Week in Review — Feb. 11-17, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 11
• Jamie McDonough, 24, formerly of Kearsarge and now of Boston, was leading the cheering section when the New England Patriots scored their stunning comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl in Houston. McDonough is a member of the Patriots' cheerleader dance squad. "I danced the hardest that I could, smiled as bright as possible and really did everything in my power to put out positive vibes," McDonough said, "and it paid off in the end."
• Northern Pass is not giving up on getting internal documents from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests detailing what prompted the organization's opposition to the controversial plan to build a 192-mile power line from Pittsburg to Deerfield.
• The filing period is over and there will be only one contested race in Bartlett in March. Vicki Garland is challenging incumbent David A. Patch for selectman.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
• The snow that the Mount Washington Valley received over the weekend added a little extra magic to Black Mountain's annual Valentine's Day chairlift speed-dating event. People are matched up by age and personal information, and they have a chance to get to know each other by taking the eight-minute chairlift ride together and then skiing down.
• As the area was pummeled by two back-to-back snowstorms, two men, including one from Moultonborough, and a teenager were killed in separate snowmobile accidents over the weekend on Lake Winnipesaukee.
• The Kennett High Coders are on a roll, with all five Coder robotics teams qualifying for the New England Championships.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
• The Kennett High girls' alpine team won its fifth consecutive Division II state championship on Feb. 14 on the Eagles' home course at Cranmore in North Conway.
• Conway Budget Committee Chairman Joe Mosca announced that he plans to run for a three-year seat on the school board.
Thursday, Feb. 16
• A homemade luge run is the hit of the neighborhood on Thompson Road in North Conway. Chris Clark and Gabe Martin have been building snow-tubing runs on their property for the past 13 years. With with all the snow the valley has received so far this winter, they say this is the best year yet.
• The next snow day will trigger blizzard bag days for the first time in Conway. That means every school throughout SAU 9 and SAU 13, except for Bartlett, will literally be doing homework at home. The Bartlett School Board has not yet adopted a blizzard bag school day.
• Madison police on Feb. 14 arrested a Freedom man and charged him with aggravated felonious sexual assault for an incident that allegedly occurred at the White Mountain Hypnosis Center building during a therapy session. Police say Wayne Deyoe, 61, was using the space at the center but was not an employee.
• U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced that Jeffrey Lamarche, 39, of Ossipee pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
• Conway residents are being reminded to shovel their roofs and clear snow from the homes' vents. The town's emergency management director George Walker said all the recent snow is putting tremendous pressure on roofs.
Friday, Feb. 17
• The fifth snowstorm in the past nine days dumped another foot of the white stuff on the Mount Washington Valley before departing Thursday. North Conway has now received 91.8 inches of snow so far this winter. The 30-year average winter snowfall is 86 inches.
• A masked, undercover New Hampshire state trooper appeared in Carroll County Superior Court Thursday to outline the case against an Effingham man, Andrew Garland, 21, and an Ossipee woman, Melissa Ford, 27, accused of being part of a drug deal that led to the death of a 22-year-old Tuftonboro man. Garland was ordered held without bail. Ford was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
• Mount Washington Valley Supports Recovery Coalition announced that it is offering addiction recovery coaching out of its new facility on East Main Street in Center Conway. The group is raising funds to help pay for improvements to the building.

Week in Review — Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2017

Saturday, Jan. 28
• Adults in Maine are allowed to possess and consume marijuana, thanks to a referendum that passed last November. But the future of a bill in the Maine Legislature to address details in the law, such as minors and retail sales, remained open-ended. Meanwhile, Fryeburg police said they are bracing for an "enforcement nightmare."
• Many local people were among those who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Women's March, which took place the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president.
• The Carroll County Trump campaign chair, Bill Cuccio, 37, of Conway, and vice chair, Zac Mercauto, 18, of Fryeburg, attended the inauguration of President Trump.
• The Mount Washington Cog Railway Co. continued to review zoning regulations with the Coos County Planning Board as cog owners continue to explore building a 35-room hotel about 1,000 feet below the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington.
Tuesday, Jan. 31
• A study committee doing a cost benefit analysis of the Carroll County farm said the farm actually turned a profit of nearly $30,000 over the past two years. Last December, the panel released preliminary numbers showing the farm made about $11,000 during that period.
• The Mount Washington Avalanche Center may have to do without a full contingent of snow rangers in the wake of a federal hiring freeze announced Monday.
• The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced the arrest of two people for trafficking in heroin/fentanyl and the seizure of over 8 pounds of the drug. It was the largest seizure of heroin by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Carroll County Sheriff's Department assisted in the case. Arrested were Jason Bolduc, 39, of Parsonsfield, and Nichole Farrar, 35, of Sanford.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
• Fryeburg residents at a special town meeting held Jan. 26 voted to recommend moving town meeting from Thursday evenings to Saturday mornings. However, the vote was nonbinding.
• Vicki Garland filed for a three-year term as Bartlett selectman. She is challenging incumbent David A. Patch. Garland's husband, Doug, was a five-term Bartlett selectman.
Thursday, Feb. 2
• Conway selectmen plan to ask voters to allow a solar company to put up arrays of panels at the town transfer station and landfill. Last August, Andrew Kellar, founder of Portsmouth-based NhSolarGarden.com, told selectmen he could cut the town's annual $37,900 power bill by $32,600.
• Seth Bailey, 25, of Conway, was arrested for allegedly fighting with police officers, and even throwing a gas grill at one.
Friday, Feb. 3
• Starting March 1, the Route 16 bridge over the Saco River in Conway will be limited to southbound traffic only, due to work the state will be doing to the bridge. The project is scheduled to take more than three months.
• The North Conway Community Center avoided a clash with the town budget committee by reducing its funding request by $10,000 — something budgeteers have been asking the center to do for years. The center normally asks voters for $75,000, but this year will be seeking $65,000 from the town.
• The three Democrats who sit on the 15-member Carroll County legislative delegation would like to see the county change the way it elects its commissioners. They believe that only those who live in each of the three districts should be electing their representatives, and not open it up to a full countywide vote. But the plan was labeled "partisan politics" by Republicans.

Week in Review — Feb. 4-10, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 4
• The small town of Chatham turns 250 years old this year, and members of the Chatham Historical Society have planned monthly celebrations.
• In a city that once nicknamed itself "Hockeytown USA," Berlin's professional hockey team, the River Drivers, is attracting a new generation of fans.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
• About 530 acres of land in Conway and Albany will be set aside for conservation through the efforts of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust and the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. The land trust plans to purchase the 436-acre Pine Hill parcel in Conway and the 93-acre Bald Hill parcel in Albany.
• A review of the school budget turned into a discussion among school board and budget committee members comparing education today with the 1970s. But Mark Hounsell, the school board's representative to the budget committee, said the discussion "was a little bit like comparing apples to kiwis."
• Phillip Murray, 81, of Conway was charged with driving while intoxicated after his car slammed into a gas pump at Rapid Roy's Shell station in North Conway. No one was hurt.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
• Students in Andy Shaw's machine tool class at Kennett High School helped design and manufacture lockers for astronauts to use at the International Space Station. One of the lockers is currently flying on the Space-X rocket, which is scheduled to dock with the space station on Feb. 15. The parts the Kennett students developed are the latches holding the doors to the lockers.
• Melissa Ford, 27, of Ossipee and Andrew Garland, 21, of Effingham were indicted in Carroll County Superior Court on drug charges in connection with a woman's overdose death.
• Jackson's historic Thompson House Eatery, which closed in 2013, has reopened under new owners Jeffrey and Kate Fournier.

Thursday, Feb. 9
• For the fifth Tuesday in the past six weeks, the area got hit with a winter storm, with snow, sleet and freezing rain falling from Tuesday morning through early Wednesday.
• Local weather observer Ed Bergeron said average temperature in North Conway last month was 26 degrees F., compared with the 30-year January average of 18.2 degrees.
• Proposed ambulance contract hikes, along with the North Conway Community Center budget, could be major points of discussion at the town budget hearing scheduled for Feb. 15.
• Members of American Legion Post 95 hope that town voters in April will support expanding tax benefits for veterans to cover those who served honorably in the military but not during wartime. Post member Jim LeFebvre approached selectmen about the proposal at their meeting Feb. 7.
• The New Hampshire economy would be at the mercy of a worker shortage, economist Greg Bird said at the Eggs & Issues business leaders' breakfast in Conway.
• Newly hired Bartlett police officer Tyler J. Eldridge was sworn in by his father, James Eldridge, who is Ossipee's police chief.

Friday, Feb. 10
• The phones at the SAU 9 and 13 school districts' offices were busier than normal Thursday, when staff fielded countless calls from parents opposing the decision not to cancel school due to snow. Superintendents Kevin Richard (SAU 9) and Louis Goscinski (SAU 13) believe they made the right call.
• Tamworth will be asked at town meeting to consider increasing the size of its board of selectmen from three to five members. Fryeburg, Maine, voters recently faced the same question and opted to go with a five-member board.

Week in Review: Jan. 21-27, 2017

Saturday, Jan. 21
• Fish Nerd podcaster Clay Groves talks about becoming an ice-fishing guide, the latest technology, free ice fishing day and his quest to catch and eat every type of freshwater fish in New Hampshire.
• John Fernald's home at 70 Oak St. in North Conway was destroyed by an early morning fire on Jan. 20. One person was there when the fire broke out and made it out safely. The cause appears to be electrical. A
• White Mountain Chronicles features life in old Conway as remembered by Chubby Whitaker.
 
Tuesday, Jan. 24
• Hundreds of people participated locally in women's marches that took place Saturday in Jackson, Conway and Lancaster, sharing a message of solidarity and hope for dignity, respect and human rights for all.
• Conway's Mark Hounsell announced Friday that he is resigning from the Conway Public Library's board of trustees so he can spend more time in his role as a Carroll County commissioner and Conway School Board member.
• A smoldering utility pole near Conway Public Library caused a substantial power outage on Saturday morning for about an hour and a half. Eversource Media Relations Manager Martin Murray later identified the source of the problem as an electronic equipment failure.
• Jonathan Lord of Tamworth is facing charges, including driving while intoxicated, after being involved in an alleged police pursuit north on Route 153 in Freedom and crashing his F-150 pickup truck into a Eaton village home on Jan. 21. Lord suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash and was released into state police custody.
 
Wednesday, Jan. 25
• Two members of the Conway Municipal Budget Committee — Mark Hounsell and Bill Marvel — agree to debate the merits of a proposed three-year teacher contract when the budgeteers meet Jan. 26 in the Professional Development Center at the Kennett Middle School.
• Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain — you name it, it all fell in the Mount Washington Valley on Tuesday, making for tricky travel for motorists, a busy day for town crews and a day out of the classroom for students across the region, leading to closings and delayed openings of schools, libraries and other public buildings.
• Fryeburg residents will be asked Thursday to decide on whether to institute a six-month moratorium on any marijuana-related ordinances and also on holding annual town meetings on a Saturday instead of a weekday at a special town meeting Jan. 25.
• Mount Washington Summit Road Co. annuonces plans to break ground on a new Glen House hotel this spring.
Thursday, Jan. 26

• The Boston Post Cane was presented Wednesday by town officials to Flossie Blake at Mineral Springs assisted living facility in Conway. At 107, Blake is the town’s oldest citizen.
• Carroll County Superior Court could have a new, more effective way of dealing with drug addicts in the next six months,  Tina Nadeau, chief justice of New Hampshire’s Superior Court, told county commissioners Wednesday. Nadeau met with county commissioners Wednesday. She said drug court is now within the judicial branch’s budget, which means the county won’t have to pay a cent.
• The Conway School Board Monday unanimously approved Kennett High School Principal Neal Moylan’s request for six low-enrollment courses to be taught this winter; however, board member Mark Hounsell on Tuesday filed a motion to reconsider to Chair Janine McLauchlan.

Friday, Jan. 27
• At a recent county commissioners’ meeting, Carroll County’s jail superintendent, Jason Henry, told commissioners that an inmate allegedly tried to sneak contraband — a hypodermic needle — into the jail by hiding it inside herself. He expected the Carroll County Sheriff’s office to file charges.
• The budget committee met in the Professional Development Center at Kennett Middle School for a second round of questions on the school district warrant, but the bulk of the two-hour meeting focused on the teacher contract, the first three-year one to be brought forward in decades.