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Effingham Navy man wins culinary prize

by Gair on April 11, 2014

A native of Effingham serving as a chef in the U.S. Navy is being recognized for his cooking talent.

Culinary Specialist Seaman Jack Amico graduated from Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro in 2012.

Now he’s stationed aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Virginia.

In March of 2014 he was officially recognized by Adm. William Gortney – Commander, Fleet Forces Command, after winning honorable mention for his entry at the annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training event at Fort Lee, Virginia, one of the largest competitions of its kind in North America.

To prepare for the competition Amico spent about three weeks in specialized training and got ideas from his instructors on what he could prepare.

His award-winning entry was Chicken Ballotine, a root vegetable medley, nice creamy mashed potatoes and a red wine pan sauce.

Amico says 80 percent of the competitors were from the U.S. Army. Amico was one of eight cooks from the Navy to enter.

His grandfather served in the Navy and his parents run a truck driving school in Concord.

Amico has already made a deployment and enjoyed visiting some foreign ports, including France, Bahrain, Dubai and Portugal.

The admiral presented him with a special commemorative coin.

Amico says he became a culinary specialist because he already likes to cook and wants to get more training in culinary arts.


Tuckerman Inferno Saturday

by Gair on April 11, 2014

A valley area race Saturday will not only test the endurance of its competitors but also raise money for the non profit group that works to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington.t of a

The Tuckerman Inferno race started in 2000 as the annual fundraiser for Friends of Tuckerman Ravine.

The current race includes running, kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing that make up a pentathlon event that’s one of the most challenging adventure races in the country.

Individuals and relay teams compete to see who can most quickly complete a course of about 36 miles in the valley that finishes at Tuckerman Ravine, with individual champions being crowned Tuckerman and Tuckerwoman.

Friends of Tuckerman works closely with the U.S. Forest Service and other organizations like the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Current goals include providing financial support for trails and backcountry programs, recruiting volunteers for the backcountry patrol, helping with fundraising campaigns identified by the Forest Service and Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol and providing financial support to the Mount Washington Avalanche Center.



Conway voting reaction

by Gair on April 10, 2014

SAU 9 Supt. Dr. Carl Nelson says he’s extremely pleased with the turnout and results of Tuesday’s voting in Conway, saying it shows residents get out to support education.

All Conway School District articles passed, with the exception of the proposed tax cap.

More than 1,400 voters turned out to vote on town and school issues.
Nelson had expressed concern prior to the vote about the proposed tax cap – Article 13 – that would have limited budgeteers to holding proposed budget increases to no more than a two and a half percent of local taxes raised the previous fiscal year.

Voters rejected the article Tuesday by a vote of 749 to 654.

Nelson had worried if the tax cap had passed it might have prevented the Conway School Board from approving the purchase of a needed large item like a piece of equipment.

While saying he felt all the articles to be voted on were important, Nelson also said he particularly hoped those that dealt with collective bargaining agreements concerning salaries and benefits would pass, and they did.

On town issues, Conway voters once again rejected a request to provide money – $4,000 was requested in Article 21 – to fund the Blue Loon Bus Service run by Tri County CAP. The vote was 773 against providing the funds, 628 in favor.

Blue Loon Transportation Coord. Beverly Raymond says “We were certainly disappointed in the results of the Conway vote… but we do respect it. At this time we will be looking at what our options are but we cannot keep providing the service as it is currently being provided.”

After Conway voters rejected a previous funding request, an anonymous donor contributed the money.

Raymond says Conway is the only town at this point in Carroll County that has rejected the funding request. A petition requesting funding from Tamworth was not made in time so a request for $3,000 there has been made to the Tamworth Foundation.

And, in a reversal of a trend that lasted at least a decade, Conway voters approved Article 15, to provide $10,000 to support the Eastern Slope Airport, the municipal airport in Fryeburg, Maine. The article passed by a vote of 762 to 637. Passage had been recommended by Conway selectmen and the Budget Committee.

Airport manager Dave Cullinan says he’s “elated to see that the voters of Conway are in the majority on the 2014 funding request.” Calling the airport the “Runway to the White Mountains,” he says it has recently upgraded its jet fueling capability and a new approach procedure currently being considered by the Federal Aviation Administration will allow aircraft to land in bad weather. He says the airport’s infrastructure upgrade is moving forward at a steady but modest pace and a planned new terminal to be completed by 2016 will accommodate increasing business and tourist traffic that will benefit the public and valley area economy.

One supporter of the funding request says the airport has been an important asset in providing access for emergency medical flights.


Skier self-rescues near Mount Adams

by Gair April 9, 2014 News

A New Hampshire Fish and Game Officer says a 22-year-old Weare, New Hampshire man was able to rescue himself after he fell while trying to ski Monday afternoon in the back country near Mount Adams, northeast of Mount Washington. Sgt. Mark Ober says Patrick Luk was trying to ski the Great Gully Ravine around 4 […]

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Conway voters reject tax caps, Blue Loon; support airport

by Gair April 9, 2014 News

Conway voters have rejected proposed tax caps for town and school district budget planners, rejected giving money to the Blue Loon Bus Service – and for the first time in years, have approved giving town money to the municipal airport in Fryeburg, Maine. Unofficial results provided by the Conway town clerk indicate more than 1,400 […]

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