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DOT Denies Request To Prohibit Parking On West Side Road

by Christian Mower on March 24, 2017

courtesy of Northconwaynh.comPhoto of Diana’s Bath courtesy of www. Northconwaynh.com

 

Conway, NH – It doesn’t look like congested parking near Diana’s Baths is going to change anytime soon. The Conway Board Of Selectmen sent a letter to the State DOT requesting that parking be banned on West Side Road in the area around Diana’s Baths based on community concerns related to environmental impact, traffic safety, and damage to neighboring properties.

DOT Commissioner Victoria Sheehan denied their request for now. In her response she noted that prohibiting parking on the road would “have a tremendous impact on the quality of the visitor experience”. she cites this as a reason to not prohibit parking along the road without getting input from public and private stakeholders.

The Commissioner said that an effort to get input from stakeholders about prohibiting parking on West Side Road as well as on issues at other natural attractions throughout the state is underway. This effort began on January 30th with a stakeholder workshop at the AMC Highland Center. The Commissioner said the next step would be to “develop task groups to address specific areas of concern”.

Conway Selectmen will be discussing the Commissioners response at the next meeting on Tuesday March 28th at 4pm.

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Cynthia’s Challenge For Faith A Success

by Christian Mower on March 22, 2017

East Madison, NH (March 20, 2017)  – Cynthia’s Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon that took place Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 18 raised over $50,000 and is still accepting donations. Over 250 skiers and snowboarders from near and afar registered and participated in the 24-hour event.  Registration was $99 per person and included dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the event, a 24-hour lift ticket, a custom t-shirt and memories that will last a lifetime.

Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire provided a spectacular fireworks show Friday night and key support was provided by Vertical Challenge and Bolt Depot with crews playing music and providing entertainment throughout the event.

In its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge has now raised over $180,000 to fulfill the needs of children including a service dog for Cynthia Verrill and handicap accessible vans for Sammy Gillard, Kevin Dall and now one to be purchased for Faith Holt, age 11, from Sanbornville, NH.

Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when Faith was six-years-old. Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap.

Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is completely dependent on others to bring her to the places that she needs to go, school, doctors’ appointments, social events and her family was in need of a reliable, wheelchair accessible vehicle.

“It’s an incredible show of support by the local community, but also from all here at King Pine including ski patrol, lift operators and the many employees who volunteer their time to see the event through the night,” stated Bob Hoyt, co-owner and President of Purity Spring Resort. “We feel fortunate to be able to make this large contribution to Faith and for the Holt family to have a reliable, wheelchair accessible van.”

Tax deductible donations are still being accepted to help Cynthia’s Challenge reach the original $65,000 goal. Online donations are welcome at cynthiaschallenge.org and checks made out to Cynthia’s Challenge are also being accepted. For more information, please call King Pine or Purity Spring resort at (603) 367-8896 or email [email protected]

About Cynthia’s Challenge

Cynthia’s Challenge is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to support children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of specialty medical needs. Funds raised from the annual 24-hour Ski-A-Thon are used to provide financial and logistical support to families confronted with profound medical needs of disabled and/or handicapped children.

For Additional Information:

Thomas Prindle – Director of Marketing

[email protected]

Story courtesy of Thomas Prindle

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Blue Bird 44th Annual Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup

by Christian Mower on March 21, 2017

Bartlett, NH – Another Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup is in the books. On Friday the longest running pro-style dual giant slalom race in the nation took place for the 44th year on Attitash Mountain. All proceeds from the race benefited the Eastern Slopes Ski Club, a local organization that funds youth skiing in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Brad Harden won the A-division for the men beating Ian Macomber. Two time Olympian Leanne Smith took the W for the women beating out Hilary McCloy. Andrew Drummond won in the locals division.

Red Parka Pub Manager Jim Yarmantino said that the race couldn’t have gone better. Noting that it the weather was perfect and everything went off without a hitch. He also said that though they are still crunching the numbers they expect to have matched or exceeded the $10,000 raised last year for ESSC.

 

Results Courtesy of the Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup Facebook Page

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The home of Bartlett Police Officer Michael Chapman and family was destroyed by two large pine trees during the March 14th blizzard ~ Photo courtesy of the Chapman Family NH gofundme page

 

Bartlett, NH – A Bartlett Police Officer’s home was destroyed by two massive pine trees. The Conway Daily Sun reports that just after Officer Michael Chapman had left his house the two trees crashed through the roof of his home coming to rest on the very same kitchen table he had just left. Chapman’s wife Regine, son Caleb and daughter Abbie were home at the time and fled to the basement when they heard the commotion.Luckily no one was hurt.

Chapman had been called to locate a Bartlett man who was over due to come home. Luckily the man was only stuck in the snow at the Bartlett Jackson transfer Station but made it home on his own.

According to Bartlett Police Chief Janet Champlin, Chapman rushed home after hearing the news and immediately shut off the propane, and got his family out of the house. They were also able to get the family dog and cat out as well.

Chief Champlin told the Sun “at this point the house is a total loss, and although they do have homeowners insurance their immediate needs and expenses are expected to be substantial”. The family is currently staying with friends for the foreseeable future. A Go Fund Me Account has been created to help the Chapman family with a goal of $20,000, and as of 5:30 this morning they have raised over $11,000. If you would like to donate to the Chapman family click here.

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Mount Washington Radio Group Announces Format Change to WBNC 95.3FM

by Chris March 15, 2017 Front Page News

Locally owned and operated radio group re-introducing forgotten format of “easy listening favorites” on WBNC 95.3fm. (North Conway, NH) March 15, 2017 – Mount Washington Radio & Gramophone L.L.C., a locally owned and operated radio group located in North Conway, New Hampshire, has announced a format change to one of its three stations. WBNC will […]

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Cancellations & Delays For March 15th

by Christian Mower March 15, 2017 Front Page News

Wednesday – March 15th, 2017 Delays Schools SAU 9: Conway – 2 hour delay SAU 13: Freedom, Madison, Tamworth – 2 hour delay MSAD 61: Bridgton – 2 hour delay White Mountain Waldorf – 2hour delay Lillipution Montessori – 2 hour delay   Businesses And Organizations Cancellations   Schools   Businesses And Organizations Albany Town […]

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