- Category: Week In Review
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.