Mountain View Culinary Academy cooking up plan to train local workers

By Daymond Steer

OSSIPEE — A culinary academy that aims to train people in the restaurant field at the old Carroll County nursing home has asked for county commissioners' help in getting thousands of dollars in grant funding.

culinary-academy-peopleLen Martin and Darlene Martino went before Carroll County commissioners Wednesday. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)Representatives from the Mountain View Culinary Academy gave an update on their plans at commissioners' Wednesday meeting in Ossipee. Once up and running, the academy will offer an "intensive" eight-month culinary curriculum five days a week with tuition costing $15,000. Class size will be 25 students, who must be at least 18 years old. Job placement and internships will be offered.

Right now, the academy's head, Len Martin of Wolfeboro, is getting the kitchen set up while consultant Darlene Martino assists with looking for grants.

After serving as culinary instructor at Kingswood Regional High School for 23 years, Martin spent several years working for the University of New Hampshire.

He said he hopes to have certification approval from the state Department of Education by next week and to have the academy up and running by August.

Martino said the academy will begin a fundraising campaign after getting its certification.

Describing future graduates of the academy, Martino told the Sun: "They are going to know how to run everything in a commercial kitchen."

Fryeburg family seeks funds for tiny preemie baby boy

By Daymond Steer

FRYEBURG, Maine — A Fryeburg family has set up a account to help defray costs of the premature birth of their baby boy, who was born last Thursday weighing only 1.9 pounds.

Baby Jeremiah was born to Becky and Ryan Hayes on April 28 at Memorial Hospital in North Conway. Becky's aunt, Joann Aubuchont, set up the page, titled "Help Baby Jeremiah Ryan Hayes."

Valley Pride Day, a proud 15-year tradition

By Donna Woodward
Special to The Conway Daily Sun
CONWAY — With the shortage of snow this year, the unsightly presence of litter and trash is impossible to miss along roadways throughout the Mount Washington Valley and western Maine.
5-4-Valley-Pride-day-2Students and teachers pitch in in Conway at last year's Valley Pride Day. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)Members of the Valley Pride Day Litter Team have already begun their efforts to organize their 16th year of patrolling and cleaning our beautiful area.
Many community members and their families and organizations also have already started cleaning areas in their neighborhoods.
As always, Valley Pride Day will be held on the first Saturday of May.
Posters have been going up in all the communities to let folks know the details. Information can also be found on the Valley Pride Day Facebook page.
Each town will have a sign-up station from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., where volunteers can designate the location they plan to clean, and pick up their trash bags donated by NH Beautiful and gloves donated by Memorial Hospital.

Journey Church plans to expand into new building

Note: This story was revised from the print version at 5 p.m. May 4 pertaining to the size of the sanctuary under Phases 1 and 2, and the scheduling of services.

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — The Conway Planning Board on Thursday began site-plan review of a proposal by the Journey Church of Conway to construct a 28,702-square foot, potentially 559-seat church on East Main Street and Hutchins Drive.

journey-church-josh-mcallisterJosh McAllister of HEB Engineering presents plans for the new Journey Church. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)Following the presentation of plans, the board voted to continue consideration of the application, and a public hearing on it, to the board's June 23 meeting.

Access would be from Hutchins Drive, a private way owned by Journey Church and currently used as emergency access to the 96-unit, four-building Saco Woods condominium complex.

According to Journey Church's pastor, Trevor Skalberg, and project engineer Josh McAllister of HEB Engineers, that roadway will probably have to be reconstructed.

"We have been told by Town Engineer Paul DegliAngeli that that probably is going to be the case," Skalberg told the Sun on Tuesday.

Skalberg said the 7.9-acre parcel was purchased by the church in July 2012 from property owner Steve Morrill for $150,000.

Morrill said he had bought the lot from the Lutheran Church of the Nativity. That church had considered the site for its church, he said, but opted to purchase the former Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church building at the corner of Grove and Main Streets in North Conway Village when that church moved in the early 2000s to a larger site off North Main Street in North Conway.