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Thanksgiving Week Happenings In The Mt. Washington Valley

by Christian Mower on November 22, 2017

November 23: Thanksgiving Feast Buffet at Omni Mount Washington Resort

A feast fit for man, woman and child, this is what Thanksgiving is all about! Let the chef’s of Omni Mount Washington Resort prepare Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family and during the buffet enjoy music from the students of Mila Filatova. All who take part in our Thanksgiving buffet will receive a complimentary Bretton Woods lift ticket valid on November 23rd, 2017.

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November 24-26: Conway Scenic Railroad Santa’s Holiday Express

11:30 am & 1:30pm – Santa is on board with his mischievous elves, who will share their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone. They’ll also take your picture, if you ask nicely, so be sure to bring your camera! There are two train excursions, both to Conway: 11:30 and 1:30 to (about an hour round-trip). More Information can be found at


November 24-26: 3rd Annual Festival of Trees

The 3rd Annual Festival of Trees at the Journey Church will be the perfect start of your Christmas Season with the family and friends. Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays and take in the creativity, beauty and fun of a room full of uniquely decorated trees. Enjoy the display and then bid on your favorite in hopes of taking it home with you. The festivities include a tree decorating contest for locals, Christmas concert and carols, and a showing of Disney’s “A Christmas Carol”. For more information go to

November 24-26: Black Friday Weekend at Settlers Green

While shops will be closed so families can enjoy Thanksgiving, they’ll open at 6:00am on Black Friday with sales that last throughout the weekend. Stores stay open until 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday. Stop by Customer Service to receive free gifts while they last, and enter raffles. Go to for more details.

November 24 – 26:  Shop Local in the Valley

Shop local at Mt Washington Valley’s independently owned stores and boutiques.  Look for the blue flag outside White Mountain Independents stores.  Store times will vary; holiday sales will be underway.  Don’t forget to visit gift shops at some of Mt Washington Valley’s local attractions for specially themed items too.  Info:

November 24: Berlin Parade of Lights.

7pm – 9pm – Line up at Glen Ave in Berlin for the Parade of Lights. This year’s theme is Cartoon Christmas. Prizes for Best Floats- 1st. $500- 2nd $250- 3rd $125. More information can be found at


November 25:  Annual Great Glen Trails Craft Fair.

9:00 am – 3:00 pmThe aroma of freshly baked goodies and a craft raffle will welcome shoppers at the door. Local and regional crafters and artisans will take over the base lodge and are spread out on all three floors.  Look for Woodworking, photography, knitting, specialty soaps and lotions, jewelry, wreaths, and much more—including live demonstrations. Purchases support the Great Glen Bill Koch League Ski Club. More information can be found at

November 25: Santa’s First Visit To See All The Children.

4:30 – 6:00pm – Meet at the Jackson Village Gazebo located on Black Mountain Road, Route 16B in Jackson Village and all children and even mom and dad can sit with santa in the sleigh and tell him what they would like for Christmas. Santa will have his elves give each child either a cookie or a special candy cane. FREE to all.

November 25: Old Fashioned Christmas

  •  4:30 pm – Caroling at Schouler Park starting at 4:30 pm presented by Da Capo. Children will receive a Golden Ticket for a chance to help Santa light the 60 foot tree!

  •  At 5:00pm – Santa will arrive at Schouler Park for the official tree lighting and will choose a child to help light the tree.

  •  From 5:30-5:50pm – There will be a holiday “Parade of Carols” from the North End of Norcross Circle to the Eastern Slope Inn on White Mountain Highway (Rt.16).

  •  6:00 pm – Visitors are encouraged to follow Santa down Main Street for 2 blocks to the Eastern Slope Inn Resort for the resort lighting at 6pm. Santa will be stopping at the North Conway Library to pick up his book “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Afterward, Santa will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served to all in attendance. Multiple readings will be offered to accommodate event attendees.  Children can meet Santa and share with him what they would like for Christmas.

  •  6:00-8:00 pm – The Mt. Washington Observatory Weather Discovery center will be open for attendees during Santa’s reading. Located directly across from the Eastern Slope Playhouse. Experience the wonders of Mount Washington’s 6,288 feet of awe and wonder!

November 26: Jackson Christmas Tree Lighting.

4:30 pm – This is truly your quintessential New England Village Christmas Tree Lighting… Co-sponsored by the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa who generously hosts a gathering at their “Barn” where you can enjoy hot chocolate, cider, treats and a cash bar for mom and dad. Santa makes and appearance to light the tree and then meets everyone back at the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa. Thanks to our hosts Sandra and Gary Plourde. Free to all… be one of the first 25 people to be there and receive a Christmas & Holiday hat.

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Pictured from left to right: Director of SkiNH, Jessyca Keeler; Special Assistant to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Chuck Henderson; Senior Partner of Badger Realty, Dick Badger; Vikki Fairbank; Chairman of the Fairbank Group and Cranmore owner, Brian Fairbank; Cranmore President & GM, Ben Wilcox; President of Glen Builders, Dave Miller; Executive Councilor, Joe Kenney. ~ Photo Courtesy of Cranmore Mountain Resort

North Conway, NH  – State and local leaders gathered at Cranmore Mountain Resort today for an official ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the completion of Phase One of Cranmore’s $50 Million base area redevelopment project called Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore. When completed, the six phase Master Plan will bring six new buildings, 106 year round residences and 45,000 square feet of new day lodge space to the resort.

Today’s ceremony recognized Phase One of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums which sits at the base of Cranmore’s South Slope, providing 18 two and three bedroom condominiums with easy access to the slopes and views of Cranmore and the surrounding White Mountains.

Cranmore President and General Manager Ben Wilcox kicked off the event by welcoming the crowd and acknowledging the completion of Phase One of Kearsarge Brook on the eve of the Resort’s 80th Anniversary. “We’ve been talking about Cranmore’s future, Kearsarge Brook, for the past few years, and today we can say this is Cranmore’s present.” Wilcox continued by outlining the larger picture plan of the project which is to make Kearsarge Brook a trophy resort in New England. “Kearsarge Brook will heighten everything done at the mountain, and will set the table for the next 80 years to come.”

Special Assistant to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Chuck Henderson, shared the Senator’s comments at today’s Ribbon Cutting. “Today’s ceremony marks a major step forward as you write the next chapter in Cranmore’s rich history. I would like to congratulate the folks at Cranmore, the Fairbank Group and all who came together to make this vision a reality.”

Joe Kenney, Executive Councilor, congratulated the resort and Fairbank Group on the completion of the first phase. “This particular project and future development is going to be a great addition to the ski industry and the state of New Hampshire,” he stated.

Dave Miller, President of Glen Builders – the project’s general contractor, stressed the local focus of the project, working with over 70 vendors and suppliers.

Cranmore owner, Brian Fairbank, who also operates Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Massachusetts and Bromley Mountain in Vermont, implemented a similar development at Jiminy Peak in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Fairbank had high praise for the team who completed the project. “With Kearsarge Brook, we’re going to do everything we can to preserve the character, but wanted to make sure what we did in this base area was unlike anything else in New England. Taking this base area and making it spectacularly beautiful, becomes an essential ingredient for us to say how we’re going to differentiate ourselves for the future. Kearsarge Brook is a symbol of that uniqueness.”

Phase One residences range from 1,220 to 1,695 square feet for the top floor Penthouse. Phase One owners will enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes as well as a variety of resort amenities, gated parking and private owners ski lockers. For more information on Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore, visit or call the on-site sales office at 603-356-1111.


Contributed by Rebecca Deschenes
[email protected]; 603-356-1106

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Milton Car Accident Kills Teen and Injures 4

by Christian Mower on November 20, 2017


Milton, NH – A car crash in Milton has left one teen dead and four others injured. According to Milton Police they were called to a car accident on Hare Road at 10:30 yesterday morning. When Police and fire crews arrived they found a severely damaged Toyota Camry with 3 occupants inside and 2 occupants who had been ejected from the vehicle.

One 16-year-old child who was ejected from the vehicle died at the scene. The other four occupants were taken to Frisbee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Milton Police Department with the assistance of the Strafford County TAR team.

Authorities ask that anyone with information on the crash or who may have witnessed the Toyota Camry driving on Hare Road around the time of the accident call the Milton Police Department at 603-652-4500 and asked to speak with Officer Nicholas Nirgianakis.

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16th Annual Mt. Washington Radio Food Drive Huge Success

by Christian Mower on November 16, 2017

North Conway, NH -The 16th annual Mount Washington Radio Food Drive was a huge success. The live radio broadcast took place at the First church of Christ Congregational for 12 hours on 93.5 WMWV, Magic 104.5, and Easy 95.3 as they collect frozen turkeys and non-perishable food items to be distributed across the various Mount Washington Valley Food Pantries.

Members of Infinger Insurance dropping off 100 frozen turkeys at the 16th Annual Mt. Washington Food Drive.

Things started on a great note with Stan Szetela dropping off the first big batch of birds handing in 77 turkeys. Soon after his long time turkey donation rival Buzz Coleman brought in 70 turkeys. However Infinger Insurance took the cake, or Thanksgiving pie, when it came to large Turkey drop offs delivering a whopping 100 Turkeys! In total an impressive 513 frozen turkeys were collected just 32 shy of last year’s record of 545 birds. The stations also collected $4,100 in monetary donations and collected hundreds of of non-perishable food items.

The turkeys and non-perishables were quickly organized and shipped out, thanks to a multitude of volunteers. They are now at the many food pantries across the valley ready to be enjoyed next week.

North Country Independent Living, Inc. dropping off a donation to the 16th Annual Mt. Washington Radio Food Drive!

Gino, from Gino and The Magic Morning Show, Interviewing Helen Goss from Chalmers Insurance Agency.

Some employees from Cranmore Mountain dropping off donations at the 16th Annual Mt. Washington Radio Food Drive.

Roy, from the WMWV Moring Show, Interviewing Lisa Mathews from Great Glen Trails


A special thanks to our sponsors who made this years food drive possible.

Great Glen Trails

Chalmers Insurance Group

North Country Fair Jewelers

The Recyclemobile

Johnson’s Auto Care


Profile Subaru

 Northeast Credit Union

Granite Backcountry Alliance

North Country Dental

Ski & Snowboard Liquidators


Vaughan Community Service, Inc. (VCS) was established in 1965 as a community outreach program for the First Church of Christ, Congregational in North Conway, New Hampshire, however there is no religious affiliation associated with the services provided including this event.

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Annual Food Drive Coming Up Tomorrow!

by Chris November 14, 2017 Front Page News

The annual Mount Washington Radio/Vaughan Community Services Food Drive is coming right up on Wednesday, November 15, and we’re hoping to see you there! Now in it’s 16th year, the Mount Washington Radio/Vaughan Community Services Annual Food Drive  showcases what living in the Mount Washington Valley is all about – community goodwill and service.  Held at the First Church of Christ in North Conway (across from […]

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Barn At Former Stafford’s In The Field Destroyed By Fire

by Christian Mower November 13, 2017 Front Page News

Fire crews battle a fully involved fire at the barn at The Preserve at Chocurua ~Picture Courtesy of Kimball Packard Chocorua, NH – A fire destroyed a Barn at the Old Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua last night. At around 10 o’clock Fire officials responded to what is now the Preserve at Chocurua on Philbrick […]

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