Lewiston-Auburn seniors dominate the lanes

FRYEBURG — The Maine Candlepin Bowling Association held its annual Senior Mixed Doubles finals, last week at Saco Valley Sports Center in Fryeburg, Maine.

This was a five-string event for bowlers over age 55, and it attracted 44 teams from all over the Pine Tree State to compete for the state title.
Spare Time, a Lewiston-Auburn based team of Anita Maheux and Larry Lefebvre won the championship with a score of 1,485 pins.
Pauline Quimby and Randy Furbush, also from Lewiston-Auburn, were second with a score of 1,480.
Rounding out the top five teams were Terry Forgues and Ralph Steene, from Lewiston-Auburn, were third, shooting 1,468; Big 20 Scarborough — Peg Ingram and Rod Link, fourth, 1,463; and Vacationland — Saco Doris and Don Saucier, bowled their way to fifth, 1,453.
The tandem of Wilma and Larry Mounce, representing Saco Valley Sports Center, finished 11th overall with 1,412 pins.
Other Saco Valley Sports Center participants included Bernidine Dubis and Paul Taylor, who were 13th, 1,406; Kitty Nelson and Paul Deschenes, 16th, 1,395; Cathy Mitchell and Scott Mitchell, 17th, 1,393; Lucy Merrow and Jim Livingston, 21st, 1,382; and Wenda Helme and Bob Libby, 29th, 1,364.
The next MSCBA event will be mixed teams at the Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough, Maine.

Thunder Lightning and Wild Women rock Ham Ice Arena

CONWAY — Mount Washington Women's Hockey Association's Wild Women won their division in the Dave Dore Winter Classic. It was another amazing Dave Dore Winter Classic Women's Hockey Tournament at Ham Arena in Conway.

Sixteen Teams from Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire competed in four divisions. "Evenly matched" was the mantra for this popular tournament. While all the games were close, The Saratoga (N.Y.) Storm Lightning won the highest division, Green Mt. Thunder (Vt.) won their division and Saratoga (N.Y.) Storm Thunder won their division.

Each year the Mount Washington Valley Women’s Hockey Association hosts an all women’s hockey tournament at the Ham Arena on the weekend following the Christmas holidays.  The tournament has become very popular with women’s teams in New England and the MWVWHA members have chosen to donate the proceeds from their raffle to Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation in honor of Dave Dore who helped the ladies get it all started, Ian Meserve who was a mentor referee for many years and Maggie Finn former player and supporter, all who lost their battles with cancer.

Many local businesses make the fundraising raffle possible.  Thank you to Hooligans Restaurant, Moat Mountain Smoke House Restaurant, Black Cap Restaurant, Soyfire Candle, Funky Bubble, Center Ice to the Back Nine, Settlers Green, MWV Screenprinters, King Pine Ski Area, Capitol Distributors-Jason Veno, Ham Arena Pro Shop and the many members of the MWVWHA.

Division winners and runners-up from each of the four divisions formed the number 14 on the ice after the championship game to honor Boston Pride female hockey player Denna Lang who sustained a spinal injury at the Winter Classic in Foxboro on Dec. 31.

The tournament is a success due to the hard work of the Mount Washington Valley Women's hockey association and friends. Sponsors this year made a big difference: North Country Wholesale, Valley Ice, North Center Foods, Favorite Foods, Capitol Distributors — Jason Veno and of course the entire Ham Arena staff all put forth donations and effort to make the Jan. 8-10 tournament a success.

The raffle held during the tournament was the most successful ever and netted $1,240 for Jen's Friends Cancer Foundation. Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated the raffle items.

For further information on the Mount Washington Valley Women's Hockey programs, please contact Lisa at (603) 387-5360.



Great Glen to offer Nordic technique improvement clinics


PINKHAM NOTCH — Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will offer a three-week program of coed on-snow clinics for adult skiers, intermediate level and above. The ski clinics will be open to ages 16 and up and will emphasize instruction in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

Led by Ski School Director and 1984 Olympian Sue Wemyss, the intermediate programs will run on Saturdays from 2:30-4 p.m. on Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Participants should have some prior cross country skiing experience, have an interest in learning and improving, and have the desire to be part of a fun and supportive group. The topic for the Saturday, Jan. 23 clinic will be "Skate Skiing Up Hills."

Cost for the three-day program, which includes a trail pass for the day, is $69/three-week session or $28/single session. Great Glen season passholder costs are $59/three-week session and $22/single session. Special pricing is available on skate rental packages during clinics at $12/day. Rental packages include skate skis, boots and poles.

First time and very novice skiers are encouraged to check into the Great Glen Ski School offerings, which include both group and private lessons. A first-time lesson package is available for just $19 on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays in January and then on non-holiday Wednesdays until the end of the season.

A minimum number of 5 participants are required to hold the program, with a maximum of 12. For more information visit www.greatglentrails.com, or call Sue Wemyss at Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-2333 x148, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Located at the base of Mt. Washington, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a year-round destination for outdoor fun and fitness enthusiasts. Winter offerings include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and the one-of-a-kind Mt. Washington SnowCoach. Mountain biking, paddling, Nordic walking and trail running are popular in summer. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com or call (603) 466-2333.


Cal Ripken Spring Baseball Registration is this Sunday

Cal Ripken Spring Baseball Registration will be Sunday, Feb. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Home Run Sports Training Center on Hobbs Street in Conway (down from the Ham Ice Arena).

The program is for players aged 6-12, and will consist of six sessions of instruction and coaching from Cal Ripken coaches and Kennett High varsity baseball players. The sessions will run from 4-6 p.m. on successive Sundays, starting Feb. 28, and the cost is $30 per player. Depending on the number of players and ability, there may be split-sessions, to be announced after the registration is completed.

All questions should be directed to Doc Walker 356-5050.


Fryeburg Academy students continue to support local non-profit

MADISON — The Laura Foundation, a Mount Washington Valley based non-profit, has been the recipient of support from teachers and students at Fryeburg Academy for the past several years. Most recently, when the foundation needed help for an upcoming fundraiser, Academy staff and students again "stepped up to the plate."

Earlier this month, the school's Technical Arts Chair Mark Strange and his wife Holly donated materials to create hockey goals for an upcoming Laura Foundation fundraiser, the Youth Pond Hockey Festival, taking place Jan. 30. With the wood and supplies in hand, seniors Nathan Harriman and Don Eastman took on the project, building four goals under the direction of Strange.

The Laura Foundation's board president, Tess Dana, explains that the students not only made the goals, but they "went above and beyond" by painting the foundation's logo on each one. She states, "It's wonderful to see students taking the time to help out their community."

According to Dana, the Fryeburg Academy family has been a strong a supporter of the Foundation's Laura Adaptive Recreation Center (LARC) since its inception. Each year since 2011, students have helped to maintain the center's gardens and its horseback riding ring, and they've assisted with numerous painting projects.

The students have also offered materials for program support. In 2014, Technical Arts students created wooden cutting boards for LARC's cooking program. Also in 2014, a bench was crafted by an Academy student allowing individuals participating in the facility's therapeutic riding program to sit while waiting for their turn on the horse. Another Fryeburg Academy led initiative was the building of the center's raised garden beds, allowing individuals in wheel chairs to participate in gardening activities.

The hockey goals will be put to work when the puck drops on the inaugural Youth Pond Hockey Festival, held on Purity Lake at King Pine in Madison, New Hampshire the weekend of Jan. 30. Proceeds from event will go to the Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy, a non-profit enriching the quality of lives of individuals with autism and/or seizure disorders. More information about the event and the organization can be found at www.thelaurafoundation.org.