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North Conway Library Announces Matching Gift Challenge

by Gino Devaney on August 6, 2020

  Photo Courtesy of North Conway Library: Library Director Andrea Masters and Sharon Wroblewski with grandchildren Hazel and Teddy.


The North Conway Public Library is excited to announce a matching gift challenge as part of their capital campaign “An Exciting New Chapter.” Through the generosity of long-standing patrons Sharon and Ted Wroblewski, donations made through August 15th will be matched, up to a total of $5,000 for all donations.

“It is exciting to drive through the village and see this project take shape,” said Sharon Wroblewski. “With all the new construction in recent years, it is wonderful that the preservation of this historic library was an important consideration in the expansion plans. The new addition blends seamlessly with the old and it is absolutely beautiful!”

The project got started with a $3 million donation from Lyman Pope and construction began in August of 2019. The library continues its community fundraising efforts to raise the remaining $420,000 through donations and grants. “We understand that these are challenging times and raising funds in the current climate is a big ask,” said Andrea Masters, Library Director. “We are hopeful now that the building progress is so visible to the community that they will be motivated to show their support with a donation.”

“We are thrilled to have the Wroblewski’s gift to offer encouragement to bolster donations”, said Kate Lamneck, Capital Campaign Chair. “Any amount is appreciated and with a matching grant those small donations become even more important.”

Donations can be made online on the library’s website at or checks sent to NCPL, PO Box 409, North Conway, NH 03860. Pledge forms and more detailed information about the capital campaign and building project are available at

Source: North Conway Library Press Release


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Memorial Hospital Adds Asymptomatic COVID Testing

by Gino Devaney on August 6, 2020

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Memorial Hospital will begin testing for COVID-19 for persons not experiencing COVID symptoms. The tests are made possible under an agreement with the New Hampshire Department of Health. Testing begins Monday, August 10th and is by appointment only.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the need for increased community testing has grown,” says hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matt Dunn. “We’ve been limited to testing patients with one or more COVID symptoms or who fall into a high risk group such as first responders. Working with the state has helped create opportunities for people without symptoms to be tested.”

Memorial has created a testing center for asymptomatic individuals at its outpatient physical therapy building on the north side of the Hospital campus on Route 16 in North Conway. Patients enter the campus from Route 16 at the “Scheduled Testing” signs and proceed to the testing center on the left. Tests are collected while the patient remains in their vehicle. Dunn adds that appointments for testing are required by calling (603) 356-0673. “It is important for people to call and register for their test. This helps the clinicians work safely with all patients and keeps hospital roadways clear for emergencies.”

Each test takes only a few minutes. Results are available online through MyChart, the hospital’s electronic medical records system. Patients will also receive a telephone call with their results. Testing is planned for weekdays, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Persons with COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and chills, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell, can continue to present to the hospital’s emergency department for evaluation. These patients enter the hospital campus from the south entrance on Route 16 and proceed to the emergency department, calling (603) 356-4946 to register from their vehicle.

Memorial only tests for the presence of an active COVID-19 infection. They do not provide an antibody test.

Before registering for a test it is suggested that patients contact their insurance carrier about coverage and payment for an asymptomatic test. The Hospital will help New Hampshire residents without insurance apply for state funds to cover the cost of their test.

Source: Memorial Hospital Press Release

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Picture provided by Conway Police Department


NORTH CONWAY – On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 7:15 pm the Conway Police Department Dispatch Center received a call from a woman at 655 Kearsarge Road in North Conway reporting that a tree had fallen on her apartment building.  The woman reported that she was trapped inside her basement apartment.  There are three apartments located inside the building.  Rescue personnel arrived and were able to safely extricate the woman from the apartment but learned that a second female was in the second-floor apartment at the time the tree fell on the building.  The woman, identified as Joyce Roberge (60) of the apartment, was found deceased inside her apartment.  The New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy in order to determine the exact cause of death.  Officers and rescue personnel remained on scene for approximately 2 hours investigating the incident.  On behalf of the Conway Police Department, North Conway Fire and Rescue and Brewster Ambulance, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the deceased’s family and friends.

The Conway Dispatch Center received over 25 calls for trees and powerlines down between 7:15 pm and 10:00 pm last night as strong storms passed through the Conway area.  Some residence are still without power but all roads are clear as of 8:00 am this morning.

Lt. Christopher Mattei

Source: Conway Police Department Press Release



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CONCORD – Attorney General Gordon J MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Nathan A. Noyes, and Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau announced further information regarding the suspicious death of William Murray (52) of Meredith.

At approximately 7:32am on July 27, 2020 the Wolfeboro Police Department received a call, reporting an adult males lying on the ground in Pine Hill Cemetery. Wolfeboro police officers responded to the cemetery. Upon arrival, the officers found Mr. Murray deceased on the property of the cemetery.

New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie Duval conducted an autopsy of Mr. Murray. Based on the autopsy, Dr. Duval has determined that Mr. Murray’s cause of death was gunshot wound of the head. At this time, the manner of Mr. Murray’s death is pending further investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available, while protecting the integrity of the investigation. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Kelly Healey of the New Hampshire State Police at 603-MCU-TIPS (603-628-8477).

Source: NH Attorney General Press Release

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Bear Complaints Rise During Pandemic

by Gino Devaney August 3, 2020 Front Page News

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the coronavirus pandemic is contributing to an increase in problems with bears. Bear project leader Andrew Timmins says complaints have increased in part because dry weather reduced natural food sources for bears, driving them into residential areas. But the pandemic also is playing […]

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Fire on West Side Road in Conway

by Gino Devaney July 31, 2020 Front Page News

On July 30, 2020 at 5:36pm, Conway Fire received a call on the business line at the fire station reporting a house fire at 384 West Side Rd. Conway Fire responded immediately and found a fire in a second floor bedroom. The fire was quickly knocked down confining flame damage to that room only. There […]

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