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This morning on the Morning Show, Roy Prescott was joined by Wildfire Prevention Specialist Mark Wiles on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service and White Mountains National Forest (WMNF). Mark and Roy discussed the WMNF and how it’s continuing to implement fire restrictions. These restrictions allow fires ONLY in installed metal fire rings or grills at designated campgrounds or picnic areas. Click below to listen to the interview and check out all the info.
The state of NH is under a under a Governor’s Proclamation fire ban and even with the recent rain the drought depleted lakes, ponds and rivers, so fire danger is still high and it’s difficult to fight wildfires with low water availability.
Visitors should always use existing fire pits and NEVER leave a campfire unattended. WMNF fire restrictions include: Lighting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, barbecue or grill is allowed ONLY in U.S. Forest Service provided metal fire rings, metal fire pits or pole mounted grills at designated campgrounds or picnic areas. Unattended or abandoned campfires can quickly escalate into wildfires.
ALL campfires must be completely extinguished before leaving a site. Campers and day users should have a shovel on hand and a water bucket ready for use. Soak, stir, feel, repeat. Make sure your campfire is “dead out” and cold to the touch before departing. Stay informed regarding any fire conditions and follow all guidelines and restrictions.
Public use, including dispersed camping is at record high levels.
The public is encouraged to report illegal campfires, as well as smoke reports, to your local White Mountain NF District Office or 911.
If it is not on the following list of WMNF campgrounds a fire is NOT allowed:
Barnes Field Group Campground
Crocker Pond Campground
Dolly Copp Campground
Wild River Campground
Big Rock Campground
Osceola Vista Campground/Group Campground
Russell Pond Campground
Sugarloaf I Campground
Sugarloaf II Campground
Blackberry Crossing Campground
Cold River Campground
Covered Bridge Campground
Jigger Johnson Campground
White Ledge Campground
For more information please visit FS.USDA.GOV/WHITEMOUNTAIN
CONWAY, NH – Friday afternoon the Reopening Guidance for NH Ski Areas was released by the Office of Governor Sununu, and ski areas around the state are looking forward to continuing to develop their operating plans for this year around the guidance provided.
“The draft guidance that we submitted and presented to the Governor’s Reopening Task Force was put together with input and consensus across our ski area members. It’s been a real team effort and I’m very proud of the work that our re-opening committee and ski area members have been able to accomplish together,” said Jessyca Keeler, President of Ski New Hampshire. “The approved guidance takes the health and safety of our guests and staff seriously, and with additional input from the Department of Public Health, we’re confident that we have a guidance document that will lead us through this very different upcoming ski season.”
The COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for NH Ski Areas will be implemented statewide and includes guidance for staff and guests alike to wear face coverings inside buildings (except when eating or drinking); in lift lines and mazes as well as when loading, riding, and unloading from lifts; and in other places where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be achieved. Resorts will implement enhanced cleaning regimens, implement employee protocols (many of which have been in place since summer operations began), chairlift rides will only group families and those who have traveled together, ski areas will shift to more online ticket sales to avoid lines and in-person transactions at ticket windows, and there will be physical distancing requirements and capacity controls within lodges and other indoor facilities. These adaptations and others will be common across the state’s ski areas and should provide a baseline of what guests should expect at any given area.
In addition to topics in the guidance that address ski-area specific operations such as chairlifts and lodges, other existing guidance is referenced that will be followed, including the NH Universal Guidance and guidance for the Food Service Industry, Child Care, Retail Stores, Amateur & Youth Sports, NH Performing Arts Venues, and various CDC guidance.
Resorts will be responsible for implementing operating plans designed to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19. Guests will be responsible for following these procedures prior to and when they arrive at the ski area. Skier services will vary by resort as each area will decide which parts of its operation will be available to its guests. Guests should check the ski area’s website for the status of each ski area’s offerings and policies before arriving.
“We’re all looking forward to this ski season. It’s almost as if we have some unfinished business after having our season come to an abrupt end in mid-March,” said Keeler. “That said, the key to opening and staying open this year will be for ski areas to do their part, and guests to do theirs. It’s up to all of us to observe and respect the new protocols being put in place that are designed to keep staff and guests safe and healthy.”
Ski New Hampshire is the statewide association representing 30 alpine and cross-country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, trail conditions, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski New Hampshire resorts, visit SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, go to VisitNH.gov.
A copy of the NH ski area guidance can be found here.
This morning Roy Prescott had the opportunity to speak with Christopher Bellis on behalf of the M&D Playhouse and he told us all about their upcoming Summer Slam Series. Click below to listen and get all the ticket info at MDPLAYHOUSE.COM
AUGUST (SERIES A)
Written by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Christopher Bellis
August 27, 29 / September 4, 6, 10, 12
Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when a world-class art expert flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.
Dramatist – Comedy/Drama
Matt & Ben
Written by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers
Directed by Mark Sickler
August 28, 30 / September 3, 5, 11, 13
Matt & Ben depicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar, before anyone gave a damn. When the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens, the boys realize they’re being tested by a Higher Power.
Concord/Samuel French – Comedy
From the Mount Washington Valley… Way of the Headband celebrate the release of their new album ROGUE ISLAND with their only live show of 2020! They have the amazing Riley Parkhurst Project opening the show and want to make this the event of the summer! Join them on Friday, August 28th at Theater In The Wood!
Way of the Headband is so happy to announce they have secured a safe venue and there will, of course, be rules in place for everyone’s safety. However, everyone will have their own space to comfortably enjoy the show!
This is an all ages event with BYOB options for 21+ attendees. No concessions will be sold so please plan accordingly.
Doors are at 7PM Sharp. You will need to arrive in a mask and be taken with your group to your seat. Once seated, you can remove your mask and get ready to enjoy the show!
Please bring valid photo ID along with your printed ticket.
This event will be limited to 90 ticketed guests and they CANNOT bend the rules on occupancy. So buy them NOW while they are still available!
Tickets are $10! Visit their website to purchase your tickets and learn more about the band at WAYOFTHEHEADBAND.COM
Listen to their NEW SONG featuring Riley Parkhurst… SILVER and BRONZE
The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s Annual Fun Run will be a virtual race this year! Participants are asked to run a designated length based on age and once complete, participants must submit a photo to Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, no later than Tuesday, September 1st, 2020. Once the finish photos are received, BIBLF will be sending each participant a medal and a code to get a FREE pass into Story Land valid any day through the 2021 season and race t-shirts will be available for pick-up at Memorial Hospital sometime in mid-September!
While the three organizations who host this event wish it could be in person, they hope families will use this opportunity to get kids outside and have some fun, while earning free passes into Story Land! Online registration is only $10 per child and is open for children up to the age of 13. Scholarships, provided by Memorial Hospital, are available for students of SAU 9, 13, 20, 3 and MSAD 72 school districts. All net proceeds from this virtual race will go towards the BIBLF’s Bookmobile Program which has been out and about visiting communities and giving out free books this Summer!
For more information and to register for the Fun Run, visit http://www.believeinbooks.org/kids-fun-run-at-story-land.html.
Click below to listen to Gino’s Interview with BIB’s Erin Sweeney on our sister station, Magic 104!
SAU9 Superintendent Kevin Richard joined Roy on the Morning Show today and they went up and down all the bigger points of SAU9’s Re-Entry Plan for the upcoming school year. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 and Superintendent Richard says SAU9 is ready.
Today on The Morning Show, Clay played an interview that Gino Devaney had on our sister station, Magic 104, with Conway Scenic Railroad Owner Dave Swirk via the phone and they discussed the Conway Scenic Railroad‘s Mountaineer Train and how they are adding another trip to their schedule. Dave also gave us a full rundown of how operation has changed at the train station due to COVID-19 and the guidelines they will be following to make sure everyone will be safe when riding with the Conway Scenic Railroad. Check out the interview below!
For ticket info and more details visit CONWAYSCENIC.COM
Regis Philbin Audio Tribute:
Regis Philbin, a legendary television personality who co-hosted Live With Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years on ABC, has died at age 88.
In a statement, his family told People: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday. His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”
Philbin died Saturday. He and Kathle Lee Gifford launched their show in 1988, and when she left after 15 years, the pair remained close. He went onto to host Live! With Regis and Kelly, alongside Kelly Ripa, from 2001-2011. Philbin also served as the original host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002, Million Dollar Password, the first season of America’s Got Talent, hosted multiple Miss America pageants as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on Rachael Ray.
Philbin was born in 1931 and raised in the Bronx. He attended University of Notre Dame, served in the Navy, then began a career in Hollywood with a local San Diego show called The Regis Philbin Show.
Philbin won multiple Emmys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Philbin was married twice and his survived by J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also shared Amy Philbin, with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Ripa and her current co-host, Ryan Seacrest, said they were “beyond saddened” by Philbin’s death.
“He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years,” the statement said. “We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show.”
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The 20th anniversary of Seek the Peak a success amongst challenging times
North Conway, NH – The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory celebrated its 20th anniversary Seek the Peak(STP) hike-a-thon with over 300 hikers participating virtually around the country raising nearly $110,000 in pledges. The events’ proceeds benefit the Observatory’s summit operations where observers take hourly weather observations 24/7 continuing in 87-plus year data set used in forecasting, education and science.
Participants were encouraged to hike from anywhere between July 1-20, 2020 and to share their hikes on the Seek the Peak Facebook group page to continue to inspire the Seek the Peak community and to ultimately be included in a video bringing together the STP participants in a virtual format. Additionally, participants were asked to send along a story/prayer flag reflecting their hike of choice and years of participation to be included in a collection of flags from participants spanning the 20-year event with a plan to ultimately fly from the summit tower on Mount Washington in celebration of 20 years of STP.
Hikers took the challenge to heart, trekking up peaks beyond Mount Washington. Some chose different massive mountains in the Presidential Range while others stuck closer to home in town forests, woodlands, and state parks. Long time participants the Nowicki family went up and down hills in their neighborhood to equal the elevation of the Ammonoosuc Trail. To keep their STP experience authentic they had candy and gifts sent from North Conway’s iconic shops Zeb’s and The Penguin to share after their outing. Robin Hirsch who has been involved with Seek the Peak since the beginning opted to finish her Sleeping Giant Mountain (CT) Master certificate, totaling 50 miles of trail over several months, to round out her virtual STP event.
“It was truly amazing to see the Seek the Peak community come together virtually through the Facebook Group and with emails to share their hikes and experiences and to inspire each other,” said Brand Manager Krissy Fraser. “We are so thankful for our participants and sponsors for continuing to make this event incredibly special and a successful critical fundraising event in support of the Observatory.”
Participants who reached a $200 fundraising goal were awarded with an exclusive Cotopaxi backpack provided by presenting sponsors Eastern Mountain Sports. Leading fundraisers were awarded special prizes. Chris Nichols was the top fundraiser raising over $8,000 with 20-year participant Lee Eckhardt close behind raising a clever $6,288—that’s the elevation of Mount Washington. Other 20-year Seek the Peak hikers Brad Griswold, and Pat and Brenda Daly were recognized for their dedication. A special Brad Bradstreet Award recognizing a love and enthusiasm for STP and the Observatory was awarded to longtime volunteer coordinators of the event and 2020 participants Hank and Linda Dresch.
You can view the both the 20 year celebration video and the STP 2020 virtual hike videos on YouTube. Donations are still being accepted and the option to earn the exclusive Cotopaxi pack will be available through the end of July. Visit www.seekthepeak.org to support the event and visit www.mountwashington.org for the information on additional Observatory programs including a free virtual Science in the Mountains lecture series slated to launch on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Seek the Peak is made possible with support from presenting sponsors Oboz Footwear, Eastern Mountain Sports with additional support from The Mount Washington Auto Rd., Martini Northern, First Light, White Mountain Oil, Mason & Mason Insurance, Delta Dental and WMWV 93.5FM.
About Mount Washington Observatory:
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.
ALBANY, NH– Today, Tin Mountain Conservation Center announced the well-deserving recipients of its annual awards. Traditionally, these awards are presented at the Annual Meeting in May. As with many events and awards, this year’s awards are being presented virtually.
“On behalf of the staff and the board of trustees, we want to thank and honor these folks for their many contributions. We’re sorry that we aren’t able to present these awards and recognize these people and organizations in person,” said Lori Kinsey, executive director, “We want them to know how much we appreciate all the time, talent and resources they have generously given to Tin Mountain. Since its beginning, 40 years ago this year, Tin Mountain has grown and thrived thanks to the tremendous support it has received from a strong and devoted group of volunteers, members, and businesses. The words Thank You often feel insufficient for the hours of time, seemingly endless energy, and resources generously offered and donated from our community. Each year, Tin Mountain recognizes those people, businesses, and organizations whose efforts have gone above and beyond. This year more than ever, we feel the need to recognize the hard work and passion of these ‘shining stars.’”
There are five award recipients this year:
The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes an individual(s) who has supported Tin Mountain events and/or daily activities. This year, we recognize Victor and Karen Vitek, who worked tirelessly the past few years organizing and entering the hundreds of items donated for the First Season benefit auction. When the decision was made to move the First Season Auction online, Victor and Karen went to work to upload pictures, and add detailed descriptions into the software. They helped test the site and fine tune listings to make sure everything was ready to go. This year’s Inaugural Online Auction was made possible thanks to the tireless dedication of Karen and Victor.
The Exemplary Service Award recognizes a current Trustee of the Tin Mountain Board of Trustees who has worked hard to make a lasting contribution to the organization. Leslie Schomaker came to the board with a strong financial background and quickly took on the role of treasurer as well as the herculean task of streamlining the financial reporting and moving the system online. What first seemed convenient quickly became indispensable with the shift to remote work in mid-March.
The Outstanding Environmental Educator Award recognizes a teacher who in addition to working with and supporting Tin Mountain in the classroom, works to further exploration and environmental stewardship. Dylan Harry, a science teacher and Director of the OLRC at Fryeburg Academy, began working with Tin Mountain several years ago. From the beginning, he enthusiastically jumped in, often co-teaching classes and utilizing local natural areas to better connect his students to the environment. He has been a champion for Tin Mountain, advocating for greater integration into Fryeburg Academy Curriculum and lobbying for administrative support of Tin Mountain programming.
This year’s Business Volunteer Award is presented to an organization in the Mount Washington Valley that has consistently helped advance Tin Mountain’s mission and programs. Increasing awareness is essential to the success of Tin Mountain programs and events and there is no better way to be heard than through the Mt. Washington Radio & Gramophone group of radio stations including 93.5 WMWV, 95.3 Easy and Magic 104. The stations consistently promote Tin Mountain events, provide updates and program changes, and host Tin Mountain staff and Trustees for interviews on Drive Time. These stations are the voice of the valley and we appreciate it when that voice speaks for Tin Mountain and its programs and events. Roy Prescott of WMWV supports and participates in the Mt. Washington Century+ bike event, so we got him a very special bib number!
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual or organization who has been a champion for the environment and the community, not just for a year or two, but for the ‘long run.’ Upper Saco Valley Land Trust has certainly earned this distinction. Through thoughtful community projects such as the Pine Hill Community Forest, and agricultural and water initiatives, USVLT seeks not just to preserve land, but the Mount Washington Valley as a whole.