Week in Review — June 17-23, 2017

 

Saturday, June 17
• Well over 1,000 people turned out to the Augusta Civiic Center in Augusta, Maine, on June 16 to pay their respects to fallen Fryeburg Police Officer Nathan M. Desjardins and his grieving family. Desjardins was only 20 when he died the previous week as a result of injuries sustained in a patrol boat crash on the Saco River on May 27.
• Beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular in the Granite State, though native pollinators and honey bees face may challenges — from disappearing habitats to pesticides. But there are steps people can take to help, from planting a flower garden to simply letting some dandelions grow in the yard.
• The Conway School Board recognized 11 district employees who will retire at the end of the month in a brief ceremony on June 12. The employees — Judy Williams, Nelita Garland, Jack Hadam, Janis Hamel, Nancy Manoogian, Christine Lydecker, Theresa Sires, Brenda Harris, Ronald St. Gelais, Joe Souza, Brenda Monahan — represented 224 years of service to the district.  
• White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner will step down from his post overseeing the nearly 800,000-acre forest in New Hampshire and Maine on Sept. 1.

Tuesday, June 20
• Eighty-four Great Dane dogs were reportedly rescued June 16 from a commercial breeding operation in Wolfeboro and Bartlett.  Christina Fay of Wolfeboro, the owner of De La Sang Monde Great Danes kennel, was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. Nine dogs have been placed in the care of the Conway Area Humane Society.
• Graduation for the Kennett High School Class of 2017 took place outside in Gary Millen Stadium on Saturday. There were 147 Eagles who received their diplomas.
• Voters at annual Fryeburg Town Meeting on June 15 passed 46 of 47 warrant articles. The lone article defeated dealt with standards for private road construction.
• Fifty-one people, including four Carroll County residents — Jack Middleton, Cody Bolduc, Alan Davis Sr, and Andrew Jolin — won permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire during the state’s 30th annual moose hunt lottery drawing on June 16.
• The White Mountain Aquatic Center and Fitness Foundation, located in Bartlett, is offering water safety programs to local youngsters during the month of June.
• Jackson police unveiled its “Roam to Home” Dog Rescue Program. Chief Chris Perley hopes every dog owner in town will not only register his or her dogs but that residents and visitors alike will fill out a form intended to aid police in the event a canine goes missing.
• The Fryeburg Academy softball team came up just short, losing 2-0 to Old Town, in the Class B State Championship game played at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, on Saturday.

Wednesday, June 21
• The school year came to a close in the Conway School District on Tuesday, while Josiah Bartlett Elementary School students and faculty had to go one extra day since the district did not take any blizzard bag days.
• Cynthia’s Challenge, a ski-a-thon that took place March 17-18 at King Pine Ski Area in Madison, raised more than $50,000, which went towards a handicap-accessible van for Faith Holt and her family of Wolfeboro.
• PetSmart agreed to lease 18,000 square feet of retail space from KGI Properties LLC next to Michaels Arts and Crafts at 120 North-South Road in North Conway. A fall opening is targeted for both stores.

Thursday, June 22
• Local veterinarian Dr. Kate Battenfelder, who provided care for the Great Danes rescued in Wolfeboro June 16, said she was “heartbroken” that the conditions where the dogs were kept had deteriorated so badly. Battenfelder issued a statement on Wednesday indicating, “nobody from True North Veterinary Hospital has ever been to the accused owner’s home. She had a separate house call veterinarian that was not a part of our hospital team.”
• David Patch of Glen was unanimously reappointed Wednesday to a five-year term on the state Fish and Game Commission by the Executive Council.
• Jackson police successfully rounded up a llama that had wandered a mile from its home on Tuesday. Chief Chris Perley said it was a first in his law enforcement career. “He was awful sweet and very cooperative once we got him into custody, so we let him off with a warning,” he said.
• Officials from the Community School in South Tamworth were able to round up one of three North Country Cheviot sheep that had gone on the lam in April on Tuesday. Sarsaparilla was captured on Redhill Pond, and one boat ride, one cart ride and one mini van ride later she was back in her home barn.

Friday, June 23
• The state of New Hampshire will probably pick up the tab for the proposed intersection improvements in Conway Village, however the traffic project could be delayed until 2019 instead of starting next year.
• Chief Dean Rondeau of Wolfeboro, who is handling the animal cruelty case in which 84 Great Danes were rescued from Wolfeboro and Bartlett, vows he will prosecute Christina Fay to the fullest extent of the law.
• For the second summer in a row, children are being told not to drink the water at the Conway Recreation Department building in Center Conway. With lead in the water, employees are bringing 40 gallons of bottled water each day from the North Conway Water Precinct’s pump station on River Road in North Conway.

 

Week in Review: June 10-16

Saturday, June 10
• Motorcyclists by the thousands were expected to rumble through the area as the 94th Laconia Motorcycle Week was set to take place through June 18, and locally, the 10th annual Rally in the Valley returned through June 17.

Week in Review — June 3-9, 2017

Saturday, June 3
• The 100 Best of 2017 in the Mount Washington Valley winners were announced by The Conway Daily Sun. Thousands voted, and 100 award winners were recognized at a party that took play May 23 at the North Conway Country Club. The contest is designed to give locals a way to reward the many people, organizations and businesses that make the valley a dynamic place.
• Vaughn Community Services again will be presenting the North Conway Strawberry Festival on June 24 on the grounds of the First Church of Christ Congregational in North Conway Village. The event, now in its fifth year, features strawberries from Schartners' farm in a variety of sweet treats, including smoothies, strawberry shortcakes and hand-dipped chocolate strawberries.

Tuesday, June 6
• Despite all the rain and snow this spring, construction work that closed a lane on the bridge since March 1 over the Saco River in Conway reopened on June 2 — well before the June 15 deadline.
• Gov. Chris Sununu said he will be a strong advocate for New Hampshire when it comes to health-care reforms at the national level. On the local front, Rep. Jerry Knirk (D-Freedom) organized and hosted a Healthcare Town Hall about the issues surrounding health-care a the Brett School in Tamworth on Wednesday night.
• Kennett High senior Nate Lautenschlager and junior Selena Gauthier, who will graduate a year early, qualified for the prestigious New England Track and Field Championships in Norwell, Conn., this Saturday. Lautenschlager finished fifth in the 200 meters at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions in Merrimack last Saturday, while Gauthier qualified for the championships for the third year in a row with a sixth place finish in the 100 meters.

Wednesday, June 7
• Five months into his first term, Governor Chris Sununu says the Granite State is in good shape. He believes new businesses will come to the state; has revamped some state departments; and is proud that strides are being made in education toward all-day kindergarten and local community control.
• Selectmen in Tamworth want to make the town's police force "great again" after 18 months of turmoil. A public hearing on the advisory committee's recommendations for the police department was held on Monday night at the K.A. Brett School. About 40 people attended.
• Twenty-three students graduated from Eagle Academy on Monday night at Kennett High School, representing the largest of the 20 classes to receive diplomas in 10 years, and bringing the number of graduates to 304. Governor Chris Sununu was this keynote speaker for the evening, which attracted about 275 people to Loynd Auditorium for the ceremony.
• Eagle Academy teacher Chris Wong made a special presentation to graduating senior Ryan Lane at Monday night's ceremony. Wong praised the Conway resident for becoming a role model and ambassador for the program. "I've seen someone go from an arrogant young boy to a humble and respected young man," Wong said.
• In an effort to address the concerns of young professionals in the state, graduates of the Class of 2017 Leadership Mount Washington Valley Community Connections on Monday urged Gov. Chris Sununu to form a Millennial Advisory Council for the state of New Hampshire.

Thursday, June 8
• Nathan Desjardins, 20, a Fryeburg Police officer who was critically injured during the rescue of a canoeist in the Saco River on Memorial Day Weekend, died on Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. He suffered a severe head injury during a rescue operation on the Saco River on May 27. It was his first day of training.
• About 50 people turned out for a community dinner at Deacon Street on June 1 to pay tribute to three special Vietnam veterans. Earlier in the day Rep. Frank McCarthy, a retired Marine Corps major, was able to read into the record his account of the Marines' epic ordeal on the House floor and into the official House Journal. McCarthy recognized Lt. Jerry Flick and Sgt. Ron Smith.
• The Ossipee Planning Board on Tuesday approved, with conditions, a controversial proposal o build a new gas station over the Ossipee Aquifer. Tamworth-based Valley Point LLC, owned by Laurie Cushign and Kara Norris, seeks to operate a 5,000-square-foot convenience store with eight pumps and a fuel delivery station at 2400 Route 16.
• Gray of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Addie Bracy of Longmont, Colo., won the  U.S. Mountain Running Championships at Cranmore Resort on Saturday, besting runners from 21 different states. More than 300 runners took part in this year's race.
• Fish and Game Commissioner David Patch of Glen will have to wait until June 21 to see if he will be reappointed to a second five-year term. The Governor's Executive Council will act on the nomination then.

Friday, June 9
• Nine Kennett High juniors — Brooke Barron of Tamworth, Chance Bousquet of Conway, Selena Gauthier of Chocorua, Sara Ghobashi of Tamworth, Nathalie Jolin of Bartlett, Emily Kowal of Albany, Kevin Lyman of Center Conway, Ashley Majowisc of Freedom and Ashley Vajentic of Conway — will graduate in there years when they take part in commencement on Saturday, June 17 (10 a.m.).
• The Ossipee Planning Board is to hold another public hearing on the Westward Shores' campground expansion plans on June 13 at the Ossipee Freight House at 7 p.m. This comes after Effingham selectmen complained they weren't notified of the previous hearing.

 

Week in Review — May 27-June 2, 2017

 

Saturday, May 27
• Rep. Frank McCarthy (R-Conway), a retired Marine Corps major, honored three surviving veterans of a nine-man patrol who bravely fought in Southeast Asia 50 years ago. He had his account of their story read into the State House Journal on June 1 as part of his personal observance of Memorial Day. Honored were Lt. Gerald Flick of Livonia, Mich;, Sgt. Ronald Smith of Summerville, Ga., and Cpl. Lorne LeMieux of Strykersville, N.Y.
• Eateries across Mount Washington Valley put their own special touches on National Hamburger Month for May. The Omni Mount Washington Resort’s Rosebrook Bar along with Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co., Black Cap Grille and Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers, all in North Conway, offered creative takes on the traditional hamburger, and even suggested beer pairings.
• Kennett High students celebrated their prom at the North Conway Grand Hotel on May 20. This year’s theme was “A night of old Hollywood.”
• The Mountain Ear newspaper, which published thousands of stories over 30 years under the guidance of Ear co-founder Steve Eastman, is back, but on a website, www.mtearchronicles.com, which has just gone live.

Tuesday, May 30
• Two Fryeburg police officers were injured on Saturday in a Saco River rescue attempt accident. Fryeburg Reserve Officer Nathan Desjardins, 20, is fighting for his life at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after a jet boat that was heading toward a capsized canoe struck something in the river and crashed. Officer Dale Stout, 51, was also in the watercraft and sustained serious injuries but was released from hospital on Tuesday. The officers were on the water searching for Jennifer Bousquet, 38, of South Berwick, Maine, who fell out of her canoe into the Saco at Mile 8 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Bousquet’s body was recovered on Tuesday.
• Memorial Day observances were held across the Mount Washington Valley on Monday with services in Bartlett, Conway, Jackson, Madison, Ossipee and Fryeburg, Maine
• The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a scam targeting people. A person is calling residents and posing as a sheriff’s deputy telling people they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine over the phone.
• Kennett High hosted the prestigious Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Gary Millen Stadium. The Eagles received glowing remarks from opposing coaches for their running of the meet.

Wednesday, May 31
• Conway Selectmen unanimously voted to promote Town Assessor Tom Holmes to be the next town manager. Holmes will take over from Earl Sires, who will retire after holding the post for 17 years, on July 31.
• After 28 years on the Conway Fire Department, Keith Noble, 64, retired on Monday.
• Police say they issued 38 parking tickets since Saturday near Diana’s Baths recreation site on West Side Road in North Conway, including Memorial Day. The fines were $100 each.

Thursday, June 1
• There was a good citizen turnout at the candidates forum in Fryeburg on Tuesday night. This year’s selectmen’s race, expanding the board from three to five members, could turn into a referendum on Poland Springs, based on candidate’s responses to audience questions.
• Gov. Chris Sununu will be the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Eagle Academy graduation ceremony this Monday at Kennett High School.
• The 225th graduating class from Fryeburg Academy participated in commencement on Sunday in an outdoor ceremony.
• David Patch of Glen will have to wait until June 7 to see if the Governor’s Executive Council will reappoint him to another five-year term.

Friday, June 2
• U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) sounded surprisingly upbeat in her remarks to just over 50 people at a town hall held Wednesday night at Kennett Middle School.
• A public hearing about an advisory committee’s recommendation on how to handle the town police department is scheduled for next Monday (6 p.m.) at the K.A. Brett School in Tamworth.
• Fryeburg Selectmen made no formal announcement after their emergency meeting on Wednesday night following the two tragic boating accidents on the Saco River on Saturday. Town Manager Sharon Jackson told WGME news the meeting concerned legal issues surrounding the accident.
• May was wet and cold, but the first day of June featured 1 3/4 inches in diameter hailstones in Silver Lake during a severe thunderstorm Wednesday night.