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Week in Review — July 4-11 2014

Saturday, July 12
• Esteemed for his 1982 Aperture Press photo book, "In Search of the Monkey Girl," which chronicled large-format photographer Randal Levenson's adventures on the road and photographs of the "carnie" way of life at country fairs, the now 68-year-old Miami-based photographer visited Fryeburg last week on what he plans will be a two-year, on-the-road film project.
• Fabyan Guard Station, a one-room log cabin located on Cherry Mountain Road in the Bretton Woods area of Carroll, is being restored this summer.

Tuesday, July 15
• The climbing community sat in mourning Sunday after an accident at Cathedral Ledge Saturday afternoon claimed the life of a well-known and respected Maine climber Brian Delaney, of Scarborough, Maine. He died after falling roughly 50 feet from the top of a climb on the upper left wall of the cliff.
• There were almost 13,000 student tardies at Kennett High this past school year, prompting school administrators to come up with a plan to reduce that figure.
• Conway Planing Board gives Fandangle's site developers 90 days as extensions drag on, officials tired of delays of proposed hotel, restaurant.
• New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to three separate incidents to assist injured/lost hikers recreating on Mount Washington and Mount Lafayette on Saturday.

Wednesday, July 16
• Scott Brown says he is a problem-solver who can work with others to correct what he says is the misguided direction of this country while serving New Hampshire during an hour long editorial board at The Conway Daily Sun.
• The crumbly stretch of Route 302 neat the stateline with Conway will be getting fixed up this month according to the Fryeburg town manager.
• Arts Jubilee kicks off the 2014 summer concert series this Thursday with the official Beatlemania Stage Show.
• Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the 17th annual Grover Cleveland Dinner hosted by the Carroll County Democrats at the Grand Summit Hotel on Sept. 12.
• Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein was on the stump in North Conway, but Democrats voiced their concerns about the Alton resident.
• Social studies teacher Duncan MacKenzie has been chosen Kennett High Employee of the Month for May.

Thursday, July 17
• Ashtok Patel, developer of a proposed hotel and restaurant at the former Fandangle's Restaurant site at the southern gateway to the North Conway commercial strip, responded to a story in Tuesday's Conway Daily Sun by vowing, that despite delays, the project will be built.
• The Conway School Board spent 57 minutes at its June 25 meeting just on personnel with 28 changes ranging from hirings to retirements, and there were another 27 personnel changes on the agenda for Monday night, including three late resignations of teachers at the high school.
• The owners of landmark village businesses, Zeb's General Store and Horsefeathers Restaurant have made a $70,000 pledge to the capital campaign for the North Conway Community Center.
• Bob Smith, who is one of 10 candidates on the Republican ballot U.S. Senate race spent the day in town Thursday meeting and touring local businesses.
• Emily Smith-Mossman has organized a second back-to-school charity event for kids who were in need of clothing, shoes, accessories and school supplies and created the non-profit North Country Cares.
•Professional hockey is coming to the Notre Dame Arena and the Berlin area with the announcement that the Federal Hockey League will expand here for the coming 2014-2015 season.

Friday, July 18
• Kennett High principal Neal Moylan recently voiced his frustration over trying to find replacement candidates for his school because he cannot match what other districts — not only in the state but here in the county — are offering salary-wise.
• The use of spray paint to mark roots and rocks in town-owned Whitaker Woods led to a Facebook outcry by some recreational users of the trails this week. The markings appear to have been done for an event of some sort in Whitaker Woods, but the town doesn't know who put on the event.
• Seventeen candidates had applied for the police chief's position as of July 10, according to the town manager. The position opened in April when then chief Phil Weymouth resigned after being put on administrative leave for reasons that remain nonpublic.
• Jeff Locke wasn't named to the National League All Star team this year, but he's certainly pitching like an all star. The talented left-hander from Redstone might be 7-0 if the ball had bounced his way a little better this season.
• U.S. Senate candidate Bob Smith, R-Tuftonboro, announced Thursday his campaign has rented the entire Rochester Fairgrounds Friday, August 29 to hold a Freedom Concert featuring the popular country rock/southern rock band Confederate Railroad.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 00:05

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Week in Review — June 28 — July 3, 2014

Saturday, June 28
• Award-winning videographer Thom Pollard, of Jackson, is just back from Nepal, where he had hoped to film a documentary on Jim Geiger, 68, of Sacramento, Calif., who was hoping to become the first great-grandfather to climb Mount Everest.The story changed dramatically on April 18 when an avalanche in the Khumbu Glacier killed 16 of the local Sherpa climbing guides.
• Kennett High students Eliza Burke, Danny Macdonald, valedictorian Brian Caputo and salutatorian Talia Vaughan and principal Neal Moylan deliver commencement addresses at graduation for the Class of 2014.

Tuesday, July 1
• Conway Selectmen are looking at security upgrades for town hall after a town employee was assaulted last month.
• A Carroll County Superior Court judge threw out all seven felony weapons charges brought to trial against an Ossipee man on Monday. The county attorney will ask the judge to reconsider.
• Former State Senator Mark Hounsell, who is running for one of three seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Carroll County District 2, said if elected this fall, he will do all he can to stop the gasoline tax increase.
• Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew won their third consecutive Rally America National Championship at the Mount Washington "Climb to the Clouds" June 29 and also set a new course record of 6 minutes and 9.09 seconds.
• Shawn Coope of Wolfeboro is announcing that, as expected, he is now officially a candidate for Carroll County Sheriff. On June 6, Coope was joined by his family at the office of Secretary of State Bill Gardner. Coope will challenge incumbent Dominic Richardi in the Republican Primary in September.

Wednesday, July 2
• Conway Police know the economy is getting better. Officers are seeing more people coming to the area on vacations, and that has also resulted in more requests for service from the local police. The department is on pace to have a record number of calls this year.
• George Walker, who has been with the department since 1993, and Christopher Mattei, who has been on the force since 2005, were named Conway Police Lieutenants June 2.
• Independence Day is going to be a bit chili in North Conway's Schouler Park on July 4, as the town's first-ever Chili Dog Eating Contest will be held beginning at as part of the Town of Conway's July 4 festivities.
• Robert Parker, 20, of North Fryeburg, accused of spitting in a detective's face, is now being charged with a class-B felony.
• A proposal to build a dollar store next to Quinn's Jockey Cap Country Store has some residents concerned that the view of Jockey Cap ledge will be lost.

Thursday, July 3
• Steve Woodcok, a U.S. Army veteran 1970-73, will ride his Harley across country once again in just seven days to raise money and awareness for the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station which is based in San Diego, Calif.
• The Valley is getting ready to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks, parades, cookouts and music. It looks like it'll be a busy weekend.
• Two people were reported struck by lightning at Danforth Bay Camping Resort in Freedom, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, July 4
• Wet weather is likely for Fourth of July festivities in Mount Washington Valley.
• Conway's Jeff Locke has another strong outing as his PIttsburgh Pirates defeat Arizona, 3-2, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
• Ham Ice Arena installs a "look-up" line to help warn hockey players that they are getting close to the boards.
• N.H. Fish and Game is urging people to be "bear aware" when enjoying the New Hampshire outdoors this summer.

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Week in Review — June 14-20, 2014

Saturday, June 14
• The Nature Conservancy hosted a diverse assortment of scientists, biologists ands naturalists on June 11 to conduct a "BioBlitz" ecological survey and inventory at its Green Hills Preserve — including the 1,300 acres of land it sis working to acquire as part of the conservancy's "Let's Grow Green Hill" campaign to add to the existing 4,200-acre preserve.
• The 10th ranked Fryeburg Academy softball team upset No. 2 seed Lincoln Academy 9-1 to advance to the Western Maine Class B semifinals to play No. 3 Wells.
• The town won't be paving Norcross Circle this year after all. Improvements to Pine Street will be done instead.

Tuesday, June 17
• The Conway School Board believe the district's weapons policy must be strictly adhered to and that enforcement can't be left to common sense.
• Embattled Carroll County Commissioner Asha Kenney did not sign up for re-election but is seeking to become Carroll County's next register of deeds.
• Democrat Erik Corbett filed to challenge 14-term Republican incumbent Gene Chandler for the District I seat in the New Hampshire House of Representative.
• Fryeburg votes down proposed regulations on farmers' markets fearing the land use updates would have made it more difficult to hold large farmers' markets. Proponents of the land use ordinance said the changes were meant to protect Fryeburg's character.
• MSAD 72's superintendent expressed disappointment that many people apparently didn't understand the referendum to expand Molly Ockett Middle School, which passed Tuesday.
• Kennett High Senior Gracie Ryan closes the athletic book for the Eagles for this school year by finishing seventh out of 36 in the triple jump at the prestigious New England Track and Field Championships in Bridgewater, Mass..
• The Mount Washington Valley Riders' Rally in the Valley is off to a great start. The weeklong event saw perfect weather Monday for the ride to the summit of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

Wednesday, June 18
• Irving Day, 34, the suspect in an alleged home invasion objected when Circuit Court judge Pamela Albee told him that she doubted that he took his situation seriously. Despite his plea to the contrary, Albee held his bail at $50,000.
• The grand opening ceremonies of the Mount Washington Observatory's newly retrofitted "EXTREME Mount Washington" summit museum took center stage in the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center lodge.
• Incumbent Ed Butler, D-Hart's Location, said he's definitely running for reelection in the District 7 Floteral.
• Jeff Locke makes his second straight quality start for the Pittsburgh Pirates going eight inning for the first time in his Major League career in Miami on Friday against the Marlins.
• Jason Johnson, the superintendent of the Carroll County Corrections Department, resigns citing personal reasons after rising through the ranks the past 17 years.

Thursday, June 19

Friday, June 20

 

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Week in Review — June 21-27, 2014

Saturday, June 21
• North Conway 5 and 10 celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday. Owners Shirley and Phil Alcott share their memories of the local landmark.
• Bradford, Lanoue, 67, of Denmark, was found conscious, but badly injured from crashing his bicycle Thursday afternoon on Brighton Road. He was eventually transported to Central Maine Medical Center via life-flight due to the severity of his injuries.
• Three Kennett High students — Cassie Doucet, Sarah Smith and Ben Kelly, all of the Class of 2015 — will attend the World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University in Wisconsin June 21-27.

Tuesday, June 24
• The Class of 2014 at Kennett High has a wonderful graduation ceremony and project graduation festivities across the region. Sun intern Gracie Ryan offers a first-hand perspective.
• Police are seeking information regarding an alleged West Main Street apartment invasion and assault during the early morning hours of June 20.
• The North Country Federated Republican Women will host a Republican candidates meet-and-greet with the public on Tuesday night at the American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road in Conway.
• A three-car accident on West Side Road sent three people to the hospital late Sunday. The driver of one of the cars said he fell asleep at the wheel.
• Saying she loved her first term, Syndi White, of Conway, filed for re-election for one of three seats in Carroll County District 2 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The Democratic incumbent is unopposed in the September primary.
• Veteran mountain winner Joe Gray won the men's title while Shannon Payne took the women's crown in the 54th running of the Mt. Washington Road Race on Saturday.

Wednesday, June 25
• Money or lifestyle — what is a better point in attracting the next superintendent of schools for SAU 9? That was the question members of the SAU 9 Board tossed around at a meeting earlier this month.
• Embattled Carroll County Commissioner Asha Kenney has filed a counterclaim on the other commissioners who are suing to have her removed. Kenney wants to have commissioners David Babson and David Soresen thrown out of office.
• Schools in SAU 9 and 13 let out for summer vacation on Tuesday. It was a day of smiles, hugs, laughter and even a few tears for students and staff.
• The Mount Washington Valley Curling Club will play host to The Grand National Curling Club Arena Club Championships for four days at Ham Ice Arena with the sweeping beginning on Thursday. Twenty-four teams from the eastern regions of the United States are competing.
• Kennett High School held its annual senior awards program last week and awarded $319,000 in scholarships to students.

Thursday, June 26
• Selectmen on Tuesday decided to open talks with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation regarding the creation of a multi-use recreation trail along the state-owned Mountain Division rail corridor.
• The Local Grocer has taken out a no-trespass order on animal rights activist Laura Slitt after she caused two animal rights organizations to protest the Local Grocer's backyard poultry series which includes information on how to slaughter chickens.
• Holly Fortin, the face of the White Mountain Waldorf School for over three decades retired this week. The longtime educator shares some of her education insights.
• Fran Lifeshey honors her late husband Fredrick by making a pilgrimage to Tuckerman Ravine to scatter his ashes.
• An alleged 15-mile police chase through Wakefield and Ossipee ended with the arrest of Daniel Ladouceur, 51, of Pittsfield, Mass. Spike strips were deployed twice. He faces charges of class-B felony criminal threatening, class-B felony reckless conduct, and class-A misdemeanor disobeying an officer.

Friday, June 27
• Officials from North Conway and Redstone precincts might not participate in a discussion about having townwide fire and ambulance services. "We have no desire to combine the fire departments, period," said North Conway precinct commissioner Jim Umberger who relayed the message from his board.
• A camper's 9-1-1 call about a wild critter outside his tent was apparently greatly exaggerated. A White Lake State Park camper reported seeing a mountain lion, but it was later determined to be a raccoon.
• A motorcyclist and his passenger sustained severe injuries during an accident on Route 25 Sunday. One of them had to be taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
• The field is set for 110th anniversary 'Climb to the Clouds' car race for the he Subaru Mount Washington Hillclimb up the 7.4-mile long Mount Washington Auto Road Sunday.

 

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Week in Review — May 31 - June 6, 2014

Saturday, May 31
• Brian Caputo and Talia Vaughan have been friends and classmates since entering kindergarten at Madison Elementary. Caputo is this year's valedictorian while Vaughan is the salutatorian for the Kennett High Class of 2014.
• It's Farmers' Market time in Mount Washington Valley with the Tamworth Farmers' Market opening Saturday and the North Conway Farmers' Market opening Sunday.
• For the second year in a row Kennett High will hold its prom at the Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett. Principal Neal Moylan likes the idea of keeping the prom in Mount Washington Valley.
• The vast majority of businesses responding to an informal survey by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce were upbeat about the Memorial Day Weekend.

Tuesday, June 3
• Etian Green, a climbing guide with ties to the Mount Washington Valley is among the six missing and presumed dead on Washington state's Mount Rainier.
• North Conway Assistant Fire Chief Wayne McDonald, a 23-year veteran of the department retired Friday and was honored with a celebration by co-workers and friends.
• Former Carroll County Commissioner Dorothy Solomon is scheduled to brief Conway Selectmen on the status of plans to convert the old nursing home into transitional housing for veterans.
• Gracie Ryan, a senior at Kennett High, breaks the school record in the triple jump, soaring 36'3" to win the Division II State Championship.
• The Kennett High softball team wins its final two games to clinch the No. 8 seed and a home playoff game Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 4
• Center Conway Fire Chief Ray Leavitt fears someone will be hurt if a rough stretch of East Main Street isn't fixed.
• Sixteen graduate in the 14th Class from Eagle Academy. Elaine Millen, of SAU 9, is the keynote speaker, and she urges the graduates to pursue their dreams.
• Frank Guinta, of Manchester, hopes to retake the seat from the person who ousted him in 2012, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
• Guests visiting the Country Inns in the White Mountains this weekend, will have the opportunity to taste all of these and much more during the first annual Herb, Food and Beer Tour.

Thursday, June 5
• County commissioners Dave Sorensen and Dave Babson have had it and pledge to remove colleague Asha Kenney from office.
• Former New Hampshire State Senator Mark Hounsell, of Conway, filed Wednesday as an Independent for for the N.H. House of of Representatives.
• Voters at MSAD 72's annual school district meeting last week passed everything on the warrant with little debate other than criticizing officials for writing what they deemed a confusing warrant.
• Milford scored two unearned runs in the fourth inning to top host Kennett High 2-1 in the opening round of the Division II softball playoffs Wednesday.

Friday, June 6
• Commissioners Dave Sorensen and Dave Babson begin steps to out oust fellow commissioner Asha Kenney. Kenney denies accusations made by county employee.
• School board member Joe Lentini believes the schools weapons policy needs to be revisited and there need to be room for administrators to use common sense on deciding student suspensions.
• Conway Selectman Carl Thibodeau, a Republican, files for the District 7 Floteral seat for New Hampshire State Representative.
• Incumbent Tom Buco, D-Conway, will seek a fifth term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, filing for one of three District 2 seats. Former Conway Budget Committee chair Jim Lefebvre, R-Conway, also filed Thursday.
• Jeffrey A. Cox and Wayne Harriman are running for one selectman's seat in Tuesday's election in Fryeburg.
• Voters in MSAD 72 will be asked to approve the removal of the C.A. Snow School when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

 

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