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. 4-10, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 4
• The small town of Chatham turns 250 years old this year, and members of the Chatham Historical Society have planned monthly celebrations.
• In a city that once nicknamed itself "Hockeytown USA," Berlin's professional hockey team, the River Drivers, is attracting a new generation of fans.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
• About 530 acres of land in Conway and Albany will be set aside for conservation through the efforts of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust and the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. The land trust plans to purchase the 436-acre Pine Hill parcel in Conway and the 93-acre Bald Hill parcel in Albany.
• A review of the school budget turned into a discussion among school board and budget committee members comparing education today with the 1970s. But Mark Hounsell, the school board's representative to the budget committee, said the discussion "was a little bit like comparing apples to kiwis."
• Phillip Murray, 81, of Conway was charged with driving while intoxicated after his car slammed into a gas pump at Rapid Roy's Shell station in North Conway. No one was hurt.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
• Students in Andy Shaw's machine tool class at Kennett High School helped design and manufacture lockers for astronauts to use at the International Space Station. One of the lockers is currently flying on the Space-X rocket, which is scheduled to dock with the space station on Feb. 15. The parts the Kennett students developed are the latches holding the doors to the lockers.
• Melissa Ford, 27, of Ossipee and Andrew Garland, 21, of Effingham were indicted in Carroll County Superior Court on drug charges in connection with a woman's overdose death.
• Jackson's historic Thompson House Eatery, which closed in 2013, has reopened under new owners Jeffrey and Kate Fournier.

Thursday, Feb. 9
• For the fifth Tuesday in the past six weeks, the area got hit with a winter storm, with snow, sleet and freezing rain falling from Tuesday morning through early Wednesday.
• Local weather observer Ed Bergeron said average temperature in North Conway last month was 26 degrees F., compared with the 30-year January average of 18.2 degrees.
• Proposed ambulance contract hikes, along with the North Conway Community Center budget, could be major points of discussion at the town budget hearing scheduled for Feb. 15.
• Members of American Legion Post 95 hope that town voters in April will support expanding tax benefits for veterans to cover those who served honorably in the military but not during wartime. Post member Jim LeFebvre approached selectmen about the proposal at their meeting Feb. 7.
• The New Hampshire economy would be at the mercy of a worker shortage, economist Greg Bird said at the Eggs & Issues business leaders' breakfast in Conway.
• Newly hired Bartlett police officer Tyler J. Eldridge was sworn in by his father, James Eldridge, who is Ossipee's police chief.

Friday, Feb. 10
• The phones at the SAU 9 and 13 school districts' offices were busier than normal Thursday, when staff fielded countless calls from parents opposing the decision not to cancel school due to snow. Superintendents Kevin Richard (SAU 9) and Louis Goscinski (SAU 13) believe they made the right call.
• Tamworth will be asked at town meeting to consider increasing the size of its board of selectmen from three to five members. Fryeburg, Maine, voters recently faced the same question and opted to go with a five-member board.

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.

Week in Review — Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2017

Saturday, Jan. 28
• Adults in Maine are allowed to possess and consume marijuana, thanks to a referendum that passed last November. But the future of a bill in the Maine Legislature to address details in the law, such as minors and retail sales, remained open-ended. Meanwhile, Fryeburg police said they are bracing for an "enforcement nightmare."
• Many local people were among those who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Women's March, which took place the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president.
• The Carroll County Trump campaign chair, Bill Cuccio, 37, of Conway, and vice chair, Zac Mercauto, 18, of Fryeburg, attended the inauguration of President Trump.
• The Mount Washington Cog Railway Co. continued to review zoning regulations with the Coos County Planning Board as cog owners continue to explore building a 35-room hotel about 1,000 feet below the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington.
Tuesday, Jan. 31
• A study committee doing a cost benefit analysis of the Carroll County farm said the farm actually turned a profit of nearly $30,000 over the past two years. Last December, the panel released preliminary numbers showing the farm made about $11,000 during that period.
• The Mount Washington Avalanche Center may have to do without a full contingent of snow rangers in the wake of a federal hiring freeze announced Monday.
• The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced the arrest of two people for trafficking in heroin/fentanyl and the seizure of over 8 pounds of the drug. It was the largest seizure of heroin by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Carroll County Sheriff's Department assisted in the case. Arrested were Jason Bolduc, 39, of Parsonsfield, and Nichole Farrar, 35, of Sanford.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
• Fryeburg residents at a special town meeting held Jan. 26 voted to recommend moving town meeting from Thursday evenings to Saturday mornings. However, the vote was nonbinding.
• Vicki Garland filed for a three-year term as Bartlett selectman. She is challenging incumbent David A. Patch. Garland's husband, Doug, was a five-term Bartlett selectman.
Thursday, Feb. 2
• Conway selectmen plan to ask voters to allow a solar company to put up arrays of panels at the town transfer station and landfill. Last August, Andrew Kellar, founder of Portsmouth-based NhSolarGarden.com, told selectmen he could cut the town's annual $37,900 power bill by $32,600.
• Seth Bailey, 25, of Conway, was arrested for allegedly fighting with police officers, and even throwing a gas grill at one.
Friday, Feb. 3
• Starting March 1, the Route 16 bridge over the Saco River in Conway will be limited to southbound traffic only, due to work the state will be doing to the bridge. The project is scheduled to take more than three months.
• The North Conway Community Center avoided a clash with the town budget committee by reducing its funding request by $10,000 — something budgeteers have been asking the center to do for years. The center normally asks voters for $75,000, but this year will be seeking $65,000 from the town.
• The three Democrats who sit on the 15-member Carroll County legislative delegation would like to see the county change the way it elects its commissioners. They believe that only those who live in each of the three districts should be electing their representatives, and not open it up to a full countywide vote. But the plan was labeled "partisan politics" by Republicans.