- Category: Week In Review
Saturday, Nov. 19
• Fire destroyed the White Mountain Cider Co. Market and Deli on Nov. 18, but the restaurant in the same complex was unscathed. The fire, which is not considered suspicious, remains under investigation.
• State Rep. Ed Butler (D-Hart's Location) plans to file legislation to get the state to take concrete action against transgender discrimination during the upcoming session in January.
• There are still 16 fire lookout towers in New Hampshire. Fifteen are owned by the state, administered by the Division of Forests and Lands. One tower, on Red Hill in Moultonboro, is owned by the Lake Region Conversation Trust.
• The Albany Covered Bridge forest fire in the White Mountains was 100 percent contained as of Friday, Nov. 18. About 329 acres of forest burned in the blaze, which had started Nov. 12. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
• If you get lost in the woods, don't panic, there are a number of things to do to get you back on the right path. Tim Jones, the executive editor of the online magazine EasterSlopes.com, offers a number of wilderness tips.
Tuesday, Nov. 22
• Selectmen voted on Nov. 17 to move ahead with a plan to ask voters to replace old streetlights with energy-saving LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures, although making the investment back will take about two years.
• With Maine's passage of Question 1, which would allow people 21 and older "the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance," selectmen in Fryeburg will be seeking public input on to handle legalized recreational marijuana.
• Donald J. Trump became the U.S. president-elect on Nov. 8, but he wasn't the top choice of students at either Fryeburg Academy or Kennett High School. A majority of Raiders and Eagles cast mock ballots earlier this month for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
• The Fryeburg community lost a true Saco River steward with the recent death of Michelle Broyer, who served as the Saco River Recreation Council's conservation and education director and manager at Swans Falls Campground. Broyer died unexpectedly at her Fryeburg home on Nov. 9. She was 56.
• Kennett High School is teaming up with the Millen Foundation to purchase and place two solar powered scoreboards on the soccer/lacrosse and field hockey fields. The foundation has pledge half of the estimated $30,000 money for the project. School officials hope to have the scoreboards installed and operational in the spring of 2017.
Wednesday, Nov. 23
• A petition with 575 signatures given to Fryeburg selectmen last week persuaded them to schedule a town vote for Jan. 10 on possibly expanding the board to five members. At the same time, voters will also fill an existing vacancy on the board.
• Budget season has begun for the Conway School District. Kennett Middle School Principal Rick Biche is seeking a a family support liaison position for the 2017-18 school year. John H. Fuller and Pine Tree elementary schools added the position this spring. Conway Elementary School has had it for the past seven years.
• Zeb's General Store co-founders David Peterson and Peter Edwards were honored as co-recipients of the 2016 Bob Morrell Award for civic entrepreneurship on Nov. 17 at the 26th annual meeting of the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, held a the Red Jacket Mountain View in North Conway.
• The American Red Cross and the Fryeburg Fire Department installed 206 free smoke alarms in 50 homes throughout Fryeburg on Nov. 19.
• Carroll County Superior Court Judge Amy Ignatius told Brittany Dupuis, 34, of Brookfield, who is accused of stealing nearly $12,000, she won't be able to wiggle out of going to trial in December and January.
• Bretton Woods opened for the 43rd winter of skiing and riding on Tuesday on the Range Trail services by the Zephyr Quad.
Friday, Nov. 25
• A group of Denmark, Maine, residents who attended a recent town hearing on the renewal of Poland Spring's water extraction permit urged selectmen to hold off on approving it for six months, saying they want time to review the pending agreement.
• The Conway School Board is supporting technology coordinator Dale Anderson and three technology aides moving to full-time status in the 2017-18 school budget.
• Preparations were in full swing for North Conway Village to host the the spirit of "An Old Fashioned Christmas" this Saturday. The day will be marked by carols, tree lightnings, storytelling and even the arrival of Santa Claus. A parade is planned from Depot Street up Main Street to Schouler Park at 3:30 p.m.
• Bear Notch Road and Hurricane Mountain Road both closed for the winter on Wednesday.
• The White Mountains Community College celebrated its new North Conway branch with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 21.
• Two new courses and two leagues are planned for the 2017 Mountain Meisters recreational ski season. Ray Gilmore Jr. says he wants to "make Meisters great again." The changes are intended to increase participation, from those aged 34-48 — a key portion of the Meisters racing core in the past, who surveys show dropped out in recent years due to time constraints from work and family commitments.