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.
- Category: Week In Review