Connecticut man, N.Y. woman win 44th annual Hillclimb

By John Stifler

PINKHAM NOTCH — Eneas Freyre of Norwalk, Conn., and Victoria Di Savino of Buffalo, N.Y., won the 44th annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Saturday in a pair of decisive victories.

8-20-16-Mt-Washington-Hillclimb male-winner Eneas-Freyre-1Eneas Freyre of Norwalk, Conn., crosses the finish line at this year's Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)Freyre, 40, defending champion in this all-uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States, completed the ascent in 52 minutes and 10 seconds, nearly a minute faster than his winning time in 2015 and 2 1/2 minutes ahead of his nearest challenger, Eric Follen, 41, of Sanford, Maine.

Di Savino, 37, improved even more. She clocked a time of one hour, seven minutes and 32 seconds, or more than two minutes faster than her second-place finish in 2015, to claim the overall victory in the women's race. Elizabeth McClintock, 53, of Wellesley, Mass., took second in 1:14:31.

Two locals were in the 600-cyclist field. Jean Lee of Kearsarge came in 369th overall and fourth in the 50-54 women's age group.

Jan Newhouse of Center Lovell was 165th and fourth in the men's 65-69 age group in 1:28.51.

On a spectacularly clear day, Freyre needed less than 2 miles of the 7.6-mile course to establish that he would win. For the first mile, he followed last year's runner-up, Follen.

MWV Soccer Club evaluations are Sunday

CONWAY — In addition to offering a five-week Fall Academy Program starting Saturday, Sept. 10 for players ages 3 to 8 in three introductory programs, the Mt. Washington Valley Soccer Club will hold evaluation training this Sunday at Kennett High School.

Saturday Jamboree (U9-U12): Cost is $50 per player. The primary focus is the development of soccer players in a fun environment with less emphasis on competition. Travel is limited. Teams will be organized into the following groups: U10 Girls, U10 Boys, U12Girls and U12 Boys. Runs from 10-11 a.m. Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 10. Players who initially sign up for tournament team and are selected to play in the Jamboree program will be reimbursed $25.

U9/U10 Tournament Team: Cost is $75 per player. The primary focus of the U10 tournament team is to provide an environment for players looking for fun competitive travel to overnight tournaments. Player and team development is emphasized. Practices and games are on the weekend for separate girls' and boys' teams. Teams will participate in New Hampshire Soccer League Jamboree on Aug. 27-28 in Pembroke and in a Columbus Day tournament. All players need to attend evaluation training this Sunday at Kennett High School.

U11/U12 Tournament Team: Cost is $125 per player plus uniform cost (if a player needs one). The U12 boys' and girls' teams will play in the the NHSL fall U12 league. MWV will field one U12 girls' and two U12 boys' team. One boys' team for players living in the North Conway area and one team for players living north of the notch (Gorham, Berlin and Milan). The NHSL league games will be on Saturday or Sunday in September and October with a possible tournament at the end of the season. Teams will participate in NHSL Jamboree on Aug. 27-28 in Pembroke, and a Columbus Day tourney. All players need to attend evaluation training this Sunday at KHS.

U14 Tournament Team: Cost is $75 per player plus uniform cost (if a player needs one). The U14 Tournament team will participate in NHSL Jamboree on Aug. 27-28 in Pembroke and a Columbus Day tourney on Oct. 8-10. There will be separate girls' and boys' teams. All players need to attend evaluation training this Sunday at KHS.

All academy programs are at the Kennett Middle School fields and run no more than one hour, based on age group. They include:

The Parent & Me Program (age 3-4): Costs $50 per player. This is an introduction to the beautiful game for youngsters with parents by their side. Activities are designed to promote motor skill development and cognitive ability. Players receive a free ball with registration, which is now open. The program will run Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.. Sept. 10 to Oct. 8.

Saturday Fall Academy (U5 and U6): Costs $50 per player. Curriculum includes energetic, all inclusive games that teach balance, coordination, flexibility and basics about playing in match situations in a coed environment. The program will run Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.. Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, ending with the annual Pugg-a-Palooza from 9-11 a.m.

Saturday Fall Academy (U7 and U8): Costs $50 per player. An introduction to competitive soccer. Teaches advanced skills such as dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting in a team format. Kids scrimmage and learn to play together as a team (4v4). New for this fall are separate girls' and boys' teams. The program will run Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.. Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, ending with the annual Pugg-a-Palooza from 9-11 a.m.

All programs are designed to be fun, energetic and positive in a non-competitive environment. Soccer cleats and shin guards are required.

Additionally, the MWVSC invites experienced players to tryout for the fall jamboree program.

Anyone with questions about the programs can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Officially formed in 1993, the Mt. Washington Valley Soccer Club is a registered non-profit institution committed to providing soccer opportunities for valley youth. Its mission is to support young athletes and to help them grow as players by providing positive and challenging soccer experiences.


The Climb to the Clouds Hillclimb returns to Mt. Washington in 2017

PINKHAM NOTCH — Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire and the Mt. Washington Auto Road announced this week the return of the historic Mt. Washington Hillclimb July 6-9, 2017.

In 2014, Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins from the Isle of Man, and his co-driver Craig Drew from the UK, raised the bar by setting an impressive time of 6:09.09 in their Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2014 Subaru WRX STI; a new record for the 7.4 mile course.

More information is forthcoming including new rules for the 2017 event that will allow for some very formidable cars to continue pushing the limits towards a new world record.

Stay tuned to the Climb to the Clouds website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitterfeed for more information.

Save the date by putting this historic event on your calendar as the highlight of your 2017 summer.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America's original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit or call (603) 446-3988.


Fifth annual Tuftonboro 5K is Aug. 27

TUFTONBORO — Lace up those sneakers for the 5th annual Tuftonboro 5K run/walk scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27. The race is now a part of Tuftonboro Old Home Days.

Check-in/registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by a kids' fun run at 7:45 a.m.; walkers go off at 8 a.m.; and runners take the course at 8:30 a.m. An award ceremony is planned following the conclusion of the race.

This is a professionally timed 5K, however the goal is to provide a fun fitness experience for all. Can't run? Walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Entry fee for the run/walk for ages 12 years and under is $15; 13 and older is $20. Day of registration is $20 for 12 and under, $25 for 13 and older. Pre-registration is preferred. T-shirts will be given to the first 75 participants. Race proceeds benefit the Tuftonboro Scholarship Fund.

Tuftonboro Old Home Days, including the Tuftonboro 5K run/walk is sponsored by Maxfield Real Estate, Pier 19 Grocer, Spider Web Gardens, Lovering Tree Care, Pine Cone Café & Country Store, Melvin Village Marina, JB & Son Sewer & Drain Plus, Lanes End Marina, Antonucci Insurance Services, Inc., Scenic Home Inspections, LLC, CWA Lighting Group, LLC, DJ's Septic Pumping Services, Inc., Heckman's Flooring, The Black Bear Micro Roastery, Curtis Quality Care, LLC, Allan A Motor Inn, Blue Ridge Landscape, Village Old Car Shop, Jim Libby Construction, Wolfeboro Chiropractic Office, GeezLouise!, YMCA Camp Belknap, William Lawrence Camp, Camp Sentinel, AYF Merrowvista, North Woods, Pleasant Valley, Sandy Island and Laughing Loon YMCA Camps

To register online visit To download and mail a registration form visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sign up the kids for Barry Conservation Camp

CONCORD — Registration is underway for summer youth programs at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin. The camp offers weekly, overnight summer camp programs for boys and girls, age 8-17. Barry Camp is operated by UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H in partnership with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Kids who enjoy hands-on learning about outdoor skills and the environment will love Barry Camp. Once again, the popular week for youth interested in learning more about careers as a Fish and Game Conservation Officer will be offered.

To select camp programs and register, visit:
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 788-4961.

2016 summer programs at Barry Conservation Camp:

4-H Shooting Sports: June 26-July 1. Ages 10-16. Cost: $495 — Join us for a week centered on the NH 4‐H Shooting Sports program. Certified instructors will help youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, and the basic principles of hunting.

Mini-Camp: July 5-July 8. Ages 8-12. Cost: $305 — Mini-Camp is perfect for first‐timer campers and younger children. This abbreviated session will include three nights and four days. Campers will enjoy our caring staff who will introduce them to many fun and exciting camp activities. Learn about nature, try your hand at crafts, explore outdoor games, sing around the campfire...this week has it all.

Fish Camp: July 10-15-. Ages 10-16. Cost: $495 — Come along and catch the big one! Novice anglers will learn the basic skills and equipment needed to get started fishing while campers with more experience will work on improving their fishing skills and exploring the finer details of the angling world. Campers will also hike, swim, canoe, create campfire skits and enjoy a host of other great activities.

4-H on the Wild Side I: July 17-22. Ages 10-16. Cost: $495 — Experience the great outdoors! Create a meal from gathered plants, fillet a fish and cook it over an open fire, sleep under the stars, climb a mountain, swim in a pond, create nature crafts, and more. Experience a week of exciting outdoor adventures.

Hunter Education Week: July 24-29. Ages 12-16. Cost: $495 — Join N.H. Fish and Game Department Hunter Education staff, volunteer instructors and camp counselors to learn and practice safe, responsible and ethical hunting. If a camper wishes to be eligible for Hunter Education certification at the end of the week, then some homework must be completed prior to coming to camp.

North Country Adventure: July 31-Aug. 5. Ages 12-16. Cost: $495 — Get ready for a fantastic week of exciting outdoor adventure. This week will focus on building your woodscraft skills. Campers will track wildlife, go on a canoe or backpacking adventure, learn about trapping, practice survival skills, navigate with compass and GPS and practice hunting skills. Plenty of fishing and shooting sports, too.

Junior Conservation Officer Camp: Aug. 7-10. Ages 14-17. Cost $305 — Older campers who are interested in exploring outdoor careers will love this special week taught by New Hampshire Conservation Officers. In addition to traditional camp activities, campers will learn about search and rescue, crime scene investigation, firearms safety, tracking, surveillance, night vision technology, wildlife laws, arrest procedures, K-9 techniques, and much more.

Support Barry Camp: You can help ensure Barry Conservation Camp is here to connect future generations with the outdoors by contributing to the Barry Camp Fund. Additional improvements and a capital campaign are underway. Learn more at

Sponsor a Camper: Although Barry Conservation Camp is competitively priced, many families find it challenging to finance a week at camp. Fortunately, there is a strong tradition of individuals and organizations providing "camperships." If you'd like to learn how to help send a youngster to camp, visit or call Larry Barker at (603) 788-4961.