Saturday, March 4
• As winter loosens its grip, some early signs of spring are in the buckets, spiles and tubing systems that begin to sprout from maple trees. The 2017 maple sugaring season got its official start when Gov. Chris Sununu tapped a tree at the Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon.
Tuesday, March 7
• The state stepped in to add signs and a lane of traffic, and Conway Marketplace is seeing some relief after being inundated last week by cars and trucks turning around in its parking lot after the Route 16 bridge over the Saco River was closed to northbound drivers. The N.H. Department of Transportation is making major repairs to the 1945-era bridge. The work will be ongoing until mid-June.
• Despite a special vote to hold Fryeburg's annual town meeting on a Saturday in June, the meeting will take place on a Thursday because the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy is not available on any practical Saturdays.
• The boy who died from injuries sustained in a skiing accident at Cranmore in North Conway on Feb. 22 was identified as John Lynch, 13, of Kingston.
• The sale of Eversource's electric generating facilities, including hydro plants in Berlin and Gorham, is underway despite the communities' objections to the process.
Wednesday, March 8
• Conway residents came out in force to Monday night's deliberative session and reversed the town budget committee's decision to lop about $9,000 from the Conway Public Library's budget. Budgeteers had wanted to prevent a librarian position from becoming full-time, but voters want to give her more hours as well as expanded benefits.
• Deliberative session voters amended a warrant article asking the town to give up McMillan Lane, a popular North Conway shortcut that runs behind a new shopping center being built along Route 16. The amendment now reads that the road can be abandoned only if the developer builds a replacement.
• Budget committee members reversed course on the Conway Village Ambulance warrant article contract after deliberative session, voting to support the article because they realized if the article failed, sections of town might not get ambulance service.
• Seven people filed for three three-year seats on the Conway Planning Board.
• Fryeburg is being considered as a possible site for a Poland Spring bottling plant.
Thursday, March 9
• The annual Bartlett School District Meeting lasted 26 minutes, with much of that time devoted to bidding on cakes to benefit the town's recreation department. Voters also approved a new two-year teacher contract and an operating budget that was up 5.46 percent over last year.
• Anna Vaughan celebrated her 102nd birthday on Wednesday with a family tea party in the community room at Mineral Springs care center in Conway.
• Jason Bagley, one of two men running for Jackson selectman, is upset that candidates can no longer post fliers at the post office. Bagley, 45, is challenging incumbent Richard Bennett, 71, who became selectman in July after Bill Lockard resigned.
• Memorial Hospital held a well-attended open house at its new oncology and infusion center to introduce its new clinicians, showcase the facility and honor local donors.
Friday, March 10
• The Kennett High hockey team defeated Somersworth/Coe-Brown 3-0 to advance to Division III state championship, which will be held Saturday in Manchester. The Eagles will take on Berlin High.
• A request to add $9,450 to the operating budget for salaries for three lacrosse coaches failed 137-10 in a secret ballot vote.
• A proposed three-year teacher contract dominated discussion at the annual Conway School District Meeting on Wednesday. The contract is recommended by the school board but is the lone article not recommended by the budget committee.
• "It was like taking a family member out of the house," said N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Brison after removing a monkey from a Laconia household, where it was kept illegally. State law prohibits the keeping of many species — some amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals, including all primates — without a permit.
• Two people, Dan Poirier and Mike Malenfant, are seeking the Tamworth selectman's seat being vacated by longtime selectmen's Chairman John Roberts.
- Category: Week In Review