Week in Review — Aug. 20-26, 2016

Saturday, Aug. 20
• "Clean water is essential," consultant and aquifer protection proponent Bill Hounsell said at a ceremony marking a long-await sewer interconnect between Conway Village and North Conway. "It's everything." Helping to advocate for water quality as well as to conduct research, educate the public and undertake land conservation through trusts and easements is the member-supported Green Mountain Conservation Group, based in Effingham.
• Maryanne Dunfey, 56, of Bartlett and Katrina Zalenski, 42, of Eaton took part in the first North American Merit SwimRun Race for Otillo held in Casco Bay in Maine on Aug. 14. They completed the grueling race in six hours, 42 minutes.
• A personal milestone was achieved by a Massachusetts hiker when 63-year-old Lothar Franke made his 50th ascent of Mount Washington on the 50th anniversary of his first climb to the summit.
• A Tuftonboro woman, Sarah Kelley, was indicted on multiple felonies related to a February crash that injured a woman and her 10-year-old child on Route 28 in Wolfeboro.
Tuesday, Aug. 23
• Well-known local athlete Jim Soroka, 69, of North Conway died in a cycling accident in Evans Notch on Aug. 20. Soroka competed in the legendary Iron Man Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii in 2012. He also was among the founders of the White Mountain Aquatic Foundation, serving as a director for the organization.
• A 2011 Kennett High School graduate and East Conway native, Jordan Valladares, is serving in the Navy aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio.
• The Kennett High football team will face a few new schools this fall due to a Division II realignment. The Eagles open their regular season on Sept. 2.
Wednesday, Aug. 24
• Route 16 from Chocorua to Route 113 in Madison was closed for hours and power was knocked out to hundreds of people after a car driven by Joshua Button of Center Ossipee struck a utility pole late Monday night. Button was treated for minor injuries and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
• Jackson police are urging citizens to keep their cars and homes locked following a series of burglaries this month, particularly in the Carter Notch Road area.
• Conway School Board members said the recent hiring of a math teacher without certification underscored the shortage of math teachers nationwide.
• Ossipee police tracked down the man who offered a teenage girl a ride home on the afternoon of Aug. 18 but determined that there was "no criminal intent."
• Eneas Freyre of Norwalk, Conn., was the men's winner, and Victoria Di Savino of Buffalo, N.Y., was the fastest finisher among the women in the 44th annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.
• A manager at the North Conway Burger King, Douglas Waterman, was charged with simple assault for allegedly throwing sauce at a disgruntled customer.
Thursday, Aug. 25
• Conway selectmen are considering a proposal by Andrew Kellar, founder of Portsmouth-based NhSolarGarden.com, to place solar panels on municipal property, including the old landfill, the present landfill and behind the public works building. Kellar estimated that he could reduce the town's annual $37,900 power bill by $32,600.
• Although progress is being made toward preparing to start construction at The Balsams, the developer still has not applied for the key alteration-of-terrain permit from the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, required before any work can be done to expand the ski area.
Friday, Aug. 26
• Fryeburg Water District trustees, concerned about the lack of rain this summer, are asking constituents to fill out an online survey about how their wells are performing and also about their satisfaction with the local water company.
• Republican candidates at a gubernatorial debate Tuesday sparred over marijuana laws and how math is taught in the Common Core curriculum.
• A Berlin man, Randy Baillargeon, 32, charged with causing the death of 34-year-old Kristin Black was released from jail on $5,000 cash bail.
• A man and woman who were allegedly caught with drugs while trespassing on private land in July were caught again on the same land earlier this month. Fletcher R. Wilson, 54, and Diane Hanson, 56, were released on personal recognizance bail on the new charges.

Week in Review — Aug. 13-19, 2016

Saturday, Aug. 13
• The Fryeburg Historical Society held a grand opening for the Hazel and Owen Currier Doll Museum at the old Fryeburg Town House on Route 5. The museum features thousands of dolls from the collection of former Fryeburg resident Hazel Currier.
• Randy Baillargeon, 32, of Berlin, was charged with negligent homicide, reckless conduct and conduct after an accident in connection with the death of 34-year-old Kristin Black, also of Berlin.
• Bad weather kept teams from hiking to the summit, but a record amount of money was raised at Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country's Sunrise Ascent of Mount Washington.
Tuesday, Aug. 16
• No one was injured Monday morning when a Cessna 150 airplane made an emergency landing in a North Conway field following a loss of engine power. It was later determined that the pilot crash landed the plane because he ran out of gas.
• Jackson selectmen said Belknap County Sheriff's Department will be doing an internal investigation following a complaint by a town staff member against Police Chief Doug Jette. Jette has been on paid administrative leave since mid-July.
• Maine Water Co. reached an agreement with Fryeburg Water Co. to take over serving the water utility's 850 public water customers in Fryeburg, Maine, and East Conway.
• The infield at Robert Burns Sr. Varsity Baseball Field at Kennett High School is getting a makeover that should make the field more playable in the spring by providing better drainage.
• A group of 10th Mountain Division veterans held its 34th annual gathering at a plaque near the summit of Mount Washington State Park. About 40 people attended the ceremony.
Wednesday, Aug. 17
• U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) was among those on hand to celebrate the long-awaited sewer interconnect of the Conway Village Water District to the North Conway Water Precinct's wastewater treatment plant. The project now removes direct discharge from the treated water in the Conway lagoons into the Saco River, a Class A waterway.
• Groundbreaking is set for Sept. 27 on the 18-unit first phase of the 106-unit, six-building Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Mount Cranmore.
• Conway Planning Board granted conditional approval to the Journey Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance to build a 28,702-square-foot, 559-seat church in Center Conway.
Thursday, Aug. 18
• A multipronged approach is needed to get a handle on the Granite State's opioid epidemic, according to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who spoke with more than 50 people at the Conway Fire Station. "We need accountability. We need treatment. We need recovery. We need prevention. We need education. There's not one magic bullet that I see that's going to address this problem," Shaheen said.
• Stamping out opioid addiction and the drug dealers who fuel it will take effort from the entire community. That was the overriding message at the Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative forum held at Fryeburg Academy.
• William Cropsey, 27, of Rochester, N.Y., was charged in connection to a robbery of Citizens Bank in Ossipee Wednesday afternoon. He was taken into custody by Moultonboro Police after a traffic stop. At his arraignment, he was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail.
• Illness forced Kate Frederick to step down from the race for one of three Carroll County District 2 seats in the N.H. House of Representatives.
• Democrat Bert Weiss of Chatham said he is no longer running for a seat in the N.H. House of Representatives and instead is running as a write-in for the Carroll County Board of Commissioners.
• Nicholas Mercauto, who was making a bid as an independent for a District 2 seat in the N.H. House of Representatives, suspended his campaign.
Friday, Aug. 19
• John Skelton of Conway believes he has successfully collected the required number of signatures to run as an independent for the lone District 7 state representative seat.
• Conway School Board voted to table a motion to censure board member Randy Davison for contacting a candidate for Kennett Middle School principal. The motion was made by board member Mark Hounsell but was tabled because Davison wasn't in attendance at the meeting.
• Despite running unopposed, presumptive Carroll County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi is seeking to increase her visibility in the community since many people don't know who she is or what the office does. Current County Attorney Tom Dewhurst is not seeking a third term.
• Home Depot and Mountain Garden Club teamed up on a landscaping project at the new North Conway Community Center.

Week in Review — July 23-29, 2016

Saturday, July 23
• An exhibit at the Conway Historical Society's Salyards Center explores the history of the New Hampshire presidential primary.
• The U.S. Forest Service announced that a portion of the popular Champney Falls Trail on the Kancamagus Highway has been temporarily closed for trail reconstruction work.
 
Tuesday, July 26
• A teacher's aide at Cornerstone Christian Academy was accused of sexually molesting a 3-year-old girl who was in his care. The man, Jeremiah Friedel, 32, of Effingham, denied the charge. He appeared by video from Carroll County jail in Ossipee's circuit court for an arraignment on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault, which is alleged to have taken place Oct. 23, 2015.
• Conway Parks and Recreation Department officials and the family of late longtime annual visitor Craig Zehner of Union, N.J., gathered Monday at the newly landscaped First Bridge picnic area overlooking the Saco River for a ceremony to dedicate a bench donated in his honor.
• N.H. Fish and Game Department assisted in a number of hiker rescues last weekend.
• A special election will be held in September to fill the term of former Fryeburg selectman Jeff Cox, who resigned July 7.
• An alleged homeless man, David Collins, 28, was arrested the night of July 22 after a brief car chase on Route 302 in Bartlett. Police had been looking for Collins, who had been seen driving with a suspended license.
• Mount Washington Observatory's 16th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon on July 15-16 raised over $250,000 (before expenses), the most in the history of the event. The money goes to support the research and education efforts of the observers on the summit.
 
Wednesday, July 27
• Jackson Police Chief Douglas Jette was placed on paid administrative leave due to an accusation from a staff member, selectmen's chair Bob Thomson confirmed.
• Conway School Board voted to present a lease agreement to the town to move the town recreation department into currently unused space at Kennett Middle School.
• Jared Silva, the man accused of having a 9-mm pistol in his possession and threatening a Grove Street resident during a reported home invasion, waived his probable cause hearing and also had his bail reduced by a superior court judge.
 
Thursday, July 28
• Agreeing that the parking situation on West Side Road near Diana's Baths is unsafe for local residents as well as visitors, Conway selectmen OK'd putting up "no parking" signs around a nearby resident's driveway and urging the federal government to expand the parking lot there.
• The Center Conway Fire Department has its first ever full-time paid fire chief. On July 1, Glenn Merrill took over from former volunteer Ray Leavitt, who had served for about a decade.
• Carroll County lawmakers decided that more public listening sessions are needed to determine the best uses for the Carroll County Farm.
 
Friday, July 29
• A Conway man was hit and killed by a vehicle while biking on West Main Street in Conway Village on Wednesday evening. The victim was identified as Jesse Fulcher, 36, of Conway. Police said they were seeking the driver of an 18-wheeler that was believed to have been involved in the incident.
• Conway School Board has adopted a policy that would allow students to wear hats everywhere at Kennett High except in classrooms and the auditorium during a class or event.
• N.H. Fish and Game announced that the number of permits offered for moose hunting this fall has been reduced from 105 to 71.

Week in Review — July 30-Aug. 5

Saturday, July 30
• The Mount Washington Valley has proved to be a happy hunting ground for devotees of Pokeman Go, the smartphone-based game that has captured the world's attention.
• Police identified the truck and driver involved in an incident in which a 36-year-old Conway man was hit and killed while bicycling on West Main Street in Conway. However, police said they have not yet determined whether the incident was a criminal offense or merely an accident.
• Search-and-rescue personnel teamed up to help a hiker who had fallen while descending the Osgood Trail on Mount Madison in Pinkham Notch.
Tuesday, Aug. 2
• Rick Biche, head of the MWV Career and Technical Center at Kennett High, was chosen interim principal at Kennett Middle School. Todd Lamarque, principal at Lancaster Elementary School, turned down the position. Jocelyn Judge resigned as Kennett Middle School principal last month to return to the classroom.
• Conway School Board member Mark Hounsell served notice that he intends to file a motion to censure colleague Randy Davison for contacting Kennett Middle School principal candidate Todd Lamarque outside of a school board meeting and without the board's authorization. Davison said he did nothing wrong and that most of his conversation with Lamarque centered around their both having attended Lyndon State College.
• First responders were kept busy across New Hampshire last weekend with a number of incidents, including injured hikers and accidents involving all-terrain vehicles and off-highway recreational vehicles.
• A former selectman, Willie Farnum, claimed the Tamworth Police Department is only responding to a small fraction of police calls in its jurisdiction and that the department's two officers live so far from town that they shouldn't be allowed to take the cruisers home.
• A $100,000 Powerball ticket was sold at Discount II Plus Deli in Albany.
• Andrew Drummond, 35, of Madison completed the more than 240-mile White Mountain direttissima, a self-supported continuous hike/run through the area connecting all of White Mountain National Forest's 48 4,000-foot mountains in five days, 23 hours and 58 minutes.
• U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who is facing a re-election challenge from former state Sen. Jim Rubens and others for the Republican nomination, made campaign stops Aug. 1 at Tuckerman Brewing Co., Home Run Sports Training Center and Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
Wednesday, Aug. 3
• Conway School Board said that while it might make sense educationally to move sixth-grades from the district's three elementary schools into Kennett Middle School, the board isn't inclined to make that happen for at least 10 years when the existing tuition contracts with the sending towns expire.
• An Effingham woman, Tanya McCormack, 26, was charged with selling fentanyl to a man who died last year from an alleged overdose as a result of taking the drug.
Thursday, Aug. 4
• The Eastern Slope Regional Airport in Fryeburg, Maine, and New England Ski Museum's proposed North Conway branch were awarded large grants by the Northern Border Regional Commission.
• Discussion on a proposal for Westward Shores Cottages and RV Resort on Ossipee Lake to add 246 new RV sites to its existing 258 campsites was postponed until Aug.16.
Friday, Aug. 5
• Jim Rubens, who is gunning for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte's seat, said the incumbent is destined to lose the general election if she wins the Republican nomination.
• N.H. Fish and Game law enforcement officials said they are preparing for a surge of off-highway recreational cehicle enthusiasts for the Jerico ATV festival this weekend in Berlin.
• Donations are being sought for North Country Cares' fourth annual back-to-school giveaway, which gives free school supplies and clothing to local students ages 12 to 18.
 
 

Week in Review — July 16-22, 2016

Saturday, July 16
• Julia Ruth Stevens, daughter of baseball legend Babe Ruth, celebrated her 100th birthday. Stevens has a home in Conway.
• Charles "CJ" Thomas, one of two suspects in a home invasion incident on Grove Street in North Conway, was charged with second-degree assault, vandalism and criminal trespass.
• Husband and wife portrait and wedding photographers Jay and Vicki Philbrick were selected by New Hampshire Magazine as Best of N.H. for photography.
• Ham Arena purchased a new Zamboni, partially funded by grants from the Ham Foundation, Gibson-Woodbury Foundation and Goldberg Foundation.
Tuesday, July 19
• After months of delay while historic preservationists tried and failed to find someone to relocate the former Homestead Restaurant, the 1793-built structure was torn down on Monday to make way for an auto parts store.
• Jay Silva, the second suspect in a home invasion incident on Grove Street in North Conway, turned himself into police Sunday evening. On Monday, he appeared from the Ossipee jail via video for his arraignment in Conway Circuit Court. Silva was alleged to had a 9-mm pistol in his possession and threatened a Grove Street resident with it. The police prosecutor said the gun was found under a tree not more than 50 yards from a playground.
• Melissa and Jason Carr appeared before the Bartlett School School, asking that their daughter, eighth-grader Mackenzie Carr, be allowed to take summer math classes online to make up for any classroom time she misses due to her alpine racing schedule. MacKenzie Carr is considered one of the top young ski racers in New England.
• Sonya McInnis, who was indicted on about a dozen burglary charges last week, was ordered by a judge to be release from jail, put on electronic monitoring and allowed to seek residential drug treatment before her trial.
• Two people were hospitalized following a three-car accident on East Main Street on July 15. Police determined the crash was due to "driver inattention."
• Two people, Fletcher Wilson and Diane Hanson, were arrested in Bartlett on drug-possession charges.
Wednesday, July 20
• A video of Conway Area Humane Society staff member Chrissy Ireland curled up next to a mixed-breed dog named Prissy, who was recovering from surgery, went viral on the internet and was even featured on TV's "Good Morning America."
• Approximately 20 homes and properties in the vicinnity of East Shore Drive and Lead Mine Road in Madison suffered damage during a severe storm that blew in Monday afternoon.
• Republican candidates for state and local offices pledge to combat the opioid crisis and vowed to defend the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Bartlett.
• The new Taco Bell opened for business on Monday.
Thursday, July 21
• An officer-involved shooting in which a reported former client of Summit Achievement in Stow, Maine, was killed in Peterborough last month was ruled justified on Wednesday. The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said Lane Lesko, 19, had what looked like a handgun and shot at the officers. The gun turned out to be a BB gun.
• Andrew Drummond, 36, of East Madison, has embarked on a "direttissima" adventure, hoping to become the seventh person to traverse all 48 4,000-foot Mountains in New Hampshire in one trek, carrying on his back all the supplies needed to accomplish the weeklong journey.
Friday, July 22
• A Freedom man, David Clancy, 63, was charged with a felony after allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal head-on accident July 20 on Route 153 in Freedom.
• Agricultural expert Andy Kendall told a group of about 35 people that modernizing the Carroll County Farm may mean turning it into a local food hub so lower growers can better market and distribute their goods.
• Walker International Events was indicted on one felony and seven misdemeanor criminal charges in the collapse of a circus tent last August at the Lancaster Fair grounds.
• The Conway School Board said Rick Biche and Todd Lamarque are the two finalists for the Kennett Middle School position.