Week in Review — April 22-28, 2017

Saturday, April 22
• Crews for the Mount Washington Auto Road have begun clearing the way to the summit of the 6,288-foot-high mountain. "It's no small task to get the Auto Road open for vehicles outfitted with tires rather than treads or chains," said Crispin Battles, marketing director for the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails.
Tuesday, April 25
• Conway officials are scheduled to meet with N.H. Department of Transportation Commissioner Victoria Sheehan on May 1 to try to convince her to post "no parking" signs on West Side Road in the vicinity of Diana's Baths to mitigate what the town sees as a public safety hazard.
• N.H. Fish and Game conservation officers assisted a hiker who spent a long night in a wind-battered tent on Mount Washington. Alexander Slavic, 27, of the Czech Republic, made a 911 emergency call for help just after midnight on Sunday. The call was prompted as broken and bent tent poles poked holes in the tent, partially collapsing it and letting in snow and bitter winds.
• Radio personality Brian "Bulldog" Tilton spoke to about 350 protesters who circled the State House on Sunday to show their disapproval of Eversource's plan to build a 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield.
Wednesday, April 26
• Kennett High School senior Will Synnott planned on having an exciting April vacation during a student trip to France, but he didn't expect he would be running for his life from a gun-toting terrorist. On April 20, a French national, Karim Cheurfi, opened fire with an AK-47 on police on the Champs Elysees, the famous boulevard that leads to the Arc de Triomphe. Cheurfi killed a police officer, injured two more and killed a bystander before being shot dead.
• The majority of the Conway School Board believes it's still safe for students to travel abroad for educational trips, but after students found themselves on the fames Champs-Elysees in Paris when a gunman opened fire, one board member vowed not to support another trip to Europe. "Europe is a war zone, and I'm not going to vote to send one of our students into a war zone," said Mark Hounsell.
• Federal block grant funds, which have helped spur economic growth and infrastructure improvements in the North Country, are in jeopardy under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump.
Thursday, April 27
• Virginia Schrader, who has served as interim director of the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School since November, had the "interim" label removed and received a significant raise in the process.
• A New Hampshire Muslim and journalist will invite members of the public to ask him anything about Islam at a forum on May 9 at Freedom Public Library. Robert Azzi, 74, of Exeter, said he will also welcome questions about terrorism and social issues surrounding the religion.
• Joe Lentini was elected chairman of the Conway School Board.
Friday, April 28
• N.H. Fish and Game officials are reporting an unusually high number of bear cub sightings this spring, and, with the late arrival of warm weather, many of the cubs are craving food. Officials are asking the public to remove bird feeders and secure other backyard attractants.
• Olympic downhill skier Leanne Smith, of Conway, announced that she is retiring from competition.
• Christopher Keaton, 56, of Tuftonboro, was sworn in as Bartlett's new police chief. Keaton succeeds Janet Hadley Champlin, who is retiring.
• Jim LeFebvre was named new chairman of the Conway Budget Committee.

Week in Review — April 8-April 14, 2017

Saturday, April 8
• Bruce Kennett of North Conway and Hartland, Vt., has written a book about famed typographer W.A. Dwiggins. The book, "W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design," is being funded through Kickstarter and published by Letterform Archive. The 480-page book with 1,200 illustrations showcases the life, work and hobbies of one of the unsung heroes of modern typography.
• The Mount Washington Valley Old Car Club announced its annual car show is moving from Settlers Green to Schouler Park in North Conway. The show, now in its 28th consecutive year, got the green light from Conway selectmen on March 28 to hold the event Aug. 18. Cars will range from vintage vehicles from the 1900s up through today.
• Landlocked salmon and lake trout fishing season opened April 1 on 14 New Hampshire lakes, including Conway and Ossipee lake.
• Attitash Ski Area, Black Mountain, Bretton Woods and Wildcat remained open for downhill skiing and riding, while Bear Notch Ski Touring in Bartlett is the last cross-country ski area in the valley still open.

Tuesday, April 11
• Fryeburg officials and residents toured the C.A. Snow School on April 6. MSAD 72 is offering the school and the MSAD administration building to the town for $1 now that the Molly Ockett expansion is nearly completed.
• Conway School Board candidates — Bill Aughton, Michelle Capozzoli, Bill Masters, Joe Mosca, Courtney Smith, Jessica Whitelaw and Francine Young — stated their case one final time to the voters.
• Fryeburg Selectman Rick Eastman apologized at the April 6 meeting for suggesting the town could dissolve the water district trustees.

Wednesday, April 12
• Every article on the Conway School Board warrant, including a new three-year teachers' contract (passed 721-450) and a $2 million bond for heating and ventilation system at Conway Elementary School, got lofty supporter from voters on Tuesday in Conway. On the town ballot, voters approved 42 of 43 warrant articles, and most by nearly a four to one margin.
• Incumbent Michelle Capozzoli successfully retained her seat on the Conway School Board, topping a field of seven candidates for one of the three three-year terms with 605 votes. Jessica Whitelaw and Joe Mosca won the other seats with 510 and 486 votes, respectively. Rounding out the field were Bill Aughton, 429; Courtney Smith, 372; Bill Masters, 367; and Francine Young, 238.
• Incumbents Mary Carey Seavey and David Weathers retained their seats easily on the Conway Board of Selectmen with 839 and 820 votes, respectively, on Tuesday. Nicholas Mercauto was a distant third in the race for two three-year terms, garnering 244 votes.
• Brian P. Wiggin, who was appointed to a vacant seat as Conway Library trustee this winter, successfully won the two-year term by topping Cynthia LeFebvre 697-296 on Tuesday.

Thursday, April 13
• Conway Education Association co-presidents Chris Bailey and Matt Liebenow believe the passage of the three-year teachers' contract will help the Conway School District reach its goal of increasing teacher retention. "It also shows families looking to relocate to Conway that the community is making education a top priority," they said in a joint statement.
• The results of Tuesday's voting in Conway mean several changes are coming in town, from a librarian getting more hours to a big solar project at the town landfill.
• Mary Josephine Sibly Cressy (known to all as JoJo), aged 105, received the Boston Post Cane for the town of Fryeburg from officials during a presentation at the Bridgton Health and Residential Care Center in Bridgton, Maine, on Tuesday.
• Representatives from Poland Spring made a case that a new bottling plant would help the local economy without harming the environment during a presentation hosted by the Fryeburg Business Association at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

Friday, April 14
• After more than 30 years in business, Charlie and Becky Mallar are retiring and putting their historic 1785 Inn up for sale.
• The first of three forums to collect input from residents about the future of the Tamworth Police Department is scheduled for this coming Monday.
• Black Mountain announced Wednesday it will extend its ski season through this Saturday. The Jackson resort, which had set March 25-26 at its original closing dates, is enjoying its longest season on record.
• Dave Jensen is returning to the Conway Municipal Budget Committee after garnering 75 write-in votes in Tuesday’s Conway election. Jensen last served on the board in 2009.
• Repairs to the bridge over New River on Route 16 in Pinkham’s Grant are scheduled to begin next Monday.
• Ossipee firefighters rescued a yellow Labrador retriever named Custard from icy Mill Pond on Moultonville Road on Thursday.  
• Retiring Conway School Board members Janine McLauchlan and John Skelton were honored for their service by colleagues at Monday’s school board meeting.
• Thomas W. Andrews, 39, of Harrison, Maine, was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for allegedly breaking into the same home two weeks earlier and stealing belongings.

 

Week in Review — April 15-21, 2017

Saturday, April 15
• Jeremy Davis was about 12 years old when he became interested in vanished ski areas. Since then, he's been working to preserve their heritage, and he recently released a book, "Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains."
• Conway Scenic Railroad opened for its 43rd season.
• A Conway man, William Bergeron, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute.
• The White Mountain Board of Realtors inducted nine new members.
Tuesday, April 18
• The burgeoning numbers of seniors projected to populate the Mount Washington Valley in coming decades have civic leaders thinking about how they can strengthen the social safety net to accommodate them. A forum held at the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway addressed, among other things, affordable housing in the area, which could range from more assisted living facilities to bringing back boardinghouses.
• Nearly 90 businesses have signed a petition calling for the proposed Northern Pass power lines to be buried if the project is built at all.
• On his 80th birthday, Raymond Coulombe returned to the city of his birth, Berlin, to visit the grave of his brother at St. Kieran Cemetery. In a ceremony later that day in Bethel, Maine, he received the long-lost Purple Heart awarded posthumously to his brother, Army Sgt. Joseph Maurice Coulombe, for his heroism in the Korean War.
Wednesday, April 19
• A group of 40 or so Tamworth residents voiced concerns about crime and costs during a public listening session on the future of the town's police department.
• Pine Tree Elementary School students Ben Biche, Jake Jenkins and MacCary Kelsch took first place in their age division at the Seacoast SeaPerch underwater robotics competition, held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
• A Denmark, Maine, home was destroyed by an early morning fire on April 18. The occupants escaped unharmed. The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Thursday, April 20
• Earl Sires announced that he is retiring as Conway town manager in July. Sires said he and his wife, Theresa, plan to stay in Conway, and he said in his resignation letter, "It has truly been an honor to serve the citizens of Conway these past 17 years."
• The Conway School Board has instructed Superintendent Kevin Richard and MWV Career and Technical Center Director Virginia Schrader to see if they can retrieve close to $2,500 that the district spent on the tiny house Kennett High School students built this winter. The New Hampshire Lottery and the state Home Builders Association launched the Tiny House New Hampshire initiative last fall, inviting four schools, including Kennett, to participate. The Eagles finished second in the statewide contest.
• Developer Les Otten said he has spent about $7.1 million on his effort to redevelop the Balsams Resort and that some construction could occur this summer.
Friday, April 21
• The woman who admitted to stealing about $27,000 from Conway Area Humane Society was sentenced to a year in jail. Constance Harger, 48, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor count of tampering with public or private records in connection to the theft of $27,470 from the humane society. Harger had been the organization's finance and event manager.
• Faced with a request to cull the coyote population in the town forest, the Freedom Conservation Commission voted not to spend any money to do so. Proponents said a cull is needed in order to protect fawns from predation and keep coyotes from dying of starvation. Opponents said trapping the coyotes would be cruel and unnecessary.
• A Wolfeboro mother, Sarah Kendall, 36, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated twice in one day.

Week in Review — March 18-March 24, 2017

Saturday, March 18
• Arctic Wednesdays, the pilot professional development program that brings the remote landscape of Mount Washington' summit to nearby classrooms, is only a couple of months old but is already attracting a large fan base.
• The 21st annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup was held at Cranmore Mountain Resort on March 11 in uncharacteristically brutal conditions, with temperatures in the single digits and winds in the double digits.
• Sgt. Jamie Sheehy of the Bartlett Police Department has been selected to serve as a squad adviser at the New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy June 24-30 at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

Tuesday, March 17
• Rick Eastman, chair of the Fryeburg Board of Selectman, is asking fellow selectmen to ask voters in June whether the Fryeburg Water District should be dissolved. The proposal comes on the heels of a recent announcement by Poland Spring that it might build a $50 million bottling plant in the area.
• Two-time U.S. Olympian Leanne Smith of North Conway won the women's division of the 44th annual Red Parka Pub Challenge at Attitash in Bartlett on March 17. Brad Harden of Burlington, Vt., won the A-division for the men.
• Residents at Madsion's town meeting on March 18 decided by secret ballot (81-24) they'd rather have the selectmen appoint a director of public works than continue electing a road agent every three years.

• Kennett High School will host the Division II State Track and Field Championships on May 27. It marks the first time the Eagles have had the honor of hosting this prestigious championship.

• Kennett High junior Mackenzie Murphy was named the Division III Hockey Player of the Year on March 12, becoming just the third Eagle and first junior to receive the honor.
• WBNC, which previously provided travelers information and weather updates every 10 minutes, has changed its name to Easy 95.3 FM, and changed its format to "easy listening favorites" from the 1950s through today.

Wednesday, March 22
• A propane leak at the Carroll County complex on Tuesday forced the evacuation of the county's administration building as well as the partial evacuation of the adjacent Mountain View Community nursing home. The situation was resolved without injuries in under two hours.
• The Bartlett Historical Society, which hopes to transform the former St. Joseph's Church into a museum, is in the preliminary stages of a major capital campaign to raise $450,000.
• Fryeburg Selectman Rick Eastman is advising residents to keep a close eye on their pets after he saw a coyote roaming around town.

• In a recent survey conducted among members of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, 74 percent of respondents reported that business was up over last year. More than 80 percent of respondents credited snow for the increase in business.
• Kennett High School CADD 3 (Computer Aided Drawing and Design) students Sam Cawley and Michael Welch spent the past three months designing and building a model of St. Joseph's Church, which the Bartlett Historical Society plans to turn into a museum.
• Kennett High culinary students Aeneas Robinson and Chance Bousquet teamed up and finished second for the second year in a row at the ProStart 2017 State Competition at the University of New Hampshire on March 11.

Thursday, March 23
• The advanced building trades students in the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School learned on Saturday the Eagles had finished second in the tiny house competition. They also learned that the winners, Huot Technical School of Laconia, had used the Lakes Region Home Builders Association to complete its house. The KHS house was entirely student-built.
• Carroll County commissioners are offering a free lease of several acres of the county farm to anyone who needs a place to let their animals graze. The land the commissioners are seeking to lease consists of about 4 acres located across the street from Sunset Mattress Factory at 85 County Farm Road in Ossipee.
• Mountain Meisters, the largest single day citizen's race in the country, wrapped up its 10-week season at Cranmore Mountain Resort on Wednesday.

Friday, March 24
• Rep. Ed Comeau (R-Brookfield) has requested 3,000 documents in an effort to see how much money Carroll County's government paid in dental insurance for deceased and former employees.