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Boston Stronger, one year later: Local runners reflects on tragedy as they prepare for 2014 race

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — One year after the terrorist bombings that marred and maimed the 2013 race, thoughts, prayers and hopes of the nation will be focused on Boston come Patriots' Day Monday, for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon — with at least four local Mount Washington Valley runners expected to be in the increased field size of 36,000 runners as it winds its way on the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 21:44

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River Street in East Conway to remain closed

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY – River Street/Route 113 in East Conway will be closed indefinitely because of damage sustained during this week's flooding, the town manager said on Friday afternoon.

According to Town Manager Earl Sires, a large culvert, located just before the Maine state line, partially collapsed due to the rain on Tuesday and subsequent flooding. 

"While the road was passable, we cannot verify the condition of the remaining portions of the road and culvert so it must closed it until it is repaired," said Sires adding selectmen will discuss the situation next Tuesday night. 

Staff is working on a temporary solution and a replacement plan, said Sires.  Steve Solomon, Conway's Emergency Management Director is working on an application for FEMA assistance, said Sires. The fix is estimated to cost more than $300,000.

"This is a good example of why we don't let cars drive through flooded roads," said Solomon. "This damage would not have been visible while under water and someone driving into that while flooded could easily have been injured or killed. "

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:21

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DJ Shaw looking to start 2014 season off strong in North Carolina

By Evan Beaulieu

4-17-dj-shaw-ready-to-toll-in-2014DJ Shaw is ready to roll in 2014 and looking forward to opening his racing season this weekend. (COURTESY PHOTO)CONWAY – DJ Shaw and the No. 60 Precision JLM team will get their season started this weekend at the Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina for the annual "Easter Bunny 150" in the Pro All Stars Series South. After what has been a long and cold winter for everyone in the Northeast, Shaw is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel this weekend, especially at a track where he has run well previously.

"It's been a good winter for us as far as the company goes," Shaw, of Center Conway, said. "We've been very busy here building race cars with the company and getting ours ready as well. I think we've put together a good piece for this season and hopefully we can add a few more wins."

Shaw finished second in his first start at the historic speedway last season. The team struggled that weekend throughout practice, but hit on a setup for the race that allowed Shaw to lead many laps and contend for the win. Team members are hoping for one more position better this time around, and add their names as winners of the "Easter Bunny 150."

The "Easter Bunny 150" is one of the most prestigious races on the PASS South Series, as some of the biggest names in motorsports have won at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. This race always provides a great mix of northern and southern talent, making it one of the most competitive races as well. The action begins this Saturday, April 19, with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. and the 150-lap feature event starting at 6. Be sure to get out to the track this weekend to cheer on the Precision JLM team with DJ Shaw behind the wheel!

Shaw started his racing career in 2003 at Boxshop Speedway in Maine driving go-karts. He won two kart championships there before moving on to the full-fendered, high-horsepower world of Late Model racing. He competed at New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park in 2006, where he won the Late Model track championship as well as the Rookie of the Year title.

In 2007, Shaw moved to the more powerful Super Late Models at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, where he won the track's Rookie of the Year title and finished sixth in Super Late Model points. He also won the prestigious Governor's Cup event at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire and the Coastal 200 at Wiscasset Raceway in Maine.

Moving to the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North division in 2008, DJ won two races along with the Rookie of the Year title and was the first-ever driver to win a race in his rookie season on the tour. He ran in the PASS ranks for a partial schedule in the 2009 season and made his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that season.

In 2010, Shaw competed full-time in the K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR developmental series that his father Dale was champion of in 1994 when the series was known as the NASCAR Busch North Series. The 2011 season saw Shaw compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East full time, where he finished 17th in points with three top 10 finishes. He also ran Super Late Models in the Northeast where he won twice and had several strong runs.

After two seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, DJ Shaw returned to the PASS Tour and grabbed two wins and finished third in the points standings. In 2014, he will once again chase the PASS National and PASS North titles.

When he's not at the track, Shaw works at his father's shop in Center Conway, building race cars for many of the top teams in the area.

His marketing partners include Precision JLM, Dale Shaw Racecars, JBJ Machine, Hedman Husler Headers, Mulkern Excavating, Mulkern Racing, Jake's Rod Shop and Nitro Designs.

Learn more about DJ Shaw and the Precision JLM team on Facebook at the Precision JLM Racing page, on Twitter @djshaw60 and on the web at DJShaw60.com.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 04:05

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Locke makes Triple-A debut; feels injury-free

By Lloyd Jones
4-18-jeff-locke-makes-season-debut2013 NL All-Star Jeff Locke worked a solid first three frames for the Indianapolis Indians, but a Louisville grand slam in the fourth put the game out of reach in a 7-3 loss to the Bats. (BILL GENTRY PHOTO) CONWAY — Jeff Locke is feeling healthy and working his way back to the Major Leagues. A strained oblique injury early in spring training has put the National League All Star pitcher on a slower track this spring. He was just reinstated off the disabled list on Saturday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:57

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Local climber plans fund-raising ascent of California's Mount Shasta

By Jake Ryan
Cristin Bailey is a seasoned mountain climber who's climbed mountains internationally. She's been on dozens of summits, climbed on rope, and is no stranger to crampons, but this June, she'll be doing something new. She'll be climbing for a cause.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:55

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