Week in Review — March 4-10, 2017

Saturday, March 4
• As winter loosens its grip, some early signs of spring are in the buckets, spiles and tubing systems that begin to sprout from maple trees. The 2017 maple sugaring season got its official start when Gov. Chris Sununu tapped a tree at the Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon.
Tuesday, March 7
• The state stepped in to add signs and a lane of traffic, and Conway Marketplace is seeing some relief after being inundated last week by cars and trucks turning around in its parking lot after the Route 16 bridge over the Saco River was closed to northbound drivers. The N.H. Department of Transportation is making major repairs to the 1945-era bridge. The work will be ongoing until mid-June.
• Despite a special vote to hold Fryeburg's annual town meeting on a Saturday in June, the meeting will take place on a Thursday because the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy is not available on any practical Saturdays.
• The boy who died from injuries sustained in a skiing accident at Cranmore in North Conway on Feb. 22 was identified as John Lynch, 13, of Kingston.
• The sale of Eversource's electric generating facilities, including hydro plants in Berlin and Gorham, is underway despite the communities' objections to the process.
Wednesday, March 8
• Conway residents came out in force to Monday night's deliberative session and reversed the town budget committee's decision to lop about $9,000 from the Conway Public Library's budget. Budgeteers had wanted to prevent a librarian position from becoming full-time, but voters want to give her more hours as well as expanded benefits.
• Deliberative session voters amended a warrant article asking the town to give up McMillan Lane, a popular North Conway shortcut that runs behind a new shopping center being built along Route 16. The amendment now reads that the road can be abandoned only if the developer builds a replacement.
• Budget committee members reversed course on the Conway Village Ambulance warrant article contract after deliberative session, voting to support the article because they realized if the article failed, sections of town might not get ambulance service.
• Seven people filed for three three-year seats on the Conway Planning Board.
• Fryeburg is being considered as a possible site for a Poland Spring bottling plant.
Thursday, March 9
• The annual Bartlett School District Meeting lasted 26 minutes, with much of that time devoted to bidding on cakes to benefit the town's recreation department. Voters also approved a new two-year teacher contract and an operating budget that was up 5.46 percent over last year.
• Anna Vaughan celebrated her 102nd birthday on Wednesday with a family tea party in the community room at Mineral Springs care center in Conway.
• Jason Bagley, one of two men running for Jackson selectman, is upset that candidates can no longer post fliers at the post office. Bagley, 45, is challenging incumbent Richard Bennett, 71, who became selectman in July after Bill Lockard resigned.
• Memorial Hospital held a well-attended open house at its new oncology and infusion center to introduce its new clinicians, showcase the facility and honor local donors.
Friday, March 10
• The Kennett High hockey team defeated Somersworth/Coe-Brown 3-0 to advance to Division III state championship, which will be held Saturday in Manchester. The Eagles will take on Berlin High.
• A request to add $9,450 to the operating budget for salaries for three lacrosse coaches failed 137-10 in a secret ballot vote.
• A proposed three-year teacher contract dominated discussion at the annual Conway School District Meeting on Wednesday. The contract is recommended by the school board but is the lone article not recommended by the budget committee.
• "It was like taking a family member out of the house," said N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Brison after removing a monkey from a Laconia household, where it was kept illegally. State law prohibits the keeping of many species — some amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals, including all primates — without a permit.
• Two people, Dan Poirier and Mike Malenfant, are seeking the Tamworth selectman's seat being vacated by longtime selectmen's Chairman John Roberts.

Week in Review — Feb. 18-24, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 18
• With the recent bounty of snow, and a sunny forecast, this year's February vacation week is shaping up to be the best ever, according to local ski areas, business leaders and innkeepers.
• The Mount Washington Cog Railway has not yet submitted an application to build a proposed 35-room hotel about 1,000 feet below the submit of Mount Washington, but six conservation organizations have served notice there will be stiff opposition to the project.
• For the first time in decades, there's a spate of hotels being built, proposed or upgraded in the North Country, with the newest being a Hilton in Bethlehem.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
• A majority of Conway Budget Committee members voted against the supporting the Conway Village ambulance contract. At the same meeting, the chairman of the budget committee said it would be "insane" to support a warrant article calling for the town to give up its rights to McMillan Lane.
• A 21-year-old Vermont man, Maxwell Forbes, was rescued from Mount Washington on Feb 17 after he injured his leg skiing.
• Conway selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Brian P. Wiggin to the board of library trustees to fill the vacancy that was left by the recent resignation of Mark Hounsell.
• The Kennett High ski-jumping team won the ski championship. defeating five other teams on the Eagles' home jump on the Kancamagus Highway.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
• A proposed three-year teacher contract won't have the blessing of the Conway Budget Committee. Members voted 9-4-2 not to support the first three-year agreement to come before the board in more than three decades.
• Love reached new heights for a Philadelphia couple, when John O'Kelly proposed to Tasha Dunsey at 4,000 feet on Mount Washington. Unsafe weather conditions prevented their ride, the Mount Washington Observatory Snow Cat, from making it to the summit of the 6,289-foot mountain.
• The filing period for Conway town and school offices got underway Feb. 22 and runs through March 3.
• Columbia Sportswear Outlet, Express and Corningware, Corelle and More will be new stores opening at Settlers Green.
• Conway Police Lt. George Walker was recently named the New Hampshire Retail Association's 2017 Law Enforcement Partner of the year at the association's 51st annual meeting in Bow. The award recognizes members of the law enforcement community who have gone out of their way to help retailers and open the lines of communication between retailers and law enforcement.
Thursday, Feb. 23
• A new law signed Wednesday by Gov. Chris Sununu no longer requires people to get a license to carry a concealed weapon. SB 12 was sponsored by state Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro).
• Attempts by Conway budget committee member Steven Steiner to cut $4.7 million from the school budget and fellow budgeteer Dick Klement to reduce the budget by nearly $1.3 million did not receive the support of the majority of members. The committee voted 9-6 to recommend the school board's budget of $36.2 million.
• Sharon Schilling was named the new president of the Mount Washington Observatory, and an open house was held to give members of the public a chance to meet her.
• Patricia McMurry announced her retirement after 15 years as executive director of White Mountain Community Health Center.
Friday, Feb. 24
• The county legislative delegation is expected to wrap up the 2017 budget on Monday. Among the issues being considered is a $10,000 expenditure to help fund a study about what should be done with the county farm.
• The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is proposing to reduce the number of statewide moose hunt permits by almost 30 percent. The initial proposed to cut the number of issued permits from 71 to 51 was approved by the Fish and Game Commission at its February meeting.
• A 13-year-old boy from southern New Hampshire was airlifted to Maine Medical Center after being critically injured in a skiing accident on Mount Cranmore.
• The Conway Budget Committee voted in support of a proposed $2.1 million bond project to upgrade heating and ventilation at Conway Elementary School.

Week in Review — Feb. 25-March 3, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 25
• Mount Washington, the "Home of the World's Worst Weather," is also home to avalanches. In the Mount Washington Avalanche Center's forecast areas — Tuckerman and Huntington ravines — there may be as many as 100 recorded avalanches in any given year.
• The Coos Planning Board hasn't yet been presented with a formal proposal for a hotel high on the flank of Mount Washington, but the board is already exploring whether a hotel can be located in such a "protected area"
Tuesday, Feb. 28
• Emotions ran high at the Carroll County delegation meeting Monday over the future of the county farm, but lawmakers ultimately agreed to fund a $10,000 feasibility study to help determine what to do with the county's 900 acres.
• Daniel Lennon, who pleaded guilty in Carroll County Superior Court to conspiring to steal $65,000 from a Bartlett home in late 2015, received a jail sentence as opposed to prison time, thanks to efforts he's made to rehabilitate himself.
• Seven health-care officials told Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Rep. Anne Kuster that if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without an adequate replacement, it would be a disaster for many in the North Country.
Wednesday, March 1
• Construction on the Route 16 bridge over the Saco River, which starts March 1 and continues into June, will affect some school bus routes, said SAU 9 Transportation Coordinator Gredel Shaw.
• Brian Cullinan, formerly of Intervale and a 1978 graduate of Kennett High, is at the center of a storm surrounding the Oscars ceremony Sunday night. Cullinan, an accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, handed the wrong envelope to presenter Warren Beatty, resulting in "La La Land" mistakenly being named Best Picture. Amid much on-stage confusion, it was later announced that "Moonlight" was the actual winner.
Thursday, March 2
• Advanced building trades students at Kennett High School are on the homestretch to completing their tiny house project. The house made its maiden voyage outside Wednesday so the interior could be insulated.
• Representatives from the N.H. Department of Transportation Bureau of Highway Design told selectmen the state is planning to repave Route 16, from the Eastman Road intersection north about 4 1/2 miles through North Conway to the Bartlett/Conway town line.
• The Conway Planning Board voted unanimously to support repealing the special highway corridor overlay district related to the long proposed Conway bypass. Voters will make the final decision in April.
• Conway selectmen decided not to support the town's proposed operating budget after learning the budget committee had cut almost $9,000 from the Conway Public Library's staff benefit line. Library Director David Smolen is hoping voters will restore that amount at town deliberative session on March 6.
Friday, March 3
• Despite prominent orange signs erected at the intersection of Route 113 and Route 16, a line of cars has been turning around in the Conway Marketplace parking lot just south of the Saco River Bridge as motorists realize the bridge is closed to northbound traffic. The state Department of Transportation is making major repairs to the 1945-era bridge.
• With winds gusting between 50-90 mph, Wildcat Mountain was closed to skiers on Thursday.
• Children Unlimited, which is seeking $14,000 from Conway voters in April, looks to address concerns and misconceptions that led the organization to getting panned by the budget committee, which voted not to recommend the warrant article. Selectmen, on the other hand, unanimously support funding for the organization.

Week in Review — Feb. 11-17, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 11
• Jamie McDonough, 24, formerly of Kearsarge and now of Boston, was leading the cheering section when the New England Patriots scored their stunning comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl in Houston. McDonough is a member of the Patriots' cheerleader dance squad. "I danced the hardest that I could, smiled as bright as possible and really did everything in my power to put out positive vibes," McDonough said, "and it paid off in the end."
• Northern Pass is not giving up on getting internal documents from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests detailing what prompted the organization's opposition to the controversial plan to build a 192-mile power line from Pittsburg to Deerfield.
• The filing period is over and there will be only one contested race in Bartlett in March. Vicki Garland is challenging incumbent David A. Patch for selectman.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
• The snow that the Mount Washington Valley received over the weekend added a little extra magic to Black Mountain's annual Valentine's Day chairlift speed-dating event. People are matched up by age and personal information, and they have a chance to get to know each other by taking the eight-minute chairlift ride together and then skiing down.
• As the area was pummeled by two back-to-back snowstorms, two men, including one from Moultonborough, and a teenager were killed in separate snowmobile accidents over the weekend on Lake Winnipesaukee.
• The Kennett High Coders are on a roll, with all five Coder robotics teams qualifying for the New England Championships.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
• The Kennett High girls' alpine team won its fifth consecutive Division II state championship on Feb. 14 on the Eagles' home course at Cranmore in North Conway.
• Conway Budget Committee Chairman Joe Mosca announced that he plans to run for a three-year seat on the school board.
Thursday, Feb. 16
• A homemade luge run is the hit of the neighborhood on Thompson Road in North Conway. Chris Clark and Gabe Martin have been building snow-tubing runs on their property for the past 13 years. With with all the snow the valley has received so far this winter, they say this is the best year yet.
• The next snow day will trigger blizzard bag days for the first time in Conway. That means every school throughout SAU 9 and SAU 13, except for Bartlett, will literally be doing homework at home. The Bartlett School Board has not yet adopted a blizzard bag school day.
• Madison police on Feb. 14 arrested a Freedom man and charged him with aggravated felonious sexual assault for an incident that allegedly occurred at the White Mountain Hypnosis Center building during a therapy session. Police say Wayne Deyoe, 61, was using the space at the center but was not an employee.
• U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced that Jeffrey Lamarche, 39, of Ossipee pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
• Conway residents are being reminded to shovel their roofs and clear snow from the homes' vents. The town's emergency management director George Walker said all the recent snow is putting tremendous pressure on roofs.
Friday, Feb. 17
• The fifth snowstorm in the past nine days dumped another foot of the white stuff on the Mount Washington Valley before departing Thursday. North Conway has now received 91.8 inches of snow so far this winter. The 30-year average winter snowfall is 86 inches.
• A masked, undercover New Hampshire state trooper appeared in Carroll County Superior Court Thursday to outline the case against an Effingham man, Andrew Garland, 21, and an Ossipee woman, Melissa Ford, 27, accused of being part of a drug deal that led to the death of a 22-year-old Tuftonboro man. Garland was ordered held without bail. Ford was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
• Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery Coalition announced that it is offering addiction recovery coaching out of its new facility on East Main Street in Center Conway. The group is raising funds to help pay for improvements to the building.