Former judge reflects on his years on the bench

By Erik Eisele
CONWAY — When Judge Robert Varney was first sworn to the bench, Richard Nixon was president. The Brady Bunch was still on television. It was 1974. The Rubik's Cube was invented that year. Volkswagen introduced the Golf, and Barbara Streisand released the album "The Way We Were." It went to No. 1.

Shoppers come from near and far for Black Friday bargains

By Daymond Steer
CONWAY – People came from near and far to enjoy North Conway on an unseasonably warm Thanksgiving and Black Friday that had temperatures in the mid 50s.
North Conway Village
• Karol, 20, of Miami, Fla., was here visiting family. She arrived on Wednesday and has been enjoying the local scenery. She says the New Hampshire maple syrup is "awesome." She says New Hampshire feels more "homey" than Miami. She has yet to see snow and hopes she will.
 "It's small, cute and antiquey and I love it," said Karol, talking about North Conway Village while she stood in front of Zeb's.

Carroll County residents hold vigil to support Syrian refugees

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — About 20 people gathered Tuesday at Conway Village's Four Corners to support the Syrian refugees streaming out of their country due to the ongoing civil war there.

11-25-Pro-Refugee-candle-vigil-1People holds signs and candles at the Four Corners in Conway Village on Tuesday. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)Vigil participants want U.S. lawmakers to oppose a bill that would make immigrating to the U.S. more difficult.

The vigil was organized by the American Friends Service Committee and World Fellowship Center in Albany. In addition to the event in Conway, the AFSC also held vigils in Manchester, Nashua and Dover. They were motivated by a U.S. House bill that would make it harder for the refugees to come to America.

The bill passed easily last Thursday by a 289-137 vote (with 47 Democrats joining 242 Republicans in favor of the bill) that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until key national security agencies certify they don't pose a security risk.

State Fish and Game offers gifts for your favorite hunter or angler

CONCORD — If you’re looking for gifts for the hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers on your list, check out the N.H. Fish and Game Department gift shop. Every purchase supports Fish and Game’s work conserving and managing the state’s natural resources.

You can shop online by visiting Fish and Game’s online store at to order Fish and Game logo gear — shirts, hats, mugs and more. New for this season, a camo “onesie” for infants for a newborn. Round out your gift selection with a 2016 New Hampshire Wildlife calendar to get started planning a new year of outdoor adventure.

What should we pay our top school administrators?

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — "How much should we pay our top administrators?"

That was a question that members of the SAU 9 Board wrestled with last week, and after more than two hours of discussion still could not decide on salaries for School Superintendent Kevin Richard and Assistant Superintendent Kadie Wilson.