10-10-19 smokey bear

Forest ranger Doug Miner reads the origin story of Smokey the Bear to youngsters in the Conway Public Library Thursday. Kindergarten classes from Conway Elementary and Robert Frost Charter school attended a visit from the storied bear on his 75th birthday. Rangers greeted the children inside the library, answered questions, talked about fire prevention and read a book about the beginnings of the forest fire prevention mascot. Smokey was a baby bear found alone high up in a tree after a large forest fire. He suffered burns on his paws, belly and back. Forest rangers were able to save him and after rehab flew him around the country to remind Americans that “only you can prevent forest fires.” (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

Saturday, Oct. 5

• Ski home sales are putting New Hampshire on the national map, as highlighted in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal about luxury vacation homes that recently sold in the Mount Washington Valley.

• New Hampshire ski resorts unveiled new improvements for the 2019-20 season.

• Brian King, 36, of Wolfeboro, a detective for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, will be running the 2020 Boston Marathon in April to raise $10,000 to help researchers investigate the as-of-now incurable retinal disease from which he and many others suffer.

• Michael Warren, 60, of Fryeburg, Maine, was charged with aggravated reckless conduct for allegedly firing a gun at another man.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

• A total of 161,476 people attended the 169th Fryeburg Fair, down 2.4 percent from 2018’s 165,392. The busiest days were Saturday, Oct. 5, with 36,209 and Sundays, Sept. 29, 25,498, and Oct. 6, 20,792. The overall record, set in 2004, was 199,276.

• Rescuers spent a fruitless night on Mount Washington after a group of hikers on the Crawford Path on called 911 for help, then decided to hike out on their own without tell rescuers of their decision.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

• Although costs associated with replacing the steeple on the Little White Church were higher than originally envisioned, enough donations have come in to get work underway.

• President Todd Haywood of Granite Hill Municipal Services of Concord, a contracted assessor for the town of Ossipee, told residents his assessments, which dramatically increased property values on some properties, were based on 195 qualified sales townwide from Oct. 1, 2017, to April 1, 2019, including nine sales in Soaring Heights and Windsock Village.

• The New Hampshire Attorney General filed a legal brief in the appeal of Christina Fay, the former Wolfeboro woman convicted last year in Carroll County Superior Court of 17 counts of animal cruelty.

• State legislators met in North Conway for a forum on the affordability crisis in housing throughout the Mount Washington Valley. “The lack of housing, and the price of housing, is literally forcing our workforce away,” said Victoria Laracy, executive director of the coalition. Coalition board member Theresa Kennett opined that the crisis is not being caused by the rise in short-term rentals.

Thursday, Oct. 10

• New Hampshire reported its first confirmed case of vape-related lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use. Local businesses and medical professionals talked about the risks and not yet fully understood causes of the illnesses.

• Conway selectmen voted to form a committee of town and precinct officials to examine whether to regulate short-term rentals.

• Fryeburg, Maine, selectmen unanimously approved a broad proposal from the Fryeburg Public Library to turn the former registry of deeds building at 510 Main St. into a media center.

• Following a presentation to selectmen on a proposed ordinance to allow more density to housing developers, Ray Shakir, a member of the Conway Planning Board, expressed apprehension, saying that increased density and affordability would increase the need for public, social and school services.

Friday, Oct. 11

• Conway Selectman Carl Thibodeau, who also serves as vice chair of the Eastern Slope Regional Airport Authority, reported that the Fryeburg, Maine, airport has acquired the funding it needs to build a new jet aircraft hangar.

• Lara Murnik, 24, of Bartlett, a 2014 graduate of Kennett High School is taking Autumn, a Little Angels of Bartlett service dog she is fostering, with her as she goes off to her first year at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt.

• Congressman Chris Pappas was in the Mount Washington Valley on Friday to participate in a question-and-answer session with Kennett High School students in Conway and to hike the Mount Willard Trail in Hart’s Location with Appalachian Mountain Club leadership to learn more about their efforts to preserve America’s Northeastern forests.

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