Femme Fatales of the North: Danger! Women! Art!

By Terry Leavitt

4-27-17-Femme-Fatales Kristen-Pobatschnig-Rebecca-Klementovich-2Kristen Pobatschnig (left) and Rebecca Klementovich are the art collaborative "Femme Fatales of the North." (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)CONWAY — Women, mountains, danger. Such were the images that abstract painters Kristen Pobatschnig and Rebecca Klementovich hoped to bring to mind by naming their collaboration, "Femme Fatales of the North."

The evocative title seemed to work, with their work being highlighted on WMUR's "New Hampshire Chronicle" and in the May issue of New Hampshire Magazine with a story called "Remarkable Women 2017: Artists to Watch."

The collaboration began shortly after Pobatschnig, 32, of Conway first visited Klementovich, 47, at her Bartlett home.

"I said, 'I have an idea,'" said Klementovich. "'Why don't we photograph ourselves outside in the snow with our art?' And that's really how the 'Femme Fatales of the North' concept came."

"We were trying to get the northern thing and the danger element together," Klementovich said. "Because when you're painting on the foothills of Mount Washington, it's windy and it's dangerous; you're hiking and you're bringing these large paintings ... that's kind of where it originated. We just kept drawing on these images of us painting in these odd, beautiful places in the valley."

Attitash begins snowmaking upgrade

attitash-snowmaking-2An excavator supports pipe while it is being welded together at Attitash. (GREG FISHER PHOTO)BARTLETT — Attitash Mountain Resort stopped spinning lifts for the 2016-2017 winter season on Sunday, April 9, yet the next morning groomers could be found all over the mountain.

"We've invested in over 3 1/2 miles of new pipe that will ensure that we can efficiently move water and air to trails that are early season favorites on Attitash Peak," stated John Lowell, vice president and general manager of Atttiash Mountain Resort.

Carl McKenna, mountain operations manager who oversees grooming and snowmaking operations, said, "The abundant snow this year was great for our guests, but it also allowed us to use our groomers to move pipe after the season wrapped up."

McKenna added that snowmaking pipe arrived prior to the end of the season and was staged near the learning center's surface lift.

Sections of pipe were then staged and welded together to form continuous strings with some as long as a football field­­.

Staff used grooming machines to take the pieces up on the snow to their locations along the trails' edge. There, they will again be welded in place.

Season passes remain on sale at their lowest prices until Sunday, April 30.

Peak Passes are valid at both Attitash & Wildcat Mountains as well as Crotched Mountain in southern New Hampshire; Mount Snow, Vt.; Hunter Mountain, N.Y,. as well as Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania. Passes start as low as $299, and a payment plan is offered for only $99 down.

The snowmaking project is just one of several capital projects underway already this spring at Attitash.

A new kid's splash pad will open this summer and construction is already underway.

Kiwanis rolling out 2017-18 Passport to Entertainment

Kiwanis-Cover-cover-CDSCONWAY — Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley President Janice Andrews has announced the forthcoming release of the 2017-2018 Passport to Entertainment Coupon Book.

On Wednesday, May 3, the new book will be introduced to the public in a "roll-out" at the Flatbread Pizza Company in the Eastern Slope Inn of North Conway. Andrews notes that the coupon book has been the mainstay of Kiwanis' fundraising activities for two decades.

In the early years of the local Kiwanis club, there were a variety of fundraisers that ranged from dressing as clowns and selling peanuts on street corners to pancake breakfasts and the Keystone Cops Jail Days.

In 1996, a few Kiwanians who included Jac Cuddy, Blake Benedict, Jim Dunwell and Forrest Simmons gathered at Dick Check's house to brainstorm a new fundraiser that could produce greater income.

The result was the Passport to Entertainment Book as we know it today, patterned after a similar Kiwanis Dine Around book in Portland, Maine. However, this would be expanded to include not only restaurants, but sporting and special event venues as well.

Over the years, the book has grown to where the newest edition has 125 coupons, nine of which are new this year.

The coupons include retail businesses, ski resorts, golf courses, other sporting activities, various events and, of course, restaurants!

One constant that has remained unchanged is the price, only $39, which provides over $1,600 in savings.

More important, book sales allow the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley to fund nearly 50 children-related programs in the valley.

Profits from the sale of these books provide local scholarships and camperships and support MWV non-profits, including the following: Jen's Friends, Children's Dental Program, Children's Museum, Starting Point, Children Unlimited, Little League, Project Graduation, North Conway Community Center, Bike Safety and End 68 Hours of Hunger.

This year's book cover features members of the Kiwanis family representing the seven Kiwanis-sponsored organizations in the local schools: K-Kids, Builder's Clubs and the KHS Key Club.

There are over 250 students in these programs who benefit directly from the Passport to Entertainment Coupon Book.

Come join the rollout activities at the Flatbread Company, meet the students on the book cover, meet the Kiwanians who make all this happen, enjoy the pizza and, most important, support the children in the valley.

If you can't make it to the rollout, the Passport Books can be obtained at any TD Bank branch in the valley, as well as J-Town Deli, Jackson; Bart's Deli, Bartlett; Glen Beverage, Glen; Camping World, Center Conway; and Taste of Thai and Settlers Green Outlet Village Management Office in North Conway.

For additional information about the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley, go to: www.mwvkiwanis.org or find them on Facebook. 

Access to Ossipee Lake Boat Ramp (Pine River/Route 25) Remains Closed

OSSIPEE — The trailered boat ramp, kayak/canoe access and dock at the public boat ramp facility on Pine River (off Route 25) that provides access to Ossipee Lake in Ossipee will remain closed while the N.H. Fish and Game Department finishes refurbishments. The ramp is currently closed, with no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats.