manager Myles Lynch, "Everything went pretty smoothly — it went really well.

"From the time we opened the doors at 11 a.m. yesterday until 12 midnight, it was nonstop cars," he said Tuesday. "Crazy, just crazy busy."

He said Charter Foods, like other Mount Washington Valley restaurants this summer, is still seeking employees.

"We have about 48 people working, a great staff. We could use some more, though," said Lynch, as his young crew took orders for Taco Bell's array of Tex-Mex specialties. 

"If people are interested, we ask them to come down and apply or to go to charterfoodscareers.com," he said.

The new store is open daily, with dine-in hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and drive-through hours from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., with lunch starting at 9 a.m. Taco Bell also has a special phone app that lets patrons order in advance, Lynch said.

Construction of the 2,727-square-foot restaurant went quickly, spanning under four months.

Why go to Bridgton? The Depot Street Tap House

BRIDGTON, Maine — Since opening in July 2013, the Depot Street Tap House has become a popular watering hole for Bridgton locals and visitors alike. Located on a picturesque side street just off the main drag, the Tap House is in a beautifully restored, circa-1900 warehouse used for many years by the Wales and Hamblen company to store goods on- and off-loaded from the trains that ran to Portland. It sat vacant for decades, biding its time until Bridgton's revitalization, when local businesses began filling up vacant storefronts to serve summer and winter visitors.

Wheels: Florida trip has a few bumps

 By Eric Meltzer

Three a.m. came too soon on a cool summer morning as the normally soothing music of the cellphone alarm faded in. The sun would be up soon, the saving grace of an early riser like myself. While most still slumbered, we had a date with the TSA line at Portland International Jetport.

Air travel, once adventuresome, has been reduced in these security-conscious times to something resembling a chore. Still, it's the quickest way to get to a destination, and in this case, a one-way trip for my wife and me to visit our daughter, Erin, in Florida.