Saturday, Nov. 30
• Ski areas prepare for a new season, and some will have trails open on this Thanksgiving weekend.
• Mount Washington Valley gets ready to host three wounded warriors and their families through the Christmas Can Cure project that was started six years ago.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
• The search for a new Kennett Middle School principal has been suspended until spring. Five applicants were interviewed for the position, but they weren't the "right match," superintendent Carl Nelson reported. Once a new principal is chosen, the current principal, Kevin Richard, will begin his new job as assistant superintendent.
• A Fryeburg Planning Board public hearing on a proposed cell tower on Fish Street was postponed until Dec. 10 due to weather. The hearing had been scheduled for Nov. 26.
• Post-Thanksgiving Day shoppers flocked to North Conway Village shops on Black Friday, while others headed to Settlers' Green Outlet Village and local large retailers, such as Walmart.
• The mother of missing teen Abigail Hernandez sends hugs to her daughter in a Thanksgiving Day message, and she thanks the community for its support "during our darkest time." Hernandez, 15, has been missing since Oct. 9.
• The Kennett High Student Council raises $1,300 for the local Laura Mahoney Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
• Memorial Hospital receives approval from regulators with the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office to become a member of MaineHealth, a Portland, Maine-based health-care system.
• Mount Washington Valley Choral Society is rehearsing for its annual holiday concerts, which will be held Dec. 6 and Dec. 8. The concerts are a 50-year holiday tradition in Mount Washington Valley.
• Four people — one Democrat and three Republicans — have signed up for the executive council seat left vacant by the passing of Ray Burton. Former state senator Mark Hounsell, of Conway, had planned to run but has withdrawn due to health issues.
Thursday, Dec. 5
• Three teachers with over 112 years of combined experience at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School will retire in June.
• Former selectman Larry Martin is still pushing his idea of allowing residents to pay a small fee in exchange for not having to recycle their trash. But selectman Mike DiGregorio is totally against the idea. "I would never vote to allow unrecycled garbage into the dump," DiGregorio said.
• After 26 years in education, including the last four as director of the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center, Lori Babine will retire at the of this school year.
• Local car racer D.J. Shaw will be in Florida this weekend, competing in one of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country, the Snowball Derby.
Friday, Dec. 6
• The FBI is holding a new conference Friday morning in Concord regarding missing teen Abigail Hernandez. Hernandez has reportedly had contact with her mother, but authorities stress that she has not been found.
• A quarter million increase for the town's health insurance is motivating selectmen to think about how they can control costs, including working with other towns.
• Forty-five teams from schools in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts take part in a robotics competition in the Kennett High gymnasium.
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Saturday, Nov. 23
• On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, local residents share their stories of the man and the tragedy.
• An Army bugler by the name of Sgt. Keith Clark played "Taps" at the funeral of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. His daughter lives in Lovell and talks about her father and his unique place in history.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
• A former selectman, Larry Martin, is proposing that people should be able to pay a small fee to avoid having to recycle at the transfer station. "It just gives people another option and makes it (the transfer station) more user-friendly," says Martin.
• There is no new information on missing teen Abigail Hernandez, but her mother continues to hold out hope. "I believe you are alive," Zenya Hernandez says in a letter to her daughter, "and I know that hope speaks louder than fear. It is my hope that you can reach out to me."
• Two candidates sign up for executive council on the opening day of filing period for the seat left empty by the passing of Ray Burton.
• A snowmaker is in stable condition after an accident Sunday night at Bear Peak.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
• Police say the Thanksgiving holiday, with travelers coming to the valley from other areas, offers an opportunity to spread information about missing teen Abigail Hernandez, who was last seen Oct. 9. Officials last Friday held their first press conference on the case in more than a month. "Part of the reason we chose today is that the holidays are coming up and people may be coming back to the area who haven't been here since the Columbus Day weekend," said Jane Young, senior associate New Hampshire Attorney General.
• More than 50 families in Fryeburg will be receiving Thanksgiving Day turkey meals because of an effort led by the police department and several other local organizations and businesses.
• Kennett High went global last week, hosting three international honor society induction ceremonies in the Loynd Auditorium.
• A new ride — a wooden roller coaster — will debut at Story Land for the 2014 summer season.
Friday, Nov. 29
• Some Mount Washington Valley residents are reporting that they're making progress enrolling in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's online exchange.
• The city of Berlin reacts to Conway selectmen's assertion that the long-proposed Conway bypass "may no longer be as important as it was in the past." Berlin officials want the state to know they are still interested in improved routes to the North Country.
• The woman hired to be the town's next finance manager, Lilli Gilligan, is described by town manager Earl Sires as a well-rounded person who, in addition to having experience handling multi-million-dollar budgets, was also the captain of her school rugby team and a Xlaphone player.
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Saturday, Nov. 16
• World Cup mountain bike racer Peter Ostroski, of Intervale, sums up his season: "I had a blast."
• A fund drive has been started for victims of an arson fire in Fryeburg. Money, furniture and clothing are being collected for Calvin Johnson and his family.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
• Last week's arson in Fryeburg, which police believe is connected to a series of recent burglaries and home invasions, raises the crime spree to a new level of seriousness, says police chief Phil Weymouth. But he is confident the suspects will be caught. "You can't keep this up and get away with it," says Weymouth.
• Demand is up, and the need is greater than ever for food supplies at local food pantries, according to Denise Leighton, director of Vaughan Community Service.
• Avid golfer Jim Machowski defies trillion-to-one odds with back-to-back holes-in-one. "The game is such a matter of skill — and luck," Machowski. "Getting these back to back is such a fluke."
• One month after the disappearance of missing teen Abigail Hernandez, police are still running down leads.
• A fund-raiser auction on Saturday for the family of Abigail Hernandez raised $3,649, and additional money is still coming in.
• Gov. Maggie Hassan announces that a special election will be held to fill the vacancy created by the death of Executive Councilor Ray Burton.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
• Conway School Board member — and former selectman and state senator — Mark Hounsell announces that he will run for the executive council seat held by his friend Ray Burton for 36 years. Burton died on Nov. 12.
• North Conway will usher in the holiday season with a tree-lighting and Snowflake Festival on Nov. 30.
• A tentative agreement is reached between Bartlett School Board and Bartlett Education Association for a one-year teachers' contract.
• Lucy Philbrick is retiring as Conway's finance director.
• Tamworth Fire Department is investing a camper fire Saturday evening.
• Local author and educator Jennifer Karnopp has received an award for her book, "Reinventing Schools: It's Time to Break the Mold."
• Hastings Law Office, a 166-year-old law firm in Fryeburg, has changed its name to Hastings Malia in recognition of contributions of long-time partner Peter J. Malia Jr.
Thursday, Nov. 21
• Facing a 14 percent increase in health insurance, Conway selectmen are looking for creative ways to keep health costs down. "I don't think we can keep doing this," says selectman Stacy Sand of the 14 percent increase.
• As the filing period approaches for a special election for executive council, more people are expressing an interest in running for the seat held for 36 years by Ray Burton prior to his passing earlier this month.
Friday, Nov. 22
• On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, Sun reporter Tom Eastman, who was 6 at the time, shares his memories of Nov. 22, 1963.
• Jim Westhall, of Hale's Location, was in Washington D.C. the weekend following Kennedy's assassination, and took photos from the Capitol Rotunda as the president's body lay in state.
• With the full implementation of the Common Core standards in SAU 9 next year, the Conway School District will be switching to a new report card for kindergarten through 12th grade.
• An Albany man, Michael Sargent, 43, dies in a two-vehicle collision in Tamworth Wednesday afternoon.
• Kennett High School will host a robotics competition in the gymnasium Saturday.
• A cell tower is proposed for Fish Street in Fryeburg.
• Jackson Grammar School has been awarded a Champion Award for Education from the 2013 Spirit of New Hampshire awards ceremony.
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Saturday, Nov. 9
• Military service is an honored tradition for the Howard family of Glen. Col. George Howard (USAF-Ret.), now of Jackson, served 30 years as a pilot and instructor. Three of his children have served. Daughter Lori (Howard) Robinson is a lieutenant general, the second highest rank in the Air Force. She spoke to students and local veterans in annual Veterans Day events at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School.
• Volunteers and donations are needed for this year's Christmas Can Bring, which brings wounded soldiers and their families to Mount Washington Valley for Christmas.
• Today marks the one-month anniversary of the disappearance of 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
• Under blue skies and with the American flag flying proudly above a crowd of hundreds of people, local veterans honored their comrades in Schouler Park Monday. Guest speaker Col. George Howard (USAF-Ret.), of Jackson, urged citizens to "never, ever" allow the nation to "renege" on its responsibility to care for veterans.
• Cyclists and other members of the Mount Washington Valley Recreational Path Committee have set the wheels in motion for a multi-use recreational path in Conway that could ultimately connect to the Mountain Division rail trail in Fryeburg.
• Accolades and thanks pour in for long-time executive councilor Ray Burton, who is battling cancer and has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014.
• The field has been trimmed from 18 to six applicants for the position of Kennett High Middle School principal. Once the position is filled, current principal Kevin Richard will begin his new role as assistant superintendent for SAU 9.
• Jac Cuddy, executive director of the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, suggests that Conway selectmen look into the possibility of forming Tax Increment Financing Districts to help generate jobs and tax revenue in town.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
• Ray Burton, who served more than three decades as executive councilor the the North Country, dies of cancer at the age of 74. "A hole has been left in the North Country that can never truly be filled," says State Rep. Gene Chandler, of Bartlett. "Ray is one who is simply irreplaceable." Gov. Maggie Hassan directs flags to half-staff in Burton's honor.
• Items are being collected for an auction on Saturday to raise money for the family of Abigail Hernandez, the North Conway teen who has been missing since Oct. 9.
• The MSAD 72 school board has all but officially taken off the table a proposal to consolidate all the Fryeburg-area elementary schools into Molly Ockett Middle School. Board members are looking at options for replacing C.A. Snow School.
• Sherman Farm and Weston's Farm will be honored at the annual meeting of the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council on Nov. 22. They will receive the Bob Morrell Award in recognition of their efforts to sustain local agriculture and their contributions to the community.
Thursday, Nov. 14
• Low pay is creating a "substitute teacher crisis" in Conway, says Kennett High principal Neal Moylan. "We can't fill any sub positions for aides and have a very tough time getting subs for the classrooms," Moylan says.
• The non-profit White Mountain Aquatic Foundation is looking to build a $14 million state-of-the-art aquatic center in Mount Washington Valley. Results of a feasibility study were unveiled at a meeting attended by more than 100 people.
• While many people haven't been able to make much progress signing up for health insurance on the glitchy Affordable Care Act marketplace, a local man who attended a recent forum about the law said he was close to completing the enrollment process.
• A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held for the Miranda Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Memorial Hospital.
Friday, Nov. 15
• A structure fire is believed to be connected with a string of burglaries in Fryeburg, and police are urging the public to "remain extra vigilant and report any suspicious foot or vehicular traffic."
• Conway's animal control officer Betty Holmes responds to a report of a skunk wandering around Redstone with a can on its head. "Betty got the can off its head," police Lt. Chris Perley reports. "I don't know how she facilitated that."
• If there's a shortage of substitute teachers in Conway, Angela Mansfield wonders why she hasn't been called. Mansfield is a certified teacher who has had her name of the substitute list since the start of the school year.
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Saturday, Nov. 2
• Impacts of the recent government shutdown echoed throughout White Mountain National Forest, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is afraid it could happen again.
• Former U.S. Olympic and world pro ski racer Tyler Palmer, 63, of Kearsarge, will be the recipient of the New England Ski Museum's eighth annual Spirit of Skiing Award at the group's annual meeting Nov. 2.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
• A fire Sunday night damages the main building of the Nestlenook Farm by the River in Jackson. Nobody was injured, but the 200-year-old building was so heavily damaged that it had to be torn down.
• Nearly 3,200 people participated in a Facebook vigil for missing teen Abigail Hernandez on Sunday night. During the vigil, participants were asked to change their Facebook cover photos or profile photos to an image of Hernandez and make Hernandez-related posts throughout the evening.
• Fryeburg police are stepping up patrols in the eastern part of town after five burglaries were committed in that area in the past week. Three of the five burglaries were home invasions.
• Angels & Elves is moving to a new location this year, setting up shop in the building that was formerly Wild Things. The program provides Christmas presents for youngsters from low-income homes.
• Kennett High football team rallies from a 20-point deficit to defeat rival Kingswood and capture the Carroll County Trophy.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
• Long-time executive councilor Ray Burton is honored at an opening celebration for a new scenic rest area across from the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Gov. Maggie Hassan, former Gov. John Lynch and both of New Hampshire's U.S. Senators are among those on hand. Burton is battling cancer and has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014.
• A second member of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has recused himself from review of a proposed long-term contract between Fryeburg Water Company and Nestle Waters for bulk water sales.
• A House bill to require that genetically modified foods be labeled heads to the full Environment and Agriculture Committee on Thursday.
• Review of the 2014-15 school budget starts tonight.
• Chick Home Center on North-South Road in North Conway is getting ready to move its operations to Hobbs Street in Conway Village. The company is selling its North-South Road property to Walmart.
• Dick Ficke, George Cleveland and Mountain Garden Club are honored as White Mountain Treasurers at the annual meeting of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, Nov. 7
• The investigation into the disappearance of Abigail Hernandez is approaching one month. Hernandez, 15, a freshman at Kennett High, hasn't been seen since Oct. 9.
• William S. Cavanaugh, 24, a former coach of the Kennett Middle School girls' basketball team, will be spending the next two years in jail after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage member of the team.
• Fryeburg voters decide to have Red Iron Bridge removed rather than pay to have it repaired. The bridge on McNeil Road has been closed for months because of structural damage.
• Eagle Academy goes into lockdown mode following an alleged domestic assault at Kennett High Tuesday night.
Friday, Nov. 8
• National television host Nancy Grace is helping to call attention to the case of missing Conway teen Abigail Hernandez. Grace, on CNN's sister network, HLN, discussed the case on Tuesday night and again briefly on Wednesday.
• Police say they are "highly confident" that skull fragments found several weeks ago during a search for Abigail Hernandez belong to John Sweeney, a Conway man who has been missing since 2006.
• Conway School Board and the Conway Education Association (teachers' union) have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year contract for the 2014-15school year.
• Angels & Elves opens in its new location in the former Wild Things building and receives a $1,000 donation within the first hour.
• Brett Taylor, a science teacher, has been named Kennett High Employee of the Month for September.
• A fire Sunday at the Nestlenook inn in Jackson has been ruled accidental.
• Outdoor industry professionals, weather experts, ski patrollers and snow rangers will gather in North Conway this weekend for the third annual Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop.
• Results of a study into the feasibility of building a multimillion-dollar swimming pool complex in Mount Washington Valley will be unveiled at a forum Tuesday night.
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