Conway Rec Halloween Party is Wednesday

CONWAY — The Conway Recreation Department will hold its annual Halloween Party this Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the recreation building in Center Conway.

The evening, sponsored by the Center Conway Fire Department, will feature games, candy, food and beverages. Prizes will once again be awarded for the best costumes, scariest and most original on the evening. There will also be a photo booth.

"It's always a fun night," said Michael Lane, assistant recreation director. "We're hopping for another great turnout."

The party is open to children aged one through sixth grade from Albany and Conway. Costumes are a must.

Other sponsors include Leavitt's Bakery, Hannaford, Shaw's, McDonald's, WalMart and Zeb's.

For more information, call 447-5680 or go online to


Telling Tails to host All Dog Sports Night this Friday

FRYEBURG — Does your dog have too much energy and needs something to do? Did you ever wonder how people discover their dog's special talents? Looking to do some stupid pet tricks? Then take this opportunity to come to All Dog Sports Night and give WagIt Games a try on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Telling Tails Training Center located at 285 Main St. in Fryeburg.

WagIt Games are fun exercises to get your dog's tail wagging because it is having so much fun learning new tricks, skills and maneuvers. Doesn't matter if you have an old dog, young dog, big dog, little dog or a disabled dog, the exercises can be modified so you can have success.

There are different levels of WagIt Games (novice, skilled, and proficient) that are broken down into shadow skills, obstacle skills, sniff it, dog ball, water skills, quarry quest and agility, so you can keep progressing, perhaps even to the point of competing and getting titles on your dog.

There will be demonstrations of some of the skills and you will have the opportunity to give it a try with your dog. Be sure to bring a lot of small treats that your dog likes and a leash (please — no retractable leashes).

You've seen it on TV and now it is time to let your dog give it a try. Agility will also be demonstrated. The equipment will be set up and ready for you to take your turn at the course or just try one obstacle. Ever wonder whether your dog will go through the tunnel or go between the weave poles? Many shelters use agility obstacles to help dogs gain confidence and come out of their shells. Take this opportunity to see if agility is a good match for your dog.

There will also be an opportunity for your canine pal to try NoseWorks. What's the very first thing your dog does when he goes outside? Sniff! Why not put that skill to good use using the method that many search, rescue, and detection dogs are trained by.

The dog's sense of smell is absolutely amazing and how they can determine one smell from another and locate it in a room will surprise you. NoseWorks will be demonstrated on Friday — and you may be able to give your dog a chance to give it a try. This is another activity where any dog can do it and most dogs absolutely love to do it.

These exercises have been used in many shelters and give the dog an opportunity to come out of its shell, gain confidence and become adoptable. So why not get your best friend out for a free night of fun and games doggy-style and see if this is something you want to take a class on.

Classes will be starting in November, so don't hesitate to give these activities a try and then sign up for the class. Don't forget your treats, leash and dog.

For more information, checkout the Telling Tails website at or contact Robin Crocker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (207) 642-3693.


N.H. Youth Deer Hunt set for Oct. 22-23

CONCORD — New Hampshire's youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, is the perfect time to take a youngster hunting. This special weekend gives young people age 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.

Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm; the idea is to concentrate your time and attention on coaching your young companion.

Prospects for this year's youth season are good, according to Dan Bergeron, Deer Project Leader for state Fish and Game Department. New Hampshire's deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities.

In 2015, young hunters took 391 deer during the special youth weekend.

"The weekend presents a great opportunity to introduce your son or daughter, grandchild, or even a young friend to the joys, excitement, and rewards of deer hunting; all under the careful guidance of an experienced adult," said Bergeron. "You can help teach them about the sights and sounds of the forest, how to interpret wildlife sign, and how to use this knowledge to track and harvest a white-tailed deer."

Teaching a young person how to hunt and seeing their excitement can help even the most avid hunter remember why they love the sport so much. "This shared experience can build bonds that last a lifetime. We hope hunters will spend the weekend teaching the state's youth what hunting is all about," said Bergeron.

Bergeron notes that hunting can also help youngsters learn about the environment, conservation, tradition and ethics, and it can build a deep and abiding appreciation for the wildlife and wild places that many of our citizens and visitors cherish.

New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. Nonresident youth may participate in New Hampshire's youth deer weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.

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Donut Dash 5K with a twist!

CONWAY — The annual Friends of Conway Rec Donut Dash 5K is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15, at Whitaker Woods in North Conway. The race is once again being generously sponsored by the great folks at the White Mountain Cider Company.

The doughnut eating station that was introduced during last year's race is once again going to be offered. Participants will have the option to eat a doughnut at the doughnut eating station for a time deduction off their finish time. The doughnut station will be located at the end of the 1st mile, in the open field area, so spectators can take photos and cheer on the racers as they eat a delicious Cider Company doughnut!

The race is a trail run/walk taking place in Whitaker Woods which should be beautiful this time of year. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Online registration is $14 or day of registration will be $20. The race will start promptly at 10 a.m. with registration taking place the day of the race at 9 a.m. The race is open to everyone from first-timers to those looking for a personal best.

A Kid's Fun Run will also take place immediately after the 5K race. Children will have the opportunity to race each other around the baseball field while negotiating obstacles and eating doughnut pieces! Registration for the fun run will take place the day of the race.

All participants will receive free cider donuts and apple cider at the finish line. Awards will be given to the top 3 male, female, student (10-14) and super junior (9 and under) runners as well as the top 3 walkers.

The Friends of Conway Rec are hosting this event as a fundraiser to support their mission of providing the children of Conway with recreational opportunities which include scholarships for the summer rec program.

Online registration and more info can be found at 2016 Friends of Conway Rec Donut Dash 5K Facebook page or at All race questions can be directed to Susan Morgan, race director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Come on out and support the Friends of Conway Rec.


Great Glen Trails offering fall outdoor fitness program for women

PINKHAM NOTCH — Great Glen Trails is currently offering its annual outdoor fitness program for women. Affectionately called FEWABS, the acronym stands for the physical attributes the sessions help to develop: Flexibility, Endurance, Whole body involvement, Agility, Balance and Strength. This six-week program has just begun and there are still spots available for women age 16 through adults.

Classes meet on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

One of the main activities used in the class is Nordic walking, a low impact exercise that engages more muscle groups throughout the core, upper and lower body than does walking without poles. The smooth carriage road-like trails of Great Glen provide softer footing than pavement, and exceptional views. An outdoor circuit of exercises that develop strength, balance and muscle control has the Presidential Range for its backdrop.

Instructor Sue Wemyss comes up with new drills for agility each year; the challenge of performing these drills taps the brain as well as the body. One of the biggest appeals for participants is exercising outside in meadow and forest settings, with fresh mountain air rather than working out in the confines of an indoor gym.

Dates for the program, which kicked off Sept. 22 are Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Cost is $12 per single session. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For more info or to register, contact Sue at Great Glen Trails: (603) 466-2333; ext. 148, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

"The fall is a beautiful time to be up in Pinkham Notch. The chance to exercise in the fresh air while looking at the mountains with a group of like-minded, supportive women is tough to beat for a fun workout experience," Wemyss notes.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit