Week in Review — Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2016

Saturday, Jan. 30
• The tradition of midnight voting in some of New Hampshire's tiniest townships is getting a lot of attention this 100th anniversary of the Granite State's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Three towns — Hart's Location, Dixville Notch and Millsfield — are set to carry on that colorful custom at the stroke of midnight Feb. 9.
• A two-alarm fire destroyed Creature Comforts Pet Salon on Lovewell Pond Road on Jan. 26.
• Tamworth Police Chief Dan Poirier was back on the job Jan. 29 after being put on paid administrative leave for about a month.

Week in Review — Jan. 16-Jan. 22, 2016

Saturday, Jan. 16

• As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Irene approaches next August — and with a rare January hurricane, Alex, making landfall in the Azores on Jan. 15 — unsightly memories of her visit can still be seen around the Mount Washington Valley, especially along our rivers and streams.
• Two white pines, estimated to be a 100 years old, that had been on the north side of the former North Conway Community Center were cut and removed by five-man crew from East Branch Timberworks on Friday, Jan. 15. Parts of the trees will be used to make benches for the North Conway branch of the New England Ski Museum, which will move in the former community center.
• An estimated 6,000 came together to set a new record for coordinated participation in a Learn to Ski or Snowboard lesson on Jan. 8. The event was organized by the U.S. Ski industry.

Tuesday, Jan. 19
• An electric bathroom exhaust fan is believed to have been the cause of a large fire that broke out at Shutters Inn, a six-unit apartment building on Kearsarge Road in North Conway on Sunday night, Jan. 17. Eighteen people — 13 adults and five children — were displaced by the fire.
• Respect for others was a running theme of the town hall meeting Ohio Gov. and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich held at Conway Public Library last Friday, Jan. 15, with a standing-room-only crowd.
• An avalanche on Sunday, Jan. 17, triggered by two climbers swept a Tuckerman Ravine gully on Mount Washington, catching four and leaving two with not life-threatening injuries.
• The Tamworth Sled Dog Race, originally scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 30 and 31, has been postponed until the weekend of Feb. 27 and 28, it was announced Monday, Jan. 18.

Wednesday, Jan. 20
• Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential hopeful from Texas, was in the Mount Washington Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 19, campaigning at Zeb's General Store in North Conway and the Freedom Village Store in Freedom.
• Conway Municipal Budget Committee member Bill Masters believes the budget committee should seek a $1.5 million warrant article to fix the boilers at Conway Elementary and John Fuller schools this year.
• The Coos County Planning Board approved Mount Washington Summit Road Co.'s site plan for the Glen House Hotel on Monday, Jan. 18, paving the way for construction of the 67-room hotel to get underway this spring.
• Jackson and North Conway are both listed in Yankee Magazine's "10 Best Winter Towns" cover story article in the January/February issue.

Thursday, Jan. 21
• Townspeople rallied behind an email, letter and possible petition campaign to try to retain interim Jackson postmistress Stacey Harris, whose last day on the job is this Friday. Harris applied for the permanent job, but it went to an applicant with greater seniority, according to Jackson resident Richard Devellian.
• Selectmen awarded the bid to have an independent review of the Conway Town Hall's viability to Alba Architects LLP of Woodstock on Tuesday, Jan. 19. If the review is approved by voters, the firm will be charged with investigating whether the building will continue to meet Conway's needs or whether town offices should get new digs.
• Conway selectmen have decided to play hardball with the Conway Village Fire District over a $90,000 payment in exchange for the town taking over the sidewalks. The district tried to persuade selectmen to let them keep the money. And the town manager said the district's financial situation looks grim.
• The Conway Municipal Budget Committee wants to know why the Conway School Board last year "urgently requested" that the budgeteers support a warrant article for $287,500 for a study on the heating and ventilation of the three elementary schools, and then this year are not doing anything to follow up on the findings of the report. The budgeteers have invited the school board to its Jan. 27 meeting to talk.
• Jeff Locke, a 2006 Kennett High graduate, agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 14, worth $3,025,000, a raise from $531,000.

Friday, Jan. 22
• When one of the two boilers broke down at Conway Elementary School for three days earlier this month, there was good reason to panic. Andy Grigel, building and grounds coordinator for the Conway School District, told the Conway Municipal Budget Committee last week that the situation was dire and that it could happen again.
• Underdog Republican presidential candidate and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore spoke with voters at the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway on Thursday, Jan. 21. Gilmore bills himself as the only military veteran in the presidential race.
• The student bodies of Fryeburg Academy and Kennett High School filled Wadsworth Arena at the academy on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to hear Chris Herren speak of his struggles with substance abuse for much of his basketball career and how he ultimately lost it all to the nightmare of drug addiction — first, alcohol, then cocaine and oxycontin, and finally heroin.

 

Week in Review — Jan. 2-Jan. 8, 2016

Saturday, Jan. 2
• The Conway Daily Sun's Year in Review takes a look back at some of the top stories and photographs of past year in the Mount Washington Valley.
• Bruce Chalmers of Chalmers Insurance Group was named to the Maine Ski Hall of Fame, Class of 2015, in a ceremony held recently at the Grand Summit Hotel at the Sunday River Resort in Newry.
• As of Thursday, Dec. 31, three of four Secret Service agents injured in a Tuesday night, Dec. 29, two-car crash on Route 16 were released from the hospital following a deadly crash that killed an Ossipee man. The family of the late Bruce Danforth, 45, is trying to raise money for his burial through Go Fund Me.
• Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton gave UFO enthusiasts a reason to cheer at the close of her recent editorial board meeting with The Conway Daily Sun. The former first lady said she is "going to get to the bottom of it," concerning freedom of information requests about UFO sightings.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
• Sgt. Penny Colby was named acting chief for the town of Tamworth on Friday, Jan. 1, after the sudden departure of former Chief Dan Poirier. The department is currently operating with two officers.
• Coach Robert Burns Sr. was fondly remembered by his players. Burns, who coached baseball at Kennett High for 42 years, died peacefully at his Conway Village home on Friday, Jan. 1. He was an icon in high school baseball, having won 511 games.
• Officer Andrew Koplin is the newest full-time officer for the Jackson Police Department. He graduated from the 16-week long New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Police Academy on Concord on Dec. 18.

Wednesday, Jan. 5
• A week after voting to put a $4.9 million bond on the school district warrant, the Conway School Board reversed course and ultimately voted not to pursue a bond next April. The money would have gone toward upgrades to the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) and electrical systems at Conway Elementary, John Fuller and Pine Tree schools.
• The off-the-cuff remarks about UFOs and jokes about Area 51 disclosure made by Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton have deep meaning to the nation's only UFO lobbyist and executive director of the Paradigm Research Group. Stephen Bassett wants to see full UFO disclosure made before the New Hampshire Primary.
• Donald Trump may be the front-runner on the Republican ticket in New Hampshire, but in a poll released last month by Dick Bennett of American Research Group, just 21 percent of Granite Staters said they would vote for the real estate tycoon.
• The 21st annual Ice Carving Competition took center stage at the Wentworth Inn in Jackson on Monday, Jan. 4. Five artists competed this year.

Thursday, Jan. 6
• Jared Gardner, 26, of Conway, is accused of dealing heroin in the area of North Conway Village. He was in circuit court Wednesday, Jan. 5, and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
• Rep. Frank McCarthy proposed a bill, HB 359, he believes  will attract business to not only Carroll County but the entire Granite State. It would pave the way for new businesses and ones wanting to expand to receive some initial tax relief.
• A Go Fund Me account has been set up for a U.S. Secret Service agent — Garrett FitzGerald, of Boston, who according to the Go Fund Me account, sustained severe injuries to his spine and has no movement or feeling from his upper chest down — when he injured in the Dec. 29 Wakefield crash that killed an Ossipee man and also injured three other agents who had been duty with Hillary Clinton's detail that snowy night. Friends of the agents seek $250,000 for his care.

Friday, Jan. 7
• Former Bartlett Police Chief Tim Connifey pled not guilty to numerous charges involving his alleged efforts to protect his alleged girlfriend from charges stemming from a 2014 car accident. Connifey, 53, of West Roxbury, Mass., waived his arraignment scheduled for Jan. 6 in Ossipee's Circuit Court. Instead, he entered a not guilty plea on Dec. 28 to 10 counts of perjury and 20 counts of false swearing. Connifey was bailed on $10,000 corporate surety, and his probable cause hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28.
• Two members of the TV program "Finding Bigfoot" cast say their New Hampshire episode will be something special and that they had a great time visiting the Granite State last year. They also say their trip to Maine yielded some of the best proof ever, and that episode airs Jan. 10.
• Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, held a meet and greet at Priscilla's Country Cafe on Main Street in North Conway on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
• Conway Elementary School was down to just one working boiler the past two days after the school's other boiler broke on Wednesday, Jan. 5. For a while it looked like the part the district needed to fix the boiler no longer existed, but officials were able to track one down in Portland, Maine.
• Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was in Friday, Jan. 7, to meet with students who participate in Project SUCCEED (Schools Under Contract Creating Enriching Extended Days) at Conway Elementary School.

 

Week in Review — Jan. 9-15, 2016

Saturday, Jan. 9
• Community givers. Former business leaders. Athletes. Artists. The Conway Daily Sun paid tribute to many of those who passed in 2015.
• Malcolm Badger, 18, of Jackson, reflected on the last five months of living abroad in Denmark and volunteering as a teacher's assistant. Badger graduated from Kennett High in June.
• The Conway School Board resolved to find a use for 60,000 square feet of vacant space at Kennett Middle School.
• Tamworth selectmen were tight lipped about the status of longtime Police Chief Dan Poirier other than to say he is on leave and intends to retire in February.

Week in Review — Dec. 26-31, 2015

Saturday, Dec. 26
• Valley ski areas and attractions said there will be plenty for visitors to do this holiday week, despite a lack of snow. Most alpine areas were able to make enough snow to provide some skiing terrain.
• Attitash Mountain opened its Mountain Coaster ride for the Christmas weekend.
• The warm December was a disappointment for not only skiers, but also ice climbers, who said December 2015 was the worst season opener in memory.
• The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire's 2015 hunting season was 10,912, down 4 percent from 2014.
• The sheriff's department had stern words for the person who apparently stole an items from a toy drive in Sandwich. "Hope it makes you feel good to know that you stole from a child," the department said in a message on its Facebook page.