Week in Review — May 21-27, 2016

The news story of the week may also turn out to be the story of the year. Nathaniel Kibby, the Gorham man who faced 180 indictments for kidnapping a North Conway teen in 2013 and sexually assaulting her over the course of nine months, pleaded guilty in Belknap Superior Court on Thursday to seven indictments that included kidnapping, witness tampering and aggravated felonious sexual assault. He was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in prison.
The week before, the judge had denied Kibby's request to depose the alleged victim. The case was headed for trial in June prior to Thursday's plea.
Saturday, May 21
• Awards were presented to businesses, organizations and individuals voted by Conway Daily Sun readers as the Best in the Valley.
• The Kennett High Key Club received several awards at the New England District of Key Clubs Educational Conference in Springfield, Mass., in April.
Tuesday, May 24
• Officials said the local man who was assaulted a week ago at the Conway Valley Inn has died. David "Bruce" Goodwin, 64, of Conway was found beaten at around 9:30 p.m. on May 15 at the motel he ran at 8509 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.
• The Berlin Middle and Hillside Elementary School complex was one of four schools in the state that were the target of bomb threats on Monday.
Wednesday, May 25
• In what has become a deadly climbing season, with at least four people perishing on Earth's tallest peak in the past week, Jackson documentary filmmaker Thom Pollard, 54, safely fulfilled his long-held wish to stand atop the world, reaching the summit of 29,035-foot Mount Everest on Sunday.
• Family members of homicide victim David Bruce Goodwin, who was found severely beaten on May 15 at Conway Valley Inn, vowed to do everything in their power to bring his killer to justice. So far, there have been no arrests in the case.
• After serving on the facilities committee for three years, including two as Conway School Board chair, Mark Hounsell asked not to serve on that committee this year. His request was granted by board chairman Janine McLaughlan, who handed down committee assignments on May 9.
• A fundraiser held on Saturday at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds brought in about $15,000 toward purchase of a handicap-accessible van for Ben Damon, 24, of Fryeburg who broke his neck last fall when the vehicle in which he was a passenger struck a moose.
• Four students from Ossipee's Cornerstone Christian Academy were awarded honors at the National Invention Convention in Washington.
Thursday, May 26
• Conway selectmen learned that the reconstruction of Main Street in Conway Village, slated for 2017, might not happen until 2018.
• A Carroll County Superior Court judge ruled that a couple accused of stealing $65,000 in cash from a Bartlett woman can be together for the birth of their first child since the father of the baby may soon be sentenced to prison. Daniel Lennon, 26, and Jodi Zangari, 25, were arrested in connection with the theft of money from a safe in the attic of a house in Bartlett Village in December of 2015.
• A fire destroyed a rental home at 52 Ice House Road in Fryeburg Wednesday afternoon. One person was taken to Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation.
• Republican incumbent Gene Chandler of Bartlett said he will be seeking an 18th term as state representative for District 1.
• Gloria Vasconcellas was among the volunteers by Memorial Hospital's board of trustees at the annual appreciation and awards luncheon on May 18. Vasconcellas has logged 6,200 volunteer hours.
Friday, May 27
• Nathaniel Kibby, the Gorham man accused of kidnapping a North Conway teen in 2013 and sexually assaulting her over the course of nine months, pleaded guilty in Belknap Superior Court on Thursday and was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in prison.
• In the wake of the homicide of Conway innkeeper David Goodwin, the N.H. Attorney General's Office advised the public to use ordinary caution and to call the police if they see or hear anything suspicious.
• Voters at MSAD 72's annual meeting approved everything on the ballot as written, including a budget of nearly $17.2 million, which was up from $16.4 million last year.

Week in Review — May 14-20, 2016

Saturday, May 14
• Airbnb, an online lodging service through which travelers rent rooms in homes, is a growing trend in travel but is drawing mixed reactions locally. Some see it as a boon to the region, bringing an influx of visitors from all over the world while giving property owners extra income. But others see it as a threat, undercutting the more traditional hotel and bed-and-breakfast inn market.
• Dixville Capital's plan to pull water from the Androscoggin River to make snow for its proposed Balsams ski resort has run into opposition.
• Nearly 300 middle and high school students took part in the ninth annual Mount Washington Valley Regional Science & Technology Fair at the Tech Village in Conway. Twin brothers Mathew and Ryan Ballou, sophomores at Kennett High, took first place in the high school category with their project, "The Effectiveness of a Photovoltaic Heliotracker." First place in the middle school category went to Josie Phaneuf, of Kennett Middle School, for "Digital or Paper: Which Reads Faster?"
• The search continued for a missing Canadian man, Francois Carrier, who was believed to be in the Mount Washington area.
Tuesday, May 17
• Josiah Bartlett Elementary School Principal Joe Voci's contract was extended for another three years. He has been principal for 21 years. The vote to extend the contract was not unanimous, however, as two school board members objected to the raise that went with the extension.
• The annual salary for county commissioners was reduced from $11,332 to $9,500.
• Police swarmed Conway Valley Inn & Cottages on May 16. The N.H. Attorney General's Office would only say, "We are investigating an assault."
Wednesday, May 18
• Atticus M. Finch — the "Little Buddha Dog" of author Tom Ryan's "Following Atticus" book fame — died May 13 at the age of 14.
• A meteroroid blazed through the skies over Maine as it entered the Earth's atmosphere Monday night.
• Former state Sen. Mark Hounsell said he is not ready to announce his candidacy for county commissioner. The present holder of the District 1 seat, David Sorensen, said he does not intend to seek re-election. The filing period for state and county offices is June 1-10.
 
• Madison road agent William Chick Sr. was fined more than $600 after pleading guilty to assaulting a road crew worker back in March.
 
• The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce presented several business awards at its annual Business to Business Expo at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. The Employer of the Year award went to Cranmore Mountain Resort. Entrepreneur of the Year was Gamwell Caputo & Kelsch & Co., a CPA firm. The Non-Profit of the Year Award went to Mountain Top Music Center, and Gavin Brown was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Receiving the Steve Eastman Community Spirit Award was Josh McAllister, of HEB Engineers.
 
Thursday, May 19
 
• Embattled Bartlett Recreation Director Tara Warren, who was fired earlier this month, was reinstated, at least temporarily, by selectmen after a chaotic meeting at which most of the 80 people in attendance voiced their support for Warren.
 
• A Carroll County Superior Court judge decided that a man accused of attempted murder is eligible for bail because prosecutors didn't prove that he was trying to kill his alleged victim. Keith Hutchings, 24, of Madison faces charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault for reportedly stabbing Cody Philibert, 24, of Tamworth in the neck and torso on Jan. 21.
• The reward for information related to the disappearance of Angel "Tony" Torres was upped another $5,000 to a total of $15,000. Torres, who grew up in Denmark, Maine, went missing in 1999 in the Biddeford/Old Orchard Beach area. Foul play is suspected.
• Ted Sares of North Conway announced that he is running for the District 1 Carroll County Commissioner seat being vacated by David Sorensen.
• White Mountain Community Health Center received over $110,000 in grants, towns appropriations and individuals during the organization's annual appeal. The money will allow the center to continue to provide health care to any resident who needs it, regardless of ability to pay.
 
Friday, May 20
• N.H. Fish and Game urged citizens to take down their bird feeders after two families of bears had to be put down because they were breaking into homes on a daily basis.
• A committee was formed to look into putting an agricultural-themed learning center at the soon-to-be-closed county farm, and lawmakers have asked the public for both input and patience.

Week in Review -- April 30-May 6, 2016

Saturday, April 30
• Path-breaking women are the focus of a new exhibit, "Taking the Lead: Women and the White Mountains," at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University. Interim museum director Marcia Schmidt Blaine said the exhibit "focuses on gender and place over time, guiding visitors from the early 1800s through the 21st century."
• Three years in the making and located 52 miles from Conway, the Museum of the White Mountains opened in February 2013 in a renovated 1946-built Methodist Church at Plymouth State University.
• Senators confirmed Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, formerly of Bartlett, as the new head of U.S. Northern Command, making her the first woman to serve as a combatant commander.
• The Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley announced the forthcoming release of the 2016-17 Passport to Entertainment Coupon Book. The coupon book has been the mainstay of Kiwanis' fundraising activities for nearly two decades.
Tuesday, May 3
• Despite reservations from some board members, Conway selectmen approved a relay race this summer that will involve runners passing through residential neighborhoods.
• More than 300 players, family and friends took part in a parade celebrating the opening of the Cal Ripken baseball season.
• Fryeburg selectmen are considering a policy that would allow police officers to carry Narcan, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.
• Fire destroyed a mobile home of Thibodeau Lane in Tamworth. Two people were taken to the hospital. The Red Cross is helping the resident who was displaced by the fire.
• The Chocorua Community Association held a potluck dinner to honor former Tamworth Police Chief Dan Poirier, who recently retired, and officer Dana Littlefield, who joined the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
• Nancy Kelemen of Bartlett was re-elected chairman of the SAU 9 school board. Joe Lentini, of Conway, was named vice chair, replacing Mark Hounsell, who asked to step down from the post.
• The Bartlett Police Department announced that Bartlett Police Officer Michael C. Chapman graduated from the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council's full-time academy class.
Wednesday, May 4
• Conway Planning Board began site-plan review of a proposal by the Journey Church of Conway for a 28,702-square-foot, 559-seat church on East Main Street and Hutchins Drive.
• More than 100 people took part in the first Run/Walk with a Veteran at Whitaker Woods in North Conway. The event, organized by Conway's American Legion Post 46, helped raised awareness and funds for local veterans.
• Site work started this week on an Aroma Joe's drive-up coffee shop with walk-up window on Shaw's Way in North Conway.
• Tri-County Community Action Program announced new leadership in the organization's senior management team. Robert Boschen was appointed chief executive officer; Jeanne Robillard was appointed chief operating officer; and Randall Pilotte was appointed to fill the position of finance direction and interim chief financial officer.
Thursday, May 5
• A culinary academy that aims to train people in the restaurant field at the old Carroll County nursing home asked county commissioners' help in getting thousands of dollars in grant funding.
• A Fryeburg family set up a GoFundMe.com account to help defray costs of the premature birth of their baby boy, who was born weighing only 1.9 pounds. Baby Jeremiah was born to Becky and Ryan Hayes on April 28 and is now at Dartmouth Hospital.
Friday, May 6
• Gov. Maggie Hassan spoke at the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council's Eggs & Issues breakfast forum. She said the state continues to face many challenges, including the opioid addiction crisis, but that New Hampshire is making good progress on health care and economic issues.
• Local attorney Maury Geiger was honored last month in Haiti for decades of humanitarian work in the impoverished island nation.

Week in Review — May 7-13, 2016

Saturday, May 7
• The creation of an artificial ice storm in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest of the White Mountains provided some answers to the long-term effects of ice storms.
• A Conway emergency management Facebook page was created that lets people get "real time" information about severe weather and other local hazards.
Tuesday, May 10
• Valley Pride Day, planned as a community-wide day of fun and good deeds, ran into a roadblock Saturday. Volunteers bearing trash that had been collected off the area's roadways were turned away at the Conway transfer station.
• In a 2-1 vote, Fryeburg selectmen decided to allow the town police to start carrying Narcan — a drug that reverses opioid overdoses — for one year. Selectmen also mulled creating a task force to examine the extent of the opioid addiction problem in town.
• A 23-year-old Billerica, Mass., man was killed May 8 when he lost control of his car on a curve on Ossipee Lake Road and slammed into a utility pole. Edward F. Conway III was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend, Katarzyna Czerwonka, 20, of Lowell, Mass., was a passenger in the car and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
• A 24-year-old Portland, Maine, woman, Jennifer Dube, was rescued after injuring her leg hiking Mount Webster.
• The offer from a potential taker of the 1792-built Homestead fell through, but preservation advocate Kim Beals said she is not yet ready to give up the fight to save the former restaurant from demolition to make way for an AutoZone.
• A Carroll County Superior Court judge is deciding whether Keith Hutchings, a Madison man accused of attempted murder for allegedly trying to stab a Tamworth man to death, could be eligible for bail at a time when he is facing a life sentence.
• Incumbent Rick Eastman is running unopposed for a third term as Fryeburg selectman.
Wednesday, May 11
• Josh McAllister of HEB Engineers of North Conway was chosen to receive this year's Steve Eastman Community Spirit Award when the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Business to Business Expo on May 16.
• Local firefighters took part in a propane gas emergency response training session at A.J. Coleman and Sons in Albany.
• A Conway man accused of selling heroin to a women who nearly died of an overdose in March is facing new charges, along with his fiancee, related to selling drugs. Paul Smith, 23, was ordered held on $1,000 cash. His fiancee, Kayle Bouchard, is wanted by police.
• Nestlenook Farm in Jackson announced plans to convert 14 residential rental units into seven condominium units.
Thursday, May 12
• A wide array of employment opportunities were offered at the N.H. Employment Security Job & Resource Fair, which attracted about 75 job seekers.
• The Chocorua Lake Conservancy announced it has reached an agreement with the Bowditch family to preserve in perpetuity a parcel of land on the west side of Route 16 overlooking the Chocorua Lake Basin.
• Cranmore Mountain Resort was named Employer of the Year by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Gamwell, Caputo & Kelsch & Co. was named Entreprenuer of the Year.
• June Marston, of Tamworth, was honored with the Unsung Hero Parent Award presented by the New Hampshire Children's Trust. Marston was nominated by Children Unlimited in Conway.
Friday, May 13
• After deliberating for more than two weeks, a circuit judge on Wednesday dismissed the 19 charges of animal cruelty that had been filed against an Ossipee woman who was operating an animal shelter that was raided by police last summer. Laurinda Miller, 52, ran Sweet Paws Spa/Sweet Tails Animal Rescue.
• After three years of legal wrangling, the battle for Fryeburg's natural aquifers reached an apparent conclusion Thursday when Maine's highest court upheld the Public Utility Commission's approval of a long-term contract between Fryeburg Water Co. and Nestle Waters North America, operating locally as Poland Spring.
• Lawyers for Nathaniel Kibby, accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and holding a Conway teen captive for nine months, said they want to interview the alleged victim before the trial starts next month.
• An after-school program designed to foster self-esteem, confidence, self-advocacy and physical development for girls in grades 4-6, was approved by the Bartlett School Board.

Week in Review — April 23-29, 2016

Saturday, April 23

• With the marking of Earth Day, leaders in the alternative-energy movement reflected on the advances that have been made in the utilization of solar power and other renewable energy options in the valley.

• The Mount Washington Valley Citizens for Energy Efficient Communities is looking to bring energy-savings information to every local town that is interested. "Over the next few months, our team hopes to meet with town officials and conservation committees to provide technical support on how to reduce municipal energy costs," said Dr. Marianne Jackson, a member of the group.

• Bicycle trails and trout ponds have opened for the spring for those ready to get outdoors after the long winter.

Tuesday, April 26

• Laurinda Miller, accused of animal neglect, took the stand in her own defense in Ossipee's circuit court. Miller told the court that ordinarily Sweet Paws/Sweet Tails Animal Rescue in Center Ossipee was a clean, safe place but that the septic system failed and conditions deteriorated rapidly over a 24-hour period that ended with a police raid of the property. The animals were taken to other rescue shelters.

• Named Educator of the Year by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, Chef Kendra Veno received national recognition this month. Veno, 35, who oversees the culinary program at the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School, was named a ProStart National Educator of Excellence and will be recognized at a May 19 ceremony in Chicago.

• A 36-year-old Conway man was charged with robbing the Mobil on the Run store on Main Street in Fryeburg Sunday afternoon. On Monday, a judge released John Chilafoe on $2,500 personal recognizance but with an order to turn himself into Fryeburg police on Tuesday.

• A rash of automobile burglaries took place between 11 p.m. Friday, April 23, and 4 a.m. Saturday, April 24, on Smith Street, Stuart Street and Portland Street in Fryeburg. Items taken included food, a flashlight, prescription medication and coins.

• Crews from L.A. Drew Construction and North Country Recycling of Tamworth started demolishing the 11,074-square-foot former UberBlast building on White Mountain Highway in North Conway to make way for a Taco Bell restaurant.

Wednesday, April 27

• The Conway School Board purchased the first piece of equipment from a $2 million bond to do heating and electrical upgrades at the 59-year-old John Fuller School this summer.

• A Brownfield man, Cameron Henry, 21, was charged in connection with a rash of car break-ins in Fryeburg.

• At its first meeting since the April 12 elections, Janine McLauchlan was re-elected chairman of the Conway School Board, and Joe Lentini was chosen vice chairman.

• The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, formerly of Bartlett, to be commander of U.S. Northern Command.

• John Chilafoe broke his promise to a judge to turn himself in to Fryeburg police on a charge of robbing the Mobil on the Run convenience store. Chilafoe was found at Irving in Conway Village and arrested again.

Thursday, April 28

• A local preservation activist told Conway selectmen she has found a landowner interested in accepting the old Homestead Restaurant building, which has been destined to be demolished to make room for an AutoZone store.

• The man who failed to turn himself into Fryeburg police as promised said his car wouldn't start. John Chilafoe, originally charged with robbing Mobil on the Run convenience store in Fryeburg on Sunday, was back in court on a charge of breach of bail conditions.

• The Miranda Center for Diabetes at Memorial Hospital welcomed two new family nurse practitioners and certified diabetes educators, Justine Fierman and Stephanie Kassels.

Friday, April 29

• Andy Kendall, the head of a Boston-based foundation dedicated to promoting agriculture in New England, vowed to help Carroll County figure out a future for its farmlands.

• A jail house letter sent by Nathaniel Kibby, the man accused of kidnapping a Conway teen in 2013, contains a motion to the court that says he's been victimized by a "publicity stunt" perpetrated by the Cheshire County Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office.

• Erin Dascoulias, a former employee of the circuit court in Conway, was indicted by a Carroll County Superior Court grand jury on charges of theft by unauthorized taking and falsifying physical evidence.

• Members of the Bartlett B.E.A.R.S. (Balloon Engineer and Research Squad) overcame a few challenges while successfully participating in their second Global Space Balloon Challenge. The students launched a camera-equipped, high-altitude helium-filled weather balloon that capture stunning photos from high above.

• Both the outgoing and incoming food service directors at Mountain View Nursing Home said they will be teaming up on a project to equip residents with tablet computers for ordering their meals.