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.

Week in Review — July 9-14, 2016

Saturday, July 9
• They call her the horse listener. Paula Lambie-van Bemmelen of Center Conway has spent a lifetime listening to the silent language of horses. Together with husband Pete Lambie, she runs Human Horse Balance off Odell Hill Road in Center Conway. The business trains both horses and riders.
• Barney LaRoche is a legend in Berlin hockey. In celebrating his 100th birthday July 9, friends, family and community are also celebrating a man who devoted his life to hockey and to his community, leading many championship hockey teams, both as a player and as a coach.
• Iraq War veteran Stevi Gelinas, 31, of Fryeburg, is embarking on a mission to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and she is dedicating her climb to victims of sexual abuse in the military.
• John "Cookie" Cook, a member of the Ralph W. Shirley American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road in Conway for 19 years, was named the new statewide commander for the Sons of the American Legion.
Tuesday, July 12
• Approximately 40 demonstrators held a vigil against violence and racism at the Four Corners in Conway Village on July 11.
• Major Republican candidates from New Hampshire are expected to attend Carroll County's annual Lincoln Day Dinner on July 16.
• Fryeburg selectmen on July 7 accepted the resignations of Selectman Jeff Cox and longtime Fire Chief Ozzie Sheaff.
• Two people from the small town of Chatham are among a throng of candidates for District 2 state House of Representatives. Republican Daniel Bacon and Democrat Bert Weiss filed for the position. There are three seats in District 2, with four Republican candidates, five Democratic candidates and one independent.
Wednesday, July 13
• The days of the 1792-built former Homestead Restaurant are numbered, as evidenced by an on-site excavator and construction crews performing brush clearing this week. The property will be the future site of an AutoZone.
• The state fire marshal recommended that negligent homicide charges be brought against the operator of a circus tent that collapsed in Lancaster last August, killing a father and daughter.
• Authorities said drowning was the cause of death of a man whose body was found on the shore of Duncan Lake. His family said Eric Hartley Stokes, 64, of Alabama and Tuftonboro, died after a diabetic episode while fishing.
Thursday, July 14
• Anticipated repairs by the state Department of Transportation to the bridge that spans the Saco River in Conway Village sparked concerns at the July 12 Conway selectmen's meeting about what the rerouted traffic pattern might do to the Saco River Covered Bridge as well as how businesses might be affected.
• Conway Town Manager Earl Sires admitted the town had been illegally recording residents at town hall but said that practice has stopped. Sires said the video recording being down in town hall and other buildings is now in compliance with the law.
• Daniel Lennon, one of two suspects arrested last December in connection with the theft of $65,000 in cash from a Bartlett home, was a no-show in Carroll County Superior Court on July 12 for his plea and sentencing hearing. Lennon was later apprehended.
• Operating costs remained a sticking point in discussions about the Conway Parks and Recreation Department possibly moving to mothballed space at Kennett Middle School.
• Calyn Stone Cleveland, who has been working with Visiting Nurse, Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine for the past four years, was named the state's Licensed Nursing Assistant of the Year by the Home Care Association of New Hampshire.
Friday, July 15
• Carroll County's Farm Advisory Committee seeks to have a public forum July 20 about the future of the county's farm lands in the wake of lawmakers slashing the farm department's budget earlier this year. Meanwhile, the county farm is launching a pick-your-own blueberry operation.
• Troubled by the misuse by a few of the free water policy at the public spigot near First Bridge, North Conway Water Precinct commissioners said they plan to put up a sign at the pump off River Road telling users to take a maximum of 10 gallons per visit. There is currently no limit.
• A man was taken into custody by Conway police Thursday following a home invasion that sent a 20-year-old man who lived at Brookside Apartments on Grove Street in North Conway to the hospital for a head injury. Police said another suspect remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Arrested was Charles "CJ" Thomas, 23, who was charged with felony second-degree assault. Police were seeking an alleged accomplice, Jared Silva, age and address unknown.
• Conway School District secured a federal grant that will allow John Fuller School to have two second-grade teachers this fall instead of one.

Week in Review — June 25-July 1, 2016

Saturday, June 25
• For 75 years, those seeking a more peaceful planet have found a second home in the World Fellowship Center in Albany. Situated on 455 acres, with a view of Mount Chocorua, the center calls itself a place "where social justice meets nature."
• The Mount Washington Commission's Master Plan Subcommittee has recommended that a $200,000 assessment be done on the Yankee Communications Building on the summit to determine whether it would be more cost-effective to renovate the existing World War II-era building or construct a new one.
• A new bench was installed on a handicap-accessible platform overlooking First Bridge and the Saco River off River Road in North Conway. The widow and daughter of the late Craig Zehner, a New Jersey man who was a longtime visitor to the area, donated the bench to the town. A dedication ceremony will be held July 25.
Tuesday, June 28
• Conway School Board voted to raise the pay range for the next principal of Kennett Middle School. Former principal Jocelyn Judge submitted her resignation several weeks ago to return to the classroom, and the position will be advertised at a range of $74,000 to $86,000.
• Syndi White has a passion for politics. That, and a little encouragement from her daughter, are the chief reasons why the Democrat from North Conway decided to run for the New Hampshire House of Representatives for District 2.
• A record turnout for the Mount Washington ATV Climb jammed traffic on Route 16 Sunday morning, with some commuters stuck in traffic for hours. Auto Road General Manager Howie Wemyss and N.H. ATV Club President Buddy Dionne both issued apologies. "We won't let that happen again," Wemyss said.
Wednesday, June 29
• The need to create new opioid treatment options as well as promoting the ones that already exist were two themes from the Carroll County Business Forum on Monday. During the meeting, people shared personal stories illustrating the depth of the drug addiction problem.
• A Go Fund Me page dedicated to a Fryeburg Academy graduate who turned down a $1,000 Good Science Scholarship from Poland Spring was more than halfway to reaching its $10,000 goal as of Tuesday. Hannah Rousey turned down the $1,000 scholarship because she said the company, which draws some of its water from the Fryeburg aquifer, "does not exhibit sustainable and ethical practices."
Thursday, June 30
• One Conway School Board member, Mark Hounsell, believes the district's administrators are so grossly underpaid that he sought to give a $12,000 per year raise to Brian Hastings, principal of Conway Elementary School. Hounsell's motion failed by a 5-1 vote, with other board members saying now is not the time for administrator raises.
• A woman indicted last year on 12 burglary charges was charged earlier this month with another burglary, and a Carroll County Superior Court judge revoked her bail. Sonya McInnis, 38, of Madison, had been out on $25,000 personal recognizance.
• With Chris Sununu, a Republican candidate for governor, the swing vote, the Executive Council voted 3-2 to restore state funding to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
• A Conway business owner, who was convicted in January on charges of felonious sexual assault and aggravated felonious sexual assault involving a young girl, was sentenced in Carroll County Superior Court to 10 to 20 years. Ryan Brooks, 45, ran a technology company called Brooks Communications.
• Thom Perkins of Intervale was hired as executive director of the non-profit Loon Echo Land Trust. Perkins is former executive director of Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.
Friday, July 1
• Four bear cubs that were orphaned after their mother was killed by a hunter last October in Jackson have been released back into the wild. But while the cubs have a new lease on life, 16 other bears have been killed this year after being deemed nuisance bears. N.H. Fish and Game officials voiced frustration that people are still feeding bears.
• Presumptive County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi met with county commissioners Wednesday to discuss changes to the court system and the needs of the office. It was the commissioners' first opportunity to sit down with the candidate who, as the only person running for the position, is expected to become the new county attorney in November. The current county attorney, Tom Dewhurst, is not seeking reelection.
• Carroll County commissioners said they object to the disparaging remarks that several candidates for state representative have been making about them. "They don't know what they are talking about to begin with," said commissioner David Babson. "All they are doing is running their mouth to try and get elected."
• Democrat Sean Carney and Republican Billy Cuccio may not agree on a lot politically, but both agree that fresh faces are needed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. It's one reason each is making his first foray into the political arena, running for District 2 House seats.

Week in Review — July 2-8, 2016

Saturday, July 2
• Brandon Knox of Freedom bicycled 165 miles for the Wounded Warriors Project, to draw attention to veterans who suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder.
• Jonathan Kauffman, 21, of Bridgton, Maine, was killed while riding his motorcycle in Effingham. He was struck by a woman driving a sedan near the intersection of Route 153. Police were still looking for motorist.
• Towns throughout the valley were busy gearing up for Fourth of July celebrations.
Tuesday, July 5
• N.H. Fish and Game rescuers had a busy holiday weekend responding to numerous calls for lost or injured hikers and ATV accidents.
• Luke Freudenberg of Wolfeboro is running to unseat two-term Carroll County Sheriff Domenic Richardi of Conway. He charges Richardi with being "complacent" when it comes to the scourge of heroin addiction, but Richardi takes exception to that. Freudenberg has no previous law-enforcement experience.
• The search for a missing canoeist in the Androscoggin River in Errol came to a sad ending July 2 when the body of Justin Smith, 34, of Colebrook was discovered by a group of kayakers. Smith had been missing since June 29 when his canoe capsized.
• The Conway School District will be paying thousands more next year for a new online system for students, parents and staff to access information about everything from attendance and grades to schedules and demographics. But Conway School Board members who approved the switch said it will be money well-spent.
Wednesday, July 6
• "People over politics" and "an independent with integrity" are two things John Skelton promises if he's elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives this fall. Not satisfied with the current two-party system, Skelton announced that he is running as an independent for the lone District 7 seat.
• Some neighborhoods abutting the White Mountain National Forest are getting added protection from fire this summer as crews from the U.S. Forest Service are creating a shad firebreak designed to sap blazes of their fuel before they reach private property.
• Conway's Fourth of July festivities came off without a hitch, Conway police reported. An estimated 8,000 people packed North Conway's Schouler Park for music, food and fireworks following a parade in Conway Village earlier in the day.
• Sunny summer weather contributed to a banner Fourth of July weekend for local businesses.
Thursday, July 7
• Student trips to France and Spain were approved by the Conway School Board, but board member Mark Hounsell voiced concerns about the safety of the students given the recent unrest overseas.
• The New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee has issued Conway Circuit Judge Pamela D. Albee a "Reprimand and Caution" for failing to issue timely orders and using independent online research such as Zillow in deciding several marital cases. Albee retired Feb. 1 but is now taking cases part-time. She said was unable to comment on the matter at this time.
• Former Jackson selectman and current Jackson Planning Board Chair was appointed to fill a selectmen's vacancy caused by the resignation of Bill Lockard. Bennett is a building contractor and served as Jackson selectman from 2005-2008.
• Kim O'Brien was named Licensed Nursing Assistant of the Year at the Merriman House nursing home in North Conway.
Friday, July 8
• A memorial was erected in Crawford Notch for the late N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Office Brian Abrams of Conway, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident in 2013. There is also signage in Abams' honor on the Kancamagus Highway.
• Expansion plans announced by Westward Shores Cottages and RV Resort, a campground on the northwest shore of Ossipee Lake, have some area residents concerned about what the project might do to the lake.
• Three bears cubs were rescued and reunited after their mother was killed by a vehicle in North Woodstock. The cubs were transported to the state's only bear rehabilitator, Ben Kilham.
• A public information meeting regarding construction to the Route 16 bridge over the Saco River in Conway will be held July 12.

Week in Review — June 18-24, 2016

Saturday, June 18
• June is the most popular month for weddings, and the Madison Historical Society unveiled a summer-long exhibit on "Wedding Dresses Through the Decades." The exhibit includes 37 gowns, six bridesmaid dresses and one tuxedo.
• The Bartlett B.E.A.R.S. (Balloon Engineering and Research Squad) won third place for photography among 407 clubs that competed in the Global Space Balloon Challenge. The B.E.A.R.S.' photo was of the sunrise along the Maine coast, taken from an altitude of 81,741 feet.
• Though confessing to misappropriating town funds, Dummer Town Clerk/Tax Collector Mariann Letarte denied that she ever forged signatures of selectmen or the town treasurer.
Tuesday, June 21
• In the world of municipal health insurance, Freedom is an outlier. Last fiscal year, the town of 1,500 residents spent $234,000 on health insurance premiums for its nine employees and their families. This fiscal year, Freedom selectmen said they expect to save $50,000 to $80,000 while keeping the same benefits — including a zero-deductible medical plan, a feature virtually unheard of in the private sector.
• Officer Jamie Sheehy was promoted to sergeant for the Bartlett Police Department.
• Mountain View Community, Carroll County's nursing home and rehabilitation center, was awarded a 5 Star Quality Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
• Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kim Dobson of Eagle, Colo., were winners of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. Gray reached the Mount Washington summit in 58:17. Dobson's time was 1:09:34.
Wednesday, June 22
• The 800-plus students across SAU 9 and SAU 13 closed their books, cleaned out their desks and said goodbye to their teachers and classmates on Tuesday, the last day of the 2015-16 school year.
• A 60-year-old Connecticut man died while tubing on the Saco River Tuesday. It was later determined that the death was due to a "medical event" and not a drowning.
• Nearly five years after the death of 11-year-old Celina Cass, her stepfather, Wendell Noyes, 52, of West Stewartstown, was arrested in connection with her death and charged with second-degree murder.
• Crews from Spears Bros. Building Salvage and Wrecking of Belmont began demolition work on the former L.L. Bean shopping plaza on Route 16 in North Conway to make way for the planned Settlers Green Streetside retail shopping complex.
• Work is progressing on a 590-square-foot enclosure to the former outdoor deck at the Deacon Street Restaurant/Martini & Whiskey Bar on Seavey Street in North Conway.
Thursday, June 23
• Fryeburg voters persuaded voters at annual meeting June 16 to cut $100,000 from the budget, but the planning board had less success getting zoning articles passed. Of the 45 spending articles, over a dozen were trimmed based on the advice of Town Manager Sharon Jackson along with selectmen and the budget committee.
• Local real estate investor Brian Fram, who owns several Dunkin Donuts franchises in the area, is buying the North Village Common retail complex, with plans to upgrade the property.
• The weather was ideal Kennett High's outdoor graduation ceremonies on June 18, but a few people did need medical treatment because of the sun. More than 200 students received diplomas during the two-hour ceremony.
Friday, June 24
• After serving two separate terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Republican Frank McCarthy said he thought long and hard before deciding to seek another two-year term. McCarthy is one of 10 candidates for the District 2 seat.
• A Michigan teen, Lane Lesko, believed to have been involved in a series of thefts on Lake Umbagog over the weekend was shot and killed by police after a vehicle chase in Peterborough.
• Nine retiring teachers with a total of 207 years of service were recognized by the Conway School Board.
• Bartlett Historical Society signed a 25-year lease agreement with the Bartlett School Board to use the St. Joseph's Church property.