Week in Review — Oct. 15-21, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 15

• A 2011 report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation showed that hunting in New Hampshire generated $60.4 million in sales ($23 million from deer hunting alone), creating an estimated 923 jobs and $7.5 million in state and local taxes.

• Dave Gregory, program director and head coach of the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team for the past 30 years, has joined Mount Snow Academy in West Dover, Vt., as director of athletics and recruitment.

• Oil from a tipped-over fuel truck on Meadow Road in Stow, Maine, didn't make its way into the Cold River, thanks to quick response from fire crews, along with favorable weather and soil conditions.

• Porter Road in Brownfield, Maine, was reopened with the completion of a town project to replace two undersized culverts at Linscott Brook. The Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited worked with the town to obtain a Maine Water Bond grant to get the funds needed to replace the culverts.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

• The former site of Bittersweet Greenhouse just north of Memorial Hospital on Route 16 is being considered for a new North Conway Fire Department station.

• Josiah Philibert, 20, of Ossipee was sentenced to up to three years in state prison on charges of second-degree assault, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. Philibert also was ordered to pay over $30,000 in restitution in exchange for not being prosecuted in connection with over a dozen stolen-car cases.

• The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in North Conway raised over $75,000 for American Cancer Society's research and awareness efforts.

• A 62-year-old Sanbornville man, Rick Libby, died of an apparent heart attack while hiking on the Caps Ridge Trail on Mount Jefferson.

• Jackson Police Officer Andrew Koplin, who was placed on paid administrative leave at the end of last month, left the police force after reaching a separation agreement with selectmen.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

• The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located off Route in Conway closed its doors on Oct. 14. Good Eats Hospitality of New Gloucester, Maine, owner of the property and is selling it for $329,000, closed the restaurant due to declining sales. KFC had resided there since the fall of 1996.

• An early morning fire Tuesday claimed two Albany apartments and the One Wheel Drive motorcycle shop on Route 16 in Albany. No one was injured in the blaze. Conway Fire Chief Steve Solomon said the fire appeared to be electrical in nature and nothing suspicious.

• Police are investigating at least three thefts at the Conway Area Humane Society's thrift shop — the Harrison House Resale Shop. Based on security footage, it appears that the two suspects are women.

• Robert "Michael" Lundrigan, 35, of North Conway was arrested Sunday on charges of possessing a drug/narcotic and possession a controlled drug/narcotic with intent to distribute. Lundrigan was arrested by Conway police after officers discovered about 70 doses of heroin on his possession, with a street value of approximately $1,400.

• The Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council announced Tuesday it will host a debate doubleheader on Oct. 31, featuring a gubernatorial debate between Democrat Colin Van Ostern of Concord and Republic Chris Sununu of Newfields in the morning, followed by a an afternoon debate between First Congressional District's Republic  incumbent Frank Guinta of Manchester and two challengers, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of Rochester and independent Shawn O'Connor of Bedford.

• The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected Russ Lanoie of Madison and Linda Walker of North Conway as this year's recipients of the White Mountain Treasure awards. They are scheduled to be honored at the chamber's annual dinner at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett on Oct. 25.

Thursday, Oct. 20

• School Superintendent Kevin Richard intends to recommend to the Conway School Board that it hires Virginia Schrader, a former hospitality management and marketing teacher at Kennett High School, as the interim director of the MWV Career and Technical Center for the remainder of this school year. The board is scheduled to meet on Monday.

• Selectmen voted Tuesday to ask the state Department of Transportation to ban parking on both sides of West Side Road in the area of Diana's Baths.

• Thirty-two teams raised approximately $75,768 in the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday in North Conway. This year's walk attracted 375 Mount Washington Valley residents.

• A Maine man accused of attempted rape — Ricky Morin, 32, of Buxton — was arrested near the North Conway Home Depot by numerous law enforcement agencies, including a New Hampshire SWAT Team and a Maine task force made up of local and federal authorities.

• The Conway Scenic Railroad's annual Autumn Express fundraiser raised approximately $6,000 each for Mount Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley on Sunday.

• Democrat Chip Albee of Tuftonboro and Republican Amanda Brevard of Wolfeboro are running for a four-year term as District 3 Carroll County Commissioner.

Friday, Oct. 21

• Fryeburg resident Marion Brine is circulating a petition calling for selectmen to reconsider their decision not to fill a vacant seat on the board until next year.

• About 50 people turned out to the K.A. Brett School on Monday night at the Chocorua Community Association's candidates night. The war on drugs and the fate of Carroll County's farm were the hot topics.

• The Kennett High field hockey team defeated visiting Hanover 1-0 in the opening round of the Division II playoffs on Thursday. The Eagles are scheduled to travel to Windham for a quarterfinal match up this Sunday at 2 p.m.

• Republican incumbent Mark McConkey of Freedom and Democrats Jerry Knirk of Freedom and incumbent Susan Ticehurst of Tamworth are running for two District 3 state representative seats, which serve Albany, Freedom, Madison and Tamworth.

Week in Review — Oct. 8-14, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 8
• Fall is in full swing in the Mount Washington Valley, with an array of activities and colors.
• Former Maryland governor and presidential candidate Martin O'Malley made a campaign stop on Oct. 7 in Conway on behalf of the Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
• A celebration of life was held at Zip's Pub and Grill at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway on Oct. 9 for late Volvo International Tennis Tournament Director Jim Westhall Sr., who died Nov. 26, 2015, at the age of 88.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
• Juliette M. Bertrand-Huntley, 17, of Madison was killed Oct. 8 in a single-car car accident near Chocorua Lake. Bertrand-Huntley was the driver of the vehicle.
• Republican Executive Councilor Joe Kenney told The Conway Daily Sun at an editorial board interview that he hopes to be re-elected next month so he can continue solving problems, big and small, in District 1. Kenney, 56, of Wakefield is being challenged in the Nov. 8 general election by Democrat Mike Cryans, 65, of Hanover.
• Despite a rainy closing day on Sunday, the Fryeburg Fair finished ahead of last year in attendance. A total of 166,838 people paid to get into the fair during its eight-day run, compared with 162,753 a year ago.
• Mountain View Culinary Academy will not be opening in Ossipee as planned this winter. The academy was to be housed in the building that was Carroll County's former nursing home.

Wednesday, Oct. 12
• Two sitting executive councilors — Democrat Colin Van Ostern of Concord and Republican Chris Sununu of Newfields — are squaring off in the race for governor, and North Conway Grand Hotel will be hosting a debate between the two on Oct. 31.
• The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources announced that the Bolduc Block in Conway Village has been honored by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Mountain Top Music purchased the property in 2015.
• Sonya McInnis, 38, formerly of Madison, pleaded guilty to 13 felony burglaries. She will spend 28 days in a residential drug treatment program before being sentenced next month.
• Conway School Board member John Skelton offered to resign from the team that's negotiating a new teachers' contract because his daughter was hired as a second-grade teacher at John Fuller School. However, fellow school board members saw no conflict of interest and wanted Skelton to remain involved in negotiations.
• Columbus Day weekend was a strong one for local businesses, a survey showed.

Thursday, Oct. 13
• Jonathan Folds, 26, and his girlfriend, Megan Ferron, 24, both of Bartlett, were charged with possession of more than 5 grams of heroin with intent to sell. Arrested separately was Ryan Stewart, 32, of Conway, who was also charged with possessing more than 5 grams of heroin with intent to sale.
• Former Kennett High student Sasha Pietkiewicz, 28, is organizing a team to participate in this year's Boston Brain Tumor Walk on Oct. 23 in memory of the late Jamie Skelton and others from Mount Washington Valley who lost battles with brain cancer.
• Former co-owner of Isaacson Steel Steven Griffin was sentenced to two years of home confinement for lying to banks about the company's financial fitness in order to continue getting loans.

Friday, Oct. 14
• Independent congressional candidate Shawn O'Connor, 38, of Bedford believes voters' exasperation with District 1 U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (R-Manchester) and Democratic foe Carol Shea Porter of Rochester has cleared a path to victory for him in the Nov. 8 election.
• Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant said he wants to make it clear that he opposed Question 3, the proposal on the Maine November ballot seeking background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals. Unlike Gallant, the Maine Police Chiefs Association believes the law will make residents safer.
• John Skelton, a Conway independent running for state representative in floterial District 7, was upset that he wasn't invited to a candidate meet-and-greet organized by the Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday night.

Week in Review — Sept. 24-Sept. 30, 2016

Saturday, Sept. 24
• The New Hampshire Mushroom Co. in Tamworth has been offering a "Can You Eat It?" class. Students learn the ins and outs of mushrooms, from which ones are poisonous to how to properly grow edible mushrooms.
• The second annual Great Glen 7K Trail Race successfully raised $1,300 for Olympic biathlete Sean Doherty of Center Conway on Sept. 18.
• The Mountain View Culinary Academy in Ossipee hopes to open its doors in January to an initial class of 20 students. The academy is offering its space for rent for festive Halloween events throughout the month of October.

Tuesday, Sept. 27
• Despite pleas from dozens of residents who attended the Fryeburg selectmen's meeting on Sept. 22, Selectmen Janice Crawford and Rick Eastman voted to wait until town meeting next June to fill a vacancy on the board.
• Mike Cryans, Democratic candidate for executive councilor for District 1, hopes the third time's the charm. The Hanover resident is challenging incumbent Joe Kenney (R-Wakefield) and spent Monday campaigning in Mount Washington Valley.
• Participants in the Atticus M. Finch Walk for the Animals, as part of Bark in the Park to benefit the Conway Area Humane Society, raised a record $34,000 on Sept. 24, easily surpassing the previous high by $10,000.
• The Kennett High football team scored a 14-9 upset victory over two-time state champs St. Thomas at Gary Millen Stadium on Sept. 23, before a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
• Peter Pinkham, who died Sept. 23, is remembered as the founder of Pinkham Real Estate, the onetime owner of Eastern Slope Inn, an author and an avid skier and tennis player. He died at age 91.
• Jackson selectman announced Tuesday that Chief of Police Douglas Jette has resigned and that his second-in-command, Officer Andrew Koplin, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
• In Tamworth, police chief Penny Colby is no longer with the department. Officer Greg Cooper said Wednesday he is now the lone officer at the department.
• Groundbreaking for the Kearsarge Brook condominiums at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway took place on Tuesday.
• People from around the globe offered their perspectives on presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Thursday, Sept. 29
• The Ossipee Planning Board approved, with conditions, a controversial plan to massively expand the Westward Shores Cottages & RV Resort. Westward Shores was seeking approval to add 246 new RV sites to 258 existing campsites.
• Nonpublic selectmen's minutes, released Wednesday, confirmed that former Tamworth Police Chief Penny Colby was fired from a post she had held since February. Her predecessor, Dan Poirier, who served as chief from 2008 to February 2016, said he's willing to return.
• Conway School Board members shared differing opinions Monday on why negotiations with the town over a deal to relocate the recreation department to mothballed space at Kennett Middle School broke down.
• Serving 45 to 90 years for kidnapping a 14-year-old North Conway girl, Nathaniel Kibby wants to stop the trial court from unsealing documents in the case that reveal he had issues with his legal representation.
• Conway Elementary School students and staff are embracing a superhero theme for the 2016-17 school year. It  urges everyone to be the best person they can be, along with being mindful and kind to others.

Friday, Sept. 30
• Gov. (and Democratic senatorial candidate) Maggie Hassan told the Sun at an editorial board meeting on Thursday that she will fight for New Hampshire's people while her opponent, Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, is controlled by special interests.
• Machine program students at Kennett High School who are in their fourth year of a partnership with HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware), were recognized by local, state and federal officials at an assembly in the Loynd Auditorium on Thursday.
• Conway Emergency Manager George Walker told selectmen Tuesday that the drought, which has become severe in the southern part of the state, now poses a threat for more northern towns like Conway.
• The grand jury indicted David Clancy, 63, of Freedom on felony charges of manslaughter, negligent homicide and conduct after an accident in connection to a hit-and-run accident that killed a Maine driver in July.
• For the second time in a week, police in Fryeburg responded to a threat against Fryeburg Academy and the academy had to initiate its "lockout protocol" on Thursday. The treat turned out to be non-credible.


Week in Review — Oct. 1-7, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 1

• The time is ripe for apple picking, and there are many local orchards from which to choose.

• Gov. Maggie Hassan, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, went on the offensive early and often against Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte during a debate held at the North Conway Grand Hotel. Nearly 300 people attended. Hassan is looking to unseat the incumbent senator.

• Carrie L. Nolet, the retired gay trooper who sued N.H. State Police claiming gender discrimination and sexual harassment, settled out of court because she got what she wanted: the chance to work to make things better for women and minorities in State Police.

• Fifteen local nominees were honored for their volunteer work for non-profit organizations in a ceremony at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

• The Fryeburg Fair got off to a gray, drizzly start, but there was plenty of sunshine in the forecast.

• At an interview with The Conway Daily Sun, U.S. Kelly Ayotte took aim at Gov. Maggie Hassan, saying her rival in a tight Senate race is unfairly smearing her.

• The annual Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Ride raised $6,000 for North Conway Public Library.

• Deputy County Attorney Joe Quinlan left to work for another county, leaving County Attorney Tom Dewhurst scrambling to fill the vacancy.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

• Five people have applied to be the interim director of the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.

• Two hikers were rescued after getting stranded on the Huntington Ravine Trail in Tuckerman Ravine.

• The White Mountain Moose Lodge 2705 celebrated a big event for the fledgling club when it conducted a care package community service project for American troops serving overseas.

• Gov. Maggie Hassan joined other elected officials and community leaders to dedicate the newly renovated space for primary care, oncology and chemotherapy departments at Memorial Hospital

• The building that most recently housed Hillbilly's Southern BBQ Sports Bar and Grill in North Conway was sold to Fram Real Estate Investments Co. LLC, led by Brian Fram, owner of five Dunkin' Donuts franchises in Mount Washington Valley.

Thursday, Oct. 6

• In response to a right-to-know request from the Sun, Jackson selectmen's chair Bob Thompson released the confidentiality agreement between former police chief Doug Jette and the town. It promises payment of any unused vacation time and allows for insurance under COBRA in exchange for releasing the town from any legal claims and keeping the terms of the agreement private.

• Thieves stole the ornamental cast-iron gate from the fence surrounding the Joseph Rankin Jr. lot of Hiram Village Cemetery.

• Conway School Board member Mark Hounsell said a $2.1 million, three-year teacher contract is what is needed to retain quality educators.

Friday, Oct. 7

• Carroll County will be getting a grant of nearly $27,000 from the state for extra patrols to assist the war on drugs. The award was one of 16 given to counties around New Hampshire.

• A Fryeburg policeman on bicycle patrol was struck by a motorist near the main gate of the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. Office Joshua Grzyb was transported to Memorial Hospital and later released with minor leg and arm injuries. The driver, a 49-year-old Byron, Maine resident, was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign.

• County Attorney Tom Dewhurst is taking a leave of absence but said he will make himself available when needed. Dewhurst's elected term ends in January.

Week in Review — Sept. 17-23, 2016

Saturday, Sept. 17
• As drought continues in southern New Hampshire and Maine, the leaves are beginning to turn in the White Mountains. A question on many leaf peepers' minds is: What impact will this summer's low rainfall have on fall foliage? It's at best an educated guess among scientists and those in the tourism industry.
• The state Department of Environmental Services is urging New Hampshire residents to conserve water due to current drought conditions.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
• The Conway School Board voted 4-1 to void the contract it had signed with Kennett High School teacher Andy Shaw to become interim director of the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at the school. Shaw was hired for the job in August, but the school attorney recommended voiding the contract because Shaw does not have a master's degree in educational/administrative leadership, which is a requirement for the job.
• Nearly 600 hikers took to the slopes of Cranmore Mountain Resort on Sept. 17 to participate in the 19th annual Jen's Friends Climb Against Cancer, raising close to $80,000 for the local non-profit dedicated to helping Mount Washington Valley cancer patients and their families.
• The second annual Take A Walk in Our Shoes took place at various locations in the Mount Washington Valley area, raising money and awareness in support of those struggling with addiction.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
• Eye-catching fire and knife jugglers, along with "Abe and Mary Lincoln," were a crowd-pleasing addition to the Carroll Academy/Carroll County Adult Education's first Community Resource Fair. Executive Councilor Joe Kenney was among those on hand. "I'm here to support the economic job fair to make sure people have access to job opportunities in Carroll County and to make sure they have an opportunity to see and hear what's available for jobs," Kenney said.
• There will be a contested race for District 1 Carroll County Commissioner in November. Bert Weiss of Chatham was successful in his write-in bid to get on the Democratic ballot after the state primary election. He will now square off against Republican Mark Hounsell of Conway in the Nov. 8 general election.
• Police charged former Fryeburg Academy sports coach and alumnus Timothy Even with sexual assault on a female student. The alleged sexual assault involved a 17-year-old student at Westbrook High School, where Even is the girls' track coach.
• Country Cabinets, etc., started in 1976 by Dick and Joy Check, is marking its 40th year in business.
Thursday, Sept. 22
• Conway selectmen decided in a non-public session not to move the community recreation center to Kennett Middle School. "The decision not to proceed is based on a number of factors, including increased operating costs, site management concerns and the availability of private funding," Town Manager Earl Sires wrote to school board Chair Janine McLauchlan.
• Conway School Board member Randy Davison will not be censured by his colleagues, although Mark Hounsell, who brought the original motion to do so, believes Davison's "conduct was detrimental" to the district. Hounsell said Davison crossed the line by contacting a candidate for middle school principal after the board authorized Superintendent Kevin Richard to offer the candidate the job.
• The Conway Police Department announced the arrest of Ivan Felder, 46, of Center Conway for allegedly selling a controlled drug (marijuana) to minors.
• Crews from Rodd Roofing of St. Johnsbury, Vt., are repairing the copper flashing and slate tiles on the roof on the 1901-built Conway Public Library. Conway voters approved the project in a $200,000 warrant article at annual town meeting last April.
Friday, Sept. 23
• After balking at Conway School Board member Michelle Capozzoli's request to Skype at board meetings last February, members voted unanimously to allow her to do so through the school year. Capozzoli is teaching at the University of New Hampshire until May, making it difficult for her to attend school board meetings in person.
• A Conway woman, Michelle Harris, 29, was arrested for allegedly trying to hold up the Community Market and Deli in Madison with a BB gun.
• The Conway Area Humane Society is being inundated with abandoned cats and dogs. "We have more surrendered and stray animals coming into the shelter than I have seen in my 11 years here," said Virginia Moore, executive director of the humane society.
• Kennett Middle School played host to the first STEM Festival, with sixth graders from across SAU 9 attending and getting the opportunity to put their engineering skills to good use.