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.

Week in Review — Sept. 10-16, 2016

Saturday, Sept. 10
• Mud football and classic cars highlighted the weekend in Mount Washington Valley.
• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern of Concord said voters who support Medicaid expansion should his consider his candidacy since he is one of the New Hampshire executive councilors who made it happen. Van Ostern won the primary nomination on Sept. 13.
• Volunteers from the local Lowe's store updated the three-quarter-mile fitness loop behind Memorial Hospital and the Merriman House nursing home. Lowe's donated the labor and materials for the project.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
• About 100 people turned out for the Freedom Walk in Jackson to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The walk, organized by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, consisted of walkers carrying a large American flag in silent remembrance for about a mile.
• A hearing on plans to upgrade the shooting range at the Maj. Gregory Sanborn Wildlife Management Area in Fryeburg, Maine, drew a crowd of about 90 people at the Brownfield Community Center. While abutters were worried about noise, several shooting range enthusiasts were concerned about limitations on ammunition and automatic weapons.
• The Nashua Mud Gumbys won their eighth mud football championship, defeating the 19-time, defending champion Muddas Football Club of Amherst at Hog Coliseum in North Conway.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
• Carroll County Sheriff Domenic Richardi defeated challenger Luke Freudenberg in primary voting Tuesday.
• U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte coasted to an easy victory over state Sen. Jim Rubens on the Republican ballot. Ayotte will now face Gov. Maggie Hassan in the Nov. 8 general election.
• The town of Fryeburg had to postpone a special election for selectman because of an error in its posting.
• A crew from "American Pickers" is returning to New Hampshire to film episodes of the hit series.
• Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery Coalition, a local organization dedicated to helping drug addicts, announced plans to open a sober-living home in the old Echo Group building on East Main Street in Center Conway.
• A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the 30-unit Conway Pines Senior Living Apartments.
Thursday, Sept. 15
• One person was killed and another seriously injured in a motor-vehicle collision on Route 16 in Ossipee Sept. 13. Janet Baumann, 61, of Ossipee was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, Gary Baumann, 67, also of Ossipee was transported to Huggins Hospital and then airlifted to Maine Medical Center in Portland with life-threatening injuries.
• After receiving a letter from the town of Conway seeking a 50-year lease to move the recreation department into currently mothballed space at Kennett Middle School, school officials came back with a counterproposal of 25 years.
• Incumbent First District Republican Congressman Frank Guinta survived a primary challenge from businessman Rich Ashooh, in part because of support from towns in Carroll County and also due to Conway's Michael Callis siphoning votes that might have gone to Ashooh.
• Renovation of the primary care and oncology and chemotherapy units at Memorial Hospital has been completed, and a ribbon-cutting and open house has been scheduled for Sept. 29.
Friday, Sept. 16
• Close to 175 antique-car enthusiasts converged on the North Conway Grand Hotel for the 71st AAA Revival Glidden Tour.
• Four months after the unsolved beating that killed Conway Valley Inn owner David Bruce Goodwin, his sister, Patti Florence, is begging the public to come forward with any tips that could help solve the case.
• Fryeburg and East Conway firefighters doused a fire that spread from a permitted burn near a home in North Fryeburg.
• Mountain Top Music received $350,000 through the Community Development Finance Authority's tax credit program, putting the center over the million-dollar mark in its fundraising effort for the Majestic Theatre/Bolduc Block renovation project.

Week in Review — Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2016

Saturday, Aug. 27
• The White Mountain National Forest and White Mountains Interpretive Association hosted Passaconaway Valley Heritage Day at the Russell-Colbath Historic Site on the Kancamagus Highway. The site was home to Ruth Priscilla Colbath, whose husband left for a "little while" in 1891 and didn't return until 42 years later, after his wife had passed away. Ruth Colbath had kept a lamp in the window for him, awaiting his return.
• Survivors of domestic violence are taking the skydiving plunge to raise money for the Angel Band Project, which promotes music therapy to help them and others recover from their emotional struggles and find healing through music.
Tuesday, Aug. 30
• Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu said in an editorial board interview with The Conway Daily Sun that people are tired of politics, and that's something he hopes to change. Sununu also picked up a prized endorsement from Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was among the Republican candidates for president.
• The non-profit North Conway Cares gave away 220 backpacks filled with school supplies.
• Federal, state and local officials were in town Aug. 26 to tour the site of the future expansion of the New England Ski Museum.
• Richard Murray, Paul Naughton and Robert Ricks are running for Fryeburg selectman. A fourth candidate, Wayne Harriman, will appear on the ballot Sept. 13, but he has dropped out of the race.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
• Republican candidates for U.S. Congress, Rich Ashooh and incumbent Frank Guinta, faced tough questions from moderator George Epstein at a debate Tuesday at the North Conway Grand Hotel.
• Andy Shaw was named interim director of the MWV Career and Technical Center.
• A group of seven U.S. Air Force pararescue veterans accompanied by a guide, team leader and psychologist, recently completed an eight-day retreat in the region, highlighted by an Appalachian Mountain Club hut traverse in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains.
• The N.H. Executive Council approved a long-term agreement between the state and the Mount Washington Summit Road Co. that is designed to help the Auto Road secure $14.3 million in financing for its planned Glen House Hotel.
• Sharon K. Schilling was named president of the Mount Washington Observatory.
Thursday, Sept. 1
• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand told The Conway Daily Sun that legalizing marijuana would provide the state with an untapped revenue source in the neighborhood of $30 million.
• Conway selectmen said the town and the U.S. Forest Service will be working on a solution to the parking problem at Diana's Baths off West Side Road. The N.H. Department of Transportation and the public will also be involved in the discussion.
• Memorial Hospital announced that the medical office building will be named for Dr. Miles E. Waltz, who practiced at Memorial for 33 years and who passed away in May at the age of 81.
Friday, Sept. 2
• Students in SAU 9 and SAU 13 returned to school Thursday. "We've had an outstanding opening," SAU 13 Superintendent Lou Goscinski reported. "There was lots of happiness and joy across the district."
• Bedford Republican Rich Ashooh told The Conway Daily Sun his background as a senior executive at a defense contractor that is New Hampshire's largest manufacturing employer makes him the ideal candidate to replace Frank Guinta in the District 1 congressional race.
 

Week in Review — Sept. 3-9, 2016

Saturday, Sept. 3
• Maine isn't a bad place to look for extraterrestrial encounters, especially if one is in close proximity to the Starborn twins, or in a rural area on a clear, starry night. Those were major takeaways from the fifth annual Experiencers Speak conference, held in Portland Aug. 26-27. The conference was a chance for those who feel they've encountered interplanetary or interdimensional beings to share what they saw and chat with like-mind people.
• Pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, is the latest sports craze in the valley.
• Dr. Genevieve Kelley, who spent a decade on the run with her daughter amid a bitter custody dispute, has resumed her medical career at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. Kelley completed her jail sentence on a misdemeanor charge of custodial interference.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
• The popularity of Diana's Baths has created new challenges for local forest rangers tasked with keeping the site clean and safe. Parking is among the issues. Diana's Baths is a series of pools and cascades on Lucy Brook, with the trailhead located on West Side Road.
• Texting while driving is believed to be the cause of a single-vehicle crash in Fryeburg Sept. 4 at 2:30 a.m. A 27-year-old Fryeburg man was northbound when his blue pickup truck crossed lanes and struck a utility pole, causing extensive damage to the truck. The driver was not injured.
• Roberta I. Blood-Kemp, 40, of Lovell is facing numerous charges after being pulled over by police for "erratic operation" and then fleeing the scene in her vehicle.
• The MSAD 72 school board approved a new name for the middle school that is presently being expanded to become a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade facility. The school will be called The Molly Ockett School.
• The Kennett High football team won its season opener, 43-22, against Gilford-Belmont.
Wednesday, Sept. 7
• A 57-year-old Eaton man was killed over the Labor Day weekend in an apparent ATV accident off of Thompson Hill Road.
• A 4-year-old North Woodstock girl, Mackennah Mae Caulder, was killed in a horse-riding accident at the Lancaster Fair.
• Men's and women's records were broken in the sixth annual Millen Mile running race, held at halftime of the Kennett High football game. On the women's side, Leslie O'Dell edged Terry Livingston Ballou in a photo finish. Zach Switaj was the men's winner.
• Aroma Joe's held a grand opening for its Redstone store on Shaw's Way.
Thursday, Sept. 8
• Fryeburg selectman candidates Paul Naughton and Robert Ricks agreed on many issues at a candidate forum hosted by Fryeburg Water District trustees. Their main differences seemed to be stylistic, with Naughton's answers tending to be shorter and more blunt, while Ricks frequently referred to his military background.
• Gov. Maggie Hassan welcomed attendees to the North Conway Community Center on Wednesday morning for the governor and executive council's biweekly meeting.
• Conway Town Clerk Rhoda Quint predicted a low turnout for the Sept. 13 state primary. "There just hasn't been much talk at all about this election," Quint said.
• Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) threw his support behind Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas in the race for governor.
Friday, Sept. 9
• Former Bartlett Police Chief Tim Connifey was sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying to a grand jury about having a sexual relationship with a female defendant.
• The Republican race for sheriff is heating up, with businessman Luke Freudenberg accusing incumbent Sheriff Domenic Richardi of failing to act on the opioid epidemic, and Richardi responding that his opponent made misleading statements about him.
• Republican state Rep. Frank Edelblut of Wilton told The Conway Daily Sun that he believes his business background and common-sense conservative approach give him the right set of tools to become the state's next governor. Edelblut is one of four gubernatorial candidates on the Republican primary ballot.

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.