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Week in Review — Aug. 9-15, 2014

Saturday, August 9
• The height of the Perseid Meteor Showers returns to our northern skies Aug. 11-13, always one of the celestial nocturnal highlights of the summer, with the peak displays expected on Aug. 12. Astronomy Professor Doug Arion of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy of Kenosha, Wisc. will hold a talk Aug. at the Highland Center.
• A judge decided Nathaniel Kibby's mobile home and storage container will stay put until his lawyers get a chance to do a "meaningful" investigation of the scene as it is. If need be, the judge will make another ruling on what to do with the property.
• Jim Sheehan has been chosen as this year's grand marshal for the 32nd Annual Mud Bowl Parade.
• Jeff Locke starts out bumpy but ends up reeling in the Miami Marlins for his third win of the season.

Tuesday, August 12
• Sut Marshall and his family have offered to donate seven acres of their property, off of East Conway Road, for the purpose of turning it into recreation space.
• Republican First District Congressional candidate Dan Innis is the first openly gay candidate to run for Congress in New Hampshire, and promises to bring a fresh voice to Washington D.C. if elected.
• An early-morning fire on Jericho Road claimed a home and a beloved family pet Monday. The blaze is not suspicious.
Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at the Brenda Medeiros residence at 181 Jericho Road at 2:23 a.m., according to Bartlett fire chief Pat Roberts.
• Dianne Starett, 35, of Sommerville, Mass, was hiking back from Ripley Falls when she slipped and severely injured her left ankle on Saturday, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
• Remington J. Arnold, 20, of Conway, was arrested in Fryeburg and charged with aggravated assault of his girlfriend.
• Law enforcement will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Wakefield area sometime during the weekend of Aug. 16 and 17.

Wednesday, August 13
• For the first time, the family of Abby Hernandez has said that Abby suffered "numerous acts of unspeakable violence" while she was allegedly kidnapped for nine months. The statement calls her survival "miraculous." The family also referred questions to lawyers, according to a brief statement the family released Tuesday night.
• Scott Brown took a break from the campaign trail to hike another trail and cross an item of his bucket list Monday.
The Republican from Rye, who is running for the U.S. Senate, hiked Mount Washington for the first time on a picture-perfect day. He made the trek with former congressman Jeb Bradley.
• One of the most hotly contended primary races in the nation will take center stage in Conway when the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council hosts a New Hampshire Republican Senate Debate with candidates Scott Brown, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith at the North Conway Grand Hotel this Thursday.
• Harry Benson, who served as superintendent of SAU 9 for seven years from 1992-1998, passed away Aug. 1 from complications after knee-replacement surgery in Viera, Fla. He was 76.
• The final concert on the 2014 Arts Jubilee summer series will take place this Thursday, Aug. 14, when Roomful of Blues takes the stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort.

Thursday, August 14
• The lawyer representing Abby and Zenya Hernandez expects more charges to be filed in the case but stresses that his job is to help Abby with the legal and healing processes and that will require the media giving the teen some space.
• Long-time Jackson Grammar School teacher Heather Woodward has been hired as Madison Elementary School's principal. She said a cowboy-themed start to the year will welcome little buckaroos back to school.
• A childhood friend of Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke falsely claimed that he could guarantee bets because he was working with Locke to fix games, according to a Sports Illustrated story released Wednesday.
• Former State Senator Mark Hounsell believes he has more than enough signatures to get his name on the ballot as an Independent candidate this fall in the race for one of three seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Carroll County District 2.
• Three Republican candidates — Mellisa Seamans of Effingham, Amanda Bevard, of Wolfeboro, and Dennis Miller of Wakefield — are running for Carroll County Commissioner District 3.

Friday, August 15
• Pitcher Jeff Locke called the Sports Illustrated article "gut wrenching" after a former Granite Stater claimed he could fix games. "All I know is that I was 100 percent cooperative with MLB," Locke said. "They checked me out, 100 percent cleared, as far as I know."
• Keeping the town's road infrastructure in good shape will be expensive for the town and state in the coming years, said the town manager and public works director.
• Police are asking for help in locating Leon Garrett, 19, no known address, who is wanted for allegedly attempting to steal a purse from a Fryeburg woman and later assaulting her.

• Every resident in the town of Hart's Location is getting a free pint-sized packages of mini Oreos. The cookie company is sending Oreos to one town in all 50 states "celebrating the little things in life that can have a big impact."

 

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Week in Review — Aug. 2-8, 2014

Saturday, August 2
• The past two weeks have been mind-blowing for the community and even the international press as Abby Hernandez returned home after being missing for nine months.
• What was it like meeting Abby? Several members of the media have called to ask that question since Abigail Hernandez and her mom, Zenya, stopped into The Conway Daily Sun on Thursday morning.

Tuesday, August 5
• Just a few days before Nathaniel Kibby was arrested for kidnapping Abby Hernandez, the Conway police chief and a reporter from The Conway Daily Sun were chatting with him at the police station.
• Could Josiah Bartlett Elementary School student-athletes suit up for Kennett Middle School in football and field hockey this fall? With declining enrollment the schools looks to share resources.
• Bartlett School Board members will get their last opportunity to discuss the next superintendent's salary when they meet Tuesday.
• The Conway Scenic Railroad turned 40 on Monday and had quite a celebration.

Wednesday, August 6
• It might take between seven months and about a year for the man accused of kidnapping North Conway teen Abby Hernandez to go to trial based on a report about the judicial system that the N.H. Superior Court chief justice presented this spring.
• U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will visit Cranmore Mountain Wednesday to tour their facilities and discuss the New Hampshire's tourism industry.
• A hiker sustained leg injuries and had to be carried out by rescuers last Thursday evening near the Basin at Evan's Notch in Chatham.
• Clayton Poole, music director for the pops concert, will be returning for his 29th year with Arts Jubilee on Thursday.

Thursday, August 7
• Wednesday, a circuit court judge was deciding if investigators can move a mobile home and storage container owned by the man accused of kidnapping North Conway teen Abby Hernandez. The defense lawyer says his client maintains his innocence.
• Up for re-election in November, and running unopposed in her September's Democratic primary, first-term U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) paid a visit to Cranmore Mountain Resort Wednesday to speak about the importance of tourism to the state's economy.
• The body of a fisherman reported missing along the Saco River in Conway was located by search teams late Tuesday night, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
• Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway will kick off his "10 Counties, 10 Days" tour of New Hampshire on Thursday with a number of stops planned in the Mount Washington Valley.
• The arrival of August means high school sports are right around the corner at Kennett High athletes.

Friday, August 8
• Josiah Bartlett Elementary School student-athletes received the green light from the Bartlett School Board Monday night to suit up for Kennett Middle School in football and field hockey this fall — but only if the expenses are covered by parents or a booster group.
• Nathaniel Kibby, the man accused of kidnapping North Conway teen Abby Hernandez, must have released her unharmed in a safe place based on the way the crime was charged.
• A Superior Court judge is deciding whether the county commissioners should be suing each other in Carroll County, or if the case should be heard in Grafton County instead.
• There will be an election for water district trustees in November as the $800 trustees requested has been delivered.
• Someone stole a new computer from the North Conway Public Library.

 

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Week in Review — July 26 — Aug. 1, 2014

Saturday, July 26
• It's hard to believe but 30 years ago, the Volvo (as the international tennis tournament was known to regulars) left the red clay of the championship courts of the Cranmore Tennis Stadium in 1984 for the hard courts of Stratton, Vt. A look back at "the Wimbledon of the Woods."
• Associate Attorney General Jane Young knows there are a lot of questions surrounding the reemergence of Abigail Hernandez, but asks for patience and say the answers will come.
• Dr. William Foord of Berlin, an ophthalmologist entered into a settlement with the N.H. Board of Medicine for allegations of professional misconduct.

Tuesday, July 29
• A former Kennett High School student who was in Conway District court earlier this month on unrelated charges and has a history of psychiatric problems has been arrested for the kidnapping Abby Hernandez, the 15-year-old girl who showed up at her home eight days ago after being missing for nine months.
• Many residents of the Gateway Trailer Park in Gorham where Nathaniel Kibby was arrested Monday said they received recorded phone calls advising them to stay inside.
• Abby Hernandez broke her silence and released a brief statement Monday thanking well-wishers for their support.
• Nathaniel Kibby has been in and out of the local court since he was a young man including a 1998 incident when he was charged with assaulting a female Kennett High classmate and spent time in the psychiatric unit of the state prison because he had threatened to harm himself.
• Matthew Ellis, of Rochester, and Dylan Meyers, of Farmington, spent Saturday night in the woods after failing to reach their intended destination on the Swift River according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.
• Parents of a former Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center patient filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a teacher and a supervisor assaulted and humiliated their severely disabled son.

Wednesday, July 30
• Nathaniel Kibby accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Abby Hernandez was ordered held on $1 million cash bail, by circuit court Judge Pamela Albee Tuesday afternoon. Abby was in the court room with her mother, Zenya, and sister Sarah.
• One of Nathaniel Kibby's former classmates, Randy Waldron, Class of 1999 at Kennett High, said Kibby tormented him for 20 years and called him "rotten to the core."
• Nathaniel Kibby has a long criminal history with appearances in the Fist Circuit Court in Berlin; Coos Superior Court; and the Third Circuit Court of Conway.
• A group of 15 canoeists got stranded on the Saco Rvier after midnight Tuesday and had to be rescued.
• Vaughan C. Renaud, 21, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., was arrested by Fryeburg police after allegedly being caught with cocaine while camping on the Saco River.

Thursday, July 31
• For a third day, N.H. State Police and FBI investigators continued to comb through the home of Nathaniel Kibby, charged in the kidnapping of Conway teen Abby Hernandez last October.
• From the volunteers behind the Bring Abby Home online effort comes a new social media endeavor called #abbystrong. The former was created to help search for the then missing teen who was gone for nine months, and the latter is to welcome her home.
• Public defender Jesse Friedman said his client Nathaniel Kibby won't speak with the media at this time.
• Full-day kindergarten in the Conway School District has been everything administrators hoped it would be and more when it was implemented two years ago.
• Shawn Coope, of Wolfeboro, a Republican candidate for Carroll County Sheriff, announced he has been accepted into the FBI's Command Leadership Institute.

Friday, August 1
• While she was missing, Abby Hernandez said she saw the page 2 box in The Conway Daily Sun published every day that kept a count of the number of days she was gone, and it gave her hope. Abby and her mother Zenya stopped by the Sun's office Thursday to thank the editorial staff and to tell the community they are thankful for the effort that went into the search.
• A big step toward improving the quality of the Saco River took place July 18 when the contract was signed to start Phase II of the Conway Village Fire District's sewer interconnect project with the North Conway Wastewater Treatment facility.
• A couple from Pembroke sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after their ATV rolled over on an ATV trail in Dixville .
• Katelyn Dolan was selected by Climbing Magazine in an essay-writing contest to go on a backcountry climbing expedition in the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming to help raise money for a program called Big City Mountaineers (BCM).

 

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Week in Review — July 19-25 2014

Saturday, July 19
• Erected in 1923, Fabyan Guard Station is a historic one-room log cabin located on Cherry Mountain Road in the Bretton Woods area of Carroll. Currently being restored, it's one of the stops on the new, 40-stop, 100-mile Weeks Act Legacy Trail/White Mountains driving tour.
• With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the federal government's first land purchase in the creation of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, it's a good time to explore "The People's Forest," whether by hiking or driving.

Tuesday, July 22
• North Conway teen Abigail Hernandez was reunited safely with her family Sunday evening, according to a statement issued Monday afternoon by authorities. Hernandez disappeared last Oct. 9 after leaving Kennett High School. She vanished just days before her 15th birthday.
• Steve Woodcock, a U.S. Army veteran 1970-73, successfully rode his Harley across country in just seven days to raise money and awareness for the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station, based in San Diego, Calif.
• About 300 residents signed a petition asking Tamworth selectmen to refrain from displacing civic groups, like meals on wheels, by making new offices in the town hall and by moving government meetings to the nearby Town House.

Wednesday, July 23
• As of Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement was still trying to piece together how formerly missing teen Abby Hernandez came home on Sunday night after being missing for nine months.
• Bob Smith is fine with being labeled the most conservative candidate in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. He's OK with folks asking about his age, but at 73 the Tuftonboro resident says you cannot put an age limit on patriotism.
• Sherman Farm is turning 50. A look back and a look ahead with Kathy Sherman as the family celebrates Open Farm Day this Saturday.
• Arts Jubilee continues its 32nd summer concert season Thursday, July 24, at Cranmore. In the spotlight will be Don Campbell and Band performing music that has stood the test of time featuring a tribute to Dan Fogelberg.

Thursday, July 24
• Zenya Hernandez sends everyone a big thank you for helping to find her teenage daughter, said Zenya's friend Amanda Smith, adding Abby and Zenya are enjoying their time together after Abby went missing for nine months.
• A look back a the 285 day timeline of Abby Hernandez's disappearance.
• Just 17 out of 96 Kennett High students who were advised to take the summer school in order to get back on track academically are attending.
• The Brown campaign rolled out a list of over 100 individuals in the North Country and parts of the the Lakes Region this week, including elected officials and activists, backing Scott Brown's candidacy.
• Christopher Dietrich, of Fryeburg, was found guilty on Tuesday of burglarizing the American Eagle Store in North Conway in 2012. Prosecutors said the burglary was an inside job.
• Selectman Rick Eastman feels that potential new businesses are getting mixed messages about whether they are welcome in Fryeburg or not.
• Rose Rogers-Wells, of Brownfield, recently announced that she is a candidate for the Maine State Senate as a Democrat in District 19.

Friday, July 25
• Police are looking for the man who last fall apparently drove away with 14-year-old Abby Hernandez, but they say they don't know if she was taken against her will.
• Calling it a "gut wrenching decision," Mike Holderman met with the Kennett High football team early Thursday morning to inform them he his taking a position at East Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina.
• Marcus Buzzell, 21, of Fryeburg, is facing charges after triggering a police chase Wednesday night that started because he didn't want to get a stop sign violation, said the acting chief.
• The mood was unmistakably somber as a Loon Preservation Committee biologist collected the third documented lead-poisoned loon from New Hampshire waters this year, this one discovered on July 18 on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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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.

 

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