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Berlin – On Thursday afternoon at approximately 3:45 p.m., law enforcement personnel from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Berlin Police Department responded to a report of two separate All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) rollover crashes on Jericho Lake Road in Jericho Mountain State Park. Upon notification of the incident, members of the Berlin Fire Department as well as EMS personnel from Berlin Ambulance responded to the scene.

Once on scene, law enforcement personnel confirmed that two riders, each operating a separate ATV, were involved in rollover crashes in the same area within seconds of one another.  The adult operator was identified as Francisco Giron, a 30 year-old male, from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  The second operator was a 14 year-old female youth operator.  Based on information gathered at the scene, it appears that both operators lost control of their ATV’s while traveling east and heading downhill on a paved portion of roadway. Upon losing control, both operators applied breaks, over corrected and subsequently rolled over.  The roadway was dry, clear of debris and had recently been paved. Weather conditions were clear. As a result, Giron sustained serious life threatening injuries.  The youth operator only sustained minor injuries.  Both operators were a part of the same group and were riding with other members of their family, who were operating separate OHRV’s when the incident occurred.

Both operators were treated on-scene for their injuries and were transported by Berlin Ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH) for further evaluation and treatment.  Operator inexperience combined with unreasonable speed are considered to be the primary contributing factors.  Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the collision.

No further information available at this time.

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Curbside Service Again at the North Conway Library

by Gino Devaney on September 3, 2020

NORTH CONWAY — As construction is making great progress at the North Conway Library, the library is now once again offering curbside service.

“The staff can finally enter our main reading room again and has regained access to most of our fiction collection,” said Library Director Andrea Masters. “Some areas are still inaccessible, like most of our mystery room, and our DVD and books on CD collections are still boxed up. We can reach only about half of those collections for a few more weeks but we decided to offer curbside service again since our patrons were really looking forward to checking out at least some books and DVDs.”

Library materials reserved online will be available for pickup on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon at the library’s Main Street entrance.

“We currently don’t have an active phone line at the library and our voicemail doesn’t always pick up. Therefore we ask our patrons to reserve online at If that’s not possible, you can email me at [email protected] for your reserves,” said Masters.

“We are terribly sorry about the limited access, both to our phone and to our library materials, but we thought it would be better to have a limited opening for our patrons than none at all,” she said.

Patrons are asked to use curbside pickup only if they are feeling well, and to wear a face mask during the pickup and keep 6 feet away from others at all times.

For more information about curbside service and how to reserve library materials online, go to

Construction of the library addition and renovation of the old building have been ongoing throughout the COVID-19 crisis but some suppliers and furniture companies had production delays during the pandemic which has slowed down the final phase of the renovation.

“We hope to have a soft opening during the first week of October even though we will not have any shelving by then,” Masters said. “Here, again, we think it will be better to have limited access to our collection than none at all. We are missing our patrons and want to go back to serving them in person. That’s what we love to do the most. Making the lives of our patrons and the whole community better; that’s what we are here for.”

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Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified the first batch of mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus (WNV) this season. The batch was found recently in the city of Manchester. DHHS is working in partnership with the City of Manchester Health Department on providing additional risk mitigation information to Manchester residents and surrounding towns.

“West Nile virus is transmitted to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito,” said NH State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan. “The best way to prevent WNV and other mosquito-transmitted infections is to take steps to avoid mosquito bites by using an insect repellent effective against mosquitoes, avoid being outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and remove any standing water from around the home, where mosquitoes reproduce.”

WNV is an arbovirus transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito. WNV was first identified in New Hampshire in August of 2000. For the last decade, WNV activity has been detected every year in NH. The most recent human case of WNV in NH was in an adult in 2017. Typically, WNV activity increases in years where drought conditions exist. Even though we have been experiencing cooler fall weather, the risk for WNV and eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) will continue to increase until there is a statewide mosquito killing hard frost.

Symptoms of WNV usually appear within a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito, although many people can be infected and not develop any symptoms, or only develop very mild symptoms. Symptoms can include flu-like illness including fever, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue. A very small percentage of individuals infected with WNV can go on to develop more serious central nervous system disease, including meningitis or encephalitis. If you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever and headache, contact your local medical provider.

Prevention guidelines for WNV, and other arboviral diseases of concern, can be found below. Anyone with questions about arboviruses can call the New Hampshire Bureau if Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496. Fact Sheets on these diseases are available on the DHHS website at For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

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Prevention Guidelines for Mosquito and Tick Diseases

NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services

  1. Eliminate habitat and breeding locations.


  • Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Remove outdoor items that hold water (old tires, cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots).
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers, clean roof gutters and ensure proper drainage.
  • If not in use, empty and/or cover swimming pools, wading pools and hot tubs.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and change water in birdbaths at least twice weekly.


  • Minimizing areas where hosts for the ticks, such as rodents and deer, can congregate to eat, sleep or feed.
  1. Be aware of where mosquitoes and ticks live.
  • Weeds, tall grass, and bushes provide an outdoor home for mosquitoes and ticks, alike.
  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears or holes.
  • Resting mosquitoes can often be flushed from indoor resting sites by using sweeping motions under beds, behind bedside tables etc. and once in flight, exterminated prior to sleeping at night.
  • Avoid tick-infested areas. If in tick-infested areas, walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.
  1. Protect yourself from bites.
  • When outside, wear protective clothing such as socks, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants (preferably tucked in socks). Light-colored clothing helps you spot ticks.
  • Consider avoiding outdoor activities in the early morning and evening, when mosquitoes are most likely to be biting.
  • Wear insect repellents, such as one containing 30% or less DEET (N,N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluamide), Picaridin, para-menthane-diol, IR3535, or 2-undecanone or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Treat clothing with permethrin, which is odorless when dry.
  • Vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, incense, and bug zappers have not been shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites.
  • Shower as soon as possible after spending time outdoors.
  • Check for ticks daily, on you and your pets. Ticks can hide under the armpits, behind the knees, in the hair, and in the groin.
  • Wash and dry clothing after being outdoors. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
  • Early removal of ticks can reduce the risk of infection. Inspect all body surfaces carefully, and remove attached ticks with tweezers. Monitor your health closely after a tick bite and be alert for symptoms of illness. Contact your physician to discuss testing and treatment.

 For more information on mosquito-borne diseases, visit the DHHS Website at

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15 Tire Slashings in North Conway Under Investigation

by Gino Devaney on September 2, 2020

On Wednesday (09/02/20) morning at approximately 7:00 am the Conway Police Department was dispatched to 781 Kearsarge Road in North Conway for a report of two (2) vehicles that were found in the driveway of the residence with tires slashed. The officer arrived on scene and, upon further inspection, it was discovered that the tires on three (3) additional vehicles at the same residence had also been slashed. As the officer was investigating the incident at 781 Kearsarge Road, a resident at 568 Old Bartlett Road called to report that five (5) vehicles at that residence had also been discovered with slashed tires. After taking these reports, officers performed a check of other vehicles in the area locating one (1) at 761 Kearsarge Road, two (2) at 734 Kearsarge Road and two (2) at 640 Intervale Cross Road. In total, 15 vehicles were found with slashed tires in the area of Intervale Cross Road and Old Bartlett Road near Kearsarge Road.

The vandalism is believed to have occurred sometime between 10:00pm Tuesday night and 7:00am Wednesday morning. The Conway Police Department is asking the public for their assistance in this matter. Anyone with information please call 603-356-5715. We would also ask that if anyone has surveillance cameras facing towards the roadway in the area of Kearsarge Road near Old Bartlett Road and Intervale Cross Road, please contact the department so we may view any relevant footage.

Thank you,

Lt. Christopher Mattei

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Third Virus Vaccine Reaches Major Hurdle: Final US Testing

by Gino Devaney September 1, 2020 Front Page News

In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, laboratory technicians work at the mAbxience biopharmaceutical company on an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and the laboratory AstraZeneca in Garin, Argentina. AstraZeneca announced Monday, Aug. 31, its vaccine candidate has entered the final testing stage in the U.S. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)   (WASHINGTON AP) […]

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Memorial Hospital Reminds Parents to check Children’s Immunization Status

by Gino Devaney August 31, 2020 Front Page News

Vaccination Program Manager Zach Sevigny, RN, prepares a patient to receive a vaccination   NORTH CONWAY, NH – The COVID-19 pandemic has led many families to postpone regular activities. For many families keeping up with immunizations and health visits for their children was one of those activities. Dr. Wenda Saunders, a pediatrician at Memorial Hospital’s Mt. […]

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