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Summer on the wane

8-18-valley-voiceBruce Grubb (left) and Roy “The Skiing DJ” Prescott of WMWV 93.5-FM’s “Blues Summit” program are shown at the White Mountain Blues and Boogie Fest, held Aug. 15 through 17 at the Sugar Shack Campground in Thornton. Chicago blues man Nick Moss and his band (background) wowed ’em with their rockin’ performance. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)By Tom Eastman

Back-to-school sale greetings to you and yours, as summer does its waning thing and kids everywhere cringe at the thought that yes, the lazy living season will soon be coming to a close.

Locally, in SAU 9, school starts the day after Labor Day Tuesday, Sept. 2 (and even as early as Aug. 27 for some).

That means you've got exactly 11 days to get those last dips in the Saco and get in a midweek hike or two.
BLUES AND MORE: Speaking of which, we did exactly that last week — which is why there was no Valley Voice column Aug. 15: we were on vacation!

We headed to Sunapee and then the Seacoast, but came back to see Arts Jubilee's end-of-season Roomful of Blues show at Cranmore Aug. 14. It featured Mo' Blues as the opening act. Great music, and as was the case for all five of Jubilee's shows, a good crowd. Good job to Cindy Russell and her board for the great lineup this year, starting with the Beatlemania tribute, followed by the Dan Fogelberg tribute by Don Campbell, Jonathan Edwards, a symphony tribute to the music of the movies, and Roomful of Blues.

Then it was back to the Seacoast for a few more beach days, and then a trip north on the last-day-of-vacation to Thornton Sunday to attend the always excellent outdoor White Mountain Blues and Boogie Fest at the Sugar Shack Campground.

Once there, we hadn't walked more than two strides before we ran into to Roy "The Skiing DJ" Prescott of WMWV's "Blues Summit," Bruce Grubb, Mary and Damon Bolduc, Debbie Taylor and Alan Phenix, to name a few, all of whom camped out for a few days to take in all the great blues acts

WEEKEND MUSIC: Don't miss the 26th annual BachFest at the First Church of Christ Congregational in North Conway Aug. 23 and 24; the Journey tribute band concert by Scarab Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. being presented by the North Conway Firefighters Association; and the second anniversary concert for the Cold River Radio Show at Theater in the Wood Aug. 24 (a taped radio show is on WMWV at 9 a.m. Aug. 24).

KEYS TO THE VALLEY: British funnyman Jimmy Keys wowed 'em with his comedy at Hobbs Sunday and at the Shannon Door Monday. One funny dude!...Keyboard wizard Dick Tilton, now of Hawaii, pays a visit home to play the Shannon Dor Aug. 27. As he writes, “I'm playing the Door on August 27 from 7-10. This is an early night, in consideration of the ages of me and my fans, and a night that the Door doesn't normally have entertainment.”

END OF AN EAR-A: Sad to see the Ear — co-founded by my late brother Steve Eastman (1949-2008) and Jane Golden-Reilly in May 1976 as a weekly lifestyle and news journal of the valley — close its local office this week in North Conway at the Eastern Slope Plaza. Sold to Salmon Press in March 2005, it became a monthly magazine a year ago September. As we reported, Salmon Press publisher and president Frank Chelinski says it is expanding its readership area north but will still have a focus in the valley. Still, if that's the case, some wonder, why did they lay off local calendar editor and features writer Lisa DuFault? Lisa still also shoots for The Sun weekends and does her Valley Promotions newsletter. Stay tuned...Sorry to learn of the passing from cancer of Lisa Nilsen Gilmore Aug. 17. Visiting hours will be Aug. 25 at Furber and White from 10 a.m. to noon, with a service at 11:30 a.m. Lisa always had a nice smile for everyone, even when she was battling cancer. Such spirit!...MUD BOWL PARADE REGISTRATION: This year's Tournament of Mud Parade — set for Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. — will feature an overall theme of "Muddy Game Shows." Prizes are offered for first, second and honorable mention in the Open and Team Classes. To register for the Open Class, contact parade chair Bobbi Steele-Marotta by Aug. 29 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 496-4404...Happy birthdays to one and all, including (belatedly) the Shannon Door's Tommy Mulkern (8-19) and Yankee Doodle Davey Armstrong and former Conway Budget Committee chair Dave Sordi (both 8-20)...Tess Mulkern salutes local students Malcolm Badger, Kristina Bean, P.J. Benson, deGrasse Schrader, Donovan Spaulding and Liam Van Rossum for being part of the Class of 2014 Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul's School...On that summer school note, that's a wrap for this first week back from vacation for yours truly. Enjoy these last days of summer!


Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 03:58

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Adaptive athletes make their mark on Mount Washington

8-7-valley-voice02-group-at-summit chris-hubbleAdaptive Sports Partners of Franconia celebrated at the summit after they ascended the Mount Washington Auto Road in the fourth annual Bank of New Hampshire Sunrise Ascent. Chester Eastwwood of the Eaton Village Store was among the ascenders. (COURTESY PHOTO)By Tom Eastman

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Many personal milestones were recorded on the Northeast's highest peak under clear skies early this past Sunday morning, Aug. 3.

Adaptive Sports Partners of Franconia presented the North Country’s Bank of New Hampshire Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington Sunday as a fund-raiser for the North Country’s only year-round adaptive sports, recreation and wellness program.

“It was a glorious day all the way around,” executive director Sandy Olney, formerly of North Conway and now of Eaton, said. “To date we have raised over $77,000  — the most in the event’s five-year history and $15,000 over our goal.”

Olney believes that this was due, in great part, to the fact that this year was the first time that the privately-owned Mount Washington Auto Road was closed to the public for the event.

“The day ended with a wonderful Sunset Celebration cocktail party where more than 60 guests mingled with ASPNC and Sunrise Ascent participants as well as four Paralympic and World Cup winners, all of whom shared their stories in an intimate and beautiful setting. It was the perfect end to a perfect day,” related Olney.

In The Bank of New Hampshire Sunrise Ascent, teams of volunteer “mules” and “Sherpas” aided adaptive sports enthusiasts in ASPNC’s version of a “walkathon” on a sunny, clear and temperate day. Each team got pledges and had the task of raising at least $6,288 (the height of Mount Washington).

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 00:16

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August kicks into gear

By Tom Eastman

Yet what another big week it has been here in this valley in the shadow of Mount Washington, with the arrest Monday of alleged Abigail Hernandez kidnapper Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham — a week after now 15-year-old Abby's arrival back home in North Conway Sunday, July 20, after having been missing since Oct. 9.

The two weeks of news was capped by an unexpected, nearly hour-long visit to the offices of The Conway Daily Sun by Abby and her mother Zenya Hernandez and family-friend Amanda Smith Thursday.

Young Abby was composed, measured and friendly — and said she wanted to be seen as a normal teenager. She especially enjoyed checking out the newsroom's Ice Box One refrigerator, the one that has all the past presidential candidates' autographs on it, and the photos alongside it showing the candidates signing the white refrigerator.

We gotta tell ya — you just never know how the day will turn out when you work at a daily newspaper. Today was certainly a case in point.

From requests from “Nancy Grace” and ABC to NBC, and even Japan TV, the phone has been ringing off the hook here at The Sun.

Be sure to read reporter Daymond Steer's story in today's issue for more about the unexpected visit.
SALUTING THE SHAW BROTHERS: In other news of the week, about 300 people gathered at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds last Saturday, July 26, for the 12th annual Kennett Alumni Picnic. Alumni from 1932 through 2014 were in attendance, including Ruth Twombly, 100, Class of 1932, and about 30 from the Class of 1959, which celebrated its 55th reunion.

Among those on hand from that latter class were Rick and Ron Shaw, of The Shaw Brothers, the valley natives who have spent a career liking to “teach the world to sing” in “perfect harmony.”

Rick and Ron have retired from an active performance schedule, but they said they still occasionally play for small groups.

Many classmates gathered at Carol and Ted Kramer's on Sunday on Silver Lake for more reminiscing and good times. The Shaws were there as well.

Many alumni also were hosted at the Pizza Barn by classmate Don Meader Friday night.

“Our furthest traveler came from Arizona — Laura Jean Caddick Beeler,” said ’59 classmate Ted Kramer.

At Saturday's alumni gathering, the Shaws were presented a proclamation sent by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

It was presented to the Shaws at the fairgrounds by Ted.

Wrote the Governor:
“Be it hereby known that I, Margaret Wood Hassan, Governor of the State of New Hampshire, join with my fellow Citizens in extending my personal congratulations to Rick and Ron Shaw. In recognition of your extensive musical contributions to the State of New Hampshire. Your numerous musical influences, including creation And recording of a state song, New Hampshire Naturally, will continue to leave a legacy.  The State of New Hampshire is fortunate to have you in the community and is grateful for your commitment to
Kennett High School, Mount Washington Valley, the University of New Hampshire, and the entire state.  On behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire, I commend you for your dedication and hard work, and wish you all the best in the future.”

It followed a proclamation read at the Oct. 16 governor and council meeting. In that proclamation, the Governor wrote:

“Whereas, Rick and Ron Shaw, professionally known as The Shaw Brothers, have been performing together for more than 50 years; and
Whereas, Identical twin brothers, Rick and Ron Shaw were born and raised in New Hampshire, getting their musical start as undergraduates at the University of New Hampshire in the early 1960s; and
Whereas, In 1962, Rick and Ron Shaw joined with classmates Dave Craig, Hal Brown, and Fred Corbett to form The Tradewinds and, after earning top honors at the National Inter-Collegiate Music Competition, decided to pursue a career in show business. The group then gained a manager, the services of a booking agency, a record label, and a new name —The Brandywine Singers; and
Whereas, Over the next few years the group recorded two albums, several singles, and performed at more than 350 colleges and universities in North America as well as most of the nightclubs, state fairs, and festivals in between. They also made appearances on such television shows as The Mike Douglas Show, the ABC Hootenanny Show, and the ABC Wide World of Entertainment; and
Whereas, The Brandywine Singers broke up in 1966 when Rick was drafted and Ron joined another group. After the completion of Rick’s military service, both brothers taught school for a year; and
Whereas, Rick and Ron Shaw soon tested the waters of show business again, performing with The Hillside Singers, most notably recording the famous Coca-Cola jingle I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, prior to beginning a career as a duo — The Shaw Brothers — in 1974; and
Whereas, Over the years, The Shaw Brothers toured in countries around the world and performed with many notable stars including Bob Hope, Ed McMahon, Jerry Lewis, Della Reese, Jim Nabors, Wayne Newton, Buddy Greco, Joan Rivers, Johnny Mathis, Eva Gabor, Bill Cosby, Judy Collins, Josh White, Oscar Brand, Mama Cass Eliot, The Kingston Trio, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, Mary Travers, Tom Paxton, John Denver, Don McLean, Don Williams, Crystal Gayle, Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy, Jud Strunk, and Marshall Dodge to name a few; and
Whereas, The Shaw Brothers composed New Hampshire Naturally which was officially designated as the New Hampshire state song; and
Whereas, Throughout their long and storied career, Rick and Ron Shaw have remained true to their New Hampshire roots and have served admirably as Granite State musical ambassadors to the rest of the world;
Now, therefore, I, Margaret Wood Hassan, Governor of the State of New Hampshire, and the Executive Council, do hereby commend Rick and Ron Shaw for their great success and wish them all of the best in the future.”

We join others in saluting Rick and Ron.

Whether for outdoor shows at Cranmore, to countless other benefits held throughout the state, they have been true goodwill ambassadors for the Granite State.

Thank you, Rick and Ron, for all you have done — and for always being true to your school — and hometown.
IN OTHER MUSICAL NEWS, don't miss the annual Jackson Covered Bridge Dance, set for this Saturday, Aug. 2, featuring the Jonathan Sarty and the White Mountain Boys, along with a barbecue by Sweeney Sensations, and a kids' activities table. The music is to be performed from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
For more, visit www.JacksonNH.com.
MORE MUSIC: Matty B's will feature My Bossman's Car, featuring the music of Nick Phillips, tonight, Aug. 1…ARTS JUBILEE: We enjoyed the music of Don Campbell at the Dan Fogelberg tribute last Thursday, July 24, as well as that of Jonathan Edwards of “Shanty” fame July 31. The concert was moved indoors to the Eating House, due to the threat of thunder boomers and rain. Many danced to “Shanty” and “Don't Cry Cry Blue,” and all were spellbound by the ever-haunting and poignant, “Sometimes.” Edwards played barefoot, and played one encore with his two bandmates. The series continues with the New England Symphony Orchestra Aug. 7 with fireworks, and the always excellent Roomful of Blues Aug. 14…MOUNTAINSIDE MUSIC AT ATTITASH: In other musical news, the Mountainside at Atittash Saturday afternoon summer music series continues with the Dean Machine as part of the annual Blueberry Fest Aug. 2; the Pat Foley Band Aug. 9; and the Blue James Band Aug. 16. The series continues with the Gravel Project Aug. 23; the Jonathan Sarty Band Aug. 30; and Livin' the Dream Aug. 31.

In addition to live music from 3 to 6 p.m., a variety of craft vendors will be at Attitash every Saturday 10 a.m to  4 p.m. Admission is free to all dates in the Mountainside Music Series.
Its sister resort, Wildcat Mountain features Jonathan Sarty and his band as part of the Mountainside at Wildcat Series Aug. 30. 

For further information, call Attitash at 374-2368 or visit www.attitash.com or Wildcat at 466-3326; www.skiwildcat.com...DAM JAM: The Denmark Arts Center and SPACE Gallery is to host Dam Jam 2014 Aug. 2 from 3 p.m. to midnight at Bicebtennial Park on Route 160 in Denmark, Maine. Visit www.thedamjam.com for more information.

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS TO one and all, including Audley Williams and his musical partner Nancy Ray (both 7-31); Visiting Nurse's Sandy Ruka and Donna Marie Famigllietti Dolan (also 7-31), yours truly (Tom Eastman), Marilyn Miller, Jerry Garcia, Francis Scott Key, Dom DeLuise, and watercolorist Linda Gray (all 8-1); car and ski guy Kevin Clarke, Joan Wrigley and Joel Rhymer (all 8-2); Brownfield innkeeper Kevin Early (8-3), the ever-beach lovin' Kim Lamond, mountain biker Alex Couture, the angelic Theresa Morin, White Mountain Hotel and Resort's Carol Sullivan, and Tracy Barker Diogo (8-4); former valley resident Jim Simpson and Ed O'Halloran of Badger Realty(8-5); Julie Nixon's Smith College freshman roommate Alexa Kimberley-Bryant, C.J. Foote and Karen Albert (8-7); Connie Harger (8-8) and all other fellow great Leos out there.

HAPPY 40TH TO CSRR: While we're at it, happy 40th birthday to the Conway Scenic Railroad Monday, Aug. 4 — former president Dwight Smith will be there at 10:30 a.m. Monday to ride the train, as will his son and daughter-in-law, who both worked on the railroad that first season. There will be all sorts of specials, cake and face painting as well.

AND HAPPY 30TH since the last Volvo International was held,. It was featured in our front page story in last Saturday's edition. It's been 30 years since the last Volvo was played on the clay courts at Cranmore.

Many readers posted their memories of the tourney on the Sun's Facebook page. Merry Fortier of Canterbury shared her thoughts below:
“I immensely enjoyed the ‘Remembering the Volvo’ article!  I grew up in Chocorua and volunteered as a driver for several years. The players were exceedingly polite and  loved the Valley. I particularly remember how chatty the Gullikson twins were, and how nice Vitas Gueralaitis and Ivan Lendl were. I also remember driving film reels to the Portland TV stations! Great fun and great memories!”

SOX TRADES: So, what do you think of the Red Sox trades July 31? See Sports for all of the lowdown.

THAT'S ALL FROM THIS August farm stand. The first of the native corn is here, so be sure to get yours at a local market near you, and enjoy! One month until Labor Day, folks — get yours while the living is good!

Also — be sure to pick up your latest spiffy copy of the Sun's all-new North Conway Magazine, on the news stands now!


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Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 01:23

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A valley sighs its relief

7-24valley-voice jimmy-keysBritish funnyman Jimmy Keys (above) impersonated Sir Elton John and others in his comedy show at the Shannon Door Pub in Jackson this past Tuesday night. He will be at Hobbs (539-2000) in West Ossipee Aug. 17 and back at the Door Aug. 18. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — “Abby's home.”

It's a headline that we had long hoped to have been able to write, and for this past Tuesday's edition of The Sun, we got to do exactly that.

Like the rest of the valley, we are overjoyed with the news that missing teen Abigail Hernandez returned home to her family Sunday night. It's been the talk of the town — and the state and beyond.

Channel 9 and national media have been in town, interviewing people on Main Street in North Conway with their cameras, including Dennis O'Neil and friend Sharon Roberts in front of Horsefeathers Monday night, and Peter Patel at Valley Food and Beverage.

Word had it Brian Hill of Hill's Florists received a floral order this week from Dr. Phil to be delivered to Abby.

As the FBI's Kieran Ramsey told us Monday afternoon, the details about how she came home, where she has been and under what circumstances will all “come out in the wash” in time.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 22:56

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All across the universe, valley style

7-17-valley-voiceHoot Night host Jonathan Sarty was joined on stage by Steve and Ann Frost of Jackson's three young granddaughters (Lilah, Natalie and Mia) on “Country Road” at Tuesday's Hoot, held at the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson. Quipped Jonathan, “I've gotta say: It's too bad for all the other performers, because they're going to be a tough act to follow!” (COURTESY PHOTO)By Tom Eastman

SO, HOW'S YOUR POST FAB FOUR “morning after” going?

“We Saw Her Standing There” (and just about everyone else!) last night, as Arts Jubilee kicked off its 2014 summer season of five concerts with a Beatlemania Tribute that set a high bar for the rest of the season.

Bob Halligan Jr. of Ceili Rain fame portrayed a right-handed Sir Paul McCartney on stage, as he and his fellow mop-topped Lads from Liverpool musicians rocked through sets that covered the Beatles' hit-packed career.

Master of ceremonies for the show, fittingly enough, was Beatles fan Mark Johnson of WMWV 93.5-FM. Mark interviewed Bob at the studios when he got into town Wednesday afternoon.

From “She Loves You” to “Yellow Submarine” and “Revolution,” you had to love all the phases of their song list.

I posted a notice on Facebook to remind fellow Fab Four fans about the show, and asked friends to list their favorite Beatles songs — a tough task for anyone, but hey, why not start a dialogue, right?

Mine is “And Your Bird Can Sing,” a John number.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:21

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