- Category: Week In Review
Saturday, April 23
• With the marking of Earth Day, leaders in the alternative-energy movement reflected on the advances that have been made in the utilization of solar power and other renewable energy options in the valley.
• The Mount Washington Valley Citizens for Energy Efficient Communities is looking to bring energy-savings information to every local town that is interested. "Over the next few months, our team hopes to meet with town officials and conservation committees to provide technical support on how to reduce municipal energy costs," said Dr. Marianne Jackson, a member of the group.
• Bicycle trails and trout ponds have opened for the spring for those ready to get outdoors after the long winter.
Tuesday, April 26
• Laurinda Miller, accused of animal neglect, took the stand in her own defense in Ossipee's circuit court. Miller told the court that ordinarily Sweet Paws/Sweet Tails Animal Rescue in Center Ossipee was a clean, safe place but that the septic system failed and conditions deteriorated rapidly over a 24-hour period that ended with a police raid of the property. The animals were taken to other rescue shelters.
• Named Educator of the Year by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, Chef Kendra Veno received national recognition this month. Veno, 35, who oversees the culinary program at the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School, was named a ProStart National Educator of Excellence and will be recognized at a May 19 ceremony in Chicago.
• A 36-year-old Conway man was charged with robbing the Mobil on the Run store on Main Street in Fryeburg Sunday afternoon. On Monday, a judge released John Chilafoe on $2,500 personal recognizance but with an order to turn himself into Fryeburg police on Tuesday.
• A rash of automobile burglaries took place between 11 p.m. Friday, April 23, and 4 a.m. Saturday, April 24, on Smith Street, Stuart Street and Portland Street in Fryeburg. Items taken included food, a flashlight, prescription medication and coins.
• Crews from L.A. Drew Construction and North Country Recycling of Tamworth started demolishing the 11,074-square-foot former UberBlast building on White Mountain Highway in North Conway to make way for a Taco Bell restaurant.
Wednesday, April 27
• The Conway School Board purchased the first piece of equipment from a $2 million bond to do heating and electrical upgrades at the 59-year-old John Fuller School this summer.
• A Brownfield man, Cameron Henry, 21, was charged in connection with a rash of car break-ins in Fryeburg.
• At its first meeting since the April 12 elections, Janine McLauchlan was re-elected chairman of the Conway School Board, and Joe Lentini was chosen vice chairman.
• The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, formerly of Bartlett, to be commander of U.S. Northern Command.
• John Chilafoe broke his promise to a judge to turn himself in to Fryeburg police on a charge of robbing the Mobil on the Run convenience store. Chilafoe was found at Irving in Conway Village and arrested again.
Thursday, April 28
• A local preservation activist told Conway selectmen she has found a landowner interested in accepting the old Homestead Restaurant building, which has been destined to be demolished to make room for an AutoZone store.
• The man who failed to turn himself into Fryeburg police as promised said his car wouldn't start. John Chilafoe, originally charged with robbing Mobil on the Run convenience store in Fryeburg on Sunday, was back in court on a charge of breach of bail conditions.
• The Miranda Center for Diabetes at Memorial Hospital welcomed two new family nurse practitioners and certified diabetes educators, Justine Fierman and Stephanie Kassels.
Friday, April 29
• Andy Kendall, the head of a Boston-based foundation dedicated to promoting agriculture in New England, vowed to help Carroll County figure out a future for its farmlands.
• A jail house letter sent by Nathaniel Kibby, the man accused of kidnapping a Conway teen in 2013, contains a motion to the court that says he's been victimized by a "publicity stunt" perpetrated by the Cheshire County Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office.
• Erin Dascoulias, a former employee of the circuit court in Conway, was indicted by a Carroll County Superior Court grand jury on charges of theft by unauthorized taking and falsifying physical evidence.
• Members of the Bartlett B.E.A.R.S. (Balloon Engineer and Research Squad) overcame a few challenges while successfully participating in their second Global Space Balloon Challenge. The students launched a camera-equipped, high-altitude helium-filled weather balloon that capture stunning photos from high above.
• Both the outgoing and incoming food service directors at Mountain View Nursing Home said they will be teaming up on a project to equip residents with tablet computers for ordering their meals.