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Conway Elementary School Confirms Positive COVID Case

by Gino Devaney on October 20, 2020

Families were sent a letter today from SAU9 Superintendent of Schools, Kevin Richard confirming a positive case of COVID-19 at Conway Elementary School. Please read below.

Good Afternoon,

We were informed today of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Conway Elementary School.

We are actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

We have contacted those individuals, or their parents/guardians, who were determined to be in close contact with the infected person and they have been instructed to self-quarantine. They will be directed to get tested and keep themselves or their children quarantined until 14 days following their last possible exposure. In the event that your child has to quarantine, they will be able to access their education remotely.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and away from others and get a COVID-19 PCR test. You may choose to seek out testing from your healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state.

The safety of our children and employees is our top priority.  We will continue to follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing, mask wearing, cleaning and disinfecting our high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces as outlined in the SAU #9 Re-Entry Plan.

Please see additional details and information in the COVID 19 Family Letter 10_20_2020.pdf .

We appreciate your ongoing cooperation and support in these unpredictable times.


Kevin Richard, SAU9 Superintendent of Schools

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North Conway, NH – Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening a 2,548 square foot restaurant in North Conway, featuring a mobile order pickup drive-thru, 45 seat dining room and outdoor patio dining area. The restaurant is part of a 5’875 square foot commercial site being developed by OVP Management, Inc. on Route 16 in North Conway.

Chipotle is an international fast-casual restaurant chain serving responsibly sourced, classically-cooked Mexican fare including burritos, bowls, tacos and salads. Founded in 1993 by Steve Ells in Denver, Colorado, the company is a longtime leader and innovator in the food industry. The original technique and service style were borrowed from taquerias in San Francisco, which served Mission-style burritos. Chipotle was an early adopter to the open kitchen, and one of the first fresh, fast food chains that grew substantially in the mid-2000s. Chipotle has more than 2,000 locations worldwide including Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany.

The company’s latest innovation is the mobile order pickup drive-thru, branded as Chipotlanes, which were introduced in 2018 and are now being included in more than 60% of all new Chipotle restaurants, including the North Conway restaurant. Chipotlanes have an entire team and kitchen devoted to digital orders in addition to the walk-in dining area.

The building located at 1549 White Mountain Highway has been designed by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based architecture firm Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc. Site work is under way by local contractors including Gordon T. Burke & Sons, Rotten Rock Concrete, and CBI Construction. Chipotle is scheduled to open Summer 2021. Up to 3,500 square feet of prime leasing space remains available. To learn more, contact Rob Barsamian at 617-965-9700, ext. 13.


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Bean’s Purchase – A group of hikers activated their emergency beacon while also calling 911 after a member of their party started exhibiting signs of possible cold weather symptoms.  The group had just started to descend the Black Angel Trail from the Carter Dome Trail and were approximately 5 miles in from Route 16 when the call for help went out.

The group of five were on the second day of a planned three day hike starting from Bog Brook in Jackson Saturday morning.  The group hiked Bog Brook Trail, Rainbow Trail to the Carter Dome Trail.  They had just started down Black Angel Trail when they made the call.  In addition to the one hiker’s unspecified condition, a drop in temperature combined with the wet clothing and steep terrain precipitated the call for help.

NH Fish & Game Conservation Officers and volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue responded to the call.

The group of hikers identified as Vaiva Snapkauskaite, 23, of Lake Forest, Ca, Abigail Taussig, 23, of Cambridge, MA, Alexander Quinn, 24, of Cambridge, MA, Katherine Steinberg, 24, of Boston, MA, and Amanda Farnsworth, 23, of North Kingston, RI attempted to stay warm in their wet sleeping bags, but the exposure at the high elevation, just made them colder.  There was not enough cell phone coverage to hold a call, but a Fish and Game Conservation Officer was able establish contact via text.

After being told that it would be several hours before rescuers would be able to reach them, the hikers heeded the advice given to them and began to move and were able to make it back up to the ridge onto the Carter Dome Trail.  From there they made it to Zeta Path where they were met by the first of several rescuers.

Rescuers provided the group with hot drinks and warm clothes and guided them down to the 19 Mile Brook Trail and eventually out to Route 16 in Green’s Grant.  The hikers and rescue crew made it out shortly after 11:00 p.m.  The hikers suffered no adverse medical effects from the cold and after proper hydration and continuing movement, were able to make it down with little assistance.

In the span of a couple days, the weather in the higher terrain has changed from summer to winter conditions.  There is now several inches to several feet of snow in the higher elevations.  Hikers who plan to continue hiking are reminded to plan for winter conditions by having the proper equipment and training to be able to safely complete their hike and need to pay attention to the weather and summit conditions and alter plans if conditions are not ideal.

Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at  The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities.

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Route 16 In Ossipee To Close This Weekend

by Gino Devaney on October 16, 2020

OSSIPEE – The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is reminding motorists that the demolition and slide-in replacement of the Bearcamp River Bridge in Ossipee will begin on Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 6 pm.  This project will require the closure of NH Route 16 at the Bearcamp River for three days.

NH Route 16 will be closed to all traffic at the Bearcamp River area between Newman Drew Road and Nichols Road. This closure is necessary for the demolition of the existing bridge, the slide in of the new bridge, and all additional work required to re-open the bridge and roadway. The scheduled target time for bridge and roadway to re-open is Tuesday, October 20th at 6:00 am.  A webcam will live stream project progress of the work during the three days and nights of construction.

To accommodate this project, there will be a detour in place for motorists traveling to and from destinations outside of this closure. Motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and to use the roads detailed here:  NH Route 16 will be open to all local businesses and residents and for motorists traveling to destinations in the immediate area of the road closure.

This work is part of a project that consists of the replacement of three bridges (Lovell River, Bearcamp River, and Bearcamp Relief), and 3.5 miles of roadway reconstruction on NH Route 16.

Reed and Reed General Contractors of Woolwich, Maine is the contractor for the $16.9 million project.

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Housing Sought for College Students Hoping to Work In and Around Mt. Washington Valley

by Gino Devaney October 16, 2020 Front Page News

North Conway, NH – The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce (MWVCC) has been contacted by college students from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who are interested in working this winter in the White Mountains.  They are attending classes remotely and are hoping to find jobs in and around Mt. Washington Valley to augment […]

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Mount Washington Radio Wins BIG at the 2020 Granite Mikes

by Gino Devaney October 15, 2020 Front Page News

  Just this morning the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters had their annual Granite Mikes presentation. Due to COVID-19 the ceremony was broadcast virtually via ZOOM. Every year the radio and television broadcasters from all over New Hampshire get together to discuss the industry and recognize those who have done outstanding work in their field. […]

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