Randolph, NH – Three people are safe thanks to teamwork and the help of good Samaritans after two simultaneous rescue missions in the White Mountains Saturday. On Saturday (November 27) at around 5:20 pm New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were called after two hikers went missing on Mt. Madison in the town of Randolph. According to the caller, their group of four had separated at the summit of Mt. Madison earlier in the day, but that two of the members had not returned to their vehicle when it started to become dark.
Using two-way radios and information from a passing hiker, the calling party determined that their missing companions were most likely on the Pine Link Trail, a route that would not bring them back to their vehicle. The situation was further complicated by the fact that the missing hikers had forgotten to pack lights, leaving them little option once fully overcome by darkness.
The Conservation Officers directed the group in the parking lot to hike up the Pine Link Trail with lights to locate their friends. The group was able to reunite on the Pine Link Trail and hike out safely together, arriving roadside at approximately 8:30 PM.
While the first rescue was beginning to be organized Conservation Officers received another call about an ice climber who had fallen near Pinicle Gully in Huntington Ravine, Mt. Washington. A group of good samaritan climbers came to the aid of 37-year-old David Fogg of Enfield, NH who had sustained a leg injury during the fall. Conservation Officers spoke to the victim and the climber who had come to his aid, and it was determined that the climbers would attempt to self-rescue. After several hours of hard work, the victim and rescue party had only covered a fraction of the 3-plus mile hike that they would need to complete to get out of the woods.
Conservation Officers along side staff from the Appalachian Mountain Club Hermit Lake Shelter and a climbing partner of Mr. Fogg assisted with the rescue effort. Conservation Officers located Mr. Fogg and the rescue party approximately a quarter of a mile above the Harvard Cabin on the Huntington Ravine Trail. Utilizing a small number of rescuers and a litter acquired from an emergency cache, Mr. Fogg was carried overland to an ATV that officers had staged on the Sherburne Ski Trail.
Mr. Fogg was subsequently brought down the mountain on the ATV, arriving safely at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at 12:30 AM on the morning of November 29, 2015. Mr. Fogg was found to be prepared with good gear, having only been hindered by unexpected circumstances.
Local Thanksgiving Dinners
Wednesday November 25th
The Community School of South Tamworth is hosting a Thanksgiving communal feast. On Wednesday from11:30 to 1pm enjoy a traditional meal that is locally sourced and served by donation. For more information just call (603) 323-7000 or visit Click Here to visit their website.
Thursday November 26th
The American Legion Ralph W. Shirley Post 46 invites Veterans and the Community to a free traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner Thursday starts at noon at their Tasker Hill location. They are also looking for Volunteers to help out with Meals on Wheels for Thanksgiving. Those looking to help can call Post 46 at (603) 447-3927
North Conway the Stairway Café is presenting free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3pm call 603-356-5200
The Madison Church is serving Thanks giving dinner at Noyes Hall at Madison Elementary from 2pm to 4:30pm
First Christian Church of Freedom is sponsoring a thanksgiving dinner at the Town Hall from 12:30 to 3pm. No cost and everyone from the community is welcome. Call Patty Dumas at (603) 539-6484 or Sandy Boyle at (603) 539-7791
Berlin Gorham Area Celebrations
There is going to be a Sing-a-long version of the hit Disney Movie frozen at the Tillotson Center in Colebrook this Thanksgiving weekend. The film will be shown at 2pm on Saturday November 28th . Admission is just $3 per person at the Tilotson Center. For more details call 603-237-8576 or email [email protected]
Conway, NH – Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney came into the valley today (November 24) and stopped by the Radio Station to talk about the current state of the District. During our interview he talked about what it is the Council does, the 10 year highway plan, the newly created state drug task force, as well as other issues the council is concentrating on that effect the valley and the state. You can hear the interview below.
You can contact Executive Councilor Kenney by email him at [email protected] or calling him at (603) 271-3632
(Manchester, NH) – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced emergency funding legislation to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is devastating communities in New Hampshire and across the country. Senator Shaheen’s legislation would provide supplemental appropriations totaling $600 million to programs at the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services.
From 2002 to 2013, opioid-related deaths have quadrupled nationally according to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In New Hampshire last year, there was a 76 percent increase in opioid-deaths. In most states, more people are now dying of fatal overdoses than vehicle-related deaths.
Senator Shaheen’s legislation would provide additional emergency funding to the following federal programs:
Department of Justice
- Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program – $200 million increase to fund state and local initiatives on drug treatment and enforcement programs, law enforcement, and prevention and education programs.
- Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force Grant – $25 million to assist state drug task forces deal with particularly high rates of heroin abuse. Established by Senator Shaheen, this program targets resources to support police operations on the ground.
Department of Health and Human Services
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant- $250 million in additional funds to distribute to states for programs related to prevention, treatment, recovery support and other services. For many states, including New Hampshire, this is the primary source of federal programs to address the misuse of alcohol and drugs.
- Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States- $50 million to support the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s work on prescription drug monitoring programs, community or insurer and health system interventions, and rapid response projects.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse- $35 million for targeted research on drug addiction and efforts to disseminate the results to improve prevention and treatment.
- Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success- $20 million to address underage drinking and prescription drug misuse and abuse among 12 to 25 year olds.
- Capacity Expansion for Medication Assisted Treatment for Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction – $10 million to help improve access in high risk communities to medication assisted treatment services for treating heroin and prescription opioids.
- Safe Schools/Healthy Students- $5 million to support school and community partnerships in efforts to create safe, drug-free and respectful environments for learning and to promote the behavioral health of children and youth.
- Recovery Community Services Program- $5 million to assist community organizations and develop organized statewide network for peer–to-peer recovery support including activities such as peer coaching, peer support groups, life skills workshops and peer-led housing and employment connector programs.