Week in Review — April 16-22, 2016

Saturday, April 16
• Although the Conway Planning Board unanimously gave conditional approval to plans to build an Auto Zone store at the site that was once the Homestead Restaurant, a representative of the developer said his client would be willing to work with the community on possibly moving the historic structure rather than razing it.
• The recent demolition of the 19th-century rectory building of the Christ Episcopal Church along with the possible razing of the 1793-built Homestead Restaurant building have preservationists rallying to try to save historic structures in town.
• Carroll County Register of Deeds Lisa Scott announced that the archive of property records is now online.
• MacKenzie K. Herlihy of Fryeburg was crowned the 2016 Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen.
Tuesday, April 19
• Members of the Mount Washington Valley Bicycling Club cheered the state's decision to repave several miles of the Kancamagus Highway this summer after chip sealing that took place last year made the road rough and unsafe for cyclists.
• At its season opener, the Kennett High baseball team honored former longtime coach Bob Burns, who passed away Jan. 1. Among those on hand for ceremony were his wife, Linda, daughter, Staci, and grandchildren. Linda Burns threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team retired Burns' No. 31 jersey.
• A man and a woman from Sweden, Maine, were arrested in Fryeburg and accused of dealing heroin and possessing 600 doses of the drug, which reportedly had a cash value of $12,000. Arrested were Derek Verrill, 26, and Gayle Gilmore, 18.
• Moultonborough police seized over 100 marijuana plants and made three arrests after executing two search warrants at 12 Shore Terrace. Arrested at the home were Leslie A. Holbrook, 55; Joshua A. Holbrook, 33; and Robin M. Zanco, 28.
• Two injured hikers, Anny Bedard, 50, of Boston, and Jinglei Mei, 39, of Newton, Mass., were rescued in Hart's Location and Gilford.
Wednesday, April 20
• A large, peaceful crowd of 100 people turned out April 18 at the Conway Public Library for an educational program billed as "a short course on Islam," sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities.
• U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, 57, formerly of Bartlett, met with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen April 18 to discuss Robinson's pending nomination to serve as the commander of the U.S. Northern Command.
• Zachary Kang, 18, of Sanford, Maine, was injured while hiking the Champney Falls Trail near the summit of Mount Chocorua and was rescued by a group of responders from N.H. Fish and Game, Conway Fire and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and students from Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities.
• The local economy has some tough challenges to overcome, a group of business, community and education leaders were told at a forum presented by the Mount Washington Valley Regional Collaboration.
Thursday, April 21
• Eight Bartlett students and one Jackson student took part in the third annual Global Space Balloon Challenge, held this month around the world.
• Lowe's held a "Women Build" clinic, to get participants up to speed for next month's "Women Build Day" in Tamworth, where Habitat for Humanity volunteers are constructing a new home for a local family.
• The future of Carroll County's farm will be discussed April 23 by the agricultural learning center subcommittee of Carroll County's legislative delegation. The 164-year-old farm grows produce and hay, and processes firewood. Its budget was slashed last month by the legislative delegation.
• The Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley presented Memorial Hospital with a $10,000 grant to help fund the hospital's prenatal substance abuse program.
Friday, April 22
• The U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces on Thursday heard from U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, formerly of Bartlett, who is seeking confirmation as commander of the U.S. Northern Command.
• In the wake or protests from citizens over the possible demolition of the former 224-year-old Homestead Restaurant building, Conway Selectman Steve Porter said he plans to propose creating a historic district commission at the next selectmen's meeting on April 26.
• Work continues on the former Elks Lodge on Route 16 in Conway as crews work to transform the structure into two 1,500-square-foot apartments.

Week in Review — April 9-April 15, 2016

Saturday, April 9

• The 17th annual Tuckerman Inferno Penthathlon, presented by the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, went off as planned with a few minor tweaks to the course on Mount Washington for the ski and snowboard leg of the five-part race. Friends of Tuckerman Ravine seeks to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington.
• John Fuller Elementary School hosted its annual grandparents day on April 8, attracting 150 grandparents for a day of fun activities that included a photo booth where children and grandparents could get creative with their wardrobes.
• Fryeburg Academy successfully defended its Maine State Math Meet title on April 5. Ten members of the Fryeburg Gold team attended the annual meet at the Augusta Civic Center, where 888 of the top math students in the Pine Tree State were present, representing 96 teams.

Tuesday, April 12
• The old rectory behind the Christ Episcopal Church in North Conway was demolished on Monday. The 1800-built structure was taken down in just two hours. The Rev. Richard Belshaw, the new pastor of the church, said the rectory was deemed by church leaders to be beyond repair.
• The loud blasts reported Saturday in the White Mountain National Forest, in the area of Passaconaway Road, were caused by someone shooting at exploding targets, according to Mark Megeles of the U.S. Forest Service. Had the shooters been caught he said they could have been cited for violating local noise ordinances and disorderly conduct.
• The Conway Scenic Railroad is scheduled to open for its 42nd season on Saturday. There will be two "Valley Train" excursions: an 11:30 a.m. departure to Bartlett, and a 1:30 p.m. departure to Conway.

Wednesday, April 13
• Just 1,155 people (16 percent of the voter checklist) went to the polls in Conway on Tuesday, making it the worst turnout for a town election since the passage of SB2 in 1994.
• In voting results in Conway on Tuesday, incumbent Carl Thibodeau topped Nicholas Mercauto 753-263 for a three-year seat on the board of selectmen. Stacy Sand and Mark Hounsell won three-year terms as library trustees. Sand got 599 votes followed by Hounsell, 542; Susie Tofani, 464; and Bill Marvel, 430. Bruce Ela won a three-year seat on the police commission. He garnered 389 votes to top David Doherty, 354; and Bill Barbin, 281. Sarah Verney and Michael Fougere won three-year seats on the planning board. Verney got 806 votes followed by Fougere, 548; and Ray Shakir, 319. Jean Simon was elected to a six-year term as a supervisor of the checklist. Simon topped Carol Lyman 547-387.
• Voters in Conway approved all 11 monetary articles on this year's school ballot on Tuesday. Among those were a new one-year teachers' contract, the operating budget and a $2 million bond to renovate the heating and ventilation systems at John Fuller School.
• The North Conway Farmers' Market will return for a fourth year, to be held on Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon. The season opens June 11 and ends Columbus Day Weekend in October.
• Tamworth Distilling and Mercantile this week announced that all three of its inaugural Art in the Age infusions were honored at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Art in the Age Beet Vodka earned a double gold, which indicates a unanimous decision by the judges that the spirit is worthy of the highest distinction.

Thursday, April 14
• A controversial proposal to reinstate a hunting and trapping season for bobcats was withdrawn by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on Wednesday. Had it gone through, the proposal would have let people take bobcats for sport for the first time since 1989.
• Andrew Drummond and Jessica Marion successfully defended their titles in the Elite men's and women's divisions in the 17th annual Tuckerman Inferno Penthathlon, presented by the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, last Saturday.
• Joe Thibodeau was charged with conspiracy to sell heroin at JD Tool Repair in Conway Village's Conway Marketplace, a store owned by his father Carl Thibodeau, a selectman for the town of Conway. Another employee of the shop, Donald Busick of York, Maine, was charged with sale of a narcotic drug believed to be heroin.
• The trial of Nathaniel Kibby, the man accused of kidnapping and holding a North Conway teenager hostage, could be delayed for months. Lead defense attorney Jesse Friedman told the court in Laconia on Tuesday that he is buried under 43,000 pages of discovery. Kibby has three public defenders assigned to his case, but two lawyers left, which set the case back six to eight weeks, Friedman said.
• Ashley Hersom of Conway was arrested by Conway police on April 4 in the McDonald's parking lot and charged with possession of controlled or narcotic drugs. Also arrested was Larry Moody of Conway for possession of controlled or narcotic drugs and falsifying evidence.
• Selena Day of South Chatham was arrested on drug charges by Conway police in the Burger King parking lot after a motor vehicle stop for defective equipment. Day, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with possession of controlled or narcotic drug believed to be methamphetamine.
• With the passage of the school bond on Tuesday, the Conway School Board approved the hiring of Siemens Engineering from Scarborough, Maine, to serve as the project manager for the heating and electrical upgrades to the John Fuller Elementary School this summer.

Friday, April 15
• Madison Town Road Agent William Chick Sr. was charged April 6 with assaulting town employee Michael LaClair of Conway, who had just been involved in a rollover. Chick is scheduled to appear in Conway Circuit Court at 8 a.m. on May 17.
• Jamie McDonough, formerly of Kearsarge and now of Boston, is one of the newest members of the New England Patriots cheerleader dance squad. She started practice on Tuesday.
• Police formally charged Michael Munroe of Manchester with the robbery of the Northway Bank in West Ossipee on March 28. Munroe had been a suspect for the past couple of weeks, but Ossipee police had to wait for evidence to be processed at the state police crime lab before charging him on Thursday.

Week in Review — March 26-April 1

Saturday, March 26
• A new three-part series, "Science Pub Nights," will explore the impact of climate change on local forests and will question humankind's effect on nature.
• Ri Teng Li, formerly of Ogunquit, Maine, purchased and renovated the landmark Peking Sunrise restaurant in North Conway.
• Conway resident Steven Steiner was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House by Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) for saving a man's life in Manchester last year.
• Former Conway School Board member Kelley Murphy was hired as child and education studies teacher at the MWV Career and Technical Center.
• Ben Drummond, formerly of Freedom, won his sixth overall and second straight title at the Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup at Attitash.
Tuesday, March 29
• By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Center Conway Fire District voters approved the creation of a full-time fire chief position, starting July 1.
• The West Ossipee branch of Northway Bank was robbed March 28 by a man claiming to have a gun. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and is still at-large.
• The body of a missing Conway man who had gone fishing in the Gorham/Shelburne area was found by a N.H. Fish and Game officer on March 28. The body was identified as David Baker, 76.
Wednesday, March 30
• UNH Cooperative Extension said it does not have the staff or resources that would be needed to manage a learning center on the county farm property. County lawmakers proposed the idea after making a budget cut that would only leave enough money for the farm to continue operating until about September.
• A wheelchair-accessible Ride-Away van was presented to the family of 10-year-old Kevin Dall, 10, of Chocorua, who has cerebral palsy. The van was purchased with proceeds raised from the third annual Cynthia's Challenge 24-Hour Ski-a-thon, held at King Pine Ski Area.
• Danielle Nutting was named principal of the John Fuller School. Nutting had been serving as interim principal.
• Executive Chef Vanessa Davis of the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson was named Chef of the Year at the 38th annual "Taste of New Hampshire," which took place at the Red Jacket Mountain Resort in North Conway.
Thursday, March 31
• Jim Umberger, who lost to Bob Porter in the race for North Conway Water Precinct commissioner, requested a recount of votes, but later decided not to pursue a recount.
• Conway School Board said it is interested in bringing an integrated preschool to the district, but decided that the preschool would not be housed within the vacant space at Kennett Middle School.
• Long before he was Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was engaged in a legal battle with the city of Berlin over a fire-damaged property he owned there.
• New Hampshire added about 17,000 new customers to the health insurance marketplace during the third open enrollment period.
Friday, April 1
• The reward for information related to the disappearance of Angel "Tony" Torres was doubled to $10,000, thanks to a recent donation from one of Torres' childhood friends. Torres, who grew up in Denmark, Maine, went missing in 1999 in the Biddeford/Old Orchard Beach area. Foul play is suspected. Torres was 21 at the time of his disappearance.

Week in Review — April 2-April 8, 2016

Saturday, April 2

• Chris Joosen, the U.S. Forest Service's lead snow ranger in Tuckerman Ravine and head of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, is leaving his post after 26 years, moving to Oregon. Jeff Lane, who has been a snow ranger for the past 10 years, is also leaving to be a stay at home parent in Conway.
• The Mount Washington Avalanche Center is celebrating 60 years of operation in 2016. The center has three safety priorities: providing a daily avalanche advisory for forecast areas in Huntington and Tuckerman ravines; serving as the lead agency for search and rescue on the mountain; and being the eastern professional avalanche resource for anyone who needs help.
• The four bear cubs who were moved from Jackson to a sanctuary in Lyme last November after their mother was killed by a hunter, have been sleeping soundly in a man-made den this winter. The cubs are scheduled to be released into the wild in late May or June.

Tuesday, April 5
• To the surprise of the nearly 20 people who gathered at the North Conway Water Precinct office on April 1, outgoing Commissioner Jim Umberger withdrew his request for a recount of the votes cast March 23 in the commissioner's race. Bob Porter defeated Umberger 108-70.
• Police say the suspect in the March 28 bank robbery at the West Ossipee Northway Bank is in custody and charged in connection with crimes in other parts of the state and Massachusetts. Matthew Munroe, 33, of Raymond, was arrested in Hancock on Saturday.
• Carrie L. Nolet is suing New Hampshire State Police, claiming she was twice passed over for promotion from lieutenant to captain because she is a woman and a lesbian. Nolet retired from state police in 2013 after a 20-year career.
• A homeless man, Corey Lyons, 26, accused of stealing a car in North Conway the previous week, asked that his bail be reduced since his girlfriend has a baby on the way, he has bipolar disorder and was just about the start a new construction job. Bail was set April 1 at $5,000 personal recognizance and another $2,000 cash bail or a $5,000 surety bond.
• Yoga, line dancing, street hockey and hip were just a few of the activities students got to try on March 31 when the Pine Tree School hosted an indoor health and wellness day at the Center Conway campus.

Wednesday, April 6
• There were no injuries and only minor damage to a home at the corner of Mechanic and Oak streets in North Conway following a fire Tuesday. North Conway was assisted by Conway and Redstone fire departments while Bartlett covered the North Conway station.
• Town Attorney Peter Malia believes the Conway Public Library can legally host a N.H. Humanities-sponsored program about Islam in America later this month. His opine is the town-run facility can put on the talk without violating the separation of church and state.
• SAU 9 Superintendent Kevin Richard shared a list of $61,500 in cuts to the proposed 2016-17 operating budget with the Conway School Board on March 28. Left on the cutting room floor were plans to bring librarians at the three elementary schools to full-time status from 9/10s status, which would have cost $16,304.
• The extended North Conway Community Center family lost a beloved member April 1 with the passing of longtime assistant community center director Roger Grucel. He was 69.
• The historic building housing the former Homestead restaurant on Route 16 in North Conway could become the future home on AutoZone auto parts store. The Conway Planning Board is scheduled to meet April 14 to begin site-plan review on a proposal by Fram Real Estate Investment Co. to demolish the 224-year-old building.

Thursday, April 7
• The Conway Municipal Budget Committee is not supporting a $75,000 funding request by the North Conway Community. Budgeteers would like the center to become more self-sufficient. Former director Kim Perkins said voters have supported a yearly request since the 1960s, and hopes they'll continue to on Tuesday.
• The Newmarket Hot Shots, official American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart demonstration team for New Hampshire performed at all three elementary schools in Conway on March 31. The Hot Shots came about in the '80s when the Conway Elementary Red Hots came to perform at their school.
• Michael Fougere, Ray Shakir and Sarah Verney are running for the two three-year seats on the Conway Planning Board.
• The K.A. Brett School partnered with the Tamworth Farmer's Market, Tamworth Community Nurse Association and the UNH Cooperative Extension on a six-week Crock-Pot cooking themed class based around fresh, locally sourced food.

Friday, April 8
• A proposal to tear down the 224-year-old Homestead restaurant in North Conway and put up an auto parts store has generated a slew of comments online.
• Conway residents will go to the polls this Tuesday to choose their elected officials and settle the long-running sidewalk debate in Conway Village, among many other issues on the warrant.
• On Tuesday's Conway school ballot, citizens will decide the fate of 12 warrant articles, including a $2 million bond to perform heating and electrical upgrades at 59-year-old John Fuller Elementary School; a new one-year teachers' contract; and an operating budget of $34,763,581, excluding special articles.
• Kennett High School host Fryeburg Academy on Tuesday for "Prevention through Connections," a program geared to overcoming substance abuse. It marked the second time the two schools collaborated on a substance abuse event this year.

Week in Review — March 19-25, 2016

Saturday, March 19

• Kristine Rines, moose project leader for N.H. Fish and Game, said warm winters are causing parasites to decimate the moose population. In response, Fish and Game is considering cutting the number of permits issued to moose hunters.

• A Lancaster man, Landon Wright, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs after his truck fell through the ice on Martin Meadow Pond in Lancaster.

• An Intervale woman, Megan L. Ferron, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless driving after allegedly running over the foot of a child with her vehicle.

• The Kennett Coders were recognized by the Conway School Board for winning the state robotics championship. The team will take part in the world championship in Kentucky in April.

Tuesday, March 22

• Despite strong public opposition, Carroll County lawmakers took a step toward closing the county farm when they voted to cut funding for it by the amount of $90,000.

• Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, formerly of Bartlett, will be nominated by President Barack Obama as the next head of the U.S. Northern Command.

• Parents were invited to a demonstration of fourth-through-sixth-graders' robotics skills at the Conway Public Library following the kids' completion of a Beginning Robotics course.

• Former University of New Hampshire All American Ben Drummond won his sixth overall and second straight title at the 43rd annual Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup on March 18 at Attitash Mountain Resort.

• Six Kennett High and four Fryeburg Academy Nordic skiers competed for New Hampshire and Maine, respectively, at the Eastern High School Championships in Ripton, Vt.

Wednesday, March 23

• Pending state senate approval work will likely be done to a 7-mile stretch of East Conway Road this summer. All of the valley's local representatives supported the effort to add the road to the 10-year transportation plan.

• If things work out, the Conway Recreation Department would most likely be the first entity to move into the vacant space at the Kennett Middle School, and it could happen this year.

• Four candidates — incumbents Mark Hounsell and Bill Marvel, Stacy Sand and Susan Tofani — are running for two three-year seats as Conway Library Trustees.

• The Community School in Tamworth will host its final Slumgullion, a pop-up restaurant, this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the school (1164 Bunker Hill Road). The goal is to raise money for a school-sponsored student trip to Germany and the Czech Republic.

• The aging county population, substance abuse/mental health and obesity were among the topics covered at a community health needs assessment forum presented March 14 by Memorial Hospital in partnership with the Community Health Collaborative and the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health.

• Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Ski Area that took place March 18-19, raised $55,000 toward the goal of purchasing a handicapped accessible van for Kevin Dall, 10, of Tamworth.

Thursday, March 24

• In the wake of lawmakers drastically cutting the Carroll County Farm's budget, county commissioners announced they will seek to sell as much hay, wood and blueberries as possible by August, when the facility is set to close.

• The Conway School Board's annual sixth-grade academic awards night is officially a thing of the past. The reason is a move away from letter grades at the three local elementary schools. Principals at John Fuller, Pine Tree and Conway Elementary still want the sixth-graders be honored this spring but at ceremonies held at each individual school.

• Three trees were removed from Pollard St. on Wednesday to prepare for the upgrading of the sidewalks on the Conway street.

• School Superintendent Kevin Richard and his staff are compiling numbers to see how many students in this district actually start their educational path with kindergarten and remain in that elementary school through sixth grade.

• At Monday's meeting of the Conway Public Library Board of Trustees, two members of the Friends of the Library voiced their displeasure with an ad placed in the paper by board chair Mark Hounsell and treasurer Bill Marvel stating their opposition to the possible issuance of library cards to non-Conway residents who work for Conway businesses, but Hounsell and Marvel stood their ground.

• The state Division of Parks and Recreation next year could seek approximately $1 million in capital budget money to increase the capacity of vital systems on the 60-acre Mount Washington State Park perched at the top of the state's highest peak in Sargent's Purchase.

Friday, March 25

• North Conway Water Precinct voters ousted incumbent commissioner James "Jim" Umberger of Kearsarge, thwarting his bid for a fifth term, and elected former commissioner Robert "Bob" Porter of Bartlett to a three-year term, by a 108-70 vote.

• Bears are awake and are looking for food until Mother Nature's spring smorgasbord is ready for them. So Fish and Game is urging folks to take down their bird feeders immediately.

• There are two candidates — Nicholas Mercauto and incumbent Carl Thibodeu — who are running for one three-year term as selectman in Conway.

• Cranmore Mountain Meister wrapped up what had been a a good but challenging season at the annual awards night and dinner at Zip's Pub and Grill Wednesday night. Taking overall top team honors for the season were the Re/Max Rebels.

• SAU 9 announced this week it has received two grant that could help pave the way to bringing a preschool to the Conway School District.