The Sun's Ice Box One: How the newsroom fridge got started

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Since 2006, the traditional signing of The Conway Daily Sun's Ice Box One refrigerator-freezer has gotten a warm reception from leading presidential hopefuls.

11-20-Obama-signs-fridge-1Then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama signs Ice Box One in 2007. He quipped: "I think this will put us over the top."(FILE PHOTO)Every four years, as New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary nears, candidates from both parties come into the newsroom for their editorial board interviews with the Sun's editors and reporters.

It's always a great exchange of ideas, and enables the staff to get up close and personal with the candidates, to experience their presidential timber firsthand and to share those exchanges with readers of the Sun.

It's a responsibility we take seriously. There are always light moments, of course, where the conversation turns to such topics as the candidates' taste in music, questions about sports teams and what they have enjoyed the most during their visits to the Granite State.

This primary season, the Sun has hosted separate editorial boards with 10 candidates — seven Republicans, and three Democrats.

LePage stumps for Christie Friday at gun store

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — Maine Gov. Paul LePage stopped by White Mountain Firearms in North Conway on Friday afternoon, to make the case that Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should be the next president of the United States.

2-6-Lepage-White-Mountain-Gun-storeFrom left: White Mountain Firearms owner Chris Kanzler, Dr. Eugene Long and Maine Gov. Paul LePage. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)The New Hampshire Republican Primary is Feb. 9.

At press time, polls indicated that Christie was in the bottom tier of a field that is being dominated by real estate mogul Donald Trump.

LePage was with Christie at a town hall event in Dover on Friday morning and had a lunchtime event at Lino's Restaurant in Wakefield.

After stopping in North Conway, the Maine governor was set to drive to Woodstock for a Lincoln Day dinner.

During his visit to the gun store at 1305 White Mountain Highway, LePage made the case that Christie is the best candidate because of his honesty and his dedication to reducing the national debt.

Blog: North Conway in top 10 Ashley Madison using municipalities in NH

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — North Conway is among the top 10 municipalities using a "cheating" website, according to, a North Carolina-based website dedicated to revealing regional information.

Roadsnacks said it used leaked information from Ashley Madison to come up with its ranking of most users per capita.