Week in Review: July 22-28, 2017

Saturday, July 22

• Tin Mountain Conservation Center provides hands-on learning about the natural environment, offering field trips, classes with naturalists and summer camps for kids age 4-16 at four different locations.

• World War II U.S. Navy combat veteran Dwight A. Smith of Kearsarge last month visited the beaches of Normandy, France, site of the Allied invasion on what is known as D-Day, June 6, 1944. During the war, Smith, 92, was stationed in the South Pacific.

• Late Thursday afternoon, conservation officers with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department received a report that a body had been located in the woods off of the Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness. Few details have been released by Fish and Game pending confirmation of the identity of the deceased and subsequent family notifications. But earlier in the week, a large-scale search was conducted in the same area of the Dry River Wilderness for missing hiker Gregory Auriemma, 63, of Brick, N.J.

Tuesday, July 25

• Fryeburg, Maine, selectmen last Thursday voted to extend a moratorium that prevents proposed marijuana businesses from making applications to the planning board.

• A Carroll County Superior Court judge decided last Friday to lessen the sentence handed down on convicted sex offender Joshua Baud based on the fact that a prior judge had struggled with just how much prison time Baud deserved.

• The Mount Washington Commission at its quarterly meeting last Friday in the Tip Top House at the summit of Mount Washington looked at the future of the Yankee Building, parking at summit.

• White Horse Addiction said it was holding the grand opening of its Shed facility, located at 70 Route 16B, Ossipee, on Friday afternoon, with a barbecue and live music from a Nashville band.

• "Day Out With Thomas," a family event that is the largest summer event for the Conway Scenic Railroad, will hold its second weekend of Thomas the Tank Engine-themed rides and activities this weekend.

Wednesday, July 26

• Arts Jubilee board president Bob Hamilton died unexpectedly at his home from undetermined causes last weekend. Hamilton, 60, was employed as a registered nurse at Mineral Springs nursing home in North Conway.

• Conway School Board members voted 4-2 Monday night to reject a proposal to move all Conway sixth-graders to Kennett Middle School beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

• Hunter Lawrence Perry tells the story of hunting a record bear with his 11-year-old Plott hound (a hunting breed that brings big game to bay or tree) Alvarez.

• Conway's Eloryn Fall, an eighth grader at Kennett High School, joined 150 scientists at the 54th annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators' Meeting in North Woodstock. She gave a 10-minute presentation which outlined that peak foliage is happening later each year. The peak is about 10 days later than it once was.

Thursday, July 27

• Conway Public Library building was named to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17.

• Carroll County is gearing up for the start of "pick your own" blueberry season. Meanwhile, county commissioners are hoping to find $20,000 for a study to determine what could be done with hundreds of acres of agricultural land that Commissioner Mark Hounsell believes could be a hedge against a "food shortage."

• Eight-year-old Harrison Holt rescued his 11-month-old sister from the family home in Dummer as flames raged through the attached barn Sunday.

• A committee charged with recommending what should be done with the Conway Community Building got an earful from town staff on Monday evening about problems they said range from lack of fire suppression and air conditioning in the gym to hornets on the playground.

• The Madison Board of Selectmen hosted a "Meet the Chiefs" gathering last month to announce staffing changes in Madison.

Friday, July 28

• Selectmen past and present praised their peacemaking, candy-loving, soon-to-be-retired town manager Earl Sires on Tuesday at the last selectmen's meeting Sires would be attending in an official capacity. Sires stepped down after 17 years in the position.

• State Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) said he intends to file legislation aimed at preventing animal cruelty cases like the one last month in which dozens of Great Danes were seized.

• The Mountain Top Music Center's will give a presentation on its plans for the Majestic Theatre/Bolduc Block in Conway Village at an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 6-8 p.m.

• Ossipee selectmen tried to order a 2017 Chevy police cruiser in March, but the order went so awry they reportedly lost track of the car somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Selectmen voted at their Monday meeting to rescind that order and try again locally.

• The annual Tamworth street fair that is planned for Aug. 5 will include performances by yo-yo masters and a new children's area.

 

Week in Review — July 1-7, 2017

Saturday, July 1

• The Mount Washington Valley geared up for a blockbuster Fourth of July. Events ran from July 1-4, with parades, fireworks and carnivals in many towns.

• Ham Arena in Conway announced it would reopen for skating, broomball, curling and other ice events on July 5. The arena shuts down for ice-out each April.

Tuesday, July 4

• After a severe storm on July 1, Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge recreation areas on the Kancamagus Highway were closed due to high water, and Conway police and fire-rescue personnel evacuated campers at several local campgrounds due to flooding.

• Carroll County commissioners told Sheriff Dominic Richardi they wanted him to charge Tamworth to provide policing services. Richardi, who has the authority to make the decision, said he would not charge the town.

•  Andy Shaw took part in the inaugural New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon over the weekend.

Wednesday, July 5

• North Conway-based Assistance Canine Training Services said it was in dire need of volunteers to raise puppies and train dogs to provide assistance for people. In 10 years, the non-profit known as A.C.T.S. has graduated 23 balance dogs, hearing dogs, home helper dogs, facility-therapy dogs and other service dogs.

• The U.S. Forest Service reopened recreation sites at Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge on the Kancamagus Highway. The sites had been closed since Sunday after heavy rainfall caused high waters.

• The Saco River Covered Bridge in Conway was closed Wednesday, and the Jackson Covered Bridge closed Thursday for cleaning and maintenance.

• Conway Area Humane Society received more than 300 requests to adopt nine Great Danes taken in by the shelter after 84 dogs were seized from an alleged commercial breeding operation in Wolfeboro.

• Arts Jubilee announced its summer concert schedule at Cranmore Mountain. Concerts will begin July 13 with a Beach Boys tribute band and continue Thursday evenings through Aug. 10.

• The Conway Valley Inn and Cottages was bought by Judi and Parker Fairfield, who plan to change its name back to The Hitching Post.

• Jim Hill, director of administrative services for SAU 9, has found $500,000 in savings on health insurance costs for member school districts.

Thursday, July 6

• Thanks to Honor Flight Maine, a non-profit organization dedicated to taking veterans to see the memorials in Washington, D.C., World War II Army veteran C. Walter “Brownie” Brown, 90, of Fryeburg got to tour the nation’s capital last month.

• Town and state officials said the board of selectmen were aware of the lumpy road conditions at the intersection of Routes 16 and 113 in Conway Village and are in the process of addressing it. Rep. Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)  said he thought the work would be done ahead of more intensive work in the village that is slated to begin in 2018 or 2019.

• More than 600 people rode the Conway Scenic Railroad Firecracker Express train that provided round-trip transportation from Conway to North Conway for the town’s fireworks July 4.

Friday, July 7

• A 29-year-old woman talked about the difficulties faced by sexual violence survivors going through the judicial system and her doubts about whether justice is always served.

• Jeff Locke was designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins. The Florida-based National League team had 10 days to trade the 2006 Kennett High School graduate, but in all likelihood Locke was expected to clear waivers, because if he didn’t, the team that put in a claim for him would have to pick up the remaining portion of his contract.

• Local campgrounds reported that they were back up and running after flooding due to severe thunderstorms July 1 that flooded many campsites.

• Alyson McAllister, 35, has been named the first family support liaison at Kennett Middle School. Family support liaisons serve as their school’s contact with community service agencies for at-risk populations. They make sure emergency services are provided (food, clothing and shelter); recommend and design alternative educational programs; and pursue grant opportunities.

• Musician Ben Hammond returns to his hometown of Hiram, Maine, to perform at 8 Hancock Ave., a former church that recently became a music venue. Hammond is a 2001 graduate of Fryeburg Academy and a familiar face in the valley’s music scene.

Week in Review: Week of July 18-21

Saturday, July 15

• The history of grand hotels was the subject of a recent talk by historian Dr. Bryant F. Tolles Jr. at the Whitney Center in Jackson.

Tuesday, July 18

• U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) took aim at the latest health-care proposal floated by Republican leadership during her July 14 visit to Memorial Hospital in North Conway. Afterward, she headed to Berlin, where she heard from administrators that “Trumpcare” could decimate nursing-home budgets locally.

• The search continued Monday for Gregory Auriemma, 63, of Brick, N.J., who was reported missing last week in the White Mountains.

• A veterinary ophthalmologist has determined that 16 of the 84 Great Danes removed from a breeding operation in Wolfeboro and Bartlett last month will require emergency eye surgery, according to Lindsay Hamrick, state director for The Humane Society of the United States.

• Four motorcyclists from Massachusetts received summonses with hefty fines attached after police said they were speeding at rates of up to 107 mph on Route 25 East on July 2.

• A tractor-trailer truck rolled over on Brownfield Road in Eaton the afternoon of July 15, when it hit a soft shoulder as it was passing another truck.

Wednesday, July 19

• Recent school retiree Brenda Harris has learned that her 17 years of service to the Conway School District will not qualify her for the health insurance package she was seeking because her service occurred under two separate unions.

• Fryeburg selectmen were scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss whether to extend the marijuana ordinance moratorium that special town meeting voters enacted in January.

• A survey of Brownfield residents showed a majority would like the town to have more time to develop marijuana-related ordinances.

• Bartlett School Board gave Bartlett Historical Society a green light to apply to get the St. Joseph Church building listed on the State Register of Historic Places.

• Members of the Fryeburg Water Trustees attended the Fryeburg selectmen’s meeting July 13 to discuss with the board comments several selectmen made at the end of June. Selectmen had questioned whether the trustees had the authority to pursue the purchase of the waterworks that serves the town and Poland Spring.

• Formerly based in Lincoln, Ski NH this month moved its offices to Conway. The trade association of 16 alpine ski areas and 18 ski touring centers in the state is leasing part of the former office of the Mountain Ear newspaper off Route 16.

• In addition to hundreds of hikers for the non-profit Mt. Washington Observatory’s annual “Seek the Peak” hiking fundraiser Friday and Saturday, a crew from The Weather Channel  was also at Mount Washington.

Thursday, July 20

• Steve Marchand stumped in North Conway on Wednesday, visiting The Met, The Tech Village, Memorial Hospital and the offices of The Conway Daily Sun. Marchand, a former mayor of Portsmouth and unsuccessful candidate for governor in 2016, announced in April that he is again running for that governor.

• Gov. Chris Sununu signed the marijuana decriminalization bill into law on Tuesday. Most local lawmakers support the bill.

Friday, July 21

• State officials on Wednesday outlined options for a 2.8-mile multi-use recreation path along the state owned corridor for the shelved Conway bypass project. One benefit of having a recreation path there, state officials said, is that the state would not have to repay the federal government for money it  used to purchas bypass corridor lands.

• Members of the Mountain Garden Club on Wednesday celebrated getting recognized by the New Hampshire chapter of National Federation of Garden Clubs for its landscaping project undertaken last summer at the North Conway Community Center.

• Steven Steiner has been appointed to the Conway zoning board of adjustment, his third board for the town of Conway. He also sits on the Conway Planning Board and the Conway Municipal Budget Committee.

• A fire Thursday at a house on Pine River Road  in Ossipee displaced five people and a cat, the American Red Cross reported.

Week in Review — June 24-30, 2017

 Saturday, June 24

• Reporter Miranda Piedra tried out the Ziptour at Attitash Mountain Resort and ran down the adventure park options being offered this summer at resorts around Mount Washington Valley.