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Conway, NH – Project SUCCEED at the Pine Tree School, has won a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant that will fund part of the cost of afterschool for the next 5 years. Clay Groves, Program Director wrote and won a $300,000 five year grant ($60,000 a year) for the Pine Tree School. This will cover nearly 2/3 of the cost of running the program at that school. The yearly operating budget for Project SUCCEED at Pinetree is $94,000.  Other funding sources include a warrant article, other smaller grants and program fees.

Both Conway Elementary and the John Fuller school are also funding in part on 21CCLC dollars, next year 2017/2018 is the last year of the grant funding both of those sites. Groves intends on applying for the grant again in order to keep afterschool available to ALL the students in Conway.

Project  SUCCEED is about to begin it’s 20th year of serving the youth of the Mount Washington Valley.

The mission of Project SUCCEED is to help give youth the skills and opportunities they need to be successful academically, socially and emotionally in a safe and supervised environment.  Program offerings include safe and supervised activities for students through morning supervision, homework assistance, computer lab, enrichment programs, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and many more exciting activities. Conway Elementary School, John Fuller Elementary School and Pine Tree Elementary School offer extended day services up to five days per week, three hours per day to students in grades K-6.

To learn more about Project SUCCEED visit or call 603-447-6158

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9 Kennett High Students Get VIP Treatment From NASA

by Christian Mower on May 16, 2017


Houston, TX – Nine Kennett high School students were honored with the VIP treatment during a visit to The Johnson Space Center last month. According to the Conway Daily Sun NASA recognized the students for hardware they created for the International Space Station to hold lockers together on the space station. The lockers head to space next month.

Kennett seniors Cole Schoonover, Shawn Kenny, Jamie Kelemen, Dillon Dascoulias, Aaron Lamar and Cain Drouin; juniors Josh Rivers and Zac Phaneuf; and sophomore Nick Heysler got to stay in Houston from April 27-30 as a reward for all of their hard work on the hardware.

In all 15 schools were recognized as a part of the High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware or HUNCH program, but Kennett was the only school that wasn’t from Texas.

As a part of their VIP tour the students got a behind-the-scenes tour of just about everything at the center from Mission Control to even getting to check out the controls of the space shuttle. In addition to the VIP tour students were given a new mission HUNCH founder Stacy Hale. Andy Shaw, machine tool teacher at the Mount Washington Valley Career and Technical Center told the Sun that Hale was so impressed with the student’s work that he wants them to make hardware for the handrails in the International Space Station.

Hale also challenged the students to get 12 parts done by the end of the school year. If they do he’ll come all the way from Texas for graduation.

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Conway, NH – On May 11 nearly 300 middle and high school students shared over 250 exhibits demonstrating the skills and understanding needed to explore scientific questions. Every student who participated deserves recognition for a job well done presenting their experiments and inventions to a panel of three expert judges from the community.


Middle School Winners Are:

First Place was awarded to Amee Patel of Kennett Middle School for her experiment on the breakdown on conventional and organic fruits and vegetables in hydrochloric acid.

Second Place went to Catherine Ling of Kingswood Regional Middle School for her experiment on paredolia and song memory.

Third Place went to Ansel Barclay of the White Mountain Waldorf School for his design of a Go Pro camera mount for skis.

The Mount Washington Observatory Emerging Scientist Award went to Sasha Khrapunov of Bartlett Elementary School for his experiment on the conductivity of different metals.

The MWV FIRST Technology Award went to Miguel Kirsch and Kyle Perry of Kennett Middle School for their design of an electric door lock that can be operated from a smart phone.

And the New England Institute of Food Technologists Award in Food Science was awarded to Katherine Hawkes of Kennett Middle School for her experiment on how cooking affects the amount of vitamin C.


High School Winners Are:

First Place was awarded to Helen Badger and Mia Valeriani of Kennett High School for their experiment on the microevolution of antibiotic resistance in E. Coli bacteria.

Second Place went to Samantha Johnson of Kennett High School for her experiment on how mitochondrial DNA can be used to determine maternal lineage.

Third Place went to Amelia Jarell of Kennett High School for her experiment on the effect of UV light on plant growth.

The Mount Washington Observatory Emerging Scientist Award went to sisters Kiana and Zara Cheney of Kennett High School for their experiment on the effects of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee on living organisms.

The MWV FIRST Technology Award went to Dawsen Jewell of Kingswood Regional High School for his design of a slip clutch for an electric powered skateboard.

And, the New England Institute of Food Technologist Award for Food Science went to Cody Bryan and Noah Geary of Kennett High School for their experiment on the effect of GMO vs. organic corn on fruit fly reproduction.


Congratulations to all the winners from The MWV Science Fair organizing committee and supporting organizations, the MWV Economic Council, Granite State College, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Mount Washington Observatory and the science teachers of the Mount Washington Valley.

Story Courtesy of Claes Thelemarck, Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Youth & Family, UNH Cooperative Extension

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NH Senate Passes Decriminalization Of Marijuana

by Christian Mower on May 12, 2017

Concord, NH (AP) – New Hampshire is on the path to joining its New England neighbors by decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. The state Senate passed legislation Thursday to remove criminal penalties for possessing up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana.

It must go back to the House for a final vote before heading to Gov. Chris Sununu. He’s likely to sign it.

Thursday’s vote marks a major victory for advocates of marijuana reform, who have seen their attempts at decriminalization stymied for years in the Senate. Police chiefs have long been opposed, arguing marijuana use can lead to harsher drugs.

Backers of decriminalization say a marijuana charge can ruin a young person’s life, potentially harming their ability to get a job. They say the police’s resources are better spent fighting the state’s opioid crisis.

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The Avett Brothers!

by Chris May 12, 2017 Contests

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 8:00pm @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Tune in Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19 for your chance to win tickets to Avett Brothers, courtesy of our good friends at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook! Listen for the cue to call and dial (603)356-9930! The Avett Brothers – Playing music together since childhood, […]

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Memorial Hospital Honors Volunteers at Annual Awards Luncheon

by Christian Mower May 11, 2017 Front Page News

          Memorial Hospital recognized its volunteers at its annual Awards Luncheon on May 3. Courtesy Photo   NORTH CONWAY, NH –   Memorial Hospital honored its volunteers on Wed. May 3, 2017, at its annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon at the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, NH.  Over 46 volunteers received recognition for […]

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