Conway’s no-kill animal shelter is one of several valley businesses being recognized by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce as a 2014 Annual Mount Washington Valley Business Award winner.
Chamber Exec. Director Janice Crawford says the Conway Area Humane Society is being recognized as its Non-Profit of the Year after becoming one of the most recognized, creative and innovative non-profits in the valley. Crawford says the shelter, under the leadership of exec.directorVirginia Moore, has performed amazing dog rescues, placed older pets in homes and worked with other valley businesses to create events that maintain its high profile status as a model community oriented non-profit.
Entrepreneur of the Year goes to North Conway’s Adventure Suites for creating a unique lodging experience that’s been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Best of New Hampshire and named one of the top ten theme hotels in the world.
Employer of the Year goes to the Black Cap Grille, a Valley Original Restaurant, where owner Ben Williams has created a fun but professional work environment that values input from all employees. Crawford says the Grille’s sales have consistently grown as it contributes generously and often to community efforts.
18-year-old Trenton L’Heureuxof Trenton’s Lawn Care is being awarded Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Mount Washington School to Career Program. As he trains with members of the New Hampshire Fire Academy to become a certified firefighter, Trenton also cuts lawns and shovels and removes snow – and is working on getting a plow. He credits his success to really hard work and fair prices.
The Mount Washington Valley Green Team is awarding its Sustainable Business of the Year Award to “4 Our Kids Recycling Services,” where Crawford says owners Colleen Cormack and James Simmons have taken waste disposal to a new level in the valley by teaching their home and business customers how to efficiently recycle their trash. The company also regularly contributes to Green Team events like Valley Pride Day and the Funergy Festival.
And finally, a new award recognizing the late longtime community leader and Mountain Ear co-founder and publisher Steve Eastman has been established.. The Steve Eastman Community Spirit award will be given to a person who personifies Steve’s passion and zest for life, his contributions to the community – and who is carrying on Steve’s love for the valley.
The winner of the new award will be announced at the lunch – and all awards will be presented next Monday at the lunch at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.
The Mount Washington Auto Road is open.
Spokesman Dan Houde says the road opened Saturday morning for guests to drive their own vehicles about four and a half miles up to a turnaround point above treeline at 4,200 feet, where they can experience stunning vistas of surrounding peaks.
Houde says despite the winter’s near record snowfall and colder than average temperatures, the road crew has moved quickly from the mountain base six miles up the road, removing ice and snow drifts of more than 20 feet in spots.
Weather permitting, he hopes the auto road will be open all the way to the summit by Memorial Day weekend. Guided tours will also be available.
Early season pricing and season passes are available now.
First opened in 1861, the Mount Washington Auto Road is the country’s oldest man-made attraction. It’s now open daily, weather permitting.
For updated road conditions and the operating schedule, see the website at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com or call (603) 446-3988.
The director of New Hampshire’s Public Health Services will be one of the public health experts who will speak Tuesday afternoon in Tamworth at the next public meeting of the Carroll County Public Health Advisory Council.
Terri Hooper of the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health says Dr. Jose Montero will talk about the New Hampshire State Health Improvement Plan that outlines the ten priority areas to improve health. The priority areas include tobacco, obesity and diabetes, heart disease and stroke, healthy mothers and babies, cancer prevention, asthma, injury prevention, infectious disease, emergency preparedness and misuse of alcohol and drugs.
Other speakers will represent New Hampshire’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Hooper says the purpose of the Health Advisory Council is to allow citizens and leaders of Carroll County to participate in the strategy and direction of public health efforts in county communities.
County residents who work in education, business, public safety, government, family support and health and medical fields are encouraged to attend and become members of the advisory council. Hooper says more than 45 community members attended the last council meeting in December, 2013.
Speakers will take questions from the audience after the presentations. The event takes place at 2 p.m.at the Tri County Cap office at 448 White Mountain Hwy. (Route 16) in Tamworth.
To reserve a seat or get more information, call Hooper at (603) 301-1252.
The website dedicated to the search and return of missing Conway teenager Abigail Hernandez says her mother is offering an additional reward in the case.
Abigail’s mother Zenya Hernandez is offering a $10,000 reward on www.bringabbyhome.com for information leading to the return of her 15-year-old daughter.
The website says the information must be “concrete, specific, actionable, and lead to Abby’s return home.”
This new reward is in addition to the $20,000 already being offered by the FBI.
Abigail Hernandez was last seen leaving Kennett High School October 9, 2013 and authorities continue to refer to it as a missing persons case.
Anyone with information about Abigail is asked to call the toll-free FBI tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI or Conway police at (603) 356-5715.