Week in Review — June 18-24, 2016

Saturday, June 18
• June is the most popular month for weddings, and the Madison Historical Society unveiled a summer-long exhibit on "Wedding Dresses Through the Decades." The exhibit includes 37 gowns, six bridesmaid dresses and one tuxedo.
• The Bartlett B.E.A.R.S. (Balloon Engineering and Research Squad) won third place for photography among 407 clubs that competed in the Global Space Balloon Challenge. The B.E.A.R.S.' photo was of the sunrise along the Maine coast, taken from an altitude of 81,741 feet.
• Though confessing to misappropriating town funds, Dummer Town Clerk/Tax Collector Mariann Letarte denied that she ever forged signatures of selectmen or the town treasurer.
Tuesday, June 21
• In the world of municipal health insurance, Freedom is an outlier. Last fiscal year, the town of 1,500 residents spent $234,000 on health insurance premiums for its nine employees and their families. This fiscal year, Freedom selectmen said they expect to save $50,000 to $80,000 while keeping the same benefits — including a zero-deductible medical plan, a feature virtually unheard of in the private sector.
• Officer Jamie Sheehy was promoted to sergeant for the Bartlett Police Department.
• Mountain View Community, Carroll County's nursing home and rehabilitation center, was awarded a 5 Star Quality Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
• Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kim Dobson of Eagle, Colo., were winners of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. Gray reached the Mount Washington summit in 58:17. Dobson's time was 1:09:34.
Wednesday, June 22
• The 800-plus students across SAU 9 and SAU 13 closed their books, cleaned out their desks and said goodbye to their teachers and classmates on Tuesday, the last day of the 2015-16 school year.
• A 60-year-old Connecticut man died while tubing on the Saco River Tuesday. It was later determined that the death was due to a "medical event" and not a drowning.
• Nearly five years after the death of 11-year-old Celina Cass, her stepfather, Wendell Noyes, 52, of West Stewartstown, was arrested in connection with her death and charged with second-degree murder.
• Crews from Spears Bros. Building Salvage and Wrecking of Belmont began demolition work on the former L.L. Bean shopping plaza on Route 16 in North Conway to make way for the planned Settlers Green Streetside retail shopping complex.
• Work is progressing on a 590-square-foot enclosure to the former outdoor deck at the Deacon Street Restaurant/Martini & Whiskey Bar on Seavey Street in North Conway.
Thursday, June 23
• Fryeburg voters persuaded voters at annual meeting June 16 to cut $100,000 from the budget, but the planning board had less success getting zoning articles passed. Of the 45 spending articles, over a dozen were trimmed based on the advice of Town Manager Sharon Jackson along with selectmen and the budget committee.
• Local real estate investor Brian Fram, who owns several Dunkin Donuts franchises in the area, is buying the North Village Common retail complex, with plans to upgrade the property.
• The weather was ideal Kennett High's outdoor graduation ceremonies on June 18, but a few people did need medical treatment because of the sun. More than 200 students received diplomas during the two-hour ceremony.
Friday, June 24
• After serving two separate terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Republican Frank McCarthy said he thought long and hard before deciding to seek another two-year term. McCarthy is one of 10 candidates for the District 2 seat.
• A Michigan teen, Lane Lesko, believed to have been involved in a series of thefts on Lake Umbagog over the weekend was shot and killed by police after a vehicle chase in Peterborough.
• Nine retiring teachers with a total of 207 years of service were recognized by the Conway School Board.
• Bartlett Historical Society signed a 25-year lease agreement with the Bartlett School Board to use the St. Joseph's Church property.

Week in Review — June 11-17, 2016

Saturday, June 11
• Kyler Phillips was named valedictorian of the Kennett High Class of 2016, and Kathryn Lees was named salutatorian. The two will share center stage on June 18 when they deliver keynote speeches at the Kennett High graduation ceremonies.
• Three retiring educators received standing ovations at the monthly meeting of the Bartlett School Board. Margaret McAllister, Joyce Perkins and Linda Coffee have a combined 91 years of service at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School.
Tuesday, June 14
• Jocelyn Judge announced that she is resigning as principal of Kennett Middle School to return to the classroom. Judge has worked in the school district since 1995 and was middle school principal since 1995. For most of her career, she was a Spanish teacher and former language department head at Kennett High.
• Offered a $1,000 "Good Science" college scholarship from Poland Spring, recent Fryeburg Academy graduate Hannah Rousey turned down the scholarship because, she said, the company's bottled water business "does not exhibit sustainable and ethical practices."
• A Freedom man, Robert Palombo, 49, suffered life-threatening injuries June 12 when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV on Route 106 in Loudon.
• Six Kennett High juniors will be graduating early with the Class of 2016 on June 18: Tristan Anderson, Damon Catudal, Miranda Cloutier, Thea Howe-Hayward, Alexis LeBourveau and Sarah McKinnon.
• Fryeburg selectmen proposed the purchase of a $60,000 scale for the town transfer station, which they said could save money in the long run.
Wednesday, June 15
• Brandon Knox of Freedom will mountain-bike over 150 miles in a day across New Hampshire to Maine on June 25 to raise awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
• The three-story building in nearly finished, and applications are now being taken for the 30 apartments at Conway Pines II. Residents will start moving in next month, and a formal grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place in September.
• A Bartlett man, Ricky Johnston, 20, who crashed his pickup truck into a utility pole on Route 16A last week, knocking out power to the Intervale area for seven hours, faces several charges, including aggravated driving while intoxicated.
• Four lost hikers who had called 911 for help were located by a team of three N.H. Fish and Game conservation officers at about 3:50 a.m. June 14 near the Madison Gulf Trail around the 4,000-foot elevation.
• Tamworth resident and school board member Helen Steele received the Doris Barnes Retired Educator Achievement Award at the 23rd annual Excellence in Education awards gala held in Manchester.
Thursday, June 16
• Tom Dewhurst said he will not be seeking re-election as Carroll County Attorney. The Bartlett resident will wrap up his second non-consecutive term at the end of this year. "I think I'm ready for a break," Dewhurst said. Michaela Andruzzi of Wolfeboro filed to run for the job, and she has no formal challengers.
• Warren Richardson defeated Bill Harriman 70-23 in the race for Fryeburg District Trustee. Harriman and Richardson were competing for the remaining year in a three-year seat vacated by Shannon Harriman.
• A Freemont woman died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Loudon on June 12. Stacey Light was a passenger on a motorcycle being driven by Robert Palombo, 49, of Freedom. The accident occurred when an SUV cut in front of the motorcycle near the Cascade Campground.
• Patricia "Pat" Stone was chosen as the next principal for Freedom Elementary School. Stone replaces Aaron Bronson, who resigned after one year to become principal at Kingswood Regional Middle School.
Friday, June 17
• More than 200 students will receive diplomas at Kennett High School's graduation ceremony on June 18.
• Bill Lockard resigned as Jackson selectman, citing family reasons. Lockard ran unopposed in March and was elected to a second three-year term.
• Tim Andrew of West Ossipee will run in the Mount Washington Road Race up the Mount Washington Auto Road on June 18 to raise money for a friend who suffered a stroke in 2006 that left him paralyzed from the nose down.
• An Ossipee couple, Marie Torres and Steven Torres-Rosario, faces charges of dealing heroin or fentanyl out of their home over the past several months.

Week in Review — May 28-June 3, 2016

Saturday, May 28
• More than 600,000 people were expected to visit New Hampshire during Memorial Day weekend.
• As summer rolls in, some people in the tourism industry said the biggest challenge facing businesses will be a shortage of employees.
• The whole state seemed to breathe a sigh of relief after Nathaniel Kibby, the man who kidnapped a young Conway teen and sexually assaulted her for months, received a decades-long prison sentence.
Tuesday, May 31
• The body of a missing Canadian man, Francois Carrier, was found a short distances off the Tuckerman Ravine trail by a group of hikers late Saturday afternoon.
• Conway selectmen said they are thinking about installing security cameras at the town transfer station. They decided they needed more information before making a decision.
• Kristine Lamontagne, 22, of Conway, pleaded guilty to dealing Fentanyl and will serve a three-month jail sentence.
• For the first time in 29 years, the Kennett High girls' softball team did not make the Division II playoffs.
Wednesday, June 1
• State Reps. Ed Butler (D-Hart's Location) and Karen Umberger (R-Conway) said they will be filing to run again for their respective seats.
• Carroll County Sheriff Domenic Richardi said he intends to file for a third term.
• Two men were arrested for allegedly breaking into vehicles at Lamplighter Mobile Home Park in Conway. Arrested were Jonathan Ryan, 26, of Effingham, and Gregg Reeves Jr., 29, of Albany.
• A Boston man, Philip Giampietro, was injured while rock climbing at Humphreys Ledge. His handhold broke, causing him to fall approximately 30 feet before the rope arrested his fall.
• A circuit court judge denied a prosecutor's motion to reconsider the case of Laurinda Miller, who ran the now-defunct Sweet Paws/Sweet Tails pet spa and animal shelter. The judge dismissed 19 animal cruelty charges against Miller several weeks after an April trial.
• Businesses responding to a Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce survey reported a strong Memorial Day weekend.
Thursday, June 2
• A Tamworth woman who happened to be in the TJ Maxx parking lot on Tuesday afternoon said Conway police refused to free several dogs from a hot truck parked in front of the store, instead arresting the woman who attempted to save them. But police said the woman who was arrested, Debbie Bethoney of Fryeburg, was out of line and committed several crimes during the incident, including assaulting an occupant of the truck.
• Sixteen students graduated from Eagle Academy, receiving their diplomas during a brief ceremony at Kennett High's Loynd Auditorium.
Friday, June 3
• Four bear cubs orphaned after their mother was killed by a hunter will be released back into the wild after spending the winter at a bear rehabilitation center in Lyme.
• After a decade at Our Lady of the Mountains, the Rev. Donald F. Gauthier Jr. will celebrate his last Mass as pastor on June 5. The priest of 40 years is retiring.
• In a rematch from 2014, Republican incumbent Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro is being challenged for his District 3 State Senate seat by Democrat John R. White, also of Wolfeboro.
• Sandwich Republican Lisa Scott filed for a second term as Carroll County Register of Deeds.
• Kennett High grad Jeff Locke threw the first complete-game shutout of his Major League career as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Miami Marlins.

Week in Review — June 4-10, 2016

Saturday, June 4
• A panel of local Realtors at the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council's Eggs & Issues forum said there is fierce competition for luxury homes and that first-time buyers and long-term renters are feeling the squeeze from short-term rentals made popular through websites like Airbnb. They were upbeat about the residential real estate market as well as the commercial side.
• More than $4,000 was raised at the Feast of the Valley event, held at Kennett High School. Proceeds benefited the ProStart Culinary Program at Kennett and the school's Key Club children's charities.
• Dr. Gene E. Likens, the scientist who uncovered acid rain in North America 50 years ago, said he now sees a parallel struggle waging around climate change and the effects of global warming.
Tuesday, June 7
• A new town policy allowing police to carry and administer the overdose-reversing drug naloxone (Narcan) saved its first life Sunday, with officer Kevin Davis administering the drug to a man suffering from an overdose.
• A 74-year-old man fell off a dock and drowned in Province Lake in Effingham on June 4.
• The Fryeburg Academy girls' Ultimate Frisbee team won its third straight state championship.
Wednesday, June 8
• Mark Hounsell of Conway formally announced his candidacy for the District 1 county commission seat. Incumbent David Sorensen of Eaton has said he does not intend to seek a fifth term.
• Construction of the new Taco Bell is continuing at a fast pace, and the targeted opening is July 15.
• The Maynard family is cautiously celebrating the transplant surgery that gave patriarch Jeff Maynard of Jackson a new heart at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 29. "He is doing very well," said Abigail Maynard, one of Jeff and Sarah Maynard's three daughters. "He is up and walking and talking."
• A Conway man, Christopher Anderson, 36, was charged with domestic violence assault and also manufacture of a controlled drug after officers allegedly found a marijuana grow during the investigation.
Thursday, June 9
• Kate D. Frederick of Intervale filed as a Democrat to run for District 2 state House of Representatives, and Nicholas Mercauto filed a notice of intend to run as an independent. Reps. Tom Buco (D-Conway) and Karen Umberger (R-Conway) filed the week before. There are three seats in District 2, which covers Conway, Chatham, Eaton and Hale's Location.
• While it's looking like only an 11th-hour effort can keep the 224-year-old former Homestead Restaurant from being razed for an auto parts store, Conway selectmen said they may pursue forming a town commission to identify other historic buildings in town.
• M&D Playhouse (formerly M&D Productions) recently celebrated its new name and expansion of its space at Willow Place in North Conway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, June 10
• Erik Corbett, chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Committee, is running against Republican incumbent Gene Chandler for District 1 state House of Representatives. Chandler is seeking a 17th term.
• High winds downed trees and knocked out power at several locations in the valley.
• Whether the town should purchase beachfront property on the Saco River and whether to lease the old town house to the Fryeburg Historical Society are two of the questions Fryeburg voters will decide at town meeting June 14.
• Rescuers on June 7 assisted an injured hiker under extreme weather conditions on the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail on Mount Washington. Kathleen M. Maguire, 56, of Antrim, injured her ankle.
• Emily Smith-Mossman and her husband, Greg Mossman, put up signs along North-South Road, urging motorists to slow down to allow female Eastern painted turtles to cross the road from Puddin Pond to lay their eggs.
• Story Land was featured in the June issue of Boston Magazine, in its cover story, "27 ways to fall in love with New England all over again."

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.