Deacon Street Restaurant enclosing deck for more seating, music

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Work is progressing on a 590-square-foot enclosure to the former outdoor deck at Deacon Street Restaurant/Martini & Whiskey Bar at 32 Seavey St. in North Conway, with Joe Difiore and Bruce Grubb and crew of Difiore/Grubb Construction performing the work since late April.

6-21-Deacon-Street-1The newly enclosed deck is almost complete at Deacon Street restaurant. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)The newly enclosed area will feature high-top seating, providing a more casual atmosphere than is found in Deacon Street's main dining area.

Owners Rob Peterson and Dave Stone say the setting for music will be moved to the north end of the area, east of the bar, thus opening up views for those at the bar and those seated in the newly enclosed area.

The area will feature a large-screen television as well as windowside seating with views via seven double-paned windows.

The project was approved by the Conway Planning Board on March 10. The porch seating was included in the restaurant's original plan, so site-plan review was not required by the board.

The work is expected to be completed in July.

The popular duo Dennis & Davey perform at Deacon Street on Fridays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The restaurant features steaks and regional culinary dishes created by Chef Stan Shaffer.

For further information, call (603) 356-9231.

White Mountains Community College to open North Conway campus

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — North Conway is soon to be the home of a campus of White Mountains Community College, offering two-year accredited associate's degrees and certificate programs.

Based in Berlin, White Mountains Community College is one of seven institutions in the state's community college system.

6-22-16-whitemtn-comm-college-tom 5920White Mountains Community College will lease half this building, east of TD Bank in North Conway. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)"We have a significant number of people who take courses with us at our Berlin campus who reside in Mount Washington Valley, so this will be an incredible opportunity for valley students," said Kristin Kebler Miller, 33, admissions counselor. No longer will they have to commute to get their general education requirement courses, not to mention many pre-requisites for the school's nursing program, Miller said.

The new campus will be known as the North Conway Academic Center of White Mountains Community College. Miller said the facility is expected to be open Aug. 29, following renovations.

It will occupy 3,000 square feet of the 6,000-square-foot building just east of TD Bank's branch at 2561 Main St., perpendicular to the North-South Road and across from Priscilla's Country Kitchen.

The site will offer more than 25 courses the first semester, with three to four instructors in the building each day. Class size is limited to 24.

The eastern half of the building is leased to NCIL (North Country Independent Living).

The western side had most recently been leased by USI Insurance.

The building is owned by Debbie Jones of North Conway Holdings, operator of J&J Floor Coverings of Redstone.

Peking Restaurant charity event raises $4,000

peking-sunrise-checkGeorge Cleveland, Ri Teng Li and Kadie Wilson. (BETSY HOPLER PHOTO)CONWAY — The Peking Restaurant & Lounge at 1179 Eastman Road in North Conway held a buffet fundraiser last Wednesday and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway, as well as the local elementary schools of SAU 9.

The event raised $4,000.

On Friday, June 17, the New owner of the Peking, Ri Teng Li, presented checks for $2,000 apiece to George Cleveland, executibe director of the Gibson Center, and Kadie Wilson, SAU 9 assistant superintendent.

Wheels: Inspections should put safety first

By Eric Meltzer

The state vehicle safety inspection, more commonly known as an inspection sticker, is the bane of most drivers.

Considered a moving violation in many states when expired, violation of state inspection laws are easily identifiable, and carries a fine and frequently corresponding insurance penalties. The scope of the vehicle inspection varies from state to state and sometimes from county to county — from a simple check of critical safety components, to full dynomometer emissions testing, to no inspection requirement at all in some states.

Winners announced for Mother's Day quiz

By Patti Frasier

CONWAY — The "How Much Do You Know About Mother's Day?" trivia contest ran from April 26-May 5on The Conway Daily Sun's website, e-reader, Facebook page and weekly email blast.

Prizes included a gift basket from Ruthie's Flower Shop ($150 value), one item selected from The Waterford Giftology Collection ($95-$160 value) and a massage and facial from the Cut Off Salon and Day Spa ($160 value).

Quiz winners are: Sarah Flaherty, Ginny Hollis and Christine Crowe.