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MaineHealth CEO Bill Caron turned out to support our community’s Let’s Go school program, shown here with tournament director Paul Keane and committee chair Bayard Kennett at the July 20th event.

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Golfers took to the greens at the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH last week as part of the 37th Annual Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament. The event grossed over $50,000 to support “Let’s Go,” the hospital’s initiative to bring health and wellness education and activities to school-aged children throughout Mt. Washington Valley.

The tournament was founded in 1980 by former NH congressman, the honorable Bill Zeliff. In its early years, the event often saw the likes of Governor John H. Sununu, White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush, and father of now-Governor Chris Sununu.

Now in 2017, the Sununu family turned out once again for the North Conway hospital’s cause, with John Sununu and wife Nancy playing in the tournament with Memorial’s president and CEO Scott McKinnon, and Governor Chris Sununu making an appearance at the awards dinner.

The event benefits Memorial’s Let’s Go program. The program serves 12 sites around the Mt. Washington Valley such as schools, pre-schools and daycare centers, to help them work towards receiving official “Let’s Go” program certification. Let’s Go is an evidence based program that works to reduce childhood obesity through better nutrition, more exercise and less screen time. The results are impressive. At “Let’s Go” sites’ school, child care and after school programs, almost 2,000 students were impacted by “Let’s Go”. Schools and sites are limiting unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, eliminating sugary beverages and limiting recreational screen time.

Last year, the event raised over $52,000 which supported the program. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life saving equipment and supporting community health programs.

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2017 Memorial Hospital Open Results

1st Place Mixed $300

Will Owen/ Colin Wroblewski/ Devin Copsey/ Michelle Ramsey 57

1st Place Ladies $300

Debbie Bryant/ Sue Wiley/ Jessica Ross/ Barbara Pinkham 69

1st Place Men $300

John Idoine/ Ryan Gooden/ Justin Zinn/ Thomas McDonough 54

2nd Place Mixed $240

Jack Rowe/Chris/Rowe/Fred O’Neil/Lynn Anderson 61

2nd Place Ladies $240

Kim McKinnon/Sheila Duane/Michelle Capozzoli/Ellen Oblenbusch 71

2nd Place Men $240

Bayard Kennett/Dan Jones/ Pat Kittle/Mark Patterson 56

3rd Place Mixed $160

Bill Caron/Mark Harris/Al Swallow/Mechelle Connolly 61

3rd Place Ladies $160

Mary Vigeant/ Arlene Mrozowski/Patty Keane/Amy Russo 94

3rd Place Men $160

Don Newton/Brett Newton/Peter Pettengill/Mathew Phillips 61

4h Place Mixed $120

Mary Deveau/Peter Deveau/Mike Green/Andrew Green 63

4t Place Men $120

Christopher Walkley/Bill Zafferson/John Aubin/Bill Jones 63

Closest to the Pin

Hole #16 Ladies Michelle Ramsey 22’   $25

Hole #16 Men Jack Rowe 7’2”   $25

Hole #5 Ladies   Lynne Anderson 23’8”   $25

Hole #5 Men   Mike Green 7’3”   $25

Long Drive

Hole #12 Ladies   Jessica Ross   $30

Hole #12 Men   Curtis Tinker $30

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22-year-old Jordan C. Lamonde is being charged with the attack on a woman outside of a Rochester Planer Fitness ~ Photo Courtesy of Rochester Police

Rochester, NH (AP) – Police have arrested a man in connection with an attack on a woman outside a Planet Fitness gym in New Hampshire last month that was captured on surveillance video.

Police arrested 22-year-old Jordan C. Lamonde, of Portsmouth, on Monday, in connection with the June 12 attack. He’s been charged with second-degree assault and was held on $150,000 bail. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. A man who answered the phone at Lamonde’s home said he had an attorney, but was told not to give out the name.

Surveillance video from the gym in Rochester showed a man getting out of his car and walking toward the gym. Unprovoked, the man comes up from behind the woman and starts hitting her as she is about to get into her car. Police said she punched 39 times, but didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries.

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Photo Coutresy of NH Fish and Game

Pittsburg, NH – Three people were injured and 1 hospitalized after multiple calls in Pittsburg yesterday. According to New Hampshire Fish and Game at 1:15 Sunday Afternoon 29-year-old Maclynn Trojan of Worcester Massachusetts was riding an ATV while following 72-year-old John Saffron on another ATV and failed to slow down in time to avoid his vehicle as it slowed.

Authorities said Maclynn appeared to strike the left rear tire of Saffron’s ATV with her front right tire, which caused both vehicles to crash and rollover. Neither Maclynn nor Saffron were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Emergency Services were called and Maclynn was transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Saffron refused medical treatment for his minor scrapes and bruises sustained in the crash.

A few hours later Fish and Game Officials received another call because 71-year-old Carolyn Vecchry of Middleton Massachusetts injured her ankle while walking along the rocks below Garfield Falls on the East Branch of the Dead Diamond River.

A Conservation Officer was still in Pittsburg due to the high call volume in the area and was able to respond to the scene along with other rescuers. Carolyn was secured in a litter and carried up the steep trail away from the falls and back to the awaiting ambulance. Carolyn was then transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital for treatment.

In a written statement Conservation Officer Glen Lucas said “This busy day in Pittsburg called on many volunteers and first responders to come out on a Sunday to provide a much needed and appreciated service to the constituents of the Pittsburg tourist community. Without the unwavering dedication of the local responding personnel neither call would have been handled so professionally and so promptly.

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CUTTS GRANT, NH – The search For a Missing New Jersey man came to tragic conclusion yesterday. The New Jersey Sierra Club confirmed that the body of 63-year-old Gregory Auriemma, of Brick, New Jersey, was found. According to reports Auriemma’s body was located by the appalacian mountain club in the Dry River Wilderness in Cutts Grant.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department initially worked off his last known location (North Conway), and later in the week developed information that he had stayed in the area of the Mizpah Spring Hut in Bean’s Grant on or about June 28.

Further information was then obtained linking Auriemma to an abandoned campsite near the Dry River Trail in Cutts Grant. A Fish and Game search and rescue team confirmed on Saturday (July 15) that the abandoned campsite was Auriemma’s.

A ground search of the Dry River drainage was conducted by that search team and the area was also searched by air with a New Hampshire National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. Hikers in that area were interviewed by Fish and Game Conservation Officers to try to obtain additional information.

Authorities are asking the public for any information available from hikers who have been in this area and may have met up with Auriemma; if you have any information, please call (603) 271-3361.

Fish and Game Conservation Officers were assisted in the search by the Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue, the Appalachian Mountain Club, US Forest Service, a NH State Police search team, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, and NH State Forest Rangers.


Lt. Bradley Morse and Lt. Heidi Murphy from New Hampshire Fish and Game Contributed to this report.

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Sununu Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

by Chris July 19, 2017 Front Page News

HB 640 Takes Effect in 60 Days   CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu has signed into law a bill eliminating criminal penalties for possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of marijuana. It was one of 28 bills the Republican signed Tuesday, his office said in a news release. House Bill 640 was passed […]

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Search Continues for Missing New Jersey Man in the White Mountains

by Christian Mower July 17, 2017 Front Page News

  CUTTS GRANT, NH – The search continued today (July 17, 2017) for Gregory Auriemma, age 63, of Brick, New Jersey, who was reported last week as missing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department initially worked off his last known location (North Conway), and later in the week developed […]

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