Ground broken for Phase 1 of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — A long-awaited event at Cranmore Mountain Resort took place Tuesday, as officials joined owners Brian and Tyler Fairbank and Cranmore President and General Manager Ben Wilcox in breaking ground on Phase One of the Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore.

cranmore-groundbreak1Brian (left) and Tyler Fairbank at the groundbreaking on Tuesday. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)"I want to thank everyone for coming out today to celebrate a really major development in the history of Cranmore," Wilcox said at the ceremony, which was attended by Chuck Henderson, representative of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Amy Bassett, representing Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who read letters of congratulations from their bosses.

"In the short term," wrote Shaheen, "this project will create many good construction jobs and in the long term this will create a resort village which is integrated with Cranmore, North Conway Village and all that the area has to offer."

Wrote Hassan: "The construction of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore Mountain will help boost our travel and tourism industry, as well as the local economy, and have a ripple effect across the entire Granite State."

Also in attendance were Town Manager Earl Sires; Janice Crawford, executive director of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce; David Miller and Matt Howard of Glen Builders, the general contractors for the project; Josh McAllister of H.E.B. Engineers of North Conway; Realtors Dick Badger and Brenda Leavitt of Badger Realty and staff, official selling brokers for the project; Nancy Clark of Drive Brand Studio of North Conway; and several other real estate and resort officials.

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FRYEBURG, Maine — The Fryeburg Fair recently received the results of an economic impact study conducted in 2015. With inspiration from The Big E (Eastern States Exposition) in Springfield, Mass., Fryeburg Fair hired the Maine Center for Business & Economic Research at USM led by Ryan Wallace, project director, to investigate the fair's influence on the local economy.

Badger Realty welcomes two new sales agents

CONWAY — Richard Badger, senior partner at Badger Realty, has announced the hire of two new sales agents: Michele Jordan of Limerick, Maine, and Denice Tepe of Conway.

badger-realty-new-agentsMichele Jordan (left) and Denice Tepe. (COURTESY PHOTO)Both will work out of the firm's North Conway office, serving Carroll County and western Maine.

"We're pleased to welcome both Michele and Denice to our team," said Badger. "Michele brings years of experience in selling real estate in Maine, including property ownership and management, while Denice has been a business and investment property owner."

Jordan has been a licensed real estate agent in Maine for more than a decade, selling real estate in the Midcoast area, becoming a sales agent in 2004 and a licensed real estate broker in 2009.

She is also a Maine notary, along with being a nationally certified paralegal, which she says helps her better understand the legal aspects of selling real estate. Previous to that, she worked with people with developmental disabilities. Her commitment to her community continues at the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Portland.

"I really enjoy people, and I've found I especially enjoy working with first-time home buyers. I love their excitement and enthusiasm," said Jordan. "My listings are growing in the Midcoast and in the western foothills of Maine. My focus will now include Fryeburg, Lovell, Brownfield, Denmark, Bridgton, Naples, Sebago and surrounding towns. I am also very eager to obtain my New Hampshire real estate license in the coming weeks."

Tepe, who has lived in the Mount Washington Valley for 20 years, owns several investment properties with her husband, Dan, a masonry contractor, who runs White Mountain Stoneworks.