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Bartlett – The 2015 Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen Scholarship Pageant was held on Sunday, April 26th at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett. Young ladies representing Chocorua, Conway, Glen, Intervale and Tamworth competed in the 26th year of this scholarship program.

A month of rehearsals led up to the day-lon2015 Miss MWV (322)g event. During the morning, contestants participated in Interview and Public Speaking competitions. Following lunch, they joined past participants to tape a piece for the Happy Conway video project. The evening’s program, emceed by local radio personality Audley Williams, and son Audley Williams, began with a group welcome routine then progressed to the Formal Wear competition and the optional Talent competition.

When the judge’s scores were tallied, 2014 Miss MWV Teen, Mae VanRossum, placed the 2015 crown on the head of 17 year old Jessica J. Hodgkins, of Intervale. The daughter of Kelly Drew and Fred Hodgkins, Jessica is a junior at Kennett High School, where she is a member of DECA, FBLA, Key Club and National Honor Society. Hodgkins also received a trophy for Talent, a Commitment Award, the Hostess Award and the Sales Award.

Courtney A. O’Keefe, First Runner-Up, is the daughter of Tammy and Jim O’Keefe. A Senior at Kennett High School, O’Keefe is 18 years old and lives in Tamworth. She also earned a Contestants Award.

Second Runner-Up, Miranda L. Cottrell, lives in Chocorua and is the daughter of Bob and Debra Cottrell. She is 17 years old and a junior at Kennett High School. Cottrell was also presented with a Commitment Award and a trophy for Talent.

Chey-Anne H. Roy, of Glen, was presented with a certificate for Commitment, a trophy for Talent and the Director’s Award. Thea L. Howe-Hayward, of Conway, took home the Personal Growth Award and a Contestants Award.

The 2015 Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen Scholarship Program was sponsored by Mount Washington Valley Promotions, The Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center, North Conway Community Center, Veno Electric, and The UPS Store of North Conway. Special guest dignitaries attending were Miss Berlin-Gorham Outstanding Teen, Emma Bogardus and Miss Littleton Area Outstanding Teen Reagan Murphy.

Look for the Queen and her Court at numerous events throughout the Valley in the coming year.

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Conway N.H. – The Earth Quake in Nepal may have been an ocean apart but it was still felt here in the Mount Washington Valley. Saturday’s massive 7.8 earthquake reportedly killed more than 3500 people, triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, and left many hikers in the Himalayas Stranded.



Local owners of the International Mountain Equipment in North Conway Celia and Rick Wilcox were there leading a trek in the Himalayas. Luckily they are safe as are the members of the group they were leading. According to an employee at International Mountain Sports they had reached the furthest part of their trek and are currently heading back on foot. They were planning on being back in the U.S. around May 8th but do to the devastation in the area it is unknown if they will be back at that time.

Rick Wilcox, summited Everest in 1991 and has been to Nepal 38 times in his career. Wilcox was the president of volunteer Mountain Rescue Service for almost 40 years and was recently honored by the NH Outdoor Council and the N.H. Fish and Game Department with the Search and Rescue Extraordinary Service Award.

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Pinkham Notch, NH – Wildcat Mountain is once again the last ski area in the granite state to be offering lift-serviced skiing and riding for a ninth season in-a-row.

Following a brief wildcat-still-openweather closure on Tuesday and Wednesday, Wildcat re-opened Thursday upholding its reputation as New Hampshire’s spring ski area and is scheduled to operate through the weekend currently offering 21 trails and 2 lifts, including the high-speed Wildcat Express summit quad and the Snowcat triple chair.

At this time, spring discount ticket rates are $49 for adults and $39 for young adults, juniors & seniors, but the area is offering a “Youth Pay Your Age” discount for ages 6-18 on Sunday, April 26.

Wildcat Mountain is scheduled to be closed Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1 and is planning to re-open again for the weekend of Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, conditions and weather permitting. Wildcat Mountain was the first ski area open in New Hampshire for the 2014/15 season and began operating back on November 9, 2014.

Up-to-date information including snow report, spring ticket rates and discounts, and 2015/16 season passes on sale now and valid at all three New Hampshire Peak Resorts ski areas including Wildcat Mountain, nearby Attitash Mountain Resort and Crotched Mountain, is available at

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conway-odNorth Conway, NH – A fight at the Sea Dog resulted in a man being taken to the hospital.

According to Conway Police at around 12:30 am Sunday Officers responded to the restaurant, and found a man with lacerations to his head. Lt. Christopher Mattei told the Conway Daily Sun that several individuals appeared to be involved including one man who fled the scene. He also said that the lacerations on the man were a direct result of being cut by a broken window, and he was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment.

As a Standard procedure the state Liquor Commission will be investigating the incident as well. The case is still under investigation, and it is not known if any charges will be filed.

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SAU 9 Assistant Superintendent Job Candidates Narrowed Down

by Christian Mower April 23, 2015 Front Page News

Conway N.H. – Candidates for the SAU 9 Assistant Superintendent job will be getting interviews next month. According to the Conway Daily Sun the list has been narrowed down from 8 candidates the top 4. The one-year interim position was created by the SAU 9 Board after members couldn’t find a candidate to fill the […]

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Bartlett Gets New Police Chief.

by Christian Mower April 21, 2015 Front Page News

Bartlett N.H. – Janet Hadley Champlin has become the first female police chief in the history of Carroll County. She was serving as the interim Police chief for Bartlett since January when Tim Connifey retired. According to the Conway Daily Sun she was sworn in on Friday in a packed room filled with her friends, […]

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