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The 15th One Book One Valley community read program is underway. Sixteen public libraries throughout the region and White Birch Books are pleased to announce that this year the featured author is Paul Doiron, who writes the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels.

All are invited to an evening with Doiron, when he will talk about his books and writing, Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Majestic Theatre in Conway Village.* This event will also be live-streamed. To register for the livestream link, go to https://rentals.anywhereseat.com/

Doiron is the former editor of Down East magazine and a registered Maine Guide. He now writes full time, and recently published the twelfth book in his crime novel series featuring the character Mike Bowditch, a Maine Game Warden.

*For those planning to attend the live event, wear a mask while inside, and please read and follow the recently adopted Vaccination Policy for the Majestic Theatre.

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by Roy on September 20, 2021

Pictured left to right: Assistant Director Haley Torrey, Library Director Andrea Masters, Capital Campaign Chair Sharon Wroblewski. (Courtesy Photo)

$200,000 Gift for the Pope Memorial Library!

Even far away in the Pacific Northwest people talk about North Conway’s Pope Memorial Library! When a philanthropist there heard about the Pope Library’s Capital Campaign and that the library has only $280,000 left to raise out of a 3.9 million expansion and renovation project, she was all ears. The philanthropist loves libraries and enjoys doing good things, so she had her financial adviser contact library director Andrea Masters to inquire about the project. Several phone calls and emails later, the library received a check for $200,000!

“This was an unbelievable stroke of luck,” said Masters. “This wonderful donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, was very impressed with the project and hopes that her donation can push us over the finish line of the capital campaign.”

Sharon Wroblewski, Chair of the Capital Campaign, added, ”We were most fortunate and thankful to have Lyman Pope as our major benefactor who gave a gift of $3 million. The Capital Campaign committee needed to raise about $1 million, no small task during these unprecedented times. We are so appreciative to our patrons who donated, outside donors, both individuals and businesses, as well as local foundations, that they have gotten us to this point. And with this incredibly generous donation, we are down to $80,000 to raise. Yahoo!”

Wroblewski hopes that ”announcing this gift will give the campaign a second wind and help to incentivize our community members to make a donation so we will reach our goal. And then we will have our grand opening reception/party/fete!”

Donations of any amount are appreciated and can be mailed to PO Box 409, North Conway, NH 03860 or given online at popelibraryNH.org.

For information, you can contact Sharon Wroblewski, Chair of the Capital Campaign, at 603-387-7224 or [email protected] Better yet, stop by the library and see for yourself!

 

 

 

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Injured Hiker on Mt. Potash Trail

by Lucia on May 10, 2021

Waterville Valley:  On Sunday, May 9th shortly before 4:30 PM New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker was injured on the Mt. Potash Trail. The hiker was Kenneth Winitzer, 65 of Conway, NH. Kenneth was hiking with his wife Jill when he fell and injured his hip while descending the trail.  A passing hiker was able to hike back up the trail in order to gain cell service and placed a call for help.  Kenneth and Jill were also equipped with an Emergency Personal Locator Beacon and were able to activate it.

Along with Conservation Officers members of Lakes Region Search and Rescue responded.  Rescuers located Kenneth a little over a mile from the trailhead.  He was placed in a litter and carried out to a Forest Service Road adjacent to the trail and driven the remaining distance to the trailhead.  He arrived back at the trailhead shortly before 7:00 PM and was taken by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway for treatment.

Lakes Region Search and Rescue is a highly skilled volunteer search and rescue organization whose members work hard to maintain the skills and equipment necessary to carry out mountain rescues. Anyone can donate to Lakes Region Search and through the New Hampshire Outdoor Council at www.nhoutdoorcouncil.org.  Donations are fully tax deductible. Outdoor enthusiasts are also encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at www.wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities.  For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.

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Wanted Fugitive Nabbed in North Conway

by Lucia on May 6, 2021

On May 5, 2021 at approximately 9:55 pm, Conway Police Officers were made aware of a subject, wanted out of the State of Vermont who was believed to be armed and staying in a local hotel. The wanted subject was identified as Arthur Butler, 19 years of age, Topsham, Vermont.

Conway Dispatchers confirmed the open warrant for Butler and advised he was wanted on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon out of Vermont with extradition authorized for all New England states.

Conway Police Officers gathered information from officials in Vermont which included intelligence that Butler may be traveling in a Toyota Rav4, being operated by a female coming from the Berlin, NH area.  Shortly after receiving this information, Sergeant Michael Boucher observed a Toyota Rav4 leaving the parking lot of the hotel Butler was believed to be staying at. Sergeant Boucher observed the vehicle was being operated by a female and that there was a subject seated in the front passenger’s seat as well.  Sergeant Boucher followed the vehicle and observed as it pulled into the Shell gas station located at the corner of River Road in North Conway, NH.

At this time, a rear door of the vehicle opened and a male subject, believed to be Butler, ran on foot from the vehicle down River Road.  Officers set up a perimeter in the area in order to await the arrival of Conway Police Department’s K-9 Summit and K-9 Officer Morganne Sterl.  Shortly thereafter Master Patrol Officer Shawn Baldwin observed the suspect come out of the tree line in the area behind Eastern Slope Inn’s Whitaker Suites.  Sergeant Boucher recognized the suspect as the male who fled from the rear seat of the Toyota Rav4.  After a brief struggle with Sergeant Boucher and Master Patrol Officer Baldwin the male, confirmed to be Arthur Butler, was taken into custody without further incident.

Butler’s arrest warrant out of the Vermont Superior Court shows Butler is charged with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Butler was transported to the Carroll County House of Corrections.  An extradition hearing is scheduled for today, May 6, 2021 at 1330 hours.

~ Suzanne Kelley-Scott, Lieutenant

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Injured Hiker Carried Off Carter-Moriah Trail in Shelburne

by Lucia May 3, 2021 Front Page News

Shelburne – Fish & Game Conservation Officers and volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue (AVSAR), and Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) responded to a report of an injured hiker approximately 3 miles up the Carter-Moriah Trail in Shelburne Saturday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. The hiker, identified as Donald Devost, 48, of Berwick, ME, was […]

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Spring in NH Brings Blue Skies, Warmer Temperatures – and Wildfire Season

by Lucia April 20, 2021 Front Page News

Gov. Sununu with Smokey Bear and N.H. Forest Protection personnel. Picture Courtesy of Governor Sununu’s Facebook Page   Governor Chris Sununu has proclaimed April 18-24 “Wildfire Awareness Week,” part of an effort to raise the level of public consciousness about the dangers of wildfire and its impact not only on New Hampshire’s forested landscape, but […]

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