• The sixth annual "Rally in the Valley" is of to a rainy start, but organizers are hopeful that a fast-moving Tropical Storm Andrea won't put on a damper on events planned for motorcyclists throughout the week.
• Bicyclist Phil Adams, of Cape Cod, is cycling to Chicago to present a conference on anti-terrorism following the Boston Marathon bombings. Adams is making the ride in memory of Martin Richard, 8, who was killed near the finish line at this year's race.
Tuesday, June 11
• Fryeburg voters on Tuesday will elect a selectman and decide whether to keep the town police department. They will also weigh in on whether to make the Fryeburg Water District inactive.
• The search continues for an 18-year-old Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center client who walked away from the center Sunday afternoon.
• Because of declining enrollment in the incoming freshman class, two vacant positions — one in math and one in English — will not be filled. However, a Spanish teaching position will be upgraded from half time to full time due to increased demand.
• It was another good week on the mound for Redstone's Jeff Locke, but he gets no decisions in two starts.
Wednesday, June 12
• The woman who walked away from Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center on Sunday afternoon was wearing a tracking bracelet, but the signal has not been detected.
• The search for a new SAU 9 assistant superintendent will start all over after a search committee recommended not to offer the position to any of the 15 applicants. "It was a group (of applicants) we don't feel is a good match," said SAU 9 superintendent Carl Nelson.
• The forest service still faces challenges in trying to repair back-country trails damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
• Badger Realty in North Conway is the latest local business to go solar.
Thursday, June 13
• Fryeburg Police Department survives Tuesday's vote on a petition to disband the department and contract with the Oxford County Sheriff's Department. The petition was defeated, 513-393.
• Rick Eastman is re-elected selectman in Fryeburg.
• Voters say they want to keep the Fryeburg Water District active.
• The 18-year-old Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center client who walked away from the center Sunday afternoon was located Tuesday evening. She was suffering from mild hypothermia but was otherwise OK.
• Local conservation officer Alexander Lopashanski has received the 2012 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Assocation's Office of the Year award.
Friday, June 14
• Looking thinner, and with a somewhat softer voice after treatment for kidney cancer, executive councilor Ray Burton (R-Bath) pays a surprise visit to The Conway Daily Sun and says he plans to seek a 19th term in 2014. "I love to serve the people of the 108 towns, four cities and seven counties of this district," Burton says. "You can write than with an exclamation point!"
• Memorial Hospital announces revamped health insurance offerings that will shift significant costs to employees. The new plans are designed to bring Memorial's employee contribution in line with industry standards, says hospital CEO Scott McKinnon. "We have been well below the market," he says.
• Five years in the making, the Mother Seton House for needy pregnant women and unwed mothers will soon by ready for occupancy, pending the hiring of a resident manager.
• Daniel Lee reflect on 20 years as headmaster at Fryeburg Academy. Lee is retiring at the end of this month.
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• The Appalachian Mountain Club opens its New Hampshire White Mountain Huts for the season. The member-supported club is commemorating the 125th anniversary of its huts with a summer-long celebration. The celebration includes special savings, a guided lodge-to-hut anniversary hike, and historical talks and evening presentations at AMC Huts and lodges.
• Jackson Grammar School students as part of their sixth grade community project organized a run/walk to bring awareness and raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project in North Conway's Whitaker Woods.
Tuesday, June 4
• The Conway Public Library has a new director. The library trustees have hired David Smolen, 40, of Manchester, after a year of turmoil caused by a botched plan to restructure the library staff. Smolen was Head of Technical Services at the Manchester City Library.
• Chatham's 283 homes were still without power following high winds and a thunderstorm Sunday night that downed trees and power lines.
• Governor Maggie Hassan was the keynote speaker at the 12th graduation ceremony at Eagle Academy Thursday night as 15 students received their diplomas and five others earned their GED.
• The Conway School Board is split over whether or not it's legal to revive talks with the North Conway Community Center over whether to consider offering the group a site on school-owned property near Whitaker Woods.
• Jeff Locke ran his scoreless innings streak to 19 2/3 and lowered his ERA to 2.25, fifth best in the National League following a no decision against the Detroit Tigers.
Wednesday, June 5
• A proposal for a new town office and police station will be on this year's town warrant. The proposed building will cost up to $700,000, but the final price could be reduced by selling the current town offices. The net impact on the tax rate is expected to be about 13 cents this year, or based on lasted year's tax rate, about a one percent increase in the overall tax rate..
• The Conway School Board's email discussion on sale of school property slips into violation of Right to Know Law. Mark Hounsell is preparing to ask board to reconsider selling Pine St. site to community center.
• Jackson Grammar School sixth grader Aidan Hagerty wrote the winning essay in the National Daughters of the American Revolution History Essay Contest. Hagerty and his parents, Jenny and Shawn, also of Jackson, have been invited to attend the National DAR convention at Constitution Hall in Washington on June 26. He is one of just four students nationwide, representing fifth through eighth grade invited to attend.
• The Mount Washington Valley has a thriving high tech community providing cutting edge technology solutions to customers and businesses across the country — to help celebrate this community the first ever TechRocks MWV social is July 2.
Thursday, June 6
• If the state wants the Conway School District to move toward the Common Core State Standards Initiative then it should pay for it, say members of the Conway School Board, who are balking at participating. The first year will cost $127,530 for equipment and training.
• A pair of Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers carried a young woman roughly a mile through wind and snow Tuesday after she injured her leg hiking on Mount Washington.
• Coleman & Sons, Inc., and Coleman Concrete is among several companies seeking millions of dollars in damages from a subcontractor — Francis Harvey & Sons, Inc., a Worcester, Mass. — hired to turn the former mill site in Berlin into a biomass power plant.
• Tim Malloy, a former Army medic from Stow, Maine, who is grappling with demons of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has been sharing his story with a documentary filmmaker who has created a series called "Saving America's Heroes."
Friday, June 7
• The fate of the town's police department hangs in the balance when residents Tuesday vote on a petition calling to disband the police department and contract with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office.
• After 30 years of making and selling high-end outdoor apparel and gear, Wild Things, Inc., is shuttering its doors in North Conway and moving their business online.
• Some teachers are telling students not to wear yoga pants, and the school board is discussing whether the snug-fitting article of clothing worn by girls is a good fit for Kennett High School's dress code.
• Three people are seeking two, three-year seats on MSAD 72's School Board of Directors. The town will vote on Tuesday. This election pits incumbent Anne Trumbull against challengers Cindy Alden and Christopher Mattei.
• Incumbent Rick Eastman former selectman Cliff Hall are competing for a three-year-term on the Fryeburg Board of Selectmen.
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• Officials from the Mount Washington Observatory announced that the summit museum is to be redesigned in the fall with an interactive theme of "Extreme Mount Washington." Officials are looking for support from across New England to finish out the campaign and look forward to cutting the ribbon on Extreme Mount Washington in 2014.
• The Class of 2013 at Fryeburg Academy spent the past week doing community service projects and attending Project Graduation. Sunday the Raiders will graduate indoors due to rain in the forecast.
• It's Memorial Day Weekend with parades, concerts, and services among the activities planned to commemorate the nation's fallen armed servicemen and women.
• Attitash, Story Land and Wildcat opened their summer attractions over Memorial Day Weekend.
Tuesday, May 28
• After initially trimming the assistant superintendent field from 15 to seven applicants and interviewing six of those last week (one candidate did not show up), the selection committee will bring in two more candidates who were not on the original interview list on Wednesday. While the move suggests the committee is unhappy with the field for the post, that's not the case according to Jane Gray of the search committee.
• Local rescue teams made their first swiftwater save of the season late Friday when they plucked a stranded kayaker out of the Saco River. Conway Fire's Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Team found a single male victim, dressed in only shorts, t-shirt and a life jacket, stranded on a rock in the center of a set of class III rapids.
• Police arrested three men in connection with the theft of a dozen flat screen televisions from the King Pine Ski Area, as well as a series of thefts in Transvale Acres.
• Conway's Jeff Locke wins his fifth game of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitching six shutout innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wednesday, May 29
• Is the time right to move the sixth graders from the three elementary schools into Kennett Middle School? The school board discussed this potentially hot-button topic at its regular school board meeting Wednesday.
• Due to ice build-up damage and leaks caused by a bad design and deficient materials, Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church of North Conway is replacing the building's roof and has embarked on a $438,000 capital campaign to pay for it.
• The White Mountain Aquatic Center launches into the next step in their efforts to build a multimillion dollar pool complex in Mount Washington Valley.
• Governor Maggie Hassan will share the stage with the 12th grouting class from Eagle Academy on Thursday.
Thursday, May 30
• The Conway Police Department is preparing to install the small scale drug incinerator approved by voters in April, but state regulators are now warning about possible hazards associated with such devices.
• County commissioners discussed hiring a fourth administrative staff member because the county has had difficulty performing various tasks on time including responding to Right To Know law requests.
• Loreen LaRochelle, 50, of Ossipee, a former executive administrative assistant for the Carroll County commissioners pleaded guilty to felony theft for stealing money from the county.
Friday, May 31
• Sixth graders won't be moving into Kennett Middle School any time soon. Conway School Board members learned Wednesday the school district would lose $460,000 yearly from Madison and Freedom if such a move were to take place.
• Pending reference checks, three assistant superintendent candidates will be brought to the SAU 9 executive board for a final interview next month, but no one is saying much about the status of school superintendent Carl Nelson, whose contract expires next June.
• MSAD 72 voters approved a site for building a new elementary school near Molly Ockett Middle School in Fryeburg. The final plan for building the school will be voted on this fall.
• The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is expecting air pollution concentrations to reach unhealthy levels for sensitive individuals in coastal Rockingham County and at elevations above 3,000 feet on Friday, May 31 and expanding on Saturday, June 1, to an area that includes all of Rockingham, Hillsborough, and Merrimack Counties, as well as at elevations above 3,000 feet.
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• Local photographer and climber Jay Philbrick and his wife, Vicki Philbrick, have developed a unique approach with their portrait photography — especially with their bridal and dancer subjects on the steep sheer face of Cathedral Ledge and other precipices in the White Mountains.
• The city of Berlin is recognized as "Landowner of the Year" by the N.H. Trails Bureau for its active role in protecting public access to snowmobile trails.
• A grand opening will be held June 15 for Ride the Wilds, a new 1,000-plus-mile interconnected All Terrain Vehicle trail system in northern New Hampshire.
Tuesday, May 21
• Fryeburg voters will decide in November what to do with the deteriorating Red Iron Bridge, which was closed by the state several months ago because of safety concerns. Options include repairing the bridge, which would cost the town about $387,000; replacing the bridge, at a cost of about $750,000; or the removing the bridge, which the state would do at no cost to the town.
• Two candidates for Fryeburg Water District trustee — Jeanette Almy and Bill Harriman — have very different takes on the role of the district.
• A Glen man has been sent to jail for a year after pleading guilty to charges of growing marijuana and intending to distribute it.
• Conway's Jeff Locke wins his fourth game of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitching seven shutout innings against the Houston Astros.
Wednesday, May 22
• "Every day is exciting," says Jeff Locke, as he settles in to life in the big leagues. Locke, a former Kennett High standout, has a 4-1 record for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.
• A team from Molly Ockett Middle School leaves today for Michigan to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships.
• State tourism officials are predicting an increase in visitors and spending this Memorial Day weekend.
Thursday, May 23
• With the opening weekend of the North Conway farmers' market one month away, organizers are turning to the community for donations to help get the market off the ground. Volunteers leading the effort launched an online fund-raising campaign Wednesday, with a target goal of raising $2,500.
• Project SUCCEED, a popular before- and after-school program at Conway School District's three elementary schools, has received a new five-year grant totaling $671,371.
• Albany selectmen are looking for ways to get Conway Village Fire District to repair a section of Bald Hill Road they say the district damaged.
• The House kills a bill that would have brought casino gambling to New Hampshire.
Friday, May 24
• Fryeburg Academy holds graduation Sunday, with 175 seniors receiving diplomas.
• It's been a big week for Kennett High senior John (Nicky) Sullivan. The son of Marnie Cobb and Dennis Sullivan, of Eaton, became the school's second National Merit Scholarship winner in the last three years, and he was also introduced as the Class of 2013 valedictorian.
• Fryeburg selectmen are considering purchasing a building on Portland Street for a new town office and police station. A meeting to discuss the proposal will be held May 30.
• There may not be Fourth of July fireworks in Ossipee this year. The Old Home Week Committee, which organizes the Fourth of July festivities, is running low on volunteers.
• Thanks to a donation by the Piscataqua Obedience Club, the town of Freedom will receive three Recovery Oxygen Mask kits for animals ranging in size from horses to dogs to cats and ferrets. The masks are used by firefighters, paramedics and animal rescuers for pets that have been rescued from fires and are suffering from smoke inhalation.
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• It's Mother's Day weekend — a time when we all think of our moms, and all they did and do for us. And their great cooking. "Who had the most influence on me, in cooking?" says certified executive chef Gary Sheldon. "My mom. I can't ever remember seeing her without an apron on and cooking."
• Pittsburgh Pirates' pitcher Jeff Locke, of Conway, took a bite out of the Big Apple on Thursday night when he tossed six innings of three-hit baseball while allowing one run to the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Tuesday, May 14
• The police department is just one Fryeburg institution facing an uncertain future this spring. The fate of the Fryeburg Water District is unclear as well. Water district voters will be asked to weigh in on whether or not to dissolve the district when they go to the polls June 11.
• An Ossipee couple faces multiple drug charges after being arrested on Friday. A third person, who is wanted on drug charges, is still on the lam after being spotted at a property on Chickville Road where the couple was living.
• May and June are the months when moose-vehicle collisions are most frequent, and Maine wildlife and transportation officials are urging motorist to be especially cautious.
Wednesday, May 15
• Local gun shop owners say they are having more difficulty than ever keeping a healthy stock of ammunition on hand, but one gun shop owner is confident the shortage will end this summer and another says the market is starting to "thaw."
• Officials at North Conway Community Center are still weighing options in the wake of last month's vote to restrict building heights on the west side of Route 16. The two newest members of the Conway School Board, meanwhile, are hoping to revisit the idea of relocating the project next to school property near Whitaker Woods.
• As Fryeburg Water District voters prepare to decide whether to make the district inactive, another Maine town may provide a road map for how such a task can be accomplished. The water district in the town of Anson, Maine, is in the process of decommissioning after almost 100 years in operation.
• No one was injured in a fire that damaged the basement of a home on Ice House Road in Fryeburg on Monday morning. The fire chief says an overloaded circuit was to blame for the fire.
Thursday, May 16
• A bill to expand gambling in New Hampshire faces long odds after a House committee votes not to recommend the bill to the full House. Two local legislators who are on the committee — Karen Umberger and Tom Buco — take opposing positions, with Umberger against the bill and Buco in favor.
• The Saco River Recreation Council says it is pleased with the law enforcement coverage the town police department has provided for the river. Voters on June 11 will decide whether to disband the police department and contract with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office.
• The 29th Crank the Kanc bicycle race will take place Saturday. The course starts just west of the Saco Ranger Station on the Kancamagus Highway, and climbs 2,300 vertical feet in 21 miles.
• Jeff Locke pitches six solid innings and his Pittsburgh Pirates go on to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in extra innings.
Friday, May 17
• Two men have been charged in connection with 14 burglaries that allegedly took place earlier this year in Madison, Albany and Tamworth.
• A federal judge has postponed the second trial of a former Bartlett selectman accused of possession of child pornography.
• As voters prepare to weigh in on the possible deactivation of the Fryeburg Water District, the trustee who voiced his impassioned opposition to the move is preparing to fight the battle in new ways. Scot Montgomery is not running for reelection to the board of trustees, saying, "I feel I can contribute more not being on the board."
• A reporter for the Carroll County Independent and a Brookfield manwho films commission meetings have filed a right-to-know suit against the chairman of the
Carroll County commissioners.
• Hearings will be held later this month on Blue Loon's plans to expand its transit services.
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