Story Land set to open Saturday for 62nd season

GLEN — Story Land opens Saturday for its 62nd season.

dr-geyser-raft-ride-story-landWith 23 different rides, shows and interactive play areas, Story Land — founded in 1954 — is a children’s theme park that has entertained thousands of families.

The 2016 season welcomes many special events and a variety of new happenings as well.

A much anticipated character lineup is back for all to enjoy as Story Land partners with Believe in Books Literacy Foundation for the seventh year.

Story Land will also host a book drive on Saturday, June 11, in conjunction with Character Kickoff Day to help support local literacy initiatives.

Autism Speaks and Story Land join for their fifth year of fundraising and bring the first ever Autism Awareness Walk to the Mount Washington Valley.

Wheels: Pet Peeves

It's that time again — my annual rant about annoying driving behavior. I apologize in advance if you recognize yourself through my descriptions. I assure you, no offense is meant. Think of it as a subtle reminder to review your driving techniques — and adjust accordingly!

Community salutes business award winners at MWV Chamber's Biz-to-Biz Expo

By Tom Eastman

BRETTON WOODS — The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce honored several local businesses at an awards luncheon held at the 18th annual Business to Business Expo Monday at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel.

STEVE-EASTMAN-AWARD2Tom Eastman (right) gives the Steve Eastman award to Josh McAllister on Monday at the Omni Mount Washington. (PAULA JONES PHOTO)Chamber President Michelle Capozzoli presented the awards, with the help of chamber Executive Director Janice Crawford.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Gamwell Caputo & Kelsch & Co. The CPA firm was recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit after demonstrating consistent growth in staff and services over the last three years and its technology platforms that allow for clients to communicate with the firm outside the traditional office and on a schedule that's convenient for the clients. The firm was recognized for its community spirit and pride in volunteerism.

The Employer of the Year was awarded to Cranmore Mountain Resort. Beth Hutchins, director of human resources at Cranmore, accepted the award on behalf of Cranmore General Manager and President Ben Wilcox, who could not be present due to the death of an uncle. Hutchins was accompanied by management staff, including Doug Holmes, Glen Harmon, Karen Dolan and Paul Durfee.

One of the Valley's largest employers with close to 550 employees during peak winter operations, Hutchins said Cranmore strives to be the "mountain of choice" for staff in New Hampshire and Maine by investing in employee service, training, recognition and morale.

The Non-Profit of the Year Award was given to Mountain Top Music Center, which provides musical education and which is currently embarked on a five-year capital campaign to renovate the Majestic Theatre into a music and educational center on Main Street in Conway Village for all of the valley.

Educational nonprofit seeks nominations for board seats

GORHAM — The board of directors of North Country Education Services is seeking recommendation for candidates to serve on the board and its committees.

NCES is especially interested in ensuring that the board and committees are comprised of dedicated leaders who represent the diverse constituents that the organization serves and collaborates with throughout northern NH and bordering communities.

Women Build get MWV Habitat family halfway home

By Dick Ficke
Special to The Conway Daily Sun

TAMWORTH — "Fantastic, unreal, humbling, mind-blowing, unbelievable, amazing" — those are just a few of the adjectives Deni Shangraw used as she watched 38 women construct a sizable portion of her Habitat for Humanity house on Women Build Day, Saturday, May 7.

SHANGRAW-FAMILYDeni and Evan Shangraw are shown with other family members May 8. (COURTESY PHOTO)Women Build spokeswoman Barbara Reilly, also an MWV Habitat board member, said the women were well-prepared, having attended the Women Build Clinic at Lowe's, where they learned to hang windows and frame walls. She was quick to thank Mike Lariviere, Lowe's store manager, and his staff for not only their carpentry tutelage but safety procedures lessons as well.

Reilly also coordinated with and thanked nearby Superior Insulation for use of its parking lot from which participants were shuttled.

Arriving early at the 253 Silver Pines Lane site in Tamworth — the 18th house to be constructed in the valley by MWV Habitat — the green-T-shirt-wearing volunteers were greeted by Carroll County Altrusa members, who provided coffee and doughnuts as well as mid-morning snacks and lunch later in the day. The symbolism of the green tees was not lost on the participants as this is the first MWV Habitat house to embrace energy-saving measures such as solar and radiant floor heat.

After providing welcoming remarks, Reilly introduced Anthony Ruddy, MWV Habitat board member and construction committee chairman. Ruddy broke the women into six groups, each assigned to a particular station: Cut, Drill, Assembly (2), Header and Gable End.

About a dozen construction volunteers were on hand to provide assistance as needed. Lumber was gathered; studs were cut to prescribed lengths; holes drilled for wire-runs; gable ends sheathed; window headers fashioned; and all assembled at the two designated stations. By the end of the day, 21/2 exterior wall lengths had been built and erected.