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Week in Review -- April 12-18, 2014

Saturday, April 12
• It was 80 years ago today that the crew on the summit of Mount Washington record what was then a world record wind of 231 mph. That record was broken in 1996 in Australia during Typhoon Olivia, when a 253 mph wind was recorded.
• A crew of Emerson College students and alumni has partnered with Friends of Tuckerman Ravine to produce a documentary about the ravine's story and the many different people who climb and ski there every spring.

Tuesday, April 15
• Conway Planning Board grants conditional approval for a restaurant and brew pub at the Red Barn complex in North Conway. Developers are not yet disclosing the name of the brew pub.
• A proposed 9,200-square-foot addition to North Conway Community Center has been approved by the planning board. The existing building will continue to be used.
• An emergency room doctor and a high school teacher were the top solo winners in the 14th annual Friends of Tuckerman Ravine Inferno Pentathlon. The five-part, 36-mile race was held in exceptionally fine early-spring weather.
• Felony-level cases in New Hampshire's Superior Court system are taking too long to resolve, the chief justice of New Hampshire Superior Court told county commissioners recently.
• A sheriff's department K-9 that bit a woman at the county complex has been turned back over to the vendor. The K-9 was in training at the time of the incident. The sheriff's department is now looking for another dog.
• There have been two moose sightings on Crown Ridge Road in North Conway in the past few days, according to police logs.

Wednesday, April 16
• A flood watch is issued by the National Weather Service as steady rain and melting snow is expected to bring Saco River levels to 11.5 feet. The flood stage is 9 feet.
• Kennett High softball coach Peter Ames picks up his 400th win as the Eagles defeat Merrimack Valley on opening day.
• New Hampshire Fish and Game has issue an urging warning against a statewide, social media-driven craze enticing teens to jump into frigid icy waters. A Northfield man who took the "Polar Plunge" dare is presumed dead after jumping into the Smith River in Bristol.
• Thom Perkins announces that he is retiring after 38 years as executive director of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.

Thursday, April 17
• Jocelyn Judge, a long-time educator in the Conway School District, has been confirmed as the next principal of Kennett Middle School. She will replace Kevin Richard, who has been named assistant superintendent.
• Heavy rain and melting snow on Tuesday caused flooding that closed West Side Road and Route113/River Street in Fryeburg.
• Residents of MSAD 72 towns expressed mixed feelings about a cost-sharing plan for replacement of C.A. Snow School in Fryeburg.
• The site of the former Kearsarge Metallurgical Corp., has been sold to a local businessman and will be put back into use. The property was once deemed a Superfund hazardous waste site, and the state and federal governments spent nearly $5 million removing contaminated soil and heavy metals left behind by Kearsarge Metallurgical. The company made stainless steel valves for the nuclear industry.
• A former treasurer for the Old Home Week Committee has been charged with stealing over $1,500 from the organization.

Friday, April 18
• Route 302 in Fryeburg, beat up by the hard winter, is scheduled for repairs in late summer. A "full rehab" of the road is scheduled for 2016.
• April 16 marked the 75th anniversary of one of the greatest ski feats of all time: Toni Matt's legendary schuss of the 800-foot Tuckerman Ravine Headwall in the 1939 American Interno.
• Jeff Locke makes his Triple-A debut on his road back to the Majors. Locke, 26, is pitching for the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
• A local climber, Cristin Bailey, is planning an ascent of California's 14,179-foot Mount Shasta to raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund. Bailey's grandmother died of breast cancer.


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Week in Review -- April 5-11, 2014

Saturday, April 5
• Two local theater groups, Arts in Motion and M&D Productions, are in transitional stages — Arts in Motion with a new home, and M&D Productions with a new board.
• Wildcat Ski Area marks the 80th anniversary of the Wildcat Trail, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Tuesday, April 8
• Conway town clerk Rhoda Quint is expecting a larger-than-normal turnout at the polls today because of hot-button issues, such as the tax cap, and several contested races on the ballot.
• School officials are urging support of a one-year teachers' contract when Conway voters go to the polls today.
• Three candidates — incumbents Kevin Flanagan and Martha Tobin and challenger Steven Steiner —are vying for two seats on the Conway Planning Board.
• Demolition of Chick Home Center on North-South Road is under way. Walmart plans to expand onto the site with a 50,000-square-foot addition to its existing store. Chick HOme Center has moved its lumber operations to Hobbs Street and has also opened a retail showroom on Route 16 in North Conway.

Wednesday, April 9
• Mary Carey Seavey and David Weathers retains their seats on the Conway Board of Selectmen in Tuesday's election. Incumbents John Skelton and Janine McLauchlan and newcomer Michelle Capozzoli are elected to the school board. And Kevin Flanagan and Martha Tobin are re-elected to the planning board.
• Proposed tax caps on the town and school ballots both fail at the polls.
• Conway voters approve a one-year teachers' contract.
• Voters approve a funding request for Eastern Slope Regional Airport but do not allocate money for Blue Loon bus service.
• Today marks six months since Abigail Hernandez disappeared after leaving school. She was 14 at the time and turned 15 a few days later. Police and family have not given up hope of finding her. "Everywhere we go, we look for you," her mother, Zenya Hernandez, writes on a Facebook post to her daughter. "Everyone we talk to, we talk to them thinking that maybe they know."
• An injured skier is able to make his way to safety after tumbling several hundred feet down an icy ravine in Great Gully.
• Some ski areas have closed, but the season continues at Bretton Woods, Wildcat and Bear Notch Ski Touring.

Thursday, April 10
• Players in this year's tax cap debate have different interpretations of Tuesday's vote. The tax cap was defeated, which some say indicates that voters are satisfied with the budgets that town and school officials present. But others say the fact that tax caps were proposed in the first place, and that many people voted in favor, shows that there is concern about rising budgets and taxes.
• Bartlett police are looking for the public's help identifying the suspect in a burglary at Dunkin' Donuts in Glen.
• A proposed expansion of North Conway Community Center is back on the planning board agenda for tonight.

Friday, April 11
• Having roving police patrols at key points of the Saco River, such as First Bridge and Davis Park, could be a step toward improving the culture on the river. A Conway committee looking at how to better manage activity on the river discussed the idea at a recent meeting.
• Work is under way on an expansion of The Wentworth Inn in Jackson.
• Public meetings will be held next week on a cost-sharing plan for replacement of C.A. Snow School in Fryeburg.
• A movement is afoot to name the Kennett High tennis courts after former girls' tennis coach Jon Judge, who led the team to four state championships.
• The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine Wildcat Wildfire Pentathlon set for Saturday has been canceled due to lack of participants, but the Inferno Pentathlon is still on.


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Week in Review -- March 29-April 4, 2014

Saturday, March 29
• The last weekend of March means the end of the season for some ski areas, but, with plenty of snow still on the ground and slopes, some ski areas will continue into April.

Tuesday, April 1
• Cranmore announces plans to add a casino to its proposed condominium project. April Fools!

Wednesday, April 2
• Longtime Conway educator Jocelyn Judge is chosen as the next principal of Kennett Middle School. Pending final approval of the Conway School Board, Judge will assume her new position on July 1, and the current middle school principal, Kevin Richard, will move into his new role as assistant superintendent.
• A massive avalanche on the southeast slope of Mount Washington over the weekend narrowly misses two hiking groups. Nobody is injured.
• A 19-year-old Fryeburg man already facing burglary and arson charges in connection with a series of break-ins last year is arrested again, this time for allegedly supplying a 13-year-old girl with tobacco.
• A tax study by the Conway tax assessor shows that local taxes have gone up at most about 25 percent from 2004 to 2013, but budget committee member Bill Marvels points out that taxes increased by nearly 50 percent when one goes back to 2003.
• Four Your Paws Only in North Conway is awarded best overall single-store retailer at the third annual Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards.

Thursday, April 3
• A tax cap, Blue Loon bus service and funding for Eastern Slope Regional Airport are among the issues on the Conway town ballot next Tuesday.
• There are three candidates for two selectman seats. Incumbents Mary Carey Seavey and David Weathers are seeking re-election, and Kevin MacMillan is also vying for a seat.
• A cold, snowy March has delayed the start of the spring sports' season at Kennett High.
• A new exhibit at Plymouth State University tells the geologic history of the White Mountains through the eyes of skiers, hikers and mountaineers.

Friday, April 4
• Voters will face three key decisions when they head to the polls Tuesday to decide the Conway School District ballot: a 2.5 percent tax cap; a one-year teacher contract; and whether to approve the proposed budget or go with a default budget that is $78,000 less.
• Conway selectmen decide to raise the cost of Conway Recreation Department's eight-week summer program from $150 to $175.
• Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Conway School Board. Candidates are Rick Breton (incumbent); Michelle Capozzoli; Janine McLauchlan (incumbent);and John Skelton (incumbent).
• North Conway voters cut $40,000 from the fire department budget at the annual precinct meeting.
• A K-9 that was in training with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office bit a woman on the county complex. The woman was not seriously injured, but the sheriff's department is going to "reevaluate" using the dog in the future.


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Week in Review -- March 22-28, 2014

Saturday, March 22
• A cold March has meant a slow start to the maple syrup season.
• The first weekend of spring brings mid-winter conditions at local ski areas.

Tuesday, March 25
• Nobody was injured in a fire that destroyed a home on West Side Road in North Conway early Sunday morning. The home belonged to local chiropractor Dr. Leo Kenney. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.
• Police have released a new composite sketch of a man wanted in connection with a stabbing last week at Creature Comforts pet-grooming shop in Fryeburg. The victim, shop owner Paulette Tuunanen, 46, of Fryeburg, is recovering from her injuries.
• Voters will act on a 27-article warrant at the annual meeting of the North Conway Water Precinct on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 26
• Conway School Board is recommending upping the advertised starting salary by $40,000 in the search for a new superintendent. Board members believe offering a salary of between $150,000 and $160,000 would attract more and better candidates.
• North Conway Water Precinct voters will be asked at annual meeting tonight to appropriate $75,000 for design and specifications for a future fire station expansion.
• Inspectors still have not been able to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a home on West Side Road early Sunday.

Thursday, March 27
• Proposed tax caps have people arguing over whether taxes are out of control in Conway.
• U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens says "people are tired of business as usual." Rubens made stops in North Conway in his campaign for the Republican nomination for the seat currently held by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
• A field of 13 applicants has been trimmed to five for the director position for the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center in Fryeburg.
• A public hearing will be held April 1 on a proposed five-year contract between MSAD 72 and Fryeburg Academy.

Friday, March 28
• It may still look like winter outside, but bears are starting to stir and they're looking for food.
• Faced with the need to trim a quarter of a million dollars from the 2014-15 budget, Conway School Board member has proposed four position cuts that won't cost anybody their jobs.
• State Rep. Karen Umberger apologizes for losing her temper during county budget talks that lasted nearly five hours Monday.
• Conway Elementary School guidance counselor Kristen Burke is named N.H. Elementary School Guidance Counselor of the Year by the N.H. School Counselor Association. Staff and family surprise her at a special assembly at the school.
• Thirty-four people attended a special Affordable Care Act sign-up hosted by White Mountain Community Center Health Center on March 22.
• U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will be the guest speaker at the Carroll County Republicans' Lincoln Day Diner on April 26.


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Week in Review -- March 15-21, 2014

Saturday, March 15
• Wind, snow and ice are part of the allure of climbing Mount Washington in the winter.
• Edge, long-time K-9 for Carroll County Sheriff's Department, is retiring this year because he has terminal cancer.
• Ham Arena in Conway will host a curling championship in June, with 32 teams from as far south as Florida and as far west as Pennsylvania.
• Mid-winter conditions on the final weekend of spring at valley ski areas.

Tuesday, March 18
• Two officers were assaulted and three people were arrested in what police describe as a "melee" in Fryeburg Saturday night. The officers were not seriously injured.
• A man who was shot Sunday night at his home on Jude Boulevard in Ossipee was in stable condition on Monday. Police do not yet have a suspect.
• Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is considering run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jeanne Shaheen, chats with voters during an informal stroll through North Conway Village.
• Alec Tarberry takes first place in the Men's A Division at the 41st annual Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup at Attitash. His brother, and defending champion, Ace Tarberry placed third. Christopher Beadon was second.

Wednesday, March 19
• A Jackson parent, who is also a teacher at Kennett High, spoke out strongly against a proposed 2.5 percent tax cap article last week — and against budget committee members who he feels are giving "misleading" information about the article.
• If a tax cap is approved by voters next month, budget committee member Dick Klement believes it will impact public employees — and he thinks that's one of the reasons a couple of public employees are speaking out against him and the tax cap proposal.
• Friends of missing teen Abigail Hernandez are reaching out to Abby in a video on the Bring Abby Home website.
• Fryeburg Academy continues its long tradition of music success with wins at the 2014 Maine State High School Instrumental Jazz Festival.
• Effective April 1, the Blue Loon's midday run between West Ossipee and Lakes Regional General Hospital will be suspended.
• Cranmore receives conditional approval for the first 37 of 106 proposed condominiums at the base of the mountain.

Thursday, March 20
• A suspect is sought in a stabbing that occurred at Creature Comforts pet-grooming shop in Fryeburg Tuesday.
• Even some of those who are against it say the proposal to institute tax caps in Conway signify a "real concern" among taxpayers.
• A proposal to increase building setbacks in the commercial district in Albany is defeated.
• Fire destroys a home on Moore Road in Brownfield. No injuries were reported.
• Republican Jim Rubens, who is running for U.S. Senate, will campaign in Conway today.
• All articles pass at Bartlett town meeting, and $10,000 is added to the winter maintenance highway budget.

Friday, March 21
• Sending towns express concerns about the impacts of a proposed 2.5 percent tax cap article that will appear on the Conway school ballot next month.
• There are two finalists for the Kennett Middle School principal positions after five candidates were interviewed earlier this week.
• Spring arrives with 14 inches of snow.
• Lawmakers, who will be wrapping up the county budget next week, are facing a proposed 15 percent increase in the amount to be raised by county taxes.


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