Saturday, Jan. 14
• Ski jumping has a long and storied history in the Granite State — especially in the Mount Washington Valley. Not only is skiing the official sport, but New Hampshire is the only state that offers high school ski jumping, with eight schools — including Conway's Kennett High — fielding squads.
• The community lost two pillars in the first week of 2017 in separate unrelated circumstances. Dr. Michael Cline, 65, longtime executive director of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, died Jan. 3 at his Chatham home after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Two days later, former longtime North Conway Community Center Executive Director Rowland McKim "Kim" Perkins, 87, died in North Conway after a brief illness.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
• At a special town meeting on Jan. 26, Fryeburg residents will be asked to decide on a six-month moratorium on any marijuana-related ordinances, and also whether to move the day of the annual town meeting in June from Thursday to Saturday.
• The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has demanded that Les Otten, developer of the Balsams, turn over all documents relating to any financial dealings with Northern Pass. Otten has plans to make the Balsams Wilderness Ski Area into the largest and most technically advanced ski area on the East Coast. Northern Pass is a 192-mile transmission line project proposed to bring hydroelectric energy from Quebec, Canada, through New Hampshire to the rest of New England.
• Hundreds of women's marches are expected to take place not only in Washington, D.C., but on the streets of towns across the country and world Saturday in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. One march is set for Jackson.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
• The Conway School Board and the Conway Education Association (teachers union) reached a tentative agreement on what would be the first three-year teacher contract in decades. The cost of the contract, which would have to be approved by voters in April, would be $461,926 for the first year, $468,005 for the second year and $482,627 for the third year.
• Unity and world peace. Those are the comforting goals one reflects on when seeing the more than 5,000 origami cranes dangling from the rafters of the Conway Village Congregational Church. They were created by church members last year, which the Rev. Martell Spagnolo and his board declared as a year of peace for a church known as "the Brown Church."
• A group of locally owned and operated retail businesses are coordinating their joint marketing under an umbrella organization to be known as the White Mountain Independents.
Thursday, Jan. 19
• Conway Budget Committee members said they don't want to see the North Conway Community Center submit is normal $75,000 request. They've asked the center to decrease its funding.
• Fryeburg selectmen are urging residents not to take more than their fair share of sand from the Department of Public Works for personal use because the town's sand budget is nearly exhausted thanks to an unusually large number of ice storms the region has experienced this winter.
• Progress is being made at converting the former Groveton mill site into a new manufacturing facility, with NSA Industries planning to begin operations there in February.
• Representatives of Vaughan Community Services held an open house at their food pantry's new quarters behind Via Roma in North Conway.
• A man convicted in Conway Circuit Court for "whipping" his driver's license at a police officer is appealing his conviction to Carroll County Superior Court. Gilbert Robert, 61, of Conway was found guilty of simple assault against Conway officer Richard Gaudrea.
• Melody Nester was named community relations and development coordinator at Memorial Hospital in North Conway.
Friday, Jan. 20
• Memorial Hospital is studying the feasibility of opening an off-campus day-care facility for senior citizens with "cognitive or physical issues."
• Kennett High was forced to scrap its JV girls' basketball season because there weren't enough players.
- Category: Week In Review