Saturday, June 17
• Well over 1,000 people turned out to the Augusta Civiic Center in Augusta, Maine, on June 16 to pay their respects to fallen Fryeburg Police Officer Nathan M. Desjardins and his grieving family. Desjardins was only 20 when he died the previous week as a result of injuries sustained in a patrol boat crash on the Saco River on May 27.
• Beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular in the Granite State, though native pollinators and honey bees face may challenges — from disappearing habitats to pesticides. But there are steps people can take to help, from planting a flower garden to simply letting some dandelions grow in the yard.
• The Conway School Board recognized 11 district employees who will retire at the end of the month in a brief ceremony on June 12. The employees — Judy Williams, Nelita Garland, Jack Hadam, Janis Hamel, Nancy Manoogian, Christine Lydecker, Theresa Sires, Brenda Harris, Ronald St. Gelais, Joe Souza, Brenda Monahan — represented 224 years of service to the district.
• White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner will step down from his post overseeing the nearly 800,000-acre forest in New Hampshire and Maine on Sept. 1.
Tuesday, June 20
• Eighty-four Great Dane dogs were reportedly rescued June 16 from a commercial breeding operation in Wolfeboro and Bartlett. Christina Fay of Wolfeboro, the owner of De La Sang Monde Great Danes kennel, was arrested on two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. Nine dogs have been placed in the care of the Conway Area Humane Society.
• Graduation for the Kennett High School Class of 2017 took place outside in Gary Millen Stadium on Saturday. There were 147 Eagles who received their diplomas.
• Voters at annual Fryeburg Town Meeting on June 15 passed 46 of 47 warrant articles. The lone article defeated dealt with standards for private road construction.
• Fifty-one people, including four Carroll County residents — Jack Middleton, Cody Bolduc, Alan Davis Sr, and Andrew Jolin — won permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire during the state’s 30th annual moose hunt lottery drawing on June 16.
• The White Mountain Aquatic Center and Fitness Foundation, located in Bartlett, is offering water safety programs to local youngsters during the month of June.
• Jackson police unveiled its “Roam to Home” Dog Rescue Program. Chief Chris Perley hopes every dog owner in town will not only register his or her dogs but that residents and visitors alike will fill out a form intended to aid police in the event a canine goes missing.
• The Fryeburg Academy softball team came up just short, losing 2-0 to Old Town, in the Class B State Championship game played at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, on Saturday.
Wednesday, June 21
• The school year came to a close in the Conway School District on Tuesday, while Josiah Bartlett Elementary School students and faculty had to go one extra day since the district did not take any blizzard bag days.
• Cynthia’s Challenge, a ski-a-thon that took place March 17-18 at King Pine Ski Area in Madison, raised more than $50,000, which went towards a handicap-accessible van for Faith Holt and her family of Wolfeboro.
• PetSmart agreed to lease 18,000 square feet of retail space from KGI Properties LLC next to Michaels Arts and Crafts at 120 North-South Road in North Conway. A fall opening is targeted for both stores.
Thursday, June 22
• Local veterinarian Dr. Kate Battenfelder, who provided care for the Great Danes rescued in Wolfeboro June 16, said she was “heartbroken” that the conditions where the dogs were kept had deteriorated so badly. Battenfelder issued a statement on Wednesday indicating, “nobody from True North Veterinary Hospital has ever been to the accused owner’s home. She had a separate house call veterinarian that was not a part of our hospital team.”
• David Patch of Glen was unanimously reappointed Wednesday to a five-year term on the state Fish and Game Commission by the Executive Council.
• Jackson police successfully rounded up a llama that had wandered a mile from its home on Tuesday. Chief Chris Perley said it was a first in his law enforcement career. “He was awful sweet and very cooperative once we got him into custody, so we let him off with a warning,” he said.
• Officials from the Community School in South Tamworth were able to round up one of three North Country Cheviot sheep that had gone on the lam in April on Tuesday. Sarsaparilla was captured on Redhill Pond, and one boat ride, one cart ride and one mini van ride later she was back in her home barn.
Friday, June 23
• The state of New Hampshire will probably pick up the tab for the proposed intersection improvements in Conway Village, however the traffic project could be delayed until 2019 instead of starting next year.
• Chief Dean Rondeau of Wolfeboro, who is handling the animal cruelty case in which 84 Great Danes were rescued from Wolfeboro and Bartlett, vows he will prosecute Christina Fay to the fullest extent of the law.
• For the second summer in a row, children are being told not to drink the water at the Conway Recreation Department building in Center Conway. With lead in the water, employees are bringing 40 gallons of bottled water each day from the North Conway Water Precinct’s pump station on River Road in North Conway.
- Category: Week In Review