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North Conway, NH – An informal survey of Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce lodging properties indicates that Memorial Day weekend 2017 will be strong in Mt Washington Valley, NH.  Considered a highlight of the spring season, the Memorial Day holiday will be filled with golf, attractions openings and outdoor adventure in the Valley this weekend. Come enjoy the 50 shades of green that highlight the region’s White Mountains in the height of spring, and take a self-guided waterfall tour while the water is still rushing. At this time, the weather forecast indicates a rain-free weekend, adding to the prediction for success throughout the weekend.

Lodging GMs and owners weighing into the chamber’s survey reported that reservations for Memorial Day 2017 are either even or pacing ahead of last year.  Both the White Mountain Hotel & Resort and the Omni Mount Washington Resort reported that the hotels are sold-out for the weekend (Saturday-Sunday) already, on par with last year which was a sell-out too.

Teena Kulakowski, owner of the Four Seasons Lodge in North Conway, reported that the lodge sold out for Memorial Day weekend months ago, well ahead of last year’s reservations.

Mary Ann Mayer, owner of the Mt Washington B&B in Shelburne stated that reservations are twice as busy this year as they were last year for the Memorial Day weekend, and that advance bookings for summer and fall are looking strong too.

John D. Lowell, President of Attitash Mountain Resort shared “We are pacing slightly ahead of last year for advanced reservations. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a last-minute booking time. We are confident it will be a great weekend.”

Laura Gorman from Tanglewood Motel & Cottages told the chamber she believes it’ll be a strong weekend based upon present cabin rentals ahead of last year, and bookings for three days instead of last year’s two day Memorial Day weekend bookings.

Conrad Klefos, GM at Royalty Inn in Gorham is confident that Memorial Day bookings will outpace last year “The rooms are not sold out but gaining. Since this is the first weekend of the ATV season and the weather looks good, I expect many last minute reservations and probably a sell-out,” reported Kelfos.

Thomas Prindle, Director of Marketing for Purity Spring Resort and Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort also weighed in, telling the chamber, “Purity Spring Resort is currently pacing slightly ahead with reservations as compared to last year. Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort is sold out and full for the weekend just as it was last year. It’s encouraging to see that demand is holding for the holiday weekend.”

While a number of the family attractions, like the Conway Scenic Railroad, the Mt Washington Cog Railway, Mt Washington Auto Road, and White Lake Speedway (weekends only right now) have already opened for the season, a number of others will make their season debut over Memorial Day weekend. Attitash Mountain Resort will be offering their Mountain Coaster, Zip Tour and scenic chair for the weekend with full operations resuming on Father’s Day weekend.  Both Story Land and Cranmore Mountain Resort’s Adventure Park will open for the season this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and will continue to open weekends through Father’s Day, then daily afterward.  Santa’s Village will also open for the Memorial Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday, then weekends through Father’s Day and daily afterward.  For a complete listing of Mt Washington Valley attractions, with links to their websites and calendars, click here.

Mt Washington Valley’s 11 golf courses from Jefferson to Whitefield, Jackson, North Conway, Ossipee to Parsonsfield and Bridgton Maine are all in great shape and welcoming golfers for Memorial Day weekend.  Look for plenty of fun on the course and libation at the 19th hole to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.

Shoppers will find everything from Memorial Day sidewalk sales at Settlers Green to the annual Memorial Day Artisan Craft Fair at the Gibson Senior Center in North Conway, featuring local crafters.  Visit the White Mountain Independents, identified by their blue flags, to shop local in North Conway and Jackson Villages and celebrate a 25th anniversary at White Birch Books on Saturday. The Friends of Jackson Public Library Annual Memorial Day Book Sale is another option for book lovers this weekend too.

Plus, the 28th Running of the Ducks will take place at the Wildquack Duck River Festival on Sunday May 28, in Jackson.  Look forward to food, duck races, kids activities, traveling train rides, 5 Minutes of Fame, Jackson Cake Boss Competition and more.  On May 27, take part or watch the zaniness of Alton Weagle Day at the Mt Washington Auto Road as participants dream up a new way to ascend the Auto Road.

“Memorial Day weekend is kind of an unofficial kick-off to the summer season,” said Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “All indications show this will be another strong holiday weekend in the Valley.  While some visitors wait to see what the weather will bring, with a rain-free forecast for Saturday and Sunday, plus advance reservations pacing ahead for many lodging properties, we look forward to a strong three-day weekend to kick off the summer,” finished Crawford.

To learn more about planning a Memorial Day or spring, summer, fall or winter getaway to Mt Washington Valley, visit www.Mtwashingtonvalley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH).  To plan a New Hampshire vacation, go to www.VisitNH.gov for a myriad of resources.

Story Contributed by:

Marti Mayne

PR Manager, Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

207-846-6331

[email protected]

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Several suspected drugs, an illegal sawed-off shotgun, and a 24k gold replica Fifty Dollar note were seized during an arrest in Wolfeboro ~Photo Courtesy of Wolfeboro Police



 

Wolfeboro,NH – Three people were arrested in Wolfeboro this morning (Wednesday) after a report of a man selling firearms out of the back of his car. According to Wolfeboro Police at around 7:40 they responded to the report of a man attempting to sell firearms in the parking lot of the three sisters Country Store.

31-year-old John Seymour of Rochester, NH ~Photo Courtesy of Wolfeboro Police



Officers said that when they arrived they observed 31-year-old John Seymour of Rochester standing at the rear of a BMW with the truck open, showing another individual something inside the trunk of the vehicle. Officers were able to catch a glimpse of two shotguns in the rear of the vehicle.

45-year-old Kevin Henderson of Stratford, NH ~Photo Courtesy of Wolfeboro Police



The officers were then given consent to search the vehicle by its owner 45-year-old Kevin Henderson of Stratford. While searching it officers say they discovered several quantities of different narcotic drugs as well as an illegal loaded sawed off shotgun.

31-year-old Jamie Macbrien of Rochester, NH ~Photo Courtesy of Wolfeboro Police



Subsequently both men were arrested, as well as a back seat passenger, 31-year-old Jamie Macbrien, of Rochester; all for possession of drugs. All three suspects were also found to have drugs on their person at the time of the arrest.

Police seized what is believed to be heroin, crystal meth, fentanyl, and marijuana. Several other containers were found during the search, one contained a clear liquid, and the other contained a white powder-both are believed to be some form of controlled drug. Wolfeboro Police Chief Rondeau said that the suspected drugs were sent to the state crime lab for testing.

In addition to the suspected drugs Police seized several firearms, knives, a drug usage kit, and a 24k gold replica Fifty Dollar note. Also found was a small box of shotgun ammunition along with some loose shells. The Sawed-off shotgun was in the possession of the vehicle driver, and it was loaded at the time of the Officers’ arrival.

According to Chief Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department “…this type of activity represents the daily work of our officers do; they are dedicated to the highest standards of community policing, while providing a safe and secure environment for all our residents and guests. The work performed by Senior Patrolman Mike Strauch, Officer Mary Swift, and one of our newest Officers, Garrett Anthony, represents good old fashion police work at its best-and is indicative of the effort our Officers put into their jobs on a daily basis.”

All three suspects were transported to the Carroll County Jail where they were processed and later given a court date of July 5th in the Third Circuit Court in Ossipee, NH.

The United States Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has been contacted and Federal Charges are expected to be filed soon on the driver, Kevin Henderson for the possession of the Sawed-off shotgun, furthermore, Keven will be charged under NH Fish and Game violation for Transportation of a Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in a Motor Vehicle (NNH RSA 207:7).

Macbrien and Seymour were also charge with Breach of Bail as they are currently out on bail for crimes committed in other jurisdictions.

Seymour too earned two additional charges, Obstructing Government Operations and Falsifying Physical Evidence when he attempted to “hind” a needle in his possession in the back seat of one of the patrol vehicles.

This case will be concurrently forwarded to the U.S. ATF, and both the U.S. and Carroll County Attorneys’ Office for prosecution.

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Manchester, England (AP) –  Police in Manchester say they have arrested three more men in connection with the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people. They said Wednesday the arrests had been made in the south of the city, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched.

Police are trying to establish if bomber Salman Abedi acted alone or whether there could be a risk of further attacks. Manchester police so far have said nothing about the attacker’s possible motivation.

Manchester health officials have raised the number of wounded in the concert bombing, saying 119 people sought medical treatment at the city’s hospitals after the suicide attack Monday night.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership gave the higher figure on Wednesday. Jon Rouse of the agency said 64 people were still hospitalized. He said the number of overall wounded was raised due to the “walking wounded” who came in hours after the attack. Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require “very long term care and support in terms of their recovery.”

July McKenzie, who was shopping when the Arndale shopping center, said: “We were just in the shop and could hear people screaming and security guards telling everybody to get out.” Some people left the scene in tears, while others waited outside the mall.

A Czech woman who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester says that “there was almost no security check, rather zero. They let us get in without any check if we have anything with us.” Nikola Trochtova told the Czech public radio that “the only thing they were interested in was if we had any bottles of water with us. They almost didn’t check our bags, they didn’t take a look.” She says she was leaving the venue when she heard an explosion at the entrance, but learned the details only after returning to her hotel.

The United States Department of Homeland Security says there is no evidence of credible threats against music venues in the U.S., as England reels from an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert late Monday. The department says the U.S. public may experience increased security in and around public places and events.

TMZ is reporting that the 23-year-old singer has suspended the remaining stops on her European tour. Grande was scheduled to perform in London on Thursday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says that it is “beyond doubt” that Britain and the city of Manchester have fallen victim to “a callous terrorist attack.” Speaking outside her offices in London, she says “Although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England.” May says police believe they know the attacker’s identity but are not disclosing it immediately.

Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, has joined the condemnations of the Manchester attack. In a statement, Khan says: “This is horrific, this is criminal. May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next.” He adds: “I urge all those in the region and around the country to pool together to support those affected.”

President Donald Trump is expressing solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, condemning the “evil losers” behind the blast. Trump spoke Tuesday after a meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump says the attack preyed on “innocent children.” He says this “wicked ideology must be obliterated. And I mean completely obliterated.” Manchester police so far have said nothing about the attacker’s identity or possible motivation.

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Hiram Woman Killed In Brownfield Car Accident

by Christian Mower on May 23, 2017

 

Brownfield, ME – An 80-year-old Maine woman was killed and two other people were hurt in a wrong-way crash. Police said that last Friday 70-year-old James Biggs of Hiram was headed northbound on Route 113 in the area known as Pequawket Trail when for some reason he crossed into the southbound lane. Biggs’ Honda fit collided with a Jeep driven by 40-year-old Melissa Lavin of Bangor.

Gail “Jane” Sumner, of Hiram, who was riding with Biggs died instantly in the crash. Biggs needed to be extracted from his vehicle and Lavin was able to get out of her jeep on her own. Biggs was taken to Bridgton Hospital but was later flown to Maine Med.

Route 113 was shut down for approximately four hours while crews investigated the accident. The accident remains under investigation, however authorities do not believe speed or alcohol were factors

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Pine Tree Elementary School Won $300,000 Grant For After School Programs

by Christian Mower May 17, 2017 Front Page News

Conway, NH – Project SUCCEED at the Pine Tree School, has won a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant that will fund part of the cost of afterschool for the next 5 years. Clay Groves, Program Director wrote and won a $300,000 five year grant ($60,000 a year) for the Pine Tree School. This will […]

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9 Kennett High Students Get VIP Treatment From NASA

by Christian Mower May 16, 2017 Front Page News

  Houston, TX – Nine Kennett high School students were honored with the VIP treatment during a visit to The Johnson Space Center last month. According to the Conway Daily Sun NASA recognized the students for hardware they created for the International Space Station to hold lockers together on the space station. The lockers head […]

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