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33rd Tournament Of Mud Parade Theme Is One For The Books!

by Christian Mower on August 3, 2015

 

2014 Mud Bowl Champion Nashua Mud Gumbys (Photo Courtesy of Tom Eastman/Conway Daily Dun

2014 Mud Bowl Champion Nashua Mud Gumbys (Photo Courtesy of Tom Eastman/Conway Daily sun)

 

NORTH CONWAY (Courtesy Of Tom Eastman) — Mud Bowl, the championships of mud football, will celebrate a theme of “Mud Bowl Takes a Muddy Look at Children’s Books” when the mud touch football games splash off at Steve Eastman Memorial Field at North Conway’s Hog Coliseum the weekend after Labor Day, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11 through 13. The theme will be used by participants in the team and the open class for the 33rd Tournament of Mud Parade, set for North Conway’s Main Street Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m.

Team parade themes are: Nashua Mud Gumbys, “The Night Before the Grinch Stole Christmas;” Muddas Football Club, “Are You My Mother?” Jack’s Predators, “Little Red Riding Hood;” Mount Washington Valley Hogs, “Wizard of Oz;” Carrabassett Valley Rats, “TBA” Rowley, Mass. Mud Ducks, “Make Way for Ducklings;” the Merrimack Mudcats, “TBA;” and North Country Crocs, “Muddy Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.”

The Cumberland (R.I.) Muckaneers and the North Shore Mudsharks will not have floats this year as they entered a silent drawing not to enter a float but they will be competing in the football games.

The parade is sponsored by longtime Mud Bowl sponsors Amoskeag Beverages, LLC, of Bow, N.H., distributors of Miller Lite Beer. Prizes are offered for first, second and honorable mention in the Open and Team Classes. Prizes are awarded to the winners’ charity of choice. Prize amounts are $250, $150 and $100.

Selected as grand marshals for the 2015 Tournament of Mud Parade are Jackie Howe and Benny Jesseman, longtime Mud Bowl Committee officials who have recently retired from their posts as executive directors of the North Conway Day Care center and Carroll County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, respectively. They are continuing their involvement with Mud Bowl, despite retiring from the two organizations, both of which along with the North Conway Community Center are among Mud Bowl’s three primary beneficiaries.

The Mudbassadors cheerleading squad have created a book based on books by Bill Martin/Eric Carle. It is called “Mud Bowl Fan, Mud Bowl Fan What Do You See?”
Three-day tickets are $15; day tickets are $6 ages 14 and up, and $4 ages 6 to 13; family tickets (two adults, two children) are $15 per day. Advance tickets can be purchased at the North Conway Community Center, The North Conway Day Care, Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Met Coffehouse, and Hannaford, all in North Conway, and Home Run Sports Training Center on Hobbs Street in Conway.

Three-day tickets serve as entry to two $500 prize drawings held Saturday and Sunday (one need not be present to win).

Proceeds benefit local charities, with more than $860,000 having been raised since the first games were played locally in 1976. The games feature two-hand touch football, played in knee-deep mud, with seven players per side. For Mud Bowl event information, visit them on Facebook  by clicking here.

Groups should register with parade chair Bobbi Steele-Marotta by Sept. 1 For more information, and for registration forms, call her at (603) 496-4404 or e-mail her at [email protected], or contact parade assistant Josh Snell at [email protected] or (603) 986-5214.

 

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Lamborghini’s Cruise To The Top Of Mount Washington

by Christian Mower on July 28, 2015

lambos-mwPINKHAM NOTCH, NH (Courtesy of Dan Houde) – The Automobii Lamborghini America made a visit to the Mt. Washington Auto Road on the Lamborghini Giro, an annual tour taken on some of the most scenic roads in America. Owners of twenty-four Lamborghini’s, a mix of mostly 610HP V10 Huracán’s and the 700HP V12 Aventador’s, enjoyed lunch at the base of the Mt. Washington Road and Great Glen Trails after enjoying a thrilling ride to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Giro (meaning tour in Italian) offers top clients from Lamborghini a curated luxury experience with spirited driving along some of the most scenic routes across America coupled with the finest dining and relaxation. They are joined by like-minded Lamborghini enthusiasts and members from the Lamborghini executive team. Lamborghini owners come from all over North America and ship their personal cars to join the tour. This year’s excursion included a tour of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, with a stop at America’s first and oldest man-made attraction, the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

David Hill from Arlington, MA, owner of a black-on-black, 2010 Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder joined the Giro tour for the third year with previous visits to Italy, France for the Grande Giro and Sonoma Valley. “I appreciate meeting and talking with owners from around the world, and visiting some absolutely stunning places.” mentioned Hill as he prepared to leave the Auto Road. “Participating in this tour of New England has been amazing and driving the Auto Road and actually being above the clouds was just awesome.”

The group, mostly from North America, had their cars shipped to Cape Elizabeth, Maine where the tour began. From the coast of Maine the Giro proceeded through back roads into New Hampshire via North Conway. After their mid-day stop at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the group continued onto Stowe, Vermont and will wrap up their tour in Boston with a farewell party.

Scott Lieberman shipped his red Lamborghini Aventador to Boston and flew in from Tyler, Texas for the trip. “I have many ties to New England and I wasn’t about to miss this one.” Said Lieberman. “Watching the brightly-colored cars moving up the Auto Road from a distance actually reminded me of skittles moving along. It’s a day we’ll remember for a very long time.”

The Mt. Washington Auto Road has a long history of hosting car clubs over the years, from electric Teslas to Adventure Truck clubs and even outings such as “MINI’s On Top”, an annual gathering of as many as 250 MINI Coopers which meet at the base of the Auto Road for a BBQ and then head up to the summit for sunset gatherings.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call (603) 446-3988.

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Grace Potter and Lake Street Dive Tickets!

by Chris on July 27, 2015

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WMWV is ready to help you rock out again, this Saturday, August 1 (6:00pm) with Grace Potter and Lake Street Dive! It’s all going down at Portland, Maine’s newest music venue, Thompson’s Point!   

Need tickets? Tune in this week for your cue to call this week at (603)356-9930!

 

GRACE POTTER is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and internationally performing rock musician. With her longtime backing band, The Nocturnals, she has released four studio albums. The fourth and most recent album, The Lion The Beast The Beat, debuted at #17 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and #10 on Billboard’s Digital chart. The single “Stars” reached #1 on the iTunes Rock Song chart. Grace Potter’s highly anticipated upcoming release, a solo album titled Midnight, is set to come out later in 2015. Of the first single, “Alive Tonight”, SPIN says it “sounds every bit as Black Keys as it does Sia, a satisfying halfway point”, and that the song “highlights her trademark howly-growly belt.” Grace is best known for her hit song “Paris (Ooh La La).” She has opened for Robert Plant, Dave Matthews Band and the Avett Brothers, played numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella and Rock in Rio, and has collaborated with members of The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Kenny Chesney and Gov’t Mule.

Lake Street Dive find themselves on the cusp of stardom, though they insist they will always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater vests. “We realize this could all go away tomorrow,” says Rachael Price. “But that won’t change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This is what we love. We just want to make sure we keep enjoying ourselves.”

Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. “I wasn’t only impressed with their musicianship,” says Olson, who acquired the nickname “McDuck” while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. “They were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.”

Lake Street Dive has come a long way, but this just could be the start of something even bigger.

For more info on this show, or any others courtesy of The State Theater visit statetheaterportland.com

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Concord N.H. – A report on the environmental impact of the controversial Northern Pass Power Transmission Project has finally been released. Eversource Energy is proposing to construct 187-miles of electrical transmission line across New Hampshire to bring 1,200 megawatts of hydro-electric energy, enough to power 1.2 million homes, to southern New England Markets.

The report concludes that the Northern Pass proposal would result in more vegetation being removed, a larger possible effect to endangered animals, and a possible larger visual impact that could have negative effects on tourism and property values compared to alternatives. The report states towers would be able to deliver more electricity than the alternatives and would produce a reduction in wholesale electricity costs of $22 million for the state, compared to a reduction of $18 million for most of the alternatives.

The alternatives proposals mostly revolve around burying the lines, either entirely or at certain sections of the lines. The alternatives would have a much smaller effect on the environment, but do pose a greater risk of exposing contaminated soil or groundwater during the construction. The report also notes that due to the lower cost of using towers municipalities would receive less tax revenue from construction costs then they would if the lines are buried. Towns also run the risk of losing tax dollars from property taxes in the future because towers may hurt property values.

The U.S. Forest Service will use the report as it determines whether to issue a special use permit to allow the project to build through the White Mountain National Forest.

Public hearings on the draft report will be held by the Department of Energy on October 6th in Concord, October 7th in Whitefield and October 8th in Plymouth. The exact times and locations have not been announced. To check out the reports for yourself click here

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A Wolfeboro Man Doesn’t Use His Blinker And Gets Caught With Heroin

by Christian Mower July 21, 2015 Front Page News

Wolfeboro N.H. – A Wolfeboro man’s failure to use his blinker ended up with him in cuffs on drug charges. According to Wolfeboro Police an officer pulled over 30-year-old Andrew Morrill Tuesday morning around 7:10 after he failed to use his turn signal. During the course of the brief stop, the officer noticed that the […]

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Two People Injured In Denmark After Lightning Struck The Same Area Twice

by Christian Mower July 21, 2015 Front Page News

Denmark M.E. – It’s said that lightning never strikes the same place twice but in Denmark Maine Sunday it got very close. According to Fire official’s two people were injured after a home and surrounding property were hit at least twice by lightning in Denmark. Denmark Fire Chief Dana Costello said the first victim was […]

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