Hundreds participate in local women's marches

By Margaret McKenzie and Barbara Tetreault


1-21-17-Sister-March-Jackson-2An estimated 300 people participate in the march in Jackson. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)JACKSON — Hundreds of people participated locally in women's marches in Jackson and Lancaster on Saturday, sharing a message of solidarity as well as hope for dignity, respect and human rights for all.

In Jackson, organizer Betsey Harding said that when she arrived at the parking lot outside the Jackson Grammar School at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, "I had hoped for 50 people. There were already more than a hundred people there, and they just kept coming."

The march was actually a demonstration, as the crowd kept to the parking lot, as they had promised police that local roadways would not be affected.

Harding said Judy Kennedy and Lisa Dionne from Whitehorse Gear in Center Conway had a bag of 100 pink hats to give out to participants. "Before we had handed them out to half the crowd, we realized the bag was empty."

Harding said she estimated the crowd in Jackson at around 300. "Most people were from the Mount Washington Valley," she said, though some came from as far away as Berlin and Ithaca, N.Y.

Equipment failure causes power outage in Conway

By Daymond Steer

pole-pic-libraryPolice and fire officials are at the scene of a smoking power line Saturday in Conway Village. (MARGARET McKENZIE PHOTO)CONWAY — A smoldering utility pole near Conway Public Library caused a rather substantial power outage on Saturday morning, when power flickered a few times and then died for about an hour and a half.

Conway police and fire crews had the Route 16 intersection by the library blocked off by 9 a.m. Saturday, rerouting traffic around the Four Corners.

On Monday, Eversource Media Relations Manager Martin Murray explained there was an electronic equipment failure on the pole that started at 8:35 a.m.

"Initially, 2,230 customers in the area were impacted," said Murray. "Automatic switching restored power within six minutes to 463 customers.

"Our crews worked to bypass the failed equipment and restored power to the remaining customers at 10:03 a.m."

The piece of equipment that failed is called a "recloser." It is like a circuit breaker and opens to interrupt power if there is a problem on the circuit. The recloser is supposed to close, and restore power, when the trouble has been cleared up. It's unclear why the recloser failed.

The failed equipment will likely be replaced next week, according to Eversource.

"We are grateful for the response of area emergency officials," said Murray. "We realize the area impacted is a busy one, and the quick and effective work by local responders greatly helped to reduce the disruption."

Crew members from Eversource's Chocorua Area Work Center responded and were effective, said Murray. 

"The crew members are very well-trained for this technical work, and I would term their response time in this particular instance, from start to finish, as outstanding," said Murray.

Hounsell quits library trustee post

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — Conway's Mark Hounsell announced Friday that he is resigning from the Conway Public Library's board of trustees so he can spend more time in his role as a Carroll County commissioner and Conway School Board member.

Tamworth man faces charges in police pursuit

By Daymond Steer

lord-accident-guard-railPeggy Wescott's house in Eaton. A truck pushed a guardrail into her home. (COURTESY PHOTO)EATON — A Tamworth man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated after being involved in an alleged police pursuit and crashing into a home on Saturday evening.

Just before 8 p.m. Saturday, New Hampshire State Police Trooper Thomas Bednar reported attempting to stop an F-150 pickup truck on Route 153 in Freedom. A citizen had called police, saying it was being operated erratically.

The driver, Jonathan Lord, 30, of Tamworth, allegedly failed to stop for Bednar and sped up, attempting to elude Bednar and Madison Police Cpl. James Hayford while driving north on Route 153, going as fast as 50 mph up the winding road.

Lt. Kevin Duffy of New Hampshire State Police said Monday that Lord was not staying in his lane as he drove.

Near the intersection of Eaton Road and Glines Hill Road in Eaton, Lord then crashed into a house at 2350 Eaton Road. Lord suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and was released into state police custody after being cleared by North Conway Ambulance Service.