Blizzard bags scrapped in Conway

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Blizzard bag days received a frosty reception in the Conway School District and will not happen again in the foreseeable future.

Fallout continues from tiny house contest

By Lloyd Jones

3-1-17-Tiny-House-Kennett-1KHS students stand with the tiny house they built. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)CONWAY — Despite being one of only two tiny houses to be completed on time — and the only entirely student-built one — the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School has no plans to protest the competition outcome of a recent home-building contest.

Still, the results are not sitting well with some school officials.

The Eagles finished second in the statewide contest to Huot Career and Technical Center of Laconia, which utilized a professional architect, landscape architect and members of the Lakes Region Home Builders Association to finish its tiny house.

The N.H. Lottery and state Home Builders Association launched the Tiny House New Hampshire initiative last fall, inviting four schools (KHS, Huot, Alvirne High School in Hudson and Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter) to participate. The lottery launched a scratch ticket game called "Tiny House Big Money" in January.

"There were some things in how the competition was run that were disappointing," said KHS Principal Neal Moylan, referring to pledges the NHHBA made to provide funding and materials that never came to fruition.

Conway issues ultimatum to DOT over Diana's Baths

By Daymond Steer

7-27-16-Dianas-Bath-parking-2Cars are seen parking along West Side Road last July. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)CONWAY — Selectmen have accused the New Hampshire Department of Transportation of dragging its heels on the parking problem at Diana's Baths.

Now they say they will notify the NHDOT commissioner and her boss, the governor, that they want "no parking" signs posted by May 15.

Diana's Baths is a series of pools and cascades on Lucy Brook, with the trailhead located on West Side Road roughly 2 1/2 miles from North Conway Village.The U.S. Forest Service manages it.

In July, Gregory Sullivan, whose family has a vacation home on West Side Road, reported that overflow vehicles were parking along his property and the road.

The cars along the roadside are a safety hazard, he said. It makes the road narrower, and children, whose parents park on the roadside, could dart in and out of traffic.

Defendant sorry for flipping out in court

By Daymond Steer

Wiliam-Burke-2William Burke of Berlin apologized for his shenanigans in court. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)CONWAY — A Berlin man who pleaded guilty in circuit court Tuesday to flipping a courtroom table over during a previous court appearance apologized to the judge and said he won't commit anymore shenanigans.

The table-flipping took place Feb. 16, when William Burke, 27, was in court for a bail hearing on a number of charges stemming from an incident in Conway Village, including two misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, resisting arrest and felony-level possession of a controlled drug.

On Tuesday, prosecutors dropped the drug and domestic violence charges.

During the first court appearance, Judge Charles Greenhalgh, who was presiding from Ossipee's circuit court via closed-circuit video, had set Burke's bail at $5,000.

According to Conway Police Lt. George Walker, Burke "wasn't very happy" with the bail amount.

"He flipped the table over."

Walker said Conway officers from the patrol and detective divisions, along with Carroll County sheriff's deputies, had to tackle Burke.