HOPE ALL YOU CUPIDS had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that the arrows found their mark, on and off the slopes.

It was heartwarming to read the messages of love expressed in the Sun on Valentine’s Day as well as in the days leading up to the holiday Thursday.

To keep you in the mood, be sure to check out M&D Productions’ “Love Letters,” by A.R. Gurney, starring Rich Russo and Karen Gustafson. To reserve tickets to tonight’s 7:30 p.m. performance, email info@mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

AS THE WRITER of the five Valentine’s “Love in the Sun” couples series, I want to thank the couples for their agreeing to share their romantic stories with us: Emily Smith-Mossman and Greg Mossman, Sharon and Bob Seaman, Terry and Maj. Frank McCarthy, Carrie Nichols McLane Burkett and Matty Burkett, and David Paige and William Abbott.

I always ask couples about what they think makes their relationship work, and it seems to this romantic (but alas currently single) writer that it comes down to a sense of humor, a willingness not to keep score and shared interests.

In this day and age of sterile online dating, these couples show there is always hope, right?

“SINGLE! SINGLE!” It was cold and blustery but sunny at Black Mountain last Saturday for the historic Jackson ski resort's annual Chairlift Speed Dating event, according to marketing spokesman Joe Russo.

“There was some talk that Channel 9’s ‘Chronicle’ program was going to show up to film it, but they didn’t. When I shared that with the people participating in the dating, they were happy that they were not filmed,” said Joe.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD to the MWV Chamber After Hours Feb. 19 at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton at Settlers Green, beginning at 5 p.m., when NH PBS Producer Schuyler Scribner is set to give an overview of the “Our Hometown” show slated to be done in Conway this spring. Stay tuned!

SPEAKING OF "Our Hometown," it’s always sad when we lose people who are such a part of our social fabric. That was the case with the recent deaths of retired Deputy Fire Chief Keith Noble on Jan. 30, saluted at a service at the Conway Village Fire Station on Feb. 5; former Valley Vision producer/Village Cigar Emporium proprietor Jonathan Bliss, 69, who died unexpectedly Feb. 5 and for whom a memorial service is scheduled to be held today at the Carriage House at the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson at noon; and Lydia Thorne Lucy. The widow of late Conway selectman Chet Lucy passed away earlier this week, according to her son Sam.

IN COMMUNITY NEWS, Bernadine “Benny” Jesseman of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) lifelong learners to its “Spring Into Olli” overview of courses on Feb. 21 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Granite State College in Conway. She says the next semester begins soon, with classes scheduled from Feb. 26-June 11. For more information, call (603) 513-1377; email olli.office@granite.edu; or go to olli.granite.edu.

I HAD A BLAST teaching an OLLI ski history course at Granite State College in Conway his past fall. Similarly, this past Sunday morning at the Meister Hut at the summit of Cranmore, I gave a talk about the history of Cranmore and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of Austrian skimeister Hannes Schneider on Feb. 11, 1939.

Although it was cold, about 30 people came to the Meister Hut, including Brendan Aiguier and fellow Brockton Ski-Meisters Club member Cathy Sullivan. They told me their club is celebrating its 80th anniversary and that it used to be located at what is now the state’s Intervale Rest Area at the Scenic Vista, across from Subway.

“We had to move when they wanted to make it a state park,” said Brendan, adding, “I am just fascinated being a part of such a special place in American history.” Ain’t we all?

LOCAL SONG OF THE YEAR CONTEST: Blue Moon Brewing Co. and Amoskeag Beverages are sponsoring this year’s WMWV Local Song of the Year Contest. Drop off your song on a CD or email an MP3 file to greg@wmwv.com now through Feb 28. The four finalists will get to play at a venue in the town. The winner gets a $1,000 cash prize, a live lunchtime performance on WMWV, and the winning song will be added to the station’s playlist for a year.

LAST SUNDAY NIGHT, yet another great turnout showed up at the Red Parka Pub in beautiful (and snowy) downtown Glen for the latest installment of the Sunday Night Blues series, with music performed by the New England Blues All Stars from Boston.

Hosts Terry and George O’Brien used the occasion to celebrate their combined 135th birthday, with Terry claiming she is 45 and George the rest — you do the math! Terry was sporting a left arm sling, thanks to a ski fall at Sunday River last Thursday. Luckily, she’s right-handed.

IN OTHER MUSIC, the Tuckerman Brewing Co. will feature local favorite Slimpickin's (gifted landscape artist Eric Koeppel) in concert today from 2 to 5 p.m.

CORRECTION: I goofed last week when I reported that local ski history enthusiast and dear friend Stefi Reed Hastings broke her hip at Cranmore. It  was at Bretton Woods where she broke her pelvis in four places when she tried to “stop on a dime” after having had two hip replacements that she says have “screwed up my balance” (literally). Sorry about that “fake news” reporting error, Stefi — and about your mishap! Get well!

IN HAPPY BIRTHDAYS this week, we salute one and all, including: JSTF’s master snowshoe guide Rob McConaughey (belatedly, 2-15); Conway Daily Sun entertainment editor Alec Kerr, Ledgeview Grille Chef Cheryl Emerson and musician Michael Landers (2-16); Carroll County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi and Realtor Margaret Munck (2-17); Anne Denyer Detzer (2-18); Mountain Top Music’s George Wiese (2-19); MWV Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janice Moon Crawford (2-20); Jackson’s Jim “Crazy Jim’s” Dunwell, Deborah Burkett and Karen James (2-21); and Alison Arthur, trainer Kate Soule and Denise Leighton (feted at a well-attended retirement get-together by Vaughan members at First Church Christ, Congregational last Sunday).

SEE YOU AT the “Freezin’ for a Reason” dip at the Maine Lakes Region Winter Carnival today. BRRRR! And, have a great February vacation week No. 1.

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