Week in Review — Nov. 21-27, 2015

Saturday, Nov. 21

• Fryeburg Academy graduate Katy Wright-Mead was on her honeymoon in Paris when terrorists struck at several venues in the city, killing at least 129 people on Nov. 13. She and her new husband, Ryan Gieilen, hit the streets the next day with video recorder in hand, talking to people and chronicling the aftermath of the attacks.

• Conway Selectman Carl Thibodeau and his wife, Cindy, were also in Paris on vacation during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks. Thibodeau said he was saddened by the attacks, and they made him more aware of his surroundings the rest of his stay. "Your head is on a swivel all the time," he said.

• More than 200 people turn out for a forum in Berlin on the growing problem of heroin use throughout the community and the country. The forum focused on prevention, treatment and recovery.
• Conway police were looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman near the Route 16 bridge in Conway on Nov. 20.
Tuesday, Nov. 24
• The leadership of Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center in Effingham and the White Horse Addiction Center in Ossipee are teaming up with local counselors to combat substance abuse in the area.

• The Conway School Board has voted unanimously to approve a strategic plan, which will serve as a tool to guide the district in its decision-making over the next five to 10 years. The strategic planning committee met on a regular basis for the past 14 months working on the plan.

• The Harlem Rockets came to town on Thursday, Nov. 18, and played the Kennett Eagle All Stars in a friendly basketball game to raise funds for the eighth-grade class trip to Philadelphia next spring.

• Fryeburg Academy wrapped up its fall sports season in style with its annual Fall Sports Awards Night. There were 181 athletes out for the eight sports offered this past fall, and every team made the playoffs.

Wednesday, Nov. 25
• The Mount Washington Valley Dollars for Scholars chapter of Scholarship America is closing its doors on Dec. 31. Over the past 20 years, the group disbursed over $1 million to students at Fryeburg Academy and Kennett High School, including $74,500 to 51 students in June.

• Ski industry icon and community leader Phil Gravink was saluted as a mentor for legions in the ski industry when he was presented with the 2015 Bob Morrell Award for civic entrepreneurship at the 25 annual meeting of the Economic Council at the Red Jacket Mountain View in North Conway on Nov. 19.

• Carroll County Superior Court Judge Charles Temple allowed Bartlett businessman Ed Furlong's lawsuit aimed at removing Selectman Gene Chandler from office to live another day, though the judge did dismiss all of Furlong's other claims.

• Matthew Hall, 33, of Madison is charged with two counts of second degree assault, two counts of falsifying physical evidence, criminal threatening, felon in possession of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled drug (allegedly marijuana) after being involved in a an alleged knife fight in Conway on Sunday, Nov. 22.

• Wildcat Mountain opened for skiing and snowboarding with top-to-bottom terrain in the Lynx Trail, which offered more than 2,100 feet of vertical available to guests serviced by the Wildcat Express Quad.

• Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth Village will share the rich history of New Hampshire homesteading during Homestead Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 5, from noon to 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27
• About 20 peopled turned out to the Four Corners in Conway Village Tuesday night to support the Syrian refugees streaming out of their country due to a civil war there.Vigil participants want U.S. lawmakers to oppose a bill that would make immigrating to the U.S. more difficult.

• Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is schedule to make his first visit to the Mount Washington Valley this Monday, Nov. 30, when he will hold an "Action Not Words" town hall meeting at the Gibson Center for Seniors Services in North Conway. The former Maryland governor is currently running third in Democratic polls.

• Dr. Thomas Packard, a retired pediatrician who practiced for years in North Conway, who is accused of sexually assaulting two patients in the 1980s, is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in Carroll County Superior Court next September. Packard, who now resides in New Mexico, pleaded not guilty to eight charges in September.

• Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, a Conway based non-profit organization, is nearing completion of their latest project, rebuilding the deck at the U.S. Forest Service's Hermit Lake shelter located at the base of the Tuckerman Ravine lower headwall on Mount Washington.

• SAU 9 Board members are wrestling with how much the district should pay its top administrators. Salaries for Superintendent Kevin Richard and Assistant Superintendent Kadie Wilson will be discussed at a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Professional Development Center at the Kennett Middle School.

• The Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery Coalition, in conjunction with state and local health groups, will hold a forum on substance abuse and how to fight it on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Red Fox Grille in Jackson. There will be a Narcan training session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the meeting from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• The State Department's travel alert was moved to an increased threat from terrorist groups like ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram. The alert was updated Nov. 23 and expires Feb. 24.

Week in Review — Nov. 14-20, 2015

Saturday, Nov. 14
• The big day has arrived for the North Conway Community Center, with a grand opening and open house at the new $1.42 million facility. The new community center has 9,200 square feet of community space, including a 60-by-60-foot activity room/gym, multipurpose function rooms, a game room, weight room, kitchen and offices.

Week in Review — Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2015

Saturday, Oct. 31
• Citizens have voiced concerns about a number of safety issues on Conway's roads. The condition of East Conway Road in particular was a topic of discussion at an Oct. 26 public hearing on the state's draft Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Week in Review — Nov. 7-13, 2015

Saturday, Nov. 7
• Frank McCarthy, of American Legion Post 95 in North Conway, and Audley Williams, of American Legion Post 46 in Conway, said there's a new spirit of collaboration between local military service organizations this Veterans Day, and it's a change that will carry over for the rest of the year.

Week in Review — Oct. 24-30, 2015

Saturday, Oct. 24
• The yearlong "Conway Celebrates Legacy" 250th anniversary of the town's founding was a down-home, Conway-styled 250th celebration. The Conway Daily Sun commemorated the 250th with a look back in stories, essays and photographs of the past year.