Illness, accidents and changes in health status can quickly alter the lives of our patients, community and unfortunately sometimes our own families. It is often difficult to talk about end of life planning when we are healthy. However, remember hope is not a plan. This event is to raise awareness and help facilitate discussion.

On Wednesday, October 5 starting at 6pm at Kennett High School, there will be a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary, Being Mortal. The film will be followed by a panel and audience Q&A with local professionals who will share their own thoughtful perspectives on advance care planning. CMEs are available. Rachel Hamilton and Jennifer Grise are on the panel!


Based on Dr. Atwul Gawande’s best-selling book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Really Matters in the End, the stories in the film illustrate the importance of thinking and planning ahead as we reflect on what matters most to us in life. How do we start the conversation with our loved ones and healthcare providers about what our priorities would be if our time was limited?

The Being Mortal campaign from the Hospice Foundation of America is designed to engage community members, including medical professionals, all across the country in conversations that educate and inspire audiences to take concrete steps toward their end-of-life care planning.

The presentation is hosted by Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice, Memorial Hospital and members of the Community Health Collaborative who are excited to bring this national project to our town. It’s part of our advance care planning committee’s ongoing campaign to bring ACP education and assistance to the community. CMEs/CEUs available.

Free and open to the public.
Doors open at 5:30pm for refreshments & displays.
Film starts at 6:00pm.

356-7006 or 800-499-4171

The Ultimate Treasure Sale Friday and Saturday

The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is holding their Arts, Antiques & Treasures Sale Friday, Sept. 30 from 9-4 & Saturday, Oct 1 from 9-3 at the old Aubuchon store location near Bea’s Café in Conway.

mwvaa-saleIf you have any quality items you would like to donate for this fundraiser.  Drop off is Tuesday 9/27 thru Thursday 9/29 from 10-3.

The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is a community focused, non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation, and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mt. Washington Valley.

Residence Inn North Conway Acquired by Lafrance Hospitality

Lafrance Hospitality of Westport, MA announces the recent acquisition of the Residence Inn by Marriott® in North Conway, NH from True North Hotel Group. With a portfolio of 11 hotel properties in New England, Lafrance Hospitality is a well-established and highly successful business that is founded on family values, customer satisfaction, and employee well-being.


“Acquiring the Residence Inn in North Conway strategically aligns our company’s growth in destination markets throughout New England.”  said Richard Lafrance, President and CEO, Lafrance Hospitality. “We are thrilled to expand our presence in New England, and especially in New Hampshire.” Tim Burkhardt, VP Hotel Operations, Lafrance Hospitality, states, “The acquisition process went very smoothly. We have retained all staff who were currently employed at the hotel and we are working with them to ensure our acquisition doesn’t affect their position or history with the property.”

The Residence Inn by Marriott® North Conway offers sophisticated yet comfortable lodging for both leisure and business travelers. Guests can experience all the comforts of home and more including: complimentary breakfast buffet each morning and manager’s reception on select weekday nights, Complimentary high-speed Internet access, a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker, separated living and sleeping areas, flat-screen, LCD HDTV(s), a spacious work desk with a telephone and an ergonomic chair, luxurious Marriott® bedding, a fireplace (available in select suites), indoor saline-mineral pool, fitness center, spacious lockers for ski and snowboard equipment, and 100% smoke-free accommodations.

The Residence Inn by Marriott® North Conway hotel is conveniently located on the White Mountain Highway minutes from area attractions, shopping, and ski resorts. Walk to Settler’s Green Outlet Village, ride the scenic Cog Railway up Mount Washington or step back in time on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Entertain the family at Story Land, hike the trails of the White Mountain National Forest, or ski miles of slopes at the ski areas and mountain resorts located just a short drive from the hotel. A seasonal favorite is the “Journey to the North Pole” package that includes overnight accommodations including buffet breakfast with Santa, 4 coach railcar tickets, a present under the tree from Santa, and craft time with hot chocolate and cookies.

Perfect for both one-on-one and small group conferences, the hotel provides 500 square feet of flexible space with exclusive features to suit business meeting needs. Whether you’re looking for business accommodations or the perfect place to stay with your family, you’ll feel right at home at the Residence Inn by Marriott® North Conway. For reservations or more information, call the hotel directly at 603-356-3024, or visit

About Lafrance Hospitality

Lafrance Hospitality, headquartered in Westport, MA, is a multifaceted organization that owns and operates fourteen hotels throughout New England and Florida, five function facilities, three restaurants and a catering division. In addition, Lafrance Hospitality offers management and consulting services as well as distressed asset management. Their vision is to be the premier hospitality company by employing the very best people, trained and empowered, to deliver a quality product with sensational service to every guest, every time. For more information, visit

Kendra Jean Phalen has joined New Business Directions, LLC

We are pleased to announce that Kendra Jean Phalen has joined New Business Directions, LLC. Kendra has a BA from Keene State College and will be joining our amazing marketing team.


She has worked and lived in the Mount Washington Valley for the past 30 years and loves playing outside with her dog Olive, her new husband Cam, and traveling with
them both!  She is looking forward to working with us here at New Business Directions.

New Business Directions, LLC specializes in QuickBooks® set up, clean up, consulting and training services, coaching small business owners and providing innovative business solutions.

To learn more about New Business Directions, LLC and QuickBooks®, or to schedule an appointment, please call (603) 356-2914, email or visit the website at


A fall Brew Ha Ha is set to take place Sunday, October 9 at King Pine Ski Area celebrating regional craft beer, live music, food and fun for the whole family. Event admission is free and gates will open at 2:45 p.m. Central to the Brew Ha Ha presented by Amoskeag Beverages, a variety of seasonal craft brews will be available from Moat Mountain Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Woodstock Inn Brewery and Narragansett Brewing Company.

A limited number of commemorative mugs will be available for purchase and will include three drink tokens good for 6 oz. beer “samples” from brewers. Additional beer sample tokens, as well as Pepsi products and water, will also be available for purchase at the festival. Brew Ha Ha mugs are currently available at discount if purchased online in advance prior to October 3. Event mugs will require an age 21+ individual per mug to present a valid ID. Event wristbands verifying age will also be issued and required when being served. For food, a variety of seasonal items, festival specialties and fall, fair-style treats created by the Traditions Restaurant & Pub culinary team will be available for purchase.

Live music, sponsored by Yankee Smokehouse, will feature rock band The Offramps starting at 3 p.m., followed by event headliner and local favorite funk, rock and ska artists Shark Martin, at 4 p.m. Families will be able to enjoy giant board games, cornhole decks, a slackline, 9-hole disc golf course and more. A bounce house will also be available with proceeds from donations to benefit The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy.

Alongside brewers, home theatre and car audio installation experts The Sound Resort of North Conway is providing multiple large-screen TVs and audio perfect for viewing our favorite New England football team during the Brew Ha Ha.

FMI please visit,

Bike for Books fundraiser for North Conway Library October 1

Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides.

Bike For Books North Conway Library

The event offers biking enthusiasts of all levels and abilities a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and
terrain along well-marked routes in and around North Conway by showcasing some of the best mountain biking in the area, spanning all difficulty levels from beginner to expert.

Eastside Bike Guides will mark the trails and promises a great variety of trails to explore: from easy, short rides in Whitaker Woods for novice riders and children to very challenging, technical rides for expert mountain bikers. Chris Krug, owner of Eastside Bike Guides, promises there is something for everyone  and quite a few new trails to explore this year! Gentle fire roads and flowy singletrack through magnificent forests and along rivers- whatever your heart desires.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of friends.

After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, fresh coffee, and delicious homemade desserts.

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers.

For more information or to download your registration or pledge form, check . Or register online at  or from 8 – 11 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Homesite

Highlights of the event:

  • Self-guided rides on marked trails
  • Different route options for all ages & abilities:
    • 2 easy loops in Whitaker Woods (for kids & families & novice riders)
    • Intermediate loop on North Conway’s Eastside
    • Expert loop on technically challenging trails
  • Signed trails showcase the best North Conway’s Eastside has to offer
  • Snack stop with food & drink
  • After ride pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee
  • Mechanical support tent by local bike shop
  • Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee

Registration on Day of Event: 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite on Rt. 16

Costs: Adults $25, couples $45, families $55, kids 16 +under $15. Or raise pledges instead! (see event website)

Along with the great riding, the Mount Washington Valley offers many other activities for the whole family: great hiking in the White Mountains, canoeing and kayaking in the Saco River, shopping in the tax-free outlet stores, and much more. The blue ribbon fair in Fryeburg, Maine (10 miles away) will start the next day.

Riders register and start anytime between 8 and 11 a.m. with the event concluding by early afternoon.

Emergency support is provided – bring your mobile phone.

***Participants should be on a mountain bike and children should have some off-road cycling experience.***

This mountain bike tour raises important funds for the North Conway Library’s children’s room. 

FMI check out or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Fall Into Autumn Golf in the Valley

Golf is a social game. I came into it when I found myself divorced and looking for new friends about 10 years ago. Mount Washington Valley’s golf scene is only rivaled by its skiing scene so I quickly made friends and improved my game in some of the several golf leagues that take place weekday nights in the spring, summer and fall.

I was reminded of this social aspect when an email circulated work looking for coworker duffers to get together at the storied North Conway Country Club for a 4:30 pm round. A fellow employee had a membership and had organized an impromptu game. 4 foursomes arrived on a very warm late summer (or early fall – take your pick) afternoon.

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Golf has a way to breaking down social barriers and that night was no different. I work at the local hospital and with over 400 employees, it’s easy to not know all of your coworkers. We had players from every department ranging from the lab to the inpatient ward to the OR. What we shared was a high handicap and a love for the game. The warm weather and superb condition of the greens only supplemented the evening’s splendor.

North Conway Country Club is right in the heart of North Conway. How many courses boast an active train track to the east and a harvestable corn field and river bed to the south. And don’t forget the stunning Cathedral and White Horse Ledge to the west. Your hardest decision of the day won’t be which club to use but rather which direction to look in to drink in the splendid views.

While we did not partake after our round, the NCCC now features a new food and beverage director who has revamped the menu and the service so that you can enjoy a tasty meal and adult beverage whose quality matches the views and greens conditions of the course. Its deck overhanging the first tee and train track arguably offers the best views in the Valley.You don’t need to play a round to eat here – check it out.

Like most courses, you get the best value playing twilight and midweek. Avoid the crowds and higher rates of Saturday and Sunday mornings and you might be able to score a better rate. Or find a group or corporate deal to save even more.

Golf in Mt. Washington Valley goes strong through foliage season and with the help of a wind shirt and winter golf gloves, can continue right through to when courses close. That date varies based on weather, but I have seen closing dates range from late October to early November. Indian Mound in Ossipee often goes later. Only your yearning for skiing will interrupt your golf game earlier than weather might dictate. So squeeze in those autumn rounds now – you never known what game might be your last for 2016!

Artist Reception and a Performance of The Dixie Swim Club

On Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m., prior to M&D Playhouse’s performance of “The Dixie Swim Club,” an artist reception will be held for local artist Sandi Poor.

Poor, a member of the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association and artist in residence at the Ellis River Art Gallery in Jackson, has been a student of watercolors for the past seven years, and became a “Juried Artist” with the MWV Arts Association in 2013. She has exhibited at The Met, Darby Field Inn, the Bernerhof Inn, and Conway Library. Self-taught, Poor has attended many local and nationally acclaimed workshops, and participates in Friday Painters Group.

Poor’s passion for drawing and painting began at an early age, with the arts being an important part of her life. She finds watercolor to be the best medium for expressing her love for all things artistic, and is fascinated by the transparency and blending of colors that allows her spontaneity and control. Many of her projects begin with sketching to determine values, composition and colors. Poor enjoys painting a myriad of subjects including landscapes, flowers, figures, and most recently, musical themes. Semi-retired as a healthcare consultant, Poor has pursued her life-long dream of becoming an artist, and works to continue her growth, knowledge and technical abilities in watercolor with ongoing workshops and fellowship with other artists.

There is no cost to attend the reception, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for “The Dixie Swim Club” should be booked ahead to ensure a seat. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, contact (603) 733-5275 or visit

Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce presents its 104th Annual Meeting, Dinner and White Mountains Treasure Awards Presentation


The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its 104th Annual Meeting and Dinner at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

The evening begins at 4:30 with the “Surprise & Delight Social Networking” hosted by TD Bank. Attendees will enjoy cocktail hour, networking, a candidate meet and greet and the Chamber’s annual silent auction. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on items including gift certificates, ski passes, overnight stays, artwork, and much more. Anyone wishing to promote their business through business through a donation to the Silent Auction contact Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701.

2015 White Mountains Treasures Phyllis Sherman and Audrey Vorparian pictured with MWV Chamber President Michelle Capozzoli and Memorial Hospital’s Scott McKinnon.

A three-course dinner follows during which time the Chamber will hold a brief business meeting to include a review of the Chamber’s programs and initiatives during the previous year and an overview of its strategic and marketing plans for the coming year. The White Mountains Treasure awards will also be presented. “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize individuals for their lifetime achievement of outstanding community service and commitment to the Mt. Washington Valley”, said Janice Crawford, Executive Director. “If you know someone deserving of this recognition please let us know so they can be considered for this award.” Nomination forms can be found on the event page online at Submissions are due by October 7.

To wrap up the evening Eastern Propane & Oil presents entertainment with Boston comedian Mike McDonald. “Sharp”, “bright”, “witty” and “hilarious” are just some of the words people have used to describe Mike, who has entertained our troops with the USO in over 50 different countries, done specialty shows on fancy islands for major corporations, worked Vegas and Atlantic Cities Casino’s, and crushed the main-stage on Cruise Ships.

The Annual Meeting is a forum for business and community leaders to share an evening of networking and business-building. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701 x305 or registering online. The Chamber thanks all its sponsors including Premier Sponsor Eastern Propane & Oil and Social Hour Sponsor TD Bank. For more information on the Annual Meeting or Mt. Washington Valley Chamber visit 

About Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce in North Conway, NH is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to strategically market the Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination by enticing tourists with our year round attractions and natural resources. This fosters a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities, while protecting the area’s natural beauty.


Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Chris Meier Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor and Executive Council

Volunteerism and public service is part of the culture at Cooper Cargill Chant, northern New Hampshire’s largest law firm. This fact was exemplified on September 7, 2016, when Attorney and Partner Chris Meier received special recognition on behalf of the non-profit Mount Washington Valley Trails Association, on whose board Meier serves as President. Meier and the MWVTA received a special proclamation from Governor Maggie Hassan and Executive Council members at their North Country meeting last week at the North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH.

Photo Caption: Chris Meier (third from right) Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor Maggie Hassan (center) and Executive Council
Photo Caption: Chris Meier (third from right) Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor Maggie Hassan (center) and Executive Council

The MWV Trails Association and its Rec Path Committee are working to build and maintain multi-use recreation paths within the Mount Washington Valley area that provide residents and visitors alternative community access and opportunities for safe and family-oriented recreation and transportation. It is their mission to build pathways in the community for families, elders and kids to walk, run, bike, rollerblade, and ski in a safe and pleasant environment.

The MWVTA is just one of the non-profit organizations supported by Meier and by Cooper Cargill Chant. Chris also serves on the board of the MWV Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of many other organizations including the New Hampshire Bar Association, the White Mountain Community Health Center and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.   Collectively, Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys give their time to dozens of local organizations, including the MWV Children’s Museum, Rotary, Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, MWV Economic Council and more.

Meier shared, “It was a great honor to accept the proclamation from Governor Hassan on behalf of the Trails Association and Rec Path Committee. It recognizes the hard work of the entire board, and the support of townspeople who recently voted in favor of the effort. It’s great to be part of a law firm that encourages and expects its attorneys to be community-minded.”

Meier joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2007, and became a director in 2010. Before coming to New Hampshire, Chris practiced in Massachusetts and clerked for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  He concentrates his practice on the litigation of business, commercial, land use, probate, and consumer disputes.  Chris also counsels businesses in the areas of regulatory and corporate compliance, land use and municipal permitting and litigation avoidance. Chris regularly represents clients before both State and Federal courts throughout New England, administrative tribunals, municipal boards and private arbitrators and mediators.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. With its main office in North Conway, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant lawyers have over 150 years of experience. Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys are recognized leaders of the New Hampshire Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work.

For more information, call 603-356-5439 or visit them online at

The Ghoullog Returns for 10 Years of Fear at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain’s annual month-long Halloween event, the Ghoullog, is back for a tenth season of haunting. The Ghoullog will begin Saturday, Sept. 24 and run weekend evenings through Nov. 5.

Nightly haunts will operate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select Sundays. Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. at Cranmore’s Artist Falls Lodge. Ticket prices start at $27 for the Ghoullog and $39 for the Ghoullog Plus.

“I can’t wait to celebrate 10 years of fear this season. We have worked hard to create a premier haunted attraction over the years. We strive to create new and exciting themes and designs for our guests every season. This year is going to be more exciting than you can imagine,” said creator of the Ghoullog, Lance Davis.

To celebrate 10 years of haunting, guests can visit on Nov. 4 for an exclusive 10 Years of Fear Celebration. Taking place at the Artist Falls Lodge, the package includes one trip through the Ghoullog, a “lights on” tour through the haunt with the opportunity to take a closer look at the construction, speak with the actors and enjoy a cocktail party immediately following. Each ticket also includes two complimentary drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a Q&A session with the creators of the Ghoullog and a 10th anniversary t-shirt. Tickets for the event are $125 and must be pre-purchased by October 17th, online at, at Cranmore’s ticket office or by calling 1-800-SUN-N-SKI. Tickets will not be available at the door. A limited number of 150 tickets will be available.

“With this event, we want to give Ghoullog fans and haunt enthusiasts a chance to go behind the scenes of the haunt… speak to the actors, myself and colleague, Jim Chichwak, and really let them in on the details and planning that is involved in running a production like the Ghoullog,” Davis continues. “We have never done something like this before and it will truly be a unique event that you don’t want to miss out on. There will also be door prizes, themed cocktails and appetizers, special appearances and more.”

More information on the 10 Years of Fear Celebration can be found online at

Feeling too fearful to enter the haunt? The Ghoullog’s Haunted Playground features a one-of-a-kind experience with nighttime rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

The Mountain Coaster is a two person, self controlled sled, which brings riders on a 3,600 foot round-trip ride up and down the mountain on a steel track reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour on the descent. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line fleshes out the Haunted Playground, letting visitors fly 750 feet up and back down the mountain on a seated zip line; the Giant Swing offers up to four people a breathtaking sky ride in the darkness.

Back for 2016 is the Broken Skull Pub, located at the Artist Falls Lodge. The fully-licensed lounge will be offer an array of draft beer, including Angry Orchard Cider, favorite mixed drinks and favorites from the grill before and after scares. The Broken Skull Pub is open nightly during the Ghoullog and begins serving at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, local residents can visit the Ghoullog for just $19 per person. Guests must show proof of residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford county.

For the final evening of the event, Nov. 5, all lights will be turned off for Ghoullog: Lights Out! Each group will be given a single glow stick to navigate their way through the haunt.

An all-inclusive, Ghoullog Plus package is available, which includes a trip through the Ghoullog and unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground.

From Sept. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 1, plus Friday nights through Nov. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 25, Ghoullog tickets are $27 and Ghoullog Plus tickets are $39. Saturday nights from Oct. 8 through Nov. 5, plus Sunday, Oct. 9, Ghoullog tickets are $32 and Ghoullog Plus tickets are $44. The Ghoullog is recommended for those 10 and over. All ages are welcome for the Haunted Playground.

Tickets for unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground are $19 for guests under 54 inches and $25 for those over that height. Age, height and weight restrictions apply and can be viewed online at

Discounted rates are available for groups larger than 15, when reserved 48 hours in advance. For group information, please call 603-356-5544 ext. 323.

Advanced reservations for the Ghoullog are highly recommended and can be made online at or by calling the ticket office at 603-356-5544.

Join the Gibson Center Fundraiser at Black Cap Grille Tuesday Night

Join the Gibson Center Tuesday, September 13 from 5 to 9 for a fantabulous night at Black Cap Grille at Settlers Crossing in North Conway. Join us for dinner, some shared appetizers, hearty desserts and the fabulous fare for which Black Cap is so well known. A portion of the proceeds goes to support The Gibson Center’s meal and transportation programs.

Since 1979, the Gibson Center has provided meals, transportation services and social and educational programs to seniors in the greater Mount Washington Valley area.

Anything is Possible!

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